The “Field Notes” Nashville homage
Mysterious things have happened to my last two blogs. Which is to say that I hit “publish” and they vanished, except that the software here seems to remember their names. I am not competent to guess at such mysteries, but I am grateful that the source materials remain accessible. Depending on memory…not so good, eh?
Anyhow. I’d meant to post this the day before the next segment of the deftly named “Grant Alden’s Field Notes” aired on WMKY (and the first time I even put a link here, which is probably why it vanished, having offended ye olde gods and goddesses; they can’t podcast because of whatever the new rights regulations are). But the software ate my blog, honest, ma.
The point of this show was to demonstrate the range of underground music fomenting in Nashville when we started No Depression, the magazine. Most of which I was blissfully, painfully ignorant of, until the veil was lifted and I left my 16-month exile in Los Angeles to settle in Middle Tennessee and revel in the stuff.
Here, then, is the setlist, presented for your amusement and edification. Or to pass the time.
Steve Earle, “I Feel Alright” (I mean, duh, right?)
Emmylou Harris, “I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This” (from her live album, the one recorded at the Exit/In)
Lucinda Williams, “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road”
Gillian Welch, “Pass You By” which may have been an unconscious car linkage at the time of pre-recording this show last fall; or not…
Buddy & Julie Miller, “Poison Love” and I don’t care how the albums are billed
BR5-49, “Even If It’s Wrong” mostly because my wife loves that song
Kevin Gordon, “Blue Collar Dollar”…and I get to see Kevin here at the Clack Mountain Festival next Saturday
Tom House, “A Woman And A Man”
Hayseed, “Father’s Lament”
Bare Jr., “Nothing Better To Do” and I just got a new Bobby Bare Jr. album in the mail which I shall attend to, presently
Chris Knight, “If I Were You” even though it didn’t come out until years later, by which time I’d left Nashville; it was a song I heard up in my first apartment shortly after arriving, and it’s still his best song
Lonesome Bob, “The Plans We Made” (the version with Allison Moorer on harmonies)
Tommy Womack, “Skinny & Small”
Guy Clark, “Randall Knife”
Should’ve been a Paul Burch song in there, but I either had to cut it because I ran long or I cut it because I hadn’t run onto Paul until later, but I think that’s wrong, too. Either way it’s wrong. Paul should’ve been on there. Oh, well.