Rising up from the bluffs of Memphis to the mountains of east Tennessee, through the Delta lowlands and muddy banks of Indianola, Mississippi comes the unique Southern Soul sound of Blue Mother Tupelo.
ONLY SUNSHINE – fresh, exciting and raw – is Blue Mother Tupelo’s fourth studio album and it’s set for release in early 2014. It features 10 original songs including co-writes with the award winning and highly regarded Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough, & Ryan Tyndell. North MIssissippi Hill Country, Country Soul, and raw rootsy Rock and Roll are interwoven throughout. Magnetic, familiar, and brand new, ONLY SUNSHINE is American music that’ll pull you in to stomp and sway. It’s an album in the truest sense and, from start to finish, it meaningfully flows with life’s highs and lows.
With his unique gift for finding the extraordinary in ordinary life, Chris Wallin has established himself as one of Nashville’s most sought-after songwriters.
For the past several years, Wallin has topped the charts with classics-in-the-making for the industry’s biggest stars: “Love Me If You Can” by Toby Keith, “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney, “I’m Tryin’” by Trace Adkins, “Something To Be Proud Of” and “Speed” by Montgomery Gentry and “People Loving People” by Garth Brooks .
Raised in the small town in East Tennessee Wallin was influenced by the likes of Jim Croce, James Taylor and Merle Haggard, as well as his own musical family – especially his mother, a singer herself. She recorded and performed in Nashville for a time, and the experience made an indelible impression on the seven-year-old Chris.
He began writing songs at age 12 and, perhaps inevitably, moved to Music City several years later, making the dues-paying rounds of writers nights and songwriting contests. He caught a break when his songs caught the ear of a small publishing company (co-owned by eventual Taylor Swift collaborator Liz Rose), helping to launch him on a professional career that has led to award-winning collaborations with fellow hit-makers like Jim Collins, Craig Wiseman, Tim Nichols and Jeffrey Steele.
Wallin has worked hard to achieve his place on the “A List” of Nashville songwriters, and doesn’t take his status for granted: Chris says “Back then I used to buy 50 or so McDonald’s 29 cent hamburgers a week and freeze them solid. I could eat all week on $15 … They weren’t bad, except the last few get a little crusty from freezer burn.”
Artists who have cut Chris’s songs include Lorrie Morgan, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Sammy Kershaw, Tommy Shane Steiner, Trace Adkins, Michael Peterson, Anthony Smith, Jeffrey Steele, Confederate Railroad, Neal McCoy, Brian Mccomas, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Diamond Rio, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and many more.
Camille Wallin is renown in the Nashville area and sets her apart from most any other artist/songwriter in her league. She is most noted for being an accomplished bass guitar player but also plays several other instruments with great finesse. She sings with a country blues style that electrifies and captivates audiences. Camille has been the opening act for numerous smash hit artists and musical groups including George Jones, John Anderson, Mark Chestnut, Darryl Singletary, Confederate Railroad, Johnny Paycheck, and Rock and Roll and Blues artists including Black Oak Arkansas, Georgia Satellites, Dr. Hook, Humble Pie, the Byrds and Foghat. Some of Camille’s writing partners include Darrell Burgess, Lisa Carver, Bobby Pinson, CJ Watson and her husband, Chris Wallin.
Rick Whaley is known as an accomplished rhythm guitarist & a strong Vocalist. He has performed throughout the country and overseas during his career and now resides on the coast of North West Florida playing his music with some of the most talented entertainers in the area. Originally from the shores of New Jersey, Rick later moved to New York & North Jersey playing his music & furthering his education in college and on stage. In 1985 he moved to Nashville. There, he had the good fortune of consistently working both on stage & in the studio as a guitarist, bassist & demo singer, as well as polishing his writing skills. In 1989, Rick was introduced to the Perdido Key area and began playing and singing there. After going back and forth from Nashville and the Gulf Coast, the decision was made to permanently move to the beach. Rick is currently performing with his new group, “The Perdido Brothers” with band members Jon Cook & Pat McCann, with a new CD of their music coming out this fall. Rick also shares the stage with Tommy Mazzullo, and several other local musicians on the Key. For more information about Rick, his music & performance schedule please visit his website: www.rickwhaley.com
Jon Cook grew up in Connecticut, moved to the gulf coast in 2000 after numerous visits to play the Florabama and various venues with former partner Taylor Hicks during college years. Currently performing with The Perdido Brothers(Rick Whaley & Pat McCann), Hurricane Warning featuring Larry T. Wilson, as well as various side projects. Released first solo album, Songs From The Bottom, in the fall of 2013 and is currently working on second album, with hopes for a 2014 fall release. www.joncookmusic.com
Pat McCann is a very accomplished guitarist and composer, who has been a professional musician for over 30 years. Pat’s approach to music has taken him on a perpetual journey that has produced a catalogue of original instrumental songs that rival any major motion picture soundtrack. Pat writes in diverse styles from Brazilian jazz to New Age/Classical to porch pickin’ to funky fusion. He also pens songs with lyrics that can be humorous, like “Lotto Lotto” (a Cajun-flavored tune ) or contemplative, like “Daydreamer” (a jazz ballad).
