DYLAN, CASH, AND THE NASHVILLE CATS: A NEW MUSIC CITY FREE CONCERT

11707586_10150529056649970_4303424791548536253_nTODAY there’s going to be a FREE all-star concert taking place on 5th Avenue South,between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard (right in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum). It’s in celebration of the release of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibit in the same name. Artists to perform include John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina, Julie Christensen, Radney Foster, Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Jamie Hartford, Al Kooper, and more (see full list below).

The event is also completely family friendly as face painting activities and balloon artists will be on site for children to enjoy. If you get hungry some of Nashville’s food trucks will be there to provide the cuisine for the day and you can also head over to Bajo Sexto Tacos for a nice glass of wine, beer, or a margarita. AND the first 500 attendees to arrive will receive a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster. It ALL begins at 5pm with the music starting at 6pm.

Also, if you have not seen the exhibit Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City we highly suggest you check it out before attending the concert. It tells the story of Nashville’s music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Head on over early, see the exhibit, and then get ready for an outstanding FREE concert that night. Have fun!

Full Lineup:
John Carter Cash and Anna Cristina
Julie Christensen
Radney Foster
Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Jamie Hartford
Al Kooper
Kathy Mattea
Tracy Nelson
Michael Nesmith (Monkees)
Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers)
Britt Ronstadt (Linda Ronstadt’s niece)
Steve Young

For more information about the concert follow: visitmusiccity.com.

Story courtesy of 365 Nashville: http://365nashville.com/2015/07/06/90-dylan-cash-and-the-nashville-cats-a-new-music-city-free-concert/

Americana Singer-Songwriter Aaron Burdett Writes What He Knows

aaron_burdett-15Write what you know. For singer-songwriter, Aaron Burdett this comes naturally. Aaron’s original Americana music blends folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues into a sound that’s original yet comfortingly familiar.

Aaron recently released his sixth studio album, Tinderbox, which showcases songs of hope and heartache. When asked about the title of this project Aaron stated, “Well, going back from the title… truthfully album titles are usually a song with imagery but ambiguous at the same time. Nothing to specific or concrete. Recently, I have pulled it from a song on the album that I felt like could stand a little more attention. “Tinderbox Heart” is a really strong song and has a lot of emotional depth, it is not necessarily a representative track but is a stand-alone piece.”

There are numerous things that differentiates this album from prior albums. Tinderbox is the first album that Aaron has recorded in studio with the same band that he has been playing with on the road. Over the last few years the band has morphed into a camaraderie, consisting of Jeff Hinkle (bass guitar), James Kylen (percussion), and Jackson Dulaney (lap steel/electric guitar), that brought a special sound to the studio that was solid and concise.

Another stand-out for Tinderbox is that it is the first album that Aaron has fully released from concept to recording with his new label, Organic Records. Fruits of My Labor was Aaron’s last release and while it was still an Organic project, the album was basically finished by the time Aaron signed. There were some tweaks and improvements made in studio with the label prior to its release.

“They [Organic Records] have done several things for me including raising my profile not only professionally, but personally,” said Aaron. “Working with them has inspired a confidence in me that I am not sure that I had before. There is something to be said to have people who believe in me, my music, and my songwriting as much as I do. It has been subtle, but that support means a lot. It is really nice to know that after a decade of putting out albums independently – with very little industry and professional help – that things are really coming together now.”

Tinderbox was produced by Tim Surrett of the award-winning band, Balsam Range and was a project under Organic that Aaron felt was his first real collaboration with his new record family. Aaron shared a singular perspective on the world around us, connections to places and people, and the simple pleasures of life through his heartfelt, thoughtfully crafted songs.

“I knew when I was collecting ideas and writing songs that I had an album in mind. And I start thinking about the album and recording about six months out to give myself time to pull things together,” said Aaron.

Aaron spends about four to five months prior to recording crafting his songs. Aaron said that his writing inspiration comes from phrases and ideas that come up throughout his everyday life and what he is going through.

“This is a high level league,” said Aaron. “Playing on a bigger field makes me work harder at it and I compare my work to the best people in the field. If I want to play with the big boys and girls, I need to write and perform like the big boys and girls.”

Tinderbox’s message largely focuses on triumph over adversity and survival through hardship, all tinged with an attitude of defiance and conviction. Heavily acoustic, the album shows a lot of grit, a word that just as easily describes the artist himself. Burdett, like the working class folk he writes about, is a builder, or rather, a craftsman. His tools are voice, pen and guitar.

With Burdett’s vocals in the Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and even Jack Johnson camp, critics are quick to attribute his greatest impact to his authentic singing voice. However, the combination of his prolific writing, arranging, and performance proves that he is a significant artist on every level.

For more information on Aaron Burdett and Tinderbox: www.aaronburdett.com

 

Kacey Musgraves Serves Up Lyrical Honesty with “Pageant Material” CD

 

Kasey Musgraves Pageant Material CD cover Sophomore slump isn’t a term that applies to Kacey Musgraves and her second major-label release “Pageant Material,” which debuted as the #1 country album on Billboard.

“Pageant Material” opens with “High Time,” a song that does a pretty good job at letting listeners know what they can expect from this CD. She sings, “It’s high time/To slow my roll/ Let the grass grow and lean way back.” In the next verse, Musgraves adds, “Been missing my roots/ I’m getting rid of the flash/ Nobody needs a thousand-dollar suit to take out the trash.”

As I listened, it was pretty clear that she is going to do things her own way and she doesn’t care what others might think. In the title track, she seems to be perfectly content knowing that she’s cut out to be a pageant girl. She sings, “There’s certain things you’re supposed to know/ When you’re a girl who grows up in the south/ I try to use my common sense/ But my foot always winds up in my mouth.”

