Ralph McTell live @ Words & Music Festival

Ralph McTell live @ Words & Music Festival

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Ralph McTell live @ Nantwich Roots Festival

The Words & Music Festival team have done it again. Via their newly-formed Nantwich Roots Festival, they have brought in another legend, filled in the seats against the variants tide and programmed a delicious set at the Nantwich Civic Hall. Ralph McTell is the headliner, supported by Liverpool-based musician Anna Corcoran.

I am lucky enough to have been invited. Ralph McTell is a treat for me. The grounded and humble artist serves unpretentious Folk for the most heart-warming feel. My soul had been starving for food unspoiled by artificial sweeteners and my belief I’d find it on the musician’s set was vindicated. The artist took us on a trip of soul food, great friendship, musicianship and insight into the origin of his songs.

Producer and festival co-organiser Nigel Stonier introduces the evening and announces what was indeed going to be a great night.

Abigail

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I’m sitting next to a little girl and her father. Later I find out that her name is Abigail. She was at one point Ralph McTell’s youngest fan, at 4 years old. She was certainly the youngest at the concert on this day. She has met our act before.  In fact, she was in a related BBC programme testifying of that. And she will later go and say hi again, backstage. She will come back having realised that my name was on the Words & Music Festival shirt she was wearing. I think she blushed, how lovely. That made me smile. I love her name, Abigail. I will then take a photo with her, but not as a performing artist giving her that gift. She is the music sensitive artist who wants to learn the guitar and is already appreciating the art. This photo is for me when she becomes a star as I know she will. And I will show it to her to remind her we once had this wonderful experience. Of course, I am not going to post it here! She’s underaged! But for the moment, we are going to watch Ralph McTell live!

Anna Corcoran by wayofthebob live at Nantwich Roots FestivalAnna Corcoran

Supporting act Anna Corcoran starts off the night with a collection of well-received originals and covers. Her versatile piano playing accompanied her lovely vocals to support a varied set including 2016 album’s pieces Adelphi and All That’s Pretty. The Americana Music Awards UK 2021 instrumentalist of the year has played with the likes of Laura Marling and showcases her talent during her opening set. You can find more of what she does at her Facebook page, Anna Corcoran on Facebook.

 

McTell

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After the break, the hearts are served a mix of song explanation in the form of inspirational narration (clearly never meant as much more than contextualisation) and nourishing songs that they had been yearning for.

First love – The first song is that of the boy who invented himself a persona to attract the opposite sex. It is a story seldom told but so often experience by all genders. At this point, this is my favourite song of the set (and my known favourite songs has not even made it yet).

The story of Harlem’s Reverend Bill unveils one of McTell’s musical heroes, inspirational blues and a sweet example of literal blind faith. The Black Blues artists who have fed McTell’s musical muse would be proud that he has developed a style of his own, that his audience relates to.

Capehorn – A 1928 film subtext inspires the next, strumming song. McTell continues to delight with his blend of simple pleasures and uncomplicated waves underpinned by lessons of a life well-observed and simply lived. The lyrical punchline asserts that to love your life, you have to flirt with death.

The next song requires a change of guitar. The artist entertains us with his humble and funny (in the simplest way) narration. “Nigel,” (the organiser) he tells us, “has trouble playing this song.” So maybe the trick is to sit like Ralph to avoid the guitar constantly escaping your grasp. Nigel later tells me that the song is called Nettle Wine. As McTell plays, I’m reminded of the typical Folk arrangements that the likes of Georges Brassens also add to their arrangements. This time, I hesitate to say this is my favourite song so far because I have already been proven wrong three times during the same set.

Michael in the Garden is a ’70s song. It tells the story of a boy institutionalised because people did not understand his way of saying things. McTell remembers parents coming to him and saying “you’re talking about my boy.” Then the word autism came about I guess. I think that’s what I like about this man. He doesn’t wait for acceptance to see, to sing the obvious injustice, what a boy may have endured wrongly for misunderstanding and difference.

