The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #27 – Charlie McCoy

On this episode of The Paul Leslie Hour, we’re in the presence of a legend. For 50 years, Charlie McCoy has worked as a session player. He’s in great demand. In addition to his 41 solo albums, he’s done more than 12,000 recording sessions. Charlie McCoy has worked with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel as well as countless country artists. A harmonica player, guitarist, bassist and multi-instrumentalist, Charlie McCoy is an inductee of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Woman Walk The Line: How The Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives

Nashville, Tenn. – Woman Walk The Line: How The Women of Country Music Changed Our Lives began as an way to collect women’s voices and show the many ways music made by women changes lives. Designed to target writers of all ages, races, occupations, orientations and focuses, the anthology struck an unexpected chord with readers seeking authenticity, humanity and the reality of how women embrace and empower each other – whether in grief, defiance, curiosity or just seeking what seems like an impossible dream.

With The New York Times National section already publishing, “Each of the twenty-seven essays focuses on the experience of when music was a savior, an inspiration or an acknowledgement of a deep and personal truth,” the inclusion in Evelyn McDonnell’s music wrap-up in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review was rewarding. Alongside buzzy bios on Gucci Mane, Al Green, Lou Reed, TLC and Stevie Nicks, she singled out transgender writer Deb Sprague’s O. Henry-esque consideration of Rosanne Cash, which reflected upon familial expectation and sense of identity; which also mirrored Cash’s embodiment of her own contribution in the collection, her eulogy for June Carter Cash.

“It’s amazing to see which essays resonate for people,” says editor Holly Gleason. “Whether it’s someone coping with paralyzing grief, as food activist Ali Berlow does with Emmylou Harris, or deep trauma, which writer Kim Ruehl does in the wake of running from the Twin Towers falling in her beautiful essay about Patty Griffin, there is so much heart and humanity to go with the history and meaning. I think Woman Walk The Line gives tangible witness to why music, especially music coming from women, makes matters. It’s how it feels, not just the facts.”

Drawing on The New York Times bestsellers, historians, food activists, music critics, artists, TV producers, a curator from The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the top James Beard Foundation Award winner and Fisk University’s Poet in Residence, Woman Walk The Line considers the continuum of country in real life ways. From Maybelle Carter to Taylor Swift – who also contributes an essay written at age 17 – Wanda Jackson to Kacey Musgraves, Lil Hardin to Rhiannon Giddens and many mainstream, bluegrass, progressive and Americana country artists in between, the Publisher’s Weekly Best Music Books of Fall selection sold out of its initial Amazon order two days after publication date – and rose to No. 15 on their Music list.

Now with its second printing underway, it joins Ann Powers’ Good Booty, Patti Smith’s Devotion, David Yaffe’s Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell, Wanda Jackson’s Every Night Is Saturday Night and Ben Greenman’s Dig If You Will The Picture on No Depression’s The Best Books of 2017 list.

“Looking at how well-curated the No Depression list is, it’s hard to get my head around,” Gleason says of the honor. “Every book, even the honorable mentions, is so readable and important. Perhaps this is a way of changing how the stories of these artists – from Linda Ronstadt by Grace Potter or Hazel Dickens representing strength and freedom to Ronni Lundy in the ‘70s, Dolly Parton’s feminism showing Nancy Harrison she didn’t have to surrender her femininity to tell her own stories or Madison Vain realizing Loretta Lynn’s songs are as urgent and topical now as when they were written – are told. The prism of lives lived in their songs shows what the music means, and how it works.”

People called Woman Walk The Line, “A rhapsodic moving look at music’s transformative power,” while PASTEdeemed it, “quite stunning.” American Country Countdown’s Bob Kingsley featured it on his show, as well as CMT: Country Music Television’s Hot 20. With stops at the Southern Festival of Books, the Miami Book Fair, the Americana Conference and Change the Conversation, Gleason will be joined by contributor Shelby Morrison and songwriter Rachel Brown at 7 p.m. Visible Voices this Friday, Dec. 8, as part of Cleveland’s Annual Walk of Tremont.

Gleason rings in 2018 on a high note. She joins Don Imus on Jan. 4 to discuss Woman Walk The Line on his national radio show, as well as lining up appearances in New York, LA and beyond.

