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Ug... is it Monday already? Okay... I have to be quick as I have some errands to run.
I hope everyone had a good Easter Sunday no matter what or how you celebrate or not...
Monday, as our new custom demands, is dedicated to artists who have some connection to Nashville, TN (aka Music City USA).
"Hold On" by SHEL (featuring Gareth Dunlop)
A song from the motion picture soundtrack for The Best of Me featuring the band of sisters, SHEL, who divide their time between Nashville and their hometown in Colorado. On this track, they are joined by singer-songwriter Gareth Dunlop from Northern Ireland.
"Bird on a Wire" by Brian Wright and the Waco Tragedies
From the album, Dog Ears. I am really glad to have gotten hold of a bunch of Brian Wright music - I always dig it when one of his songs come up in the shuffle. This is not a Leonard Cohen cover (in case you were wondering).
"High Roller" by Sugar and the Hi Lows
The title track and single from the 2015 album by this Nashville duo.
"Hey Algernon" by Chris Gantry
Chris Gantry has been a key figure in Nashville songwriting circles for more than four decades. I was fortunate enough to see him recently as part of an incredible round at Douglas Corner. He sang this song that night - a touching story of two homeless gentlemen who freeze to death and find themselves in heaven. Gantry is a long time advocate for individuals who are homeless.
"The Last Song" by Crazy Aces
A sweet, instrumental from one of Nashville's premier instrumental rock bands.
"Keep on Goin'" by Tim Carroll
A standard of Tim Carroll's Friday night Rock and Roll Happy Hour set. Don't ever stop... from a sampler CD that you can get when you see Tim live.
"When You Hear of My (Home Going)" by Luella
I believe this is a traditional African American spiritual (or else I could not find the composer). This was one of the first songs I heard Luella sing when she first started singing with Tim Carroll at Fran's in late 2014/early 2015. Luella, as she does on all of the songs she covers, makes this all her own. From a sampler you can get from Luella at one of her performances. Come to The 5 Spot any given Friday and see Luella to get your copy of her sampler and Tim's sampler.
"Play a Train Song" by Todd Snider
The late Skip Litz was a notable character around East Nashville who would always direct the band to "play a train song". This iconic song comes from Sniders classic album, East Nashville Skyline, an album that is at least partially responsible for a large number of songwriters moving to this cultural center.