Influenced by artists Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse, and many others Davina gave the audience a great show. The Vagabonds recently played at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and as I was talking to Davina, the band was packing for an European tour. Their new album, Nicollet & 10th is due out soon.
Being new here, it seems I’m constantly surprised living in Nashville. Once I made a comment I wouldn’t be surprised if I walked into a Waffle House and found a stage and mic stand. It seems I spoke too soon. Continue reading McDonald’s & Ron Crites, “A Tribute To George Jones”
Carl Jackson is one of the greatest having his work appear on 650 albums, was in the Producer’s Chair with James Rey at Douglas Corner in Nashville. Carl’s work includes touring with Glen Campbell for twelve years, and has recorded with Brad Paisley, Linda Ronstadt, Blake Shelton, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart and many others. Carl’s latest album release, Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, re-records a time period where Johnny Cash stated was “the most significant period in country music.” The album represents a “Who’s Who” lists in country music. Presently, there is a documentary in works from the album and The Bristol Sessions that was recorded from July 25 to August 5, 1927, and is referred to the “big bang of country music.” To read more about Carl visit his website at www.carljackson.net. He is an awesome banjo player and great all around musician. He is also a very humble and super nice guy.
A great night seeing Markey Blue’s performance at Sam’s Sports Grill. The band showed their versatility preforming new material for an upcoming movie and TV show, but also covered many tunes from Wilson Pickett to Sam and Dave. The night ended with Kenny Cramer and Jake Willemain sitting in as well. Both accomplished musicians, Jake has had 28 years playing bass for Clint Black. Their latest album, Hey Hey is Awesome!!
The Stomp Concert series and brainchild Lyndsey Highlander has teamed with Producer Jeff Roberts and Director Hank Elliott to film a reality TV pilot that deals with the lives of up and coming artists.
For those unaware, The Stomp’s conception came from Lyndsey who “wants to turn the trend in Country Music to include women and their stories.” Mary Sarah, April Kry, and Lyndsey Highlander gave a performance at the Soulshine Pizza Factory that was sublime. All three artists were amazing as they performed in a trio number at the end of the show. The audience loved them plus being filmed in a reality show was an added bonus. By the way, the food at Soulshine Pizza Factory is excellent!
Had an awesome Saturday in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Peter Cooper interviewing Kim Carnes, amazing! Kim talked about her early years in LA writing material for pre-Eagles and then Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. One of her “pinch me moments” was singing with Rita Coolidge and Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie) “Higher and Higher.” Kim treated everyone singing “Bette Davis Eyes” and a few other songs after the interview. Billboard ranked the piece 2nd biggest hit of the 1980s. Written by Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss, “Bette Davis Eyes” was originally recorded by Jackie in 1974 in a major key. Kim recorded it in 81 changing the song from a major to a minor key. Got to talk with Kim afterwards, very sweet lady.
It was so cool at Douglas Corner in Nashville. Paul Worley was in the Producer’s Chair. I could have listen to Paul all night. This is a guy that is so personable. Paul has produced acts, The Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Highway 101. In spite of the political rhetoric and death threats, he was very candid about getting The Dixie Chicks back into the Studio. In so many words Paul said, “just sing, don’t talk,” saying their next album should be titled, “Unfinished Business.” Afterwards I got to meet Paul, a nice guy with a cool sense of humor.
Had an awesome night in Nashville last night. I went to the GEORGE JONES MUSEUM . Its a very cool place, got to meet and chat with George’s wife NANCY, and took in some country music from Donna Phillips Schacher, formerly with Mustang Sally with her husband Jim Schacher, and Ric Wright. Jim and Ric currently play with TG SHEPPARD. An added bonus to the evening Billy Yates sat in on a few numbers who wrote “Choices” and “I Don’t Need Your Rockin Chair.” A great evening, Nancy is a diamond in the rough, a class act, and will carry on keeping country music alive and well. The museum is fantastic with so much to see and read, probably need to make a second trip. You need to put this on your “things to do list.”
Got Baptized tonight at the Bourdon Street Blues and Boogie Bar. Two fantastic acts, Ronnie Baker Brooks with special guest Lee Roy Parnell. Baker and his band were spot on amazing. Loved the horns and sax. Never seen someone play two saxophones at the same time. Ronnie Baker was sublime on guitar, Lee Roy was an added treat, and the keyboard player was off the chart on one piece.
Second act was just as amazing, Crystal Shawanda, Native American blues artist. Covering “I’d R…ather Go Blind” was one of my favorites. Toward the end of her set, she dived into “Piece of My Heart.” She had me hook, line, and sinker. Crystal had a special guest playing sax, Dana Robbins, who is incredible! If you are in the Nashville area, she is appearing again Friday night April 10 at Bourbon Street Blues. Crystal is an act you don’t want to miss.