Tag: Nashville

The stars come out with Chris Stapleton

Saturday, 19 March, 2016 0 Comments

Brief bio: Chris Stapleton is a 38-year-old Kentucky singer-songwriter who has written a series of chart-topping hits for other artists — Adele recorded If It Hadn’t Been for Love — and is married to fellow country singer Morgane Hayes. His debut solo album, Traveller, was an instant hit and his musical alliance with Justin Timberlake has spread his fame far beyond Nashville. The voice contains the souls of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and the songs are filled with the longing and loss that hallmarked the work of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

“Everybody’s got a friend of a friend
Somebody that can get you in
Begging angels for a sin
In a game that we’re all playing
You and I, we’re gamblers holding cards that we can’t see
And I’m betting on you, you’re betting on me.”

Foreign Fields

Saturday, 4 April, 2015 0 Comments

Formerly of Wisconsin and now of Nashville, Eric Hillman and Brian Holl comprise Foreign Fields. Their nourishing music is made of layers of soulful folk placed upon generous slices of electronics. According to Eventbrite, the songs are “carefully wrapped with celestial sensibilities” and ask “new questions to ask about self, growth and God.”

It ain’t came yet

Saturday, 24 May, 2014 0 Comments

“Well, I been spendin’ all my money on weed an’ pills, tryin’ to write a song that’ll pay the bills but it ain’t came yet.” So sings Sturgill Simpson, a true heir to the rebellious tradition of Haggard and Jennings. “Guess I’ll have to rob a bank,” concludes Simpson about the failure of the songwriting muse to appear. The Kentucky-born singer’s got a new album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, and Mark Lore had this to say about it in Paste: “If you don’t like country music, don’t bother. But if you do have an ear for Waylon and Willie and the boys, then you’ll find plenty to love. Simpson may reside in Nashville these days, but he’s operating on a completely different plane.”

Where no one stands alone

Saturday, 19 October, 2013 0 Comments

Loretta Webb was born in 1932 in coal-mining country: Butcher Hollow, near Paintsville, Kentucky. When she was 15, she married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr. It was tempestuous relationship but it inspired songs about philandering husbands, domestic violence and blue-collar work. Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind), Fist City and Coal Miner’s Daughter are typical Lynn titles. She knew whereof she wrote.

In 1953, on their sixth wedding anniversary, Oliver Vanetta bought his Loretta a $17 Harmony guitar and she taught herself to play. Loretta Lynn cut her first record (Honky Tonk Girl) in February 1960 and Nashville beckoned. To date, she has sold some 50 million albums worldwide.

“Like a king, I may live in a palace so tall
With great riches to call my own
But I don’t know a thing in this whole wide world
That’s worse than being alone.”

Elvis Presley sang this gospel hymn on his 1967 Nashville album How Great Thou Art.