It’s been a while since I blogged about what I am currently listening to, without any further fanfare:
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
Being that I lived in Nashville recently, I couldn’t help but be bombarded by this bands name, and for good reason. They have been TN local favorites for years but with this new release, in the words of ZZ Top, they’re “Nationwide”. It’s one of those albums where the next track is just as good as the last. BTW They were nominated fro a Grammy this year and were ROBBED!, just sayin’.
Kristian Stanfill – Attention
While not being as epic as a Hillsong United album and not quite as accesible as say, Chris Tomlin, Stanfill’s “Attention” fits nice and snug right in the middle. To me, this is a very good thing…its something a little fresher than the norm. I was hooked from the guitar intro on the first track, “Alive and Running”. For some more goodness check out his Hello EP released independently…he has a great version of “From the Inside Out” on there.
Keith Urban – Defying Gravity
To me, this guy is the TP (total package). Good looks, good voice, good musician, and good songs. He is about the only country artist out there doing rock/country/pop thing without coming across chessey or cliché. His band flat kills it too, which is never a bad thing. Good songs with guitar solos you can sing to in the car, ’nuff said.
Katy Perry – One of the Boys
This girls voice is amazing. Its both pretty and gritty all at the same time. She has incredible range, writes her own songs (rock/dance/r&b with pop sensibilities) and plays guitar. What makes her unique in her songwriting is that she can be both honest and deep AND shallow and whimsical all at the same time and still have it fit in a catchy 4 minute package. Love her. “Mannequin”, “Hot n’ Cold”, and “Thinking of You” are must listens.
So I haven’t really gotten to a great start yet on my blog. Here is something to keep you satisfied. Two of my favorite covers we did @ lifechurch.tv in TN. Watch in youtube awesomeness!
Breaking the Law
Paul Meany (Singer of the band, MUTEMATH) in reference to their new album, saying ‘Our goal is to EMBARRASS the first record, that’s what we’re trying to do here, and I think we’re on point to pull it off’.
Gosh, that’s such an awesome statement…..
So Rebek and I checked out the Sixpence None th Richer reunion show down at 3rd & Lindsley Sun. night. Yes, the band that soared to MTV stardom with Kiss Me and There She Goes. I must admit there new stuff is quite good, more mature and edgier, I guess thats what 10 yrs. will do for you.
But I was truly impressed by the openning act, Trent Dabbs. Whoa, his band was smokin’ in a groovy low key kind of way. I was pleasantly surprised that one of my favorite Nashville guitar players, Paul Moak, was his sideman. Tasty, tasty licks…..
(BTW Paul Moak started playing guitar with Plumb at the age of 20, and has played on pretty much every major CCM release to this day…and produces more obscure artists in his own studio in town…including Trent Dabbs)
So if you want to rock out in a mellow way, check out Decade Fades by Trent Dabbs.
So today I am hanging with my buddies down at Warner Bros. Nashville, TN studios. I am having a blast. This is what I want to do for a living!
I am sure most of these guys are very important in the music industry but I have no clue who they are. Paul Worley is here who did the first two Dixie Chicks records, and has won two Grammy awards. I am a little overwhelmed….
So Rebek and I were in downtown Nashville a few weekends ago. we stopped at the famous Gruhn Guitars. So we go i and are immediately facing a ‘vintage’ wall. We see this love it and then look at the price tag….$18,500! yep that’s right, and it’s a cheaper one.
Man, 50 yr old guitars are expensive! Here’s a pic for you to love… it’s a 1952…I think I’d honestly be scared to play it.