Talking about guitars had McTell start reminiscing about the late Scottish Folk musician Herbert Jansch (Bert) who changed the way British acoustic guitar players played. Thalis led him to transition to a song Bert Jansch arranged,  Blackwaterside (I’ve also seen it written as Blackwater Side and Black Waterside hmm…) which he then covered for us.

Another change of guitar leads the songwriter back to the one he’s had since he was 19. He tells us of his friendship with Bert, a man with whom he’s had lots of adventures all over Netherlands, USA, Spain, etc. He cannot but think of his friend every time he plays the guitar for the time they shared and the  tips and tricks they exchanged for best playing their favourite instrument. The nostalgia particularly hit  as he changes his strings every night.

I really, really don’t want to say that Gammel Dansk is my favourite so far. The lyricism is on point, cinematographic and all at once lifting and grounding. The chord progression is beautiful. All that seems to invade my head are the last words “And the rain turned back to snow”.

I was right not to say that Gammel Dansk was my favourite even as only the first few chords of the next song had resounded. One of the musicians who changed his life, this is the 2nd time he plays this, rolling guitar player with a wonderful voice and a beautiful smile – Ralph wrote this just the other day – a little Americana “Mississippi John”

Mr McTell then serves a beautiful, beautiful lullaby “When they were young“. The song was repetitively requested and its air reminds us why. For a moment, I am taken to the most peaceful place within myself. There is love, nostalgia and melancholy. I know for sure there is no point trying to pick a favourite now.

The next song is The Girl On The Jersey Ferry. Ralph Mctell blends melancholy and passion in the piece. The idea germinated from a scene in the movie Citizen Kane. This boy saw this girl on the Jersey Ferry and knew instantly that he was going to spend the rest of his life with her. But she left never and never came back.

Ralph McTell now gets up again to play the rest of his set. I’m thinking how appropriate it is that Abigail was falling asleep (it is late after all) as the guitarist starts performing The Girl From the Hiring Fair. I find the lyrics a little sensual, nothing scandalous (especially considering what pop has been serving us) but still. I loved the lyrics though, gosh, what penmanship!

There is no Ralph McTell live set complete without the song. The Streets of London is dedicated to Jeff (Jeff Pownell, I later find out). I am entranced. The public is one. The main man sings and asks us to join and no voice is louder than another. We sing as one, as a rehearsed choir and it sounds like magic. Nantwich has a beautiful unanimous voice with a beautiful rendition that all at once thanks and celebrate the man.

We get to another one of his heroes. This time it is for American Blues influencer, composer, masterful guitar player and singer Robert Johnson for whom he wrote a song. He reminds us here again of the debt he feels he owes these Black Blues icons. The song’s title is simply The Ghost Of Robert Johnson.

When McTell says “thank you”, my heart sinks. Where has the time gone? Why is it already finished. But the singer-songwriter keeps on giving and before we know it, there is another song. It is the song From Clare To Here. I feel better already. But I know the end is near and at least now I can prepare myself mentally. And the ballad is calming so I am more than grateful.

For his encore, Ralph McTell goes to another kind of hero. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the 1963 second album by the Folk musician. The album, McTell tells us, changed the way people made songs, bringing a new wind in music (I wonder if the pun was intended). Suze Rotolo shares the album cover with the legend and later writes a book A Freewheelin’ Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties about her time with Bob Dylan and other artists. What they create on the cover (shot on West 4th Street And Jones) though sums up the feeling that goes throughout the album, two people free to make music. The song West 4th Street And Jones is an homage to the inspiration the cover, the Folk legend that is Bob Dylan and the book inspired. It is probably why he picks up the harmonica (to complement the guitar), an instrument that has a tendency to feature on Dylan’s songs.

The audience is sated. The smile have not left their faces as they realise the set has reached its most natural end. It is hard to deny what a great evening we have just spent.

