I just wanted to share a couple things from our time in Nashville this week. I've been playing shows with Kevin Sekhani's solo band, and we made a run up to Nashville this week to do a quick show and some sightseeing as well. This was my first trip to Nashville, and it was one of the best trips I've ever been on.
Kevin's group, which is carrying the torch for the Mercy Brothers, is in fine form with quite a bit of new material, and the current release, Day Ain't Done, is getting quite a bit of publicity and doing well on the Americana charts. Best of all, it's a really great group of guys who are full of energy, positivity, and enthusiasm, coupled with a loose and raw feel that was very well received! The songs are a blast and it's been fun showcasing some of my guitar playing in such a great setting. I'd recommend grabbing a copy of the record, which was also just released on vinyl!
Gary Newman, the bassist in the group, and one of the nicest and most talented people I've ever met, was kind enough to introduce me to some real heavy hitters in the country music world, Vince Gill, Paul Franklin, the Time Jumpers, and LD Wayne, who played with Tom T Hall, Jimmy C Newman, Porter Wagoner and Randy Travis. I was really in awe meeting these folks and seeing how friendly and how grateful they all seemed for their blessings being able to play music for a living.
We also got a chance to meet up with friends, including Will Harrison, who played with us at SXSW, and we checked out Carters and Gruhns vintage guitar shops (and even go upstairs in the restricted area with the good stuff!). It was a blast to see so many vintage pieces. Fortunately, I was able to keep my wallet closed and not bring home a guitar!!
Nashville is a great town, and it was such an amazing trip... Thanks also to Jimbo Callam for shooting pics and videos and flying all the way from Houston to see us!
Here's a little clip below from our performance!
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