Nashville TN | Country
Versatile singer/songwriter Josh Shilling boasts an impressive combination of experience and musicianship, belying his youth. Shilling's musical forays have been diverse and considerable, ranging from jazz and funk-tinged ensembles to soul and contemporary country, jam-band and folk projects.
Don Gallardo and How Far West
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Drivin' N' Cryin'
Atlanta GA | Rock
We released our first album Scarred But Smarter in 1986 on 688 Records. 688 was the center of the underground Atlanta rock scene in the 1980's. Bands as diverse as Hüsker Dü, Rank and File, Lords of the New Church, The Residents and a week-long stint by Iggy Pop graced the hallowed walls of that now-defunct night club. If you drive down Spring Street today, there’s just a doc-in-a-box where the punk rock used to be.
Kevn Kinney - gtr, vocal
Tim Nielsen - bass, vocal
Dave V. Johnson - drums
Sadler Vaden - guitar
Nashville TN United States | Singer-Songwriter
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Gallardo unites introspective lyrics, gritty twang, and honey-warm vocals, producing a rootsy, personal sound that exists between the boundaries of Americana, Folk and 70's classic rock.
Born in Fairfax, CA, Gallardo is the product of wide-ranging taste in artistic influences, absorbing healthy doses of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, The Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as contemporary acts like Wilco, The Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, The Mother Hips, Tom Petty & Ray LaMontagne. Gallardo moved around California for years being an active member of the music scenes in cities such as Chico, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007.
Gallardo released, "When The Daylight Whispers Darling...", was released in February 2011. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Glen Phillips, Jill Andrews, The Apache Relay, The Farewell Drifters, Garrison Starr). The album has received high praise from Americana review sites in Europe and the U.S. such as No Depression, AltCountryForum.nl, Common Folk Music, and The Nashville Scene, who called it "his strongest effort yet: country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.” It also received airplay on BBC Radio in the UK.
Don Gallardo entered the studio in April 2012 to record "The Art of Troublesome Times," his 3rd full-length album and second project with producer Neilson Hubbard (The Apache Relay, The Farewell Drifters, Kim Richey, Jill Andrews). As he and Neilson began whittling down Don's catalog of folksongs and heartfelt Americana numbers, the singer/songwriter decided he wanted the album to nod to his past while also pushing toward his future. “I just wanted to have this album loaded with songs that tell people ’this is where I came from and this is where I’m going’,” he says.
The songs that make up "The Art of Troublesome Times" speak for themselves. They are stories and testimonies of a songwriter who's spent the past 15 years crisscrossing the country, appearing with musicians such as Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, and Yonder Mountain String Band. During the last decade, Don averaged 120 shows a year, and he began touring the UK in 2011. This album encompasses all those years, from his earliest shows in Chico, CA, to more recent performances in Nashville, TN, his adopted hometown.
The 11-track album opens with "Sinking Ships," a dark love song about the end of the world. From there, it moves between lovely folk songs, 1970s Cosmic country-rockers, and bluegrass tunes like “Burgundy Wine.” Joining Don is his road-tested band, How Far West, as well as guest musicians like organ/piano extraordinaire Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Todd Snider), Eamon McLoughlin (The Greencards, Robert Earl Keen), and Jill Andrews (The Everybodyfields).
Gallardo has appeared with artists such as Roseanne Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Delbert McClinton, Rogue Wave, The Mother Hips, Molly Hatchet, Peter Rowan, Webb Wilder, Hot Buttered Rum, Yonder Mountain String Band and Drivin' n' Cryin'.
Nashville TN | Country
Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville's "A" list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show “Nashville” and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film “Pure Country.” Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
Jim, who frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello, is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest Carolina Moonrise, written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy and Jim the critically acclaimed new duets album recorded with long time friend Buddy Miller of which Mojo states: “Miller and Lauderdale's duets has both the easy familiarity of old friends and the musicianship of old pros.”
