Williamson County Democrats and Friends
Let's get together Monday, December 4th at 6:30pm for Food, Drinks and Music
Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, where he cut his teeth playing local spots like The Mill and the Sanctuary, WT moved to Nashville in the fall of 1974, having neglected to graduate from college. He put himself to work as a performing songwriter right off, and had the good fortune to have his song Paintin’ This Old Town Blue recorded by Crystal Gayle in 1977, and The Blues Don’t Get Tired of Me by the great Millie Jackson a few years later. His biggest thrill as a songwriter came when Ray Charles recorded They Call It Love in 1984. He is also very proud to have both She’s Real and Gee I’m Glad I Worried About That recorded by the late Michael Johnson, a unique talent and great friend.
WT has played with his band The Bad Eggs and as a solo artist from the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to The Speakeasy in NYC to the Green Awning in Portland OR.
The Eclectic Five
The Eclectic Five is an all-star acoustic band of musicians, including Holly and Barry Tashian (upright bass, guitar, and vocals), Emily and Al Cantrell (guitar, fiddle, and vocals), and Al Goll (Dobro.) The Tashians have toured worldwide and made numerous appearances on The Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion and many other international radio and television programs. Their songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Solomon Burke, Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell and others. In 1966, Barry and his band The Remains opened for The Beatles’ last American tour. From 1980 to 1989 Barry toured and recorded with Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band.
The Cantrells have been featured on Mountain Stage, Riders Radio Theater, Folk Sampler, eTown and River City Folk, as well as numerous other nationally syndicated radio programs. Their four critically acclaimed albums are on radio playlists worldwide and include the talents of Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien and Riders in the Sky.
Goll is an adjunct professor of Dobro at Belmont Academy of Music, and a regular performer and contributor at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe playing country, bluegrass and Hawaiian music. 9-10 p.m.
The Miltons are an American swing ensemble based in Nashville, Tennessee. Their repertoire draws heavily from the height of the Jazz era, when Louis Armstrong and Django Rheinhardt were changing the musical landscape and from the Western Swing developed by Texans Bob Wills and Milton Brown, the underappreciated “Father of Western Swing,” from whom the band takes its name.
The Miltons feature tunes from a myriad of American sub-genres – hot jazz, minstrel songs, country breakdowns, blues, and pure pop standards, all approached from a string band’s perspective – a grand Southern tradition in itself.
214 S Margin St
Franklin, TN 37064
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