Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III - Part 2 (Don Gallardo)

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In case you missed yesterday's post or just need a recap. The Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III is happening here in Nashville this coming weekend. For it's third edition, the hoedown has expanded to two nights. It kicks off Friday at Dee's with Dee's own Daniel Lawrence Walker kicking things off.  That pre-party will fill the entire night at Dee's and feature some of my favorite artists and some new favorites. The hoedown continues on Saturday at The 5 Spot - where the show will start early and go late with some more great roots acts - including some who will be familiar to E2TG readers.  Details and the second featured artist after the jump...

Here are the details:  

What is American Roots? Exactly what the moniker sounds like, music that grew from the roots of America. The Magnolia Roads family of artists epitomize American Roots music through their blend of Blues, Country, Funk, Jazz, and a whole lotta Rock and Roll, flavored with the deep grooves of the South and an occasional West Coast psychedelic twirl. 

American Roots Hoedown III Pre-Party 4/27 Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/431561347275650/
5:30 Daniel Lawrence Walker (Nashville, TN)
7:15 The Traveling Ones (band - Nashville, TN)
7:55 Allen Thompson (solo - Nashville, TN)
8:45 James Scott Bullard (solo - Mullins, SC)
9:45 Taylor Kropp (band) Nashville, TN)
10:45 Boo Ray (band - Nashville, TN)
11:45 Don Gallardo (band - Nashville, TN)

American Roots Hoedown III 4/28 Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/334692473683286/
6 Arkansas Dave (Austin)
7 Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS)
8:05 Rich Mahan (Nashville)
9:20 Mike Younger (Nashville)
10:25 Ben Sparaco and The New Effect (Nashville)
11:40 Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL)
12:45 All-star super jam*

Today's featured artist is one that should be no stranger to E2TG readers or listeners to Double Shot with Joe and Sue. Don Gallardo and his band How Far West have been a favorite of mine for some time now.  They will be closing out the first night at Dee's, and it is sure to be a don't miss performance.

Don Gallardo (Nashville, TN) “Artist You Need To Know. ​A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene's true journeymen.” - Rolling Stone. His new album “Still Here” will be released April 27, night one of Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III.

He answered a few question about his influences and inspirations:

Who are your musical influences? The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Elton John, CCR, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Queen, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly 

First live concert you ever attended? Guns n Roses

What is the most valuable lesson you've learned as a musician? Just be you. You write great songs so don’t try to imitate anyone else.  Just play how you feel and play every show like you are playing to the biggest crowd you’ve ever played to. Who taught it to you? Chuck Day (musician from my hometown. He’s the one who wrote the riff on the song “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers. He also played Bass with the Mamas & the Papas and he also played second guitar on "Monday, Monday" and “California Dreamin’”

If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your life--what would they be? Cephas & Wiggins - Cool Down and The Beatles - Revolver

What's your dream venue to play?  Ryman

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