In addition to making music together, Buddy and Jim also co-host “The Buddy & Jim Show,” recently described as “…highly entertaining…” by NPR’s Fresh Air. Each week Buddy and Jim invite artists to Buddy’s home studio in Nashville, where they tape performances and in depth interviews with a wide variety of artists and friends. Jim also hosts the popular Music City Roots each week from the Loveless Barn in Nashville and since winning "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association in 2002, he has subsequently hosted the show each year.
Jim is the subject of a new documentary, directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan called “The King Of Broken Hearts.” The feature length documentary tells Jim’s unconventional and prolific story from his North Carolina roots, being immersed in the country music scenes in both New York City and Los Angeles, to breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter.
Jim's musical influences, including the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones, can be heard in his songs with his unique sense of melody and lyrical expertise. He won his first Grammy Award in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) and then for The Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc) in 2007. In addition to previously mentioned releases, as a performer Jim is credited with production, writing and collaborating on over two dozen albums including Wait ’Til Spring (SkyCrunch/Dualtone 2003) with Donna the Buffalo and Headed for the Hills (Dualtone 2004) his first total project with Robert Hunter, Planet of Love (Reprise 1991,) Pretty Close to the Truth (Atlantic 1994,) Every Second Counts (Atlantic 1995,) Persimmons (Upstart 1998,) Whisper (BNA 1998,) Onward Through It All (RCA 1999,) The Other Sessions (Dualtone 2001,) The Hummingbirds (Dualtone 2002,) Bluegrass (Yep Roc 2006,) Country Super Hits, Volume 1 (Yep Roc 2006,) Honey Songs (Yep Roc 2008), Could We Get Any Closer? (SkyCrunch 2009,) Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers 2010) and Reason and Rhyme (Sugar Hill Records 2011.)
Jim's musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. As a performer his credits include production, writing and collaborating on albums such as, "Wait 'Til Spring" with Donna the Buffalo, "Headed for the Hills” with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, "I Feel Like Singing Today" and the Grammy winning “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
His second solo bluegrass album, “Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc 2007) won a Grammy in the “Bluegrass Album of the Year” category. His next album, “Honey Songs” was released in February 2008, and features an incredible lineup of musicians including James Burton, Garry Tallent, Al Perkins, Glen D. Hardin, Ron Tutt, Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Loveless, and many more.
Jim’s solo albums include “The Hummingbirds” (Dualtone 2002), “The Other Sessions” (Dualtone 2001), “Onward Through it All” (RCA 1999), “Whisper” (BNA 1998), “Persimmons” (Upstart 1996), “Every Second Counts” (Atlantic 1995), “Pretty Close to the Truth” (Atlantic 1994), and “Planet of Love” (Reprise 1991), as well as two releases in 2006, “Country Super Hits, Volume 1” and “Bluegrass” (Yep Roc), Grammy winner "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc 2007), "Honey Songs" (Yep Roc 2008) "Could We Get Any Closer?" (Sky Crunch 2009) and "Patchwork River" (Thirty Tigers 2010).
"It's been a particularly great period for me," says Lauderdale. "Thanks to the records - I'm performing more and more, which I love. And I love that I can play the Opry one weekend, a jam-band festival the next and then a bluegrass festival the following week. That's really inspiring to me and I think there's a real thread there. The roots are the same for all of them and that's the music I'm interested in."
Nashville TN | Rock
Jason Ringenberg was born and raised on an Illinois hog farm that bordered the Rock Island Line Railroad. He left for Nashville July 4 1981 to pursue his dream of “making a band that could kick American roots music into the modern age!” Little did he know just how far the kick would travel.
He immediately formed Jason and the Scorchers and never looked back. Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s they tore up venues across the planet and became known as one of the most exciting live bands in music. On classic LPs like Fervor and Lost and Found they “singlehandedly rewrote the history of rock ’n’roll in the South”.