Jerry Smith and the "Nashville Sound" – As Long As I Live, I Can't Tell You Why. Label: Audio Deluxe Records – none. B. I Can't Tell You Why. 2:15.
Well they chased on back through the muck and the slime To the back of that swamp where the sun don't shine But the law won't never catch Gator my friend 'Cause he knows that swamp like the back of his hand Watch out boys old smokey's in the Okefenokee The sheriff's out there snoopin' around So shut that.
His new record The Nashville Sound, his first with the 400 Unit since 2011’s Here We Rest, is triumphant in its topical resonance, but draws influence from the timelessness of lyrical curiosity. Whether delivering heart-wrenching lines on the crumbling of the American Dream, or the crumbling of a relationship, each is given an equal shake, and that makes his songs unreasonably powerful.
The album is convincing evidence that the Nashville sound can and should encompass more than just country. The title of Jason Isbell’s sixth album, The Nashville Sound, could be construed as either wildly presumptive or absurdly aspirational. In truth, it’s a little bit of both. Political references abound throughout This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You), but they’re mostly just context-free phrases: Be it so un-presidential, The news was fake, the drugs were real, Fell asleep during Vietnam, and so on. Rather than grapple with politics, Wagner sounds like he’d much rather revel in daily mundanities: I’m in a Mexican restaurant bar/Watching surfing and it’s amazing, he sings on The Air Is Heavy and I Should Be Listening to You. In so doing, Wagner culminates a retreat into himself
The Nashville Sound is the follow up to 2015's critically acclaimed Something More Than Free, which won two Grammy Awards (Best Americana Album & Best American Roots Song, 24 Frames) and two Americana Music Association Awards (Album of the Year & Song of the Year, 24 Frames). Without exaggeration, Jason Isbell has become one of the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation. I discovered Jason Isbell about 2 years ago and immediately became a fan. JI and the 400 Unit have been teasing fans with hints about this record since January. Definitely gets you out of the ditch. Amanda Shires puts it over the top.
Despite Isbell’s general aimlessness, The Nashville Sound features several winning moments. Hope the High Road, with its heartfelt instructions for living a better life, is rousing enough to earn a place on future setlists, even if it’s a good deal less nuanced than his previous anthems: a song that’s all moral and no story, from an artist who made his name crafting exactly the opposite. Cumberland Gap is another highlight, but it gains its momentum entirely from the 400 Unit’s mighty performance, with Isbell’s pat narrative doing little to raise the stakes . As powerful as it is, you can’t help but wonder why one of our most capable songwriters is lingering in the doubt of his past, when he’s learned the answers better than any of us.
The Nashville Sound kept the theme of heartbreak, without the angsty uncontrolled honky-tonk style of singing. Also, songs that were about traditional country elements evoked romanticized images of the Old West, such as cattle, cowboys, and horses, which were respectable. Arnold’s thesis is an analysis of the Nashville Sound, and the elements and artistry that distinguished it from other subgenres. As in other sources, Arnold traces the emergence of the Nashville Sound partially back to rock ‘n’ roll, which changed what a pop song should sound like an introduced the concept of crossing over. During his Nashville Sound career Eddy Arnold switched managers to Jerry Purcell. Purcell felt that Chet Atkins and RCA Nashville failed to find the best songs for Eddy (165). While Eddy was successful with the Nashville Sound, Jim Reeves was having infinitely more success.
Nashville Sound Tracklist. 3. Wayfaring Stranger Lyrics. Nashville Sound Q&A. More Jerry Reed albums. The Unbelievable Guitar & Voice of Jerry Reed, Nashville Underground.
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