From classical performer to Indie Folk musician: Meeting Claire Bradshaw

From classical performer to Indie Folk musician: Meeting Claire Bradshaw

Claire Bradshaw-Stories That Never HappenedClassically-trained musician turned Indie Folk performing and recording artist Claire Bradshaw describes her musical coming of age thus: “I started my music career at seven years old as a cellist. I was a terrible, lazy student, but somehow managed to pass the audition for a regional youth orchestra. After seven years playing classical music I discovered The Beatles, swapped my cello for a guitar and started a band. I played in a few bands in Nottingham and Toronto as a synth and bass player, and started doing solo home recording four years ago.” We chat wit the late bloomer and rediscover the fact that there is no deadline for following your passion and reconciling with your creative purpose.” 1 In Music meets the muli-talented as she releases her album “Stories That Never Happened

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

CB: When I started recording my own music, I wasn’t sure what genre I was in. What am I trying to do here? Am I Folk, or Indie, or Electronica, or Lo-Fi Psych-Rock? I didn’t know.
I stopped worrying about fitting into any particular sound, and just did what was right for each song.

So you get a lot of variety with my music. I’m also big on lyrics, I like to tell a story. I think that’s missing from mainstream music these days, which is a shame.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

CB: When I was a kid,- I listened to stuff my parents were into. My mum liked Gilbert & Sullivan; my dad was more into Elvis Costello, ELO and Blondie. Playing in an orchestra, I was also exposed to a lot of classical music. Then when I was 11, I borrowed a copy of The Beatles’ ‘Blue’ album from the village library, heard Strawberry Fields Forever, and everything changed. I became a massive Beatles fan. I was the only kid at school who was and everyone thought I was weird. I didn’t care. It also opened the doors to other music from that era – Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, Hendrix, the whole psychedelic thing… I was fascinated with it.
Being a solo artist I have to do a lot of self-support, but you get used to it. My partner and friends are pretty supportive. But I wish I had a Mal Evans in my studio to help me untangle cables and bring me tea.
1 In Music: Lol. We all wish. So, when did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

CB: When I was 16, I hoped our band would get discovered and I could make a living at it – ha! But exams and university, work and other things got in the way. Now I’m older, I realised I missed out on a lot. So, I’m getting back into it. Whether there’s any money in it is another matter. I’m glad I have a day job that I love.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Claire Bradshaw-Stories That Never Happened

CB: I go in phases. I often listen to just one album or a specific artist for a month or so, then go onto something else. In the last year, I’ve listened to everything from Bach and Nicolas Gombert to XTC, Wings, Remi Wolf, R. Stevie Moore, Kraftwerk, Stephen Malkmus… and anything that friends recommend. I love going down YouTube rabbit holes and finding weird and wonderful stuff.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

CB: R. Stevie Moore. Most of us can only dream of producing that much exceptional music, his back catalogue is a goldmine. He should be massive but most people haven’t heard of him, it makes me mad. I’ve only got about 40 of his albums, I’m such a lightweight fan.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

CB: Practice, and trying not to think too much about it. I’ve never really suffered from stage fright.

1 In Music: Wow! Ok. What do you do when you don’t do music and that you are passionate about?

CB: Not much beyond listening to or reading about music, I’m pretty lazy. I don’t have the attention span to watch movies, and I don’t like sport. I like going out for dinner, having a few drinks and socializing; well, I did before the pandemic but I’ve got out of the habit now.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

CB: When an artist you admire likes your stuff too. In that respect, I’ve won the race and can quit now!

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

CB: Don’t stop. Biggest mistake I made. And don’t do music for the money, it’s more important than that.

My 13-year-old nephew has been bitten by the music bug, he’s getting into cool music and plays drums and guitar. I try to give him advice based on what I got wrong!

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

CB: Yes, I’ve got an EP coming out with a Bedford-based musician Dominic Ball.- (we went to high school together but never played in the same band!) It will be six tracks comprising of two covers and four originals. It should be out in the spring, and we’re already working on EP #2. I’m also recording tracks for my new album, which I hope should be done by the end of the year.

