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A musical love letter to the American South---the good people, the great culture and food---the cruel, tragic history---a new album.
A musical love letter to the American South---the good people, the great culture and food---the cruel, tragic history---a new album.
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I was born and raised in the Deep South.  I moved North - but only as far as Nashville.  I have traveled all over, fallen in love with the great big world, made friends here, there, everywhere - but continued to live in the South, to raise our family in the South, to stay close to my beloved Gulf Coast...I've stayed in the south.

As I wrote this batch of songs, I noticed a pattern forming:  at last an album's worth of songs were set in or about the South.

"I Like It Down Here" is the title track - a celebration of Southern individuality and eccentricity, inspired by The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm, Cathe Steele's place in Lower Alabama that has become a home away from home away from home for me.

There are songs that delve into the not so distant past as well...into the dark history of racism down there...up here...wherever people are...there is good and bad.

These are grooves to enjoy and stories that I think need to be told.  Stories of love, murder, incarceration, wanderlust, destruction, redemption.

I hope you like it down here, too.

Songs: 

1.  Hey Trouble

2.  I'm Not Running Away

3.  I Like It Down Here

4.  When I Get To Memphis

5.  Buddha Blues

6.  Anything Helps

7.  Alabama (For Michael Donald)

8.  The Days of Whinin' Hatred

9.  Walking in the Valley of the Shadow

10.  It's a Sin (For Harper Lee)

11.  Salt Water and Sand

12.  Everyday

(The songs may change---of course there are more to choose from!---I will likely put extra tracks on the CD...!)

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I intend to have this project completed on time. If there are delays that I cannot help, I will be in contact with you and keep you up to speed with progress.
However, there is no reason to think this project will be delayed at this time. --

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