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Gary Nicholson "Smile Millionaire"

I wanted to take a minute to report the passing of my friend Greg Trooper. Greg was a raconteur, troubadour, and curmudgeon with a perpetual twinkle in his eye. He left us too soon, succumbing to cancer over the weekend. My condolences to his family, and to all of those who are the legion of his friends. In another life, I asked him to open for Emmylou Harris at The Bottom Line in New York, in the late 90's. He blew the room away, as did Emmy with Buddy and Julie Miller accompanying her on stage. It was a golden night.

With so many music legends leaving us in 2016, I am a little melancholic. But there are a couple of things that I need to emphasize. We should continue to support our artists: buy their records, stream their music, come out to see them play live.

Today’s video comes from Gary Nicholson, who had Colin Linden in tow for this Music Fog session from January 2016. Gary is one of those guys that has a rich and deep catalog – check out all the stuff he has co-written with Delbert McClinton, and you will see. (Explore all the artists that have recorded his songs here.) By the way, Delbert has a new album just coming out called, “Prick of the Litter.” Look for Gary touring solo, and under his blues persona Whitey Johnson. He is a magic man.

Remember too, that music heals. So do smiles. Here is Gary’s Music Fog exclusive video for "Smile Millionaire."

- Jessie Scott


Ward Davis "Get To Work" (explicit lyrics)

Oh boy, the countdown to Christmas is upon us, and the rush to get it all done is heating up. It is quite the list: Shopping for gifts, planning and prepping meals, making travel plans. And in the midst of all of this, WMOT Roots Radio is planning an all day festival, Gatlinburg Mountain Tough, to support the folks who were impacted by the Smoky Mountains fires.  This coming Saturday, we will be broadcasting from 10am to 10pm CT on 89.5 in Nashville, and webcasting on Music City Roots. And you can listen on the Roots Radio app for iPhone and Android.

Joining us are Zac Brown, Sam Bush, Sarah Potenza, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Jim Lauderdale, Randy Kohrs, Mo Pitney, Chelle Rose, RB Morris, Chuck Mead, Jason D. Williams, and a whole lot more. It is going to be an amazing day, as we get folks to return to downtown Gatlinburg, because tourism is such an important economic engine there. Join us if you can, or listen and watch if you can't make it. And I hope you can donate something to help these folks rebuild their lives.

Today's video is appropriate for managing expectations, whether holiday related or not. It comes from Ward Davis who is presently out on the road with Cody Jinks. Let me tell you there are some dang good songwriters here in Nashville. You know that, but it remains true. So get to know Ward, as he tasks his whiskey to "Get To Work". Please be careful this holiday season and don't drive after partying. Call an Uber, have a designated driver ready, walk. And have a Happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc,etc.

- Jessie Scott