1 In Music: Wow, busy-! We’ve better leave you to it. But first, where do we find you music and music projects?

CB: My website is at clairebradshawmusic.com and I’m on Bandcamp at clairebradshaw.bandcamp.com. I’m also on Spotify but less said about them the better…

An interview with multi award-winning musician Ed Roman

An interview with multi award-winning musician Ed Roman

Ed Roman is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. Ed’s uniquely crafted songs have received regular rotation on more than 100 terrestrial radio stations across North America and more than 600 stations, worldwide. Ed was featured as an “Emerging Artist” in Billboard Magazine, December 2018. The animated music video for the Top 20 iTunes charting song, “Red Omen” has been shown at numerous film festivals around the globe, earning accolades and raising funds for Whole Dyslexic Foundation, a cause near and dear to Ed’s heart.  Ed is also a gentleman farmer, gardener and paranormal enthusiast.  Ed’s single, “Stronger” was released in January 2020 on MTS Records. The song raced onto the iTunes Canada Pop charts, and it was followed by an iTunes South Africa chart-topper, “Tomorrow Is Today”.

Ed is an Artists Music Guild Award Nominee, an International Music and Entertainment Association Award Winner, an IMEA Award nominee, a Josie Show Awards winneran Indie Music Channel Award winner, and a Radio Music Award winner blurring the lines between Pop, Rock, Folk, and Country music genres. The musician takes a short break to speak with 1InMusic.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Ed Roman [ER]: Music is unique to the individual experience. It is a testament to who we are as people on a spiritual and anthropological level. The definition of an artist as one who has the ability to fuse their life with the rhythm of the times. I believe my music reflects the living moment and has evolved with me in my life as such. It is a blend of a multitude of different genres. Everything but the kitchen sink.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

ER: The reason I really became involved with music is because I struggled immensely as a young person with dyslexia. My mom put a guitar in my hands at an early age as she recognized my passion for music. She understood implicitly that it allowed me to break out of my conventional academic box.

I was lucky enough to grow up at a time when anything went as far as music was concerned. The 1970s was a plethora of everything from Rock ‘n’ Roll, disco, Country music, Folk music. And because I grew up in a household of three generations, I was also exposed to Classical music, Jazz… both modern and contemporary as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm and Blues from the 1950s. Some of my earliest influences were bands like the Beatles, artists like Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochrane. As I moved into my teen years, I really became interested in Pop Rock, Funk as well as Jazz music. Fell in love with bands like Yes, Rush, level 42, Tower Of Power and then into the jazz world with artists like Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke and of course greats like Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Cole Porter.

My dad died when I was very young so I left college early and went out on the road. Many of those years were like educational experiences. Playing with such a wide variety of musicians and musical genres was a wonderful breeding ground for a cross pollination of musical ideas. I had a band a number of years ago “Special Ed And The Musically Challenges” which played a very wide variety of styles of music ranging from Funk, Rock, R&B, spoken word, country, just about everything but the kitchen sink.

A number of years ago I started my solo career and I’ve released three full length albums. I’m currently in the midst of releasing my fourth.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

ER: I’ve always wanted to pursue music professionally as there are so many personal rewards involved that don’t involve materialism.

Trust me, it’s nice to make money, put bread on the table and pay your bills.
But the main reason I became involved was
because of the friendship and the community and
my struggle with dyslexia.
Music gave me the ability to thrive in a three-dimensional environment,
Express myself in a literary fashion and
connect with a wide variety of people all over the world.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Ed Roman: I love a wide variety of music. A lot of Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, jazz, Reggae, Classical, Spoken word.

