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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


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