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Jonell Mosser "Hummingbird"

Last week was a collection of joyous singers and articulate storytellers in Nashville, set against the backdrop of CMA Music Fest here and Bonnaroo in Manchester, just down the road apiece. The level of musicianship was through the roof. A week ago Wednesday night, Sarah Potenza curated a Big Bad Diva night at Music City Roots, with The McCrary Sisters, Christine Ohlman, and Bonnie Bramlett. Leon Russell was a surprise guest, in the house at The Factory in Franklin, When Bonnie sang “Superstar,” a song they co-wrote, the mega hit for The Carpenters, there was not a dry eye in the house. Friday night Ray Wylie Hubbard played 3rd & Lindsley, with Aaron Lee Tasjan opening. Then Jack Ingram played Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Great stuff, great stories. Monday night came the world famous Time Jumpers at 3rd & Lindsley, with their organic western swing that harkens back to the big band era.

Back in January, we filmed Jonell Mosser and Tom Britt Backstage at 3rd and Lindsley. Jonell plays there tonight, so if you find yourself in Nashville, she puts on a mighty powerful show. We had the pleasure of filming her once before, back in 2009 when we had the Music Fog bus parked at 3rd and Lindsley for AmericanaFest. From her 2011 album Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told, here is the Music Fog recording of “Hummingbird.”

PS: Today’s music is an offering to all with a song in their heart. I am certain that you are here because you too consider music an important part of life. I used to live in Orlando back in the 90s. I am heartsick that Christina Grimmie would be shot at a merch table after a gig. I am angry that someone with an automatic weapon could walk into a club to mow down people who were dancing on a Saturday night. I grieve for the people of Orlando, and for all who have lost family or friends, or have had their lives irrevocably changed due to gun violence.

- Jessie Scott


Stephanie Urbina Jones "El Camino De Mi Vida"

A weekend in Texas. Wheels down at DFW, and a drive down I-35 to Waco for yesterday's Wade Bowen MusicFest and the Bowen Classic Golf Tournament today. Lots of friends here to raise money for the Bowen Family Foundation, who have named March of Dimes as their 2016 beneficiary. Young and old running around with cool "Wade Bowen Loves Babies" T-shirts. Stoney LaRue, Reckless Kelly, Micky & The Motorcars, Cody Canada & The Departed, Jamie Lin Wilson, Courtney Patton, Jason Eady, Randy Rogers, .38 Special, Parker McCollum, Pat Green, Ray Benson, and more, on hand at Indian Springs Park on the banks of the Brazos for a beautiful day. And of course, the catering came from my two favorite foods groups, Texas Barbecue and Tex Mex. There is something mystical that happens wherever I find myself in Texas. I don't know if it's the endless sky, the wide open spaces, or the warmth of the folks I get to hang out with, but it is mighty special.

Today we salute Texas daughter Stephanie Urbina Jones, whom we filmed with Patterson Barrett back in January at 3rd & Lindsley Backstage. Though she makes Nashville her home now, her music cuts a wide Lone Star State swath, combining singer songwriter traditions with fiery Tex Mex. She is celebrating a birthday this week, as well as doing a show during CMA Fest this Thursday at Manuel's. And always, always, she is working on new music. Our Music Fog video today is "El Camino De Mi Vida (I Want You There)." Powerful stuff indeed!

- Jessie Scott