I grew up in a household of three generations and was exposed to a wide variety of music. It’s part of who I am.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Ed Roman: Music and art is so subjective. What tantalizes one, terrifies another. Popular music culture tends to overshadow a lot of amazing things in the undercurrent. In my opinion one of the most poetic storytellers of all time is Tom Waits. Not only that, his music is more like a carnival tapestry of ideas and sounds.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances? Ed Roman: Once I know what is going to happen in the set, I rehearse the set as if it was a show making sure I’m fitting within the time allotted and understanding how the songs flow from tune to tune. That could be all subject to change on the night of the performance. The important thing is I’m comfortable with the material and should expect anything.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about? Ed Roman: I’ve really become interested in studying the landscapes of catastrophe. Over the past two years I’ve been taking evening classes on geology astronomy and geometry. I’m fascinated by the ancient past as well as prehistory. I also love gardening so all summer much of my time is spent outside in the field. Growing food to me has the same sustenance and quality that music provides. Food for the soul food for your stomach.

1 In Music: Success to you is…? Ed Roman: Success to me as being able to do what I’m doing. I’ve met so many amazing people in my life on my musical journey and it has enriched my life immensely. Music has allowed me to successfully deal with my learning disability and empower me with a vehicle of amplitude and forward motion. If no one ever heard what I’ve recorded or wrote the important thing as I’m connecting with my thoughts and living moment.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Ed Roman:

Always be yourself. Always believe in yourself.
The only thing that will get you anywhere is your own hard work and persistence.

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

ER: Over the last year I’ve been releasing singles from a new project titled “ A Recipe For Perpetual Spring” The latest singles “Stronger” & “Tomorrow Is Today” have been doing incredibly well and charting. On October 1 I am releasing a brand new single from the same project. “Happiness” I’m very excited to bring some new material to people and I think the language exemplifies the dichotomy in the living moment.

1 In Music: Ed Roman, thank you for giving us this interview. Where do we find you music?

ER: Thank you so kindly for having me today and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to speak with you. I would encourage everybody to go to my YouTube channel SpecialEdRoman to watch all the latest videos and head over to iTunes or Amazon to pick up your latest copies of The newest singles “Stronger” “Tomorrow Is Today”. The latest singles and my other albums are all available on iTunes, Amazon, CD baby and a number of other sites on the World Wide Web.

You can also find some of my music on iCloud and Spotify. You can get all of my previous albums on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. I also do a lot of fundraising and raising awareness for The Whole Dyslexic Society for facilitating programs for children that struggle with dyslexia. The song and video I produced a couple of years ago RED OMEN has become the mouthpiece and Vanguard for The Whole Dyslexic Society here in Canada. All proceeds of purchasing or watching the video through iTunes or Vimeo go directly to the institution.

October 1 new release. “Happiness” fantastic production and engineering by Michael Jack with international guest musicians Dave Patel and Tobias Tinker. Out on MTS records. UMG & SONY. You can also come by my website and follow direct links to my social media as well as links to the music.

http://www.edroman.net

An interview with frequent Top 40 Roots Report charter Jeremy Parsons

An interview with frequent Top 40 Roots Report charter Jeremy Parsons

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Texas music in the dancehalls of the Lone Star State. The artist was always a fan of music. But it wasn’t until his later high school years that he discovered his knack for it. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform music. Over the past decade, Jeremy has played all over the U.S. and in Europe. Pulling from the example of Texas performance artists, the musician loves to interact with his audience. His genuine personality, unique humor, and the heartfelt love of his occupation captivates the crowd.

Jeremy Parsons draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful. The first single from his latest album, “Things I Need To Say” was the Top 40 Roots Music Report and IndieWorld Report track, “Burn This House Down.” That single was followed up by the equally well-received, “Why is the Bluebird Blue”, also is a Top 40 Roots Report americana single. “Bluebird” also reached #2 on the Hits You Love pop charts. The videos for both songs were nominated and selected for numerous Film Festivals. These include the Jersey Shore Film Festival, Indie’s Best Films Festival, and the Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, an IMDB-sanctioned film festival.