Pat is a self-taught, plays-by-ear type of musician, who began his career at the age of 15 playing rock music with the Warlocks in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. During the early 70’s Pat helped create Heart’s Island, a band which developed a large, loyal fan base by performing their unique blend of jazz and blues both in Shreveport and in the California bay area.
Pat moved to Austin, Texas in the mid-90’s and learned Texas Swing and all the “Pete Mitchell licks he could” with the Troubadillos at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar and Grill, a famous Hill Country honky tonk. Through Pat’s friendship with the Troubadillos’ great stand up bass player, BB Morse, Pat became acquainted with legendary singer-songwriter Freddy Powers, and then he began playing shows as a member of Freddy’s backup band, Stop the Truck. From there Pat’s musical experiences included playing at the Equiblues Festival in France with Freddy Powers and Stop the Truck, sharing the stage with superstars Ray Price and Merle Haggard , Texas along with Freddy and STT at Willie Nelson’s Truck Stop Music Hall outside of Waco, and performing with the Mau Mau Chaplins (the reggae alter ego of the Stop the Truck Band).
Pat also performed many solo gigs with his Godin nylon string electric guitar at a wide variety of venues in the Central Texas area, including the rehearsal dinner of a member of a prominent political family. During his time in Austin Pat produced two CD’s – “50 Years in De Nile” – a collection of live Dat recordings captured at various locations throughout his career and “Return to Buddha Pad”- a guitar album featuring original instrumentals by Pat McCann .
Today Pat lives on the Gulf Coast, wowing fans old and new with his incredible talent as he performs as a solo artist and band member of several local groups, including the Perdido Brothers. He also continues to write and record. Pat is proud to be a part of the Frank Brown Songwriters Festival, where he was first introduced to this area 11 years ago. He fell in love with the beauty and friendly folks of this area and decided put down his musical roots in its alluring while sand beaches.
Take some time to join Pat on his musical journey…Enjoy the ride!
Genesis Green is bassist/lead vocalist for Asteria Lux, which debuted at #7 on the itunes Jazz chart this year and was picked twice as a featured artist on Reverbnation. She has sung on records by Eric Heatherly and in a choir on a Stevie Wonder CD. Her smoky tone has been compared to Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse. Her debut at the legendary Bluebird Café sold out in less than a minute. Genesis was one of only 12 exceptional singer/songwriters to earn a spot at the invitation only “2012 Young Writers’ Conference”, held at ASCAP Nashville. Watch for her on the pilot of ‘Feeding the Starving Artist’, coming to TV soon and on Season 2 of ‘Nashville Unleashed’ with Asteria Lux.
Kerrville Award winning songwriter CJ Watson is a founding member of the band Asteria Lux. He was also in the first Rock band to tour China. This year, CJ’s songs have been played for Congress, at the National Music Publisher’s Association Meeting, opening for Steven Tyler and he had the title cut on the Indie Music Awards ’Best Bluegrass Album’ Love Has Wheels, which also got the IBMA ’Momentum Award’. Last year, his song ‘Voodoo’ was a ‘long list’ Oscar nominee for ‘Best Original Song‘. The movie ‘Halloween Party (with 8 Watson songs) took ’Best Soundtrack’ at the Laughlin Film Festival. He has a recurring theme on the Emmy winning series ‘Venice’. Watson’s songs have been featured in the Rockband videogame, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered’, the ‘Rick and Bubba’ syndicated morning show and on NPR’s ‘Car Talk’ and recorded by James Otto, Lisa Shaffer, The Henningsens and others.
Courtney Yovich plays guitar and keyboards and is a lead vocalist in Asteria Lux, a band that has been in the Top 20 Globally on the Reverbnation Jazz Chart, #1 in their market for 14 weeks and in the Top 10 for Nashville every week this year. She has already won several songwriting contests, including a Top 20 finish in the CMT/NSAI contest at age 13. Billboard Discoveries says she‘s “one of those kids whose musical prowess started shining through before her permanent teeth did!” At last year‘s Hatch Festival, she earned a ‘Groundbreaker Award’ for musical innovation and received mentorship from Songwriter/Producer Patrick Leonard (Elton John, Rod Stewart, Kenny Loggins, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Glee, Jewel, Bon Jovi). Asteria Lux is a Skope Magazine “Artist to Watch” for 2014.