Musgraves also seems to use the song to give commentary on beauty pageants. She sings, “And it ain’t that I don’t care about world peace/ But I don’t see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage.”

The first single from the CD is “Biscuits,” a song that reminds people we should mind our own business. The thing that makes this song work, as well as other songs on the CD, is the clever lines and catchy rhymes. Musgraves is getting her point across, but she doesn’t do it in a demeaning way. However, this level of lyrical honesty is rare to find of mainstream country radio these days. Examine these lines from “Biscuits”: “Nobody’s perfect/ We’ve all lost and we’ve all lied/Most of us have cheated/ The rest of us have tried/ The holiest of holies/ Even slip from time to time/ We’ve all got dirty laundry/ Hangin’ on the line.”

“Good Ol’ Boys Club” teaches another lesson valuable lesson as Musgraves states that she doesn’t want to be given anything that she hasn’t earned. She uses the song to ask how it became more important to know someone that to have talent. The song contains lines like this:  “I guess I’ve always kind of been for the underdog.”

There is a hidden track on “Pageant Material,” which is a duet with Willie Nelson called “Are You Sure?”

Musgraves has a hit CD in “Pageant Material” and it’s likely to add a few more songs to her list of hit singles. This is an album that is worthy of buying. Why? Simply because a handful of these songs will wind up on radio airwaves and nearly all of them have the ability to stand on their own.

Lady A’s “Long Stretch of Love

ladya long stretch of love“One of the most consistent hitmakers in country” (The Sacramento Bee) Lady Antebellum is exclusively debuting the music video for their fast-paced anthem “Long Stretch of Love” across CBS Radio properties today. Its syndicated CBS Radio premiere on all CBS country stations, Radio.com and CBS Local Sports will be followed by placement on other digital platforms including CMT, GAC and VEVO later this week.
“‘Long Stretch’ is how we’ve been opening our set each night on the road this year,” said Lady A’s Dave Haywood. “So, when we went to make this music video, we really wanted to channel the anticipation and excitement we feel listening to the crowd go nuts at that first riff. When the lights go up and the fans go crazy, our adrenaline is pumping and it totally sets the energy level for the whole night.”
Directed by TK McKamy and shot in Nashville late last month, the new video for the “the crisp, pulsating track that highlights Lady A’s knack for memorable song structure” (Billboard) reflects the band’s memorable live performance. The new single continues to leave an impression on critics nationwide, noting “from the time the group hit the stage with ‘Long Stretch of Love,’” they “showed a command and polish that, to paraphrase one of its hits, insured Lady A owned the night” (The Oakland Press) and it “could easily refer to the Nashville trio’s soaring career trajectory” (OC Register).

UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS FESTIVAL RETURNS JULY 10-12 in Murfreesboro

uncledavemacondaysOne of America’s premier traditional music festivals, the Uncle Dave Macon Days old-time music and dance festival, will return to Murfreesboro. Tenn. July 10-12. The annual celebration takes place in Cannonsburgh, an authentic pioneer village that is home to more than 20 restored log structures. The village is located at 312 South Front Street (just off of Northwest Broad Street) and is 30 minutes southeast of Nashville on Interstate 24 east, exit 78-B.

The family-oriented event annually draws more than 25,000 people during the three-day run. The Southeast Tourism Society has named the festival as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July, 2015.

In 1977, the festival was established first as a two-hour banjo picking on the lawn of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse to honor the memory and times of Uncle Dave Macon. Uncle Dave lived near Murfreesboro in the Kittrell community, and is considered one of the first Grand Ole Opry superstars. A master old-time banjo player and performer, he died in 1952, and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966.

A purse of more than $15,000 will be at stake during the highly charged music and dance competitions. Sanctioned in 1986 by the U.S. House of Representatives, the festival is home to the National Old-Time Championships in banjo, clogging and buckdancing.

Gates open at 8 am on July 10 with the Matilda Macon Folk Arts Village, Dave Macon Artisan’s Court and Marketplace. Old-time Music and dance competitions begin at 1 pm on the Main Stage and the Dixie Dew Drop Stage. New this year are three featured concerts at sunset beginning with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out at 6 pm followed by the 2015 Heritage Award Winner, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.

The festival continues July 11th with the famed Motorless Parade that travels down historic East Main Street, and ends at Cannonsburgh at 10 am. National old-time dance and banjo competitions continue throughout the day. On Saturday evening, the concert at sunset features the Hog Slop String Band, and the STEELDRIVERS, recipients of the 2015 Trail Blazer Award.

The festival wraps up on July 12th with the Gospel Showcase, Wilson Bank and Trust Antique Car Show, and Community Service Fair. The festival concludes with a set by Kristina Craig and Exit 148, and the final concert at sunset with Larry Cordell and Lonesome Standard Time.

Gates open at 8 am on Friday and Saturday and Sunday at noon. Admission is $10 for the general public, children 12 and under are free, seniors 55 and up are $5. Admission on Sunday is $5.

Other events taking place throughout the festival include: heritage activities for children, Dave Macon Marketplace, Matilda Macon Folk Arts Village with demonstrating craftsmen, mouth-watering local concessions, a juried arts and crafts show, living history demonstrations in the blacksmith shop, storytelling and shape-note singing in the chapel, and a historic photo exhibit.

For more information about the 2015 Uncle Dave Macon Festival and the schedule for each day go to www.uncledavemacondays.com or email: sponsorudm@gmail.com