After living in Nashville for several years, Jeremy has returned home to Texas. His new album, “Things To Come” was released on January 8, 2021. He was recently added to a Spotify Editorial playlist, resulting in over 137K streams of the title track. 1 In Music meets the artist.

1 In Music: What would you say is unique about you and your music?

Jeremy Parsons [JP]: The thing I hear the most from people is my voice. It always stands out. I wouldn’t say I’m a powerhouse vocalist by any means, but I do think that my voice and style have always been recognizable, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

JP: Hank Williams Sr. very much influenced me from the start. From then on, I have discovered more great acts and artists who have continued to shape me on my path. These include John Prine, Jason Isbell, and a lot of George Strait concerts in the ’90s. Outside of musical influences, my Dad has always been in my corner. He’s always been my number one sounding board for my new songs, and I trust him to be honest with me. Everyone needs someone like that in life and this profession.

1 In Music: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

Jeremy Parsons

JP: The first time I played an open mic with original music, I caught the bug. But it wasn’t until my first trip up to Nashville at the age of twenty that it occurred to me that I had found what it was I would do until the day that I died. I have been doing it ever since, and it’s been a wild roller coaster ride of life lessons and incredible memories. I wouldn’t trade for anything. It is my life.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

JP: I listen to and love all kinds of music. When I’m driving and thinking, I like Classical. When I’m feeling Fall or Spring vibes, I am more prone to put on Bent Cobb, John Pine, Jason Isbell’s “Something More Than Free” album, or Tom Petty. Outside of that, I will lean more towards mellow introspection with Phoebe Bridgers and some new Americana or Folk stuff I can find. I have currently been really into the latest records by The Killers and Lord Huron.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

JP: There are so many great ones out there who never break the veil. There are almost too many to name. Years ago, I would’ve said, Chris Stapleton, but now he’s killing it. My buddy Carlton Anderson is phenomenal and should be in everyone’s ears, as well as my ex-girlfriend and still best friend, Sam Rochford. John Prine got an excellent comeback before he had to leave us last year, and I’m happy about that. I always thought he was so unique and perfect, and I’m glad more people go to recognize that.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

JP: I have to make sure I’m there with enough time before to acclimate to the venue and the crowd. You want to make sure you’re there in the moment and not off in your mind or wishing you were somewhere else. It’s a gift to get to be there in those moments doing what you love to do, even if you’re exhausted from travel and a week’s worth of shows. I make sure I am as grateful as I should be before every show, big or small.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

JP: I love and have always loved being active. Over the past year, I’ve been living with and helping take care of my Dad and all the work around the house that he can no longer do. It makes him happy, and it makes me happy to help and get in some exercise mowing the lawn, and doing other chores. I enjoy going for walks as well. I find walking to be highly therapeutic.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

JP: [Success is…] Waking up every day knowing I get to do what I love to do
and that people still want to hear me do it.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

JP: Figure out who you are and continue to be and grow as that individual.

You work in an industry full of many people who don’t know who they are or want someone to tell them what to be. If you’ve got that figured out, you’re already ahead of the pack. And don’t make music that you don’t want to make, no matter what anyone says. Go with what your gut and heart tell you, and make the stuff that speaks to you.

People will connect with the sincerity and attachment you have to your music.

1 In Music: Tell us about your latest projects?

Things to come LP cover - Jeremy Parsons

JP: My latest LP, Things To Come“, came out earlier this year in January. We all have those crucial crossroad points in our life, a moment in which you have to look at what you’ve got and realistically decide what’s next and what’s for the best. “Things To Come” is about the journey that got me there, a rollercoaster ride of drugs and alcohol, a search for the correct answers for myself. Was it that my life was over, or was it that something greater was about to begin. That was my choice to make, and I chose the latter. I walked that path until it almost killed me, and then with the help of the ones I love most, I made a shift. I quit drinking because it was destroying me, my friendships, and all I had worked to achieve. There were plenty of good times and travels there, but I had more to do, and I was finally ready to face myself and get back on track. This is a song for the future and comes with the knowledge that we are in control of our own lives, and we should look forward to that, no matter how rough it gets. Here’s to you, to now, and to all the Things To Come.

