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Hailey Whitters "One More Hell"

I had one of those all too often Facebook moments last week. After a Fourth of July dinner with friends, I logged on, only to see the posting that a friend had passed. I slammed the top down on my laptop, as if to un-see this news. Bob Goldstone was one of those people who make you remember what is important about life. He was impish, funny, warm, sincere, caring, and always teaching, even just by example. His love was boundless, and you couldn’t help but feel it when you were around him. I had the opportunity to work with him on the Emmylou Harris Spyboy album, when he asked me to join his team, I jumped at the chance. He was a partner in Thirty Tigers Records, and on Saturday, hundreds of folks gathered at his farm to salute his memory and tell poignant and funny stories about him. At the end we raised our glasses and toasted him with a tequila shot. Bob would have loved the tears and the laughter. He touched so many people.

Hailey Whitters came to see us during our Music Fog shoot in January, at 3rd & Lindsley Backstage. She had her first album come out last year and came to Nashville, as so many before her, because she knew music was her calling. She is an articulate songwriter and an assured performer. Catch her in the Midwest this month. Hailey played this most amazing song for us, “One More Hell” which she wrote after her little brother was killed in a car accident.

“He was 19. It was awful,” she says. “I went home to be with my family, and we went out West that summer. We had no plan, just got in the car and drove. It was really good being all together––we all just kind of disappeared for a month.” “It’s a sad song, but it’s kind of a happy song, I always say––people just feel it.”

We did, for sure, and I know you will too. Here is the Music Fog recording of “One More Hell," from the album Black Sheep. Say I love you and don’t forget the hugs.

- Jessie Scott


Colin Linden "Rich In Love"

I moved back to Nashville recently, because I believe the folks in the music biz here are the ones who are birthing the future of the industry. Amongst them is Joe Kelly, who has worked hard for the last three years building a new way to monitor airplay at radio stations. This week, CDX TRACtion announced that I will be joining them as the chart director of a brand new radio chart, TRACtion Texas, serving the Texas Red Dirt radio stations in Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond. I am so excited to be launching this new venture, which will provide a home for the music of many artists we have filmed for Music Fog through the years. The chart debuts on Wednesday, July 6th, less than a week away!

In a lifetime of being a tumbleweed, I can’t count all the times that people have asked me where the best place I ever lived was. I can narrow it down to two states, Texas and Tennessee. Difficult to say for sure, because I have lived in some mighty beautiful places!

Don’t know if you have been following the drama caused by ABC dropping the show Nashville. Happy to say the new season will indeed happen, as Nashville moves to CMT. That is especially good news for our friends in the cast and crew, including Colin Linden. He plays the tasty music parts that you hear on the show, as he is the Musical Director. His career is the stuff of Renaissance Men: he has recorded solo and with his band, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, which Music Fog was honored to capture in 2011 at AmericanaFest. Colin is a prolific record producer, and guitar slinging sideman for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. He is badass.

Here is the Music Fog recording of the title song to his latest album, Rich In Love, filmed in January at Backstage @ 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville.

- Jessie Scott