The Complete List of Artists, Essays + Writers Below

  • Maybelle Carter: The Root of It All by Caryn Rose
  • Lil Hardin: That’s How I Got to Memphis by Alice Randall
  • Wanda Jackson: When She Starts Eruptin’ by Holly George-Warren
  • Hazel Dickens: The Plangent Bone by Ronni Lundy
  • June Carter Cash: Eulogy for a Mother by Rosanne Cash
  • Brenda Lee: Rare Peer by Taylor Swift
  • Bobbie Gentry: Let the Mystery Be by Meredith Ochs
  • Loretta Lynn: The Pill by Madison Vain
  • Dolly Parton: Long Island Down Home Blues by Nancy Harrison
  • Emmylou Harris: Common Ground in an Uncommon Love by Ali Berlow
  • Barbara Mandrell: Lubbock in the Rearview Mirror by Shelby Morrison
  • Tanya Tucker: Punk Country and Sex Wide Open by Holly Gleason
  • Rita Coolidge: A Dark-Eyed Cherokee Country Gal by Kandia Crazy Horse
  • Linda Ronstadt: Canciones di Corazon Salvage by Grace Potter
  • Rosanne Cash: Expectations and Letting Go by Deborah Sprague
  • The Judds: Comfort Far from Home by Courtney E. Smith
  • k.d. lang: Flawless, Fearless by Kelly McCartney
  • Lucinda Williams: Flesh & Ghosts, Dreams + Marrow by Lady Goodman
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter: Every Hometown Girl by Cynthia Sanz
  • Patty Loveless: Beyond What You Know by Wendy Pearl
  • Shania Twain: But the Little Girls Understand by Emily Yahr
  • Alison Krauss: Draw Your Own Map by Aubrie Sellers
  • Terri Clark: Better Things to Do by Amy Elizabeth Mccarthy
  • Taylor Swift: Through the Eyes of a Critic, of a Mom by Elysa Gardner
  • Kacey Musgraves: Follow Your Arrow by Dacey Orr
  • Rhiannon Giddens: A Gift Past the Songs by Caroline Randall Williams
  • Patty Griffin: Remembering to Breathe by Kim Ruehl

Woman Walk the Line is available on Amazon.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #26 – Gary Morris

Singer-songwriter, recording artist Gary Morris was born on December 7, 1948. Tomorrow is his birthday! Morris has had more than two dozen chart singles, including the 1983 Top 10 song, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  Most of his work could be classified as country, but he’s also had a serious acting career. He played Jean Valjean in a Broadway production of Les Misérables as well as a production of Puccini’s opera La Boheme. The conversation is good and true with Gary Morris on The Paul Leslie Hour.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #25 – Gabrielle Stravelli

The acclaimed jazz and pop vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli joins Paul to talk about her first major album of distinctive original songs “Dream Ago” produced by David Cook. Called an “outstanding singer” by the Wall Street Journal and “hotter than the equator” by The Village Voice, Gabrielle Stravelli is an emerging sensation in New York’s jazz and supper clubs, who is gathering recognition and a following around the nation and beyond.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #24 – Bill Anderson

Singer-songwriter and recording artist Bill Anderson is known in the world of country music for his unprecedented body of work including 40 studio albums, along with seven no.1  singles.  Sometimes known as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, has been awarded Songwriter of the Year 6 times, has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and is an inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Also unprecedented is the fact that Bill Anderson has had an entry on the country music charts for seven consecutive decades, something no songwriter in history has done.  Some of his well known songs include “Whiskey Lullaby” recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, “A Lot of Things Different” by Kenny Chesney, “Give It Away,” recorded by George Strait and many others.  2016 saw the release of his autobiography Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #23 – Dub Cornett & Victoria Lily Shaffer

Dub Cornett and Victoria Lily Shaffer are the producers of the new unscripted comedy show “Bill & Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings,” with a new episode every Monday exclusively on Facebook Watch. Viewers get to see brothers Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray interacting with the fans and players of minor league teams at games across the country. Behind the scenes, the producers of “Extra Innings” are as down-to-earth as America’s pastime with a shared love of dogs, comedy and music. Don’t touch that dial, Dub Cornett and Victoria Lily Shaffer are up next!

Watch BILL MURRAY & BRIAN DOYLE-MURRAY’S EXTRA INNINGS here!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #22 – Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth Cook had an incredible concert in Atlanta at the Variety Playhouse and the very next day she comes in for a face-to-face interview on The Paul Leslie Hour. Cook is one of the preeminent country music singer-songwriters. We talk about plenty in this episode: her Florida roots, hundreds of appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, friendship with David Letterman and the importance of honesty.  Listen for the truth du jour!

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #21 – Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a certifiable legend in music. Last year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and this year he’s released a book about his life. Entitled “Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir,” the Grammy award-winning Charlie Daniels who has sold more than twenty million albums and is known for such songs as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is as down to earth as they come. In this interview we gain his perspectives on his life, the responsibilities of fame, his work with Bob Dylan and why he wrote his autobiography.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #20 – Jillian Cardarelli

Jillian Cardarelli is a singer-songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts who went to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a country music singer-songwriter. In a short time, her work ethic and talent has allowed her to share the stage with the classic and contemporary singers of country music. Rolling Stone put her in the list of the 10 New Country Artists you need to know. Whether in the recording studio or on stage, it’s clear that singing is what Jillian Cardarelli was born to do. Meet her on The Paul Leslie Hour!

“Cardarelli’s recordings blend the heritage and the modern, with her upcoming EP’s tracks cut via old school full band takes at a non-Music Row studio.” –Rolling Stone

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #19 – Travis Turk

This interview with Travis Turk was recorded on April 17, 2017. It was held onto to await the release of the Jimmy Buffett collection “Buried Treasure.” It may strike you what a voice Travis Turk has. It’s probably not a surprise that he has had so much success as a voice over talent. In fact, sound has played a very big part in his life. He’s worked as a radio disc jockey, an audio engineer and was the very first record producer of Jimmy Buffett. As you’ll soon hear, he recorded several demos before Buffett’s debut album.

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