1 In Music: Tell us a little more about your latest single from that project, Something Other Than You Are (single)?

JP: Let’s go back to a little house on the Eastside of town in Nashville, TN. It was a beautiful fall day, and I had just gotten back from a month-long tour in Texas and was desperately needing to do laundry. The house that my ex-girlfriend, my girlfriend at the time, and I lived in had a wonderful sunroom where the washer and dryer were. It was perfect, especially on a day like this was. When moving my clothes back and forth, I started humming a melody. When you’re distracted by tedious tasks, the most extraordinary things can creep into your brain, and that’s what was happening. I got everything where it needed to be and picked up a Baby Martin guitar lying around for songwriting moments such as this. I sat down on top of the washing machine, put my feet up on the edge of the sunroom window, and started picking.My girlfriend’s cat and my best friend at the time, Thunder, joined me. I wrote this song to him and all the things I was feeling because of him and his mother. I had been through a lot, and they were there with me and helped see me through the roughest patch. Life is crazy, and my lyrics and songs can lean towards the more realistic darker side. I just wanted to shine a little light this time. I was happy then, and I am happy now. We are in charge of that happiness. We all long to be something other than we are, maybe even someone sometimes, but we are who we are for a specific reason and purpose, so be that person because that person is perfectly you.

1 In Music: Anything upcoming?

I have started working on a new project with my buddy Dustin Martin down here in Texas, and you could be hearing something more or from that sometime next year. I’m very excited about it, and I can’t wait to share more.

1 In Music: Thank you for taking part, Mr Jeremy Parsons! Now, tell us where we can find more about your music?

JP: You can find me over at jeremyparsonsmusic.com. There I have links to everything you might need, such as youtube, Spotify, SoundCloud, and all those great things. You can also check out my website store and order physical copies and merch.

www.jeremyparsonsmusic.com

Review: James Tate Wilson releases Hand In Hand

Review: James Tate Wilson releases Hand In Hand

Hand in Hand Review

Folk acoustic story teller James Tate Wilson shares the simple acoustic pleasures with us in Hand in Hand. The single is from the album Dancing on the Moon. With an uncomplicated voice that breathes authenticity, the artist gives the start of the song the quality of a simple but effective melodious tune. From the introductory and first verse’s sparse instrumentation, the song picks up to take you into only what a strumming guitar can do. And that guitar strum speaks the chorus with strings that accentuate and enhance the feeling in being taken into the dance

This original song cannot help but have a brief opening progression in the chorus reminiscent of Haley Reinhart’s Can’t Help Falling in Love. But we cannot hold this against the music artist because the song definitely stands on its own merit and has its own timber. In addition, if this is done on purpose, it is a clever use considering the track’s story. The bridge gives the impression to take you a parallel space. This offers a deceptive dreamy music background to a set harsher lyrical statements.

All in all, this is a lovely tune with a great choice of instrumentation. IT shines with simplicity and completeness. Every part, verses, chorus and bridge fit incredibly beautifully and has been nicely produced and arranged.  It demonstrates the quality of folk acoustic out there, both in melody and storytelling. We leave behind the feeling of a former love’s abandonment as we leave sorrow behind, hand in hand with the song or the singer 😉

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About the artist James Tate Wilson

James Tate Wilson is a singer/songwriter from Colorado. But most of all, James Tate Wilson is a story teller. He writes novels, folk acoustic songs, and screenplays based on stories of his experience as a self-confessed wanderer. You can find out more about what he does and his upcoming projects on his official website at https://jamestatewilson.com/. The website contains his works including writings. It also have direct links to his social media, streaming sites and retailers where you can purchase his music. He also gives you the opportunity to contact him for feedback, questions or well just to say hi!