The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #56 – Sam Lewis

Sam Lewis is a singer-songwriter. Although in the genre of country music, Sam Lewis writes songs that are soulful, meaningful and true to heart. He’s worked with everyone from John Prime to Kacey Musgraves. Chris Stapleton called him “a modern Townes Van Zandt.” Rolling Stone magazine called him one of the 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know. May 2018 will see the release of his third album “Loversity.” 

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #45 – Jordan Critz

Jordan Critz is an award-winning composer and producer based in Nashville. Critz’s music has been heard on many recordings as well as in film and television including Disney, National Geographic, Apple, CBS, PBS, ABC, NBC, ESPN, Lifetime, TEDx. It is our pleasure to present an interview with a very talented and versatile artist whose work will continue to be heard and enjoyed by many.

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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #43 – Hargus “Pig” Robbins

Hargus Melvin “Pig” Robbins is one of the great legends in music and has been called the most recorded pianist in the history of recorded music. Better known as “Pig” Robbins, he’s played on some of the most iconic tracks: Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” and George Jones’s “White Lightening.” Some of the iconic artists Pig Robbins has worked with include Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Charlie Rich, etc. Pig Robbins has recorded his own albums under the name “Mel Robbins.” In 2012 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. We’re honored to have Pig with us! 


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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 #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 #2 – The Dean Dillon Interview

Dean Dillon is one of my favorite songwriters and in my humble opinion, the song “Tennessee Whiskey” is the greatest country song. It’s been recorded by George Jones, David Allan Coe, and most recently by Chris Stapleton, rightfully securing it’s place in music as a standard.

Other great songs he wrote include “A Lot of Things Different,” co-written by Bill Anderson and recorded by Kenny Chesney. He’s written songs for the most successful recording artists of our time, but perhaps he is most known for the many well known songs George Strait recorded: “Unwound,” “The Chair,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” and “Marina Del Rey,” just to name a few.

2017 saw the release of the film TENNESSSEE WHISKEY: The Dean Dillon Story (directed by Cole Claassen) which tells the story of the great songwriter.  This excellent film and the incredible song catalog of Dean Dillon inspired and guided this interview.

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Randy Moore: Singer-Songwriter, Performing & Recording Artist

WALKING into a bar in downtown Nashville, I heard Randy Moore singing and playing his guitar.  He sang with the utmost sincerity.  I knew he had a story to tell and as it turns out, not unlike the life of many artists, Randy Moore has done some incredible things including performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and was a friend and song co-writer with the late, great Carl Perkins.  Let’s meet Randy Moore.

 

T. Graham Brown: Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist

T. GRAHAM BROWN is one of the most unique voices in country music.  His most recent album “Forever Changed” has been called by some his best work yet. “Forever Changed” received a Grammy nomination for Best Roots Gospel album. If we are judged by the company we keep, T. Graham Brown is the cream of the crop.  His friends in the rock, soul, country and Christian music genres all contributed their vocals to the project, a diverse list that includes Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, Leon Russell, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper, Booth Brothers, Three Bridges, Sonya Isaacs, and Jimmy Fortune.

In addition to original songs co-written by T. Graham Brown, “Forever Changed” features interpretations of songs like the Curtis Mayfield classic, “People Get Ready” which fits perfectly in Brown’s hands.  The album ends with a version of “Wine Into Water,” which deals with the topic of addiction.

 In this interview, T. Graham Brown talks about his roots, the inspiration behind “Forever Changed,” the challenges he overcame and his friendship with songwriter Bruce Burch.