East Nashville Vol. 3: More Music From the Other Side – Red Beet Records RBRCD010, 1:07:37 *****:
Nashville has the reputation of a great machine pumping out the same mass-produced music year after year. But this recording proves that assumption wrong. There is more to Nashville than slick sounding, over-produced country music; there is East Nashville with a wide variety of people working that cover the ground from rock’n roll to soul and features side-trips to classic country and the blues. “More Music from the Other Side” is proof that diversity still exists in the music biz, and this is something we should all be grateful for.
Eighteen different musicians are represented here. Standouts include Eric Brace’s ode to a dream of this nation, “Tranquility Base,” honoring and remembering Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon. Kieran Kane’s “Way Down Below” with an intriguing combination of banjo and baritone saxophone. Anne McCue’s invigorating indie-rock-punk-blues “Broken Promise Land" is a slam dunk of a tune. One that stuck with me is “Getting Thru” by Carey Ott, with one of the most haunting melodies I’ve heard lately. Longtime East Nashville icon Phil Lee opens and closes the CD and reveals the roots of this part of town.
“More Music from the Other Side” features some of the best music from people you may not know. Check out this CD and get acquainted with them all. You’ll be glad you did. Highly recommended.
1. Phil Lee • Neon Tombstone
2. Kieran Kane • Way Down Below
3. Eric Brace • Tranquility Base
4. Peter Cooper & Lloyd Green • Gospel Song
5. Anne McCue • Broken Promise Land
6. Kevin Gordon • Black Dog
7. Chuck Mead • I Wish It Was Friday
8. Elizabeth Cook • On the Wire
9. Matt Urmy • Renaissance Rodeo
10. Carey Ott • Getting Thru
11. Audrey Auld • Love You Like the Earth
12. Jon Byrd • Reputation
13. Amelia White • Tiny Drops of Rain
14. Stephens Simmons • Amanda
15. Tim Carroll • No Easy Way
16. Duane Jarvis • I Miss You Already
17. Taylor Bates • Midnight Bruiser
18. Tom Mason • Chano Pozo’s Shoes
19. Phil Lee • The Taterbug Rag
– Hermon Joyner