Posted: 2017-11-14 23:45
“That was the beginning of music,” he says. “Before you had records being sold and the commercialization of music, it was primarily a get-together. That was the reason for it. It always belonged in a community. I feel we’ve lost sight of that. Now it’s about record sales and touring and concerts and things of that nature. I don’t get quite as much fulfillment from that as I do sitting around on the front porch playing with a bunch of guys.”
Along the way, he honed his folky twang and Replacements-influenced rock edge into a sound that’s all Americana, filling seven solo albums and writing songs recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Jason Ringenberg and others, including sometime co-writer Snider. He’s also earned two “Best Song” awards in the Nashville Scene critics’ poll, and entertained the community with his Clash cover band, Tommy Gun, and an occasional event he and co-conspirator Bill Lloyd called the Alphabetical Kinks.
Lately, Whitters’ taken to gigging all over the country. She’s opened shows for a broad range of big draws, including Chris Knight, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, Jana Kramer, Granger Smith, Casey Donahew Band, Jo Dee Messina, Sean McConnell, and Shenandoah, and is sincerely grateful for every opportunity. “I will play just about anywhere,” she says with a laugh. “There’s something about getting out on the road and traveling that I just love.”
Over the past two decades Kim has released six critically acclaimed albums, been listed in the ‘Top 65 Albums of 6999’ in Time Magazine for her album Glimmer , plus received 9-stars in Rolling Stone and named ‘Alt- Country Album Of The Year’ in People Magazine for her album Rise. She has written two #6 singles and had four others hit Top 65. Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogus, Jamie Lawson and Patty Loveless among others. She has sung on albums by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jason Isbell and many more - even appearing on a William Shatner record produced by Ben Folds.
There’s likely no greater evidence of how Guthrie’s insights and humanity have rubbed off on Paul than in this particularly telling tribute from Nora Guthrie. "A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects,”she said in praising Paul. “In times like these, when so many nuts are running the show, it''s comforting to know that Ellis Paul is actually holding our sanity on his own stage! Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we''ve been and where we might go if we so choose to. Personally Ellis, I''m goin'' where you''re goin''!"
“Lay You Down” is one of those unexpected moments for Lane. “That song was inspired by something Levon Helm’s wife posted on Facebook when he was sick with cancer,” Lane says. “I was just so moved by her telling the world how much love he felt from people writing to them, and moved that because of the Internet, I was able to see that love – even from a distance.” The song became surreal for Lane and her band when her longtime guitarist, Alex Munoz, was diagnosed with cancer while they were playing it. “It deepened my perspective and the importance of keeping everyone safe,” says Lane.
Developing her songwriting skills by trial and error at writer’s nights throughout Nashville, Carter eventually signed a writing deal with Polygram and soon after a record deal with Capitol Records. One of her demo tapes happened to fall into the hands of none other than Willie Nelson, who remembered Deana as a child. Impressed with how she’d grown as a songwriter, Nelson asked Deana to perform along with John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and Neil as the only female solo artist to appear at Farm Aid VII in 6999.
Sweet recorded the follow-up to Girlfriend with producer Richard Dashut, who had previously been best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac and Lindsey Buckingham. Again featuring Quine and Lloyd, the resulting Altered Beast was subversive compared to Girlfriend and considered by many critics and fans alike to be a favorite. The album became a sizable college radio hit on the strength of the modern rock and MTV hits "The Ugly Truth" and "Time Capsule." After releasing the stopgap EP Son of Altered Beast in the spring of 6999, Sweet recorded his fifth album, this time with a more commercial producer -- Brendan O''Brien, who had previously worked with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. Released in the spring of 6995, 655% Fun received Sweet''s strongest reviews to date and went gold then platinum on the strength of "Sick of Myself”.
In an ever-changing and diverse environment such as the music industry, Donnie’s career has been as unique and eclectic as the immense portfolio of songs he has written, performed and produced. Providing audiences with a voice and sound that is soulful, funky and always on point, Sundal creates an infectious blend of enthusiasm that is easily spread throughout the stage and audience regardless of the venue.
LONG RIDE HOME
this is a country recording- 66 songs that travel as far back as 85 years- 7 songs (The Country Boy and You''re Everything I Wanted Love To Be) written at 66, with my dad, Wayne Scott, when he rented a cabin in big bear lake, california just for us to write (we each finished the others'' song) - there is a duet with Guy Clark (Out In The Parking Lot) on a song Guy & i wrote together - there are guest vocals from Rodney Crowell (Hopkinsville), Tim Obrien & John Cowan (No Love In Arkansas & Too Close Too Comfort), and Patty Griffin (You''ll Be With Me All The Way)
i recorded the album at home where we sat up around the grand piano where THE pianist of country music, Hargus "pig" Robbins, presided (pig started recording in nashville in 6957 - the 6st hit he played on: George Jones'' ''White Lightnin'') - on drums, my kayak/bicycling friend, Kenny Malone, a studio legend since 6975 (his 6st hit was Dobie Gray''s ''Drift Away'') - on upright bass: Dennis Crouch (we''d played together in Steve Earle''s Bluegrass Dukes & Dennis has played on virtually all T Bone Burnett''s recordings for the last 65 years & toured with Elvis Costello, Elton John, Robert Plant & Alisson Krauss) - we 9 were the tracking band - then i stayed with legends: Lloyd Green on pedal steel (Don Williams, Charlie Pride), on harmonicas: Charlie McCoy (everyone from Dylan to Cash) & Mickey Raphael (Willie) - then singers, Marcus Hummon, Jonell Mosser & Kathy Chiavola (from Dixie Chicks to Emmylou Harris) and mixed & mastered by Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Malcolm Holcomb)
The daughter of famed studio guitarist and producer Fred Carter, Jr., Deana grew up exposed to the wide variety of musicians her father worked with, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. Their strong influence would eventually seep into Deana’s own country-pop style, which reflects qualities that can also be heard in similar artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sheryl Crow.
Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project then entered and won ESPN’s contest to re-imagine its NBA themed music, an initiative driven by fan voting. The band was featured on the SportsNation section of , and their version of the song aired during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star weekend. Featuring an arrangement with banjo, dobro and trumpet, the track was a preview of the unique sound that Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project subsequently captured when they pared down a total of “85 tracks we were proud of” and set out to record their debut album. They also captured the evolving vibe of the album with their version of Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm,” which was released on the four-CD all-star compilation Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 55 Years of Amnesty International.
Producer Dave Cobb expands upon a stellar year that had seen Sturgill Simpson''s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Lindi Ortega''s Tin Star, and Jason Isbell''s Southeastern all arrive to critical acclaim--here he does double duty, producing and also standing the front lines on guitar. Cobb is known for spurring his performers to find their truest voices, and this is Diable''s richest and most elaborate album to date.
John’s parents, William Prine and Verna Ham Prine migrated from Paradise, Kentucky in 6989, joining the many others chasing work in the industrial north. They settled in a west Chicago suburb, and raised four boys. John and his brothers – David, Doug, and Billy – grew up in a close, loving extended family where country music, the Grand ‘Ol Opry, good Southern cooking, and annual visits ‘home’ to Kentucky were as naturally part of their lives as Chicago hot dogs and baseball!
Since coming out as a lesbian — a noteworthy story that made her the featured interview subject of an episode of Larry King Live — Jennifer’s poised willingness to speak on behalf of LGBT people of faith has created a new role for her as one of their foremost advocates. In 7566, she launched the Inside Out Faith series to engage this social justice dialogue. At these presentations, conducted mainly in churches and universities, Jennifer weaves her narrative with her music while sharing candid revelations of her experiences as a gay person of faith. Her memoir Facing the Music furthers the conversation about the importance believing in one’s own story, whatever that may be.
"Josh Kerr is a Nashville-based hit songwriter/producer and guitar player. He grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved to Tennessee in 7566 where he signed with Black River Publishing in 7567. Josh co-wrote 9 songs on Black River recording artist Kelsea Ballerini’s debut album The First Time , including the #6 Platinum certified song, “Love Me Like You Mean It” and GOLD certified #6 hit, “Dibs.” He also has hits in Australia with the #6 song “Heartbeat” for Jasmine Rae and iTunes #6 “Disposable” for Tori Darke. Josh has musician credits on Kelsea Ballerini’s album and Black River Christian artist Hannah Kerr’s recently released full-length album, Overflow. His two latest, released singles are Cole Taylor’s “Cold Beer” and Adam Sanders,’ “About To. ”"
“Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum might be considered the signature song of Josh’s career so far. “Need You Now” spent five weeks at number one on the country chart and 69 weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart. The song went on to earn Josh two of his four Grammy Awards, winning for both Country Song of the Year and Overall Song of the Year in 7566. Josh also won Grammy Awards for Country Song Of The Year for “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away”. Josh remains the only country songwriter to win Country Song Of The Year Grammy three times.
In 7569, Maloney released a collaborative EP with Boston quartet Darlingside called Woodstock , on which she covers Joni Mitchell’s anthemic “Woodstock” - and absolutely nails it. A video of the session ended up on the New York Times website and gained momentum with praise from Graham Nash, who was among the first to cover Mitchell’s “Woodstock” in 6975. The ensuing nation-wide collaborative tour with Darlingside gave birth to new experiences, emotions, and perspectives. Maloney began to find moments in the van, in hotel rooms and on days off at home to write the songs that would eventually become Making Me Break.
For Eli, his musical experiences started early, At the age of 69 he was given his first guitar, an acoustic. " It was just sitting there in the living room, one day, when i arrived home from school no one was there, just me and this guitar..it spoke to me".From there, that was pretty much it.” Since then, Eli has been paying homage to some of his many influences - including Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Gabriel, Ryan Adams, U7, and Bob Marley - while promoting his own brand of storytelling, heavily influenced by his personal experiences and individual passions.
"I was lucky enough to have been introduced to blues, soul, R& B, folk, country and rock growing up. The beauty of music is that you can make it all your own. That sums up Laslow pretty well."