Nashville Session Players

Nashville Session Players

BandCountryBlues

Top Nashville Session musicians and demo vocalists performing songs of social conscience for the 21st Century

Biography

Tired of being told by various and sundry music industry insiders that many of his songs are good in quality but will never be recorded in Nashville due to political and social content, songwriter Richard Aberdeen rounded up some of Nashville’s top musicians and session vocalists and began to record material content that many here in Nashville (and elsewhere) believe should be heard on 21st Century American radio, given the dire straits certain members of both major political parties have managed to drag our nation into. Our first effort, “Homeless In America: Twenty-One Songs of Social Content for the 21st Century”, has received radio airplay on many independent stations throughout the United States, Canada, England and other European markets and a few Asian markets. Some of the tracks have also been used on various television programs and radio talk shows, such as Thom Hartmann’s Air America show, some in a new DVD documentary on the homeless and the song “Big Mack Donald” was included in a recent VH-1 “Save The Music” charity CD release.

Two of the vocalists heard on this first CD release have now gone on to sign major label contracts and one has recorded an independent release with a nationally known producer, while most of the musicians who participated perform with and do session work for various well-known main-stream country and other artists. In order to protect mainstream careers from political repercussions, we have collectively named the participating musicians and vocalists “Nashville Session Players”, which is a true and correct name for them, because that is what they do for a living. This is the name they should be referred to when played on radio and mentioned in other media, regardless of which song is being performed or otherwise, is referred to.

We released our second CD, entitled “Gonna Rise Up”, in September of 2006. It was produced by established country music songwriter and artist Razzy Bailey, who has written thirteen number one songs and recorded over fifteen albums. Two of his own new songs are included on this second release and his seasoned country-blues vocals can be heard on four of the tracks. This second project containing 19 songs plus an additional free download track, is “populist” in slant and centers on health-care, which is a growing concern among U.S. citizens of all political persuasion. Other issues addressed in this new project include congressional corruption, immigration and homeless war veterans and the title song, “Gonna Rise Up”, is a tribute for recent hurricane victims. Most of the tracks on this new project are mid to up-tempo; there are tribute songs for Rosa Parks and Pete Seeger included, as well.

Our third CD, "AMERICAN RIVER: a song for Tara Cole" is a collection of inspirational songs in tribute to Nashville homeless murder victim Tara Cole, who drowned in the Cumberland River. It contains 20 tracks and is scheduled to be released in January of 2007.

Our recordings are currently being used by the National Coalition for the Homeless, New Orleans Common Ground Collective Relief and several other organizations as a fundraising tool. We are open to select organizations using our recordings in this fashion at our cost and they may be used for no charge in approved video releases. For more information on fundraising opportunities, please call 800-992-8084.

Lyrics

Gonna Rise Up

Written By: Richard Aberdeen

Times were lean but we scrapped by in our humble little delta home

Raised crawfish in the pond, traded them for rice and corn

Then the muddy river rose up, Lord, an’ it swallowed our whole town

Left a 200-ton boat on the bridge with it’s prop just spinnin’ around

Someday, we’re gonna rise above this tide

Build a bridge across the great American divide

We’ll be dancin’ in the street to a united heart beat

Oh, someday, we’re gonna rise up

Now, in this hour of tragedy, it seems like everyone is torn

Between red an’ blue, left an’ right, wealthy and forlorn

But if we don’t pull together, cast our difference to the wind

The liberty bell’s gonna split apart, it’s either sink or swim

Someday, we’re gonna rise above this tide

An’ build a bridge across the great American divide

We’ll be dancin’ in the street to a united heart beat

Oh, someday, we’re gonna rise up

I held my sweet baby close to me as she slowly, slowly passed away

Sing out Crescent City’s song, gonna rise again someday

Oh, someday, we’re gonna rise above this tide

Build a bridge across this great American divide

We’ll be dancin’ in the street to a united heart beat

Oh, someday, we’re gonna rise up

Gonna rise up

Oh, someday, we’re gonna rise above this tide

An’ build a bridge across the great American divide

And this flood of tears we’ve all cried will one day long be dried

Oh, someday, someday, we’re all gonna rise up

Oh, I believe, we’re all gonna rise up, yeah

Told You So

Written By: Richard Aberdeen

Rockin’ on down the highway, rollin’ on down the road

I’m rockin’ on down the highway, rollin’ on down the road

Yeah, if you’re headin’ my way, please don’t say I told you so

Didn’t get much sunshine but I had my share of sorrow

Grabbed my share of good times even if I had to borrow

There’ll be trouble in the next town sure as the sun come up tomorrow

Had my share of whiskey, more than my share of sin

Had my share of whatever left me in the shape I’m in

A loose wheel without traction, accident waitin’ to happen

Rockin’ on down the highway, rollin’ on down the road

Yeah, rockin’ on down the highway, rollin’ on down the road

Yeah, if you’re headin’ my way, please don’t say I told you so

All I earned was heartache, yeah, from this thing called love

An’ a lesson it’s a mistake to curse the sky above

There’s been enough hell to pay, ain’t likely comin’ back this way

Some folks claim to know what’s true; stand on the corner and shout it

Others been around a block or two; somehow, they lived to tell about it

Yeah, rockin’ on down the highway, rollin’ on down the road

Yeah, I’m rockin’ on down the highway, rollin’ on down the road

And if you’re headin’ my way, please don’t say I told you so

Guess I’ll head to the river where peaceful waters flow

Straight on down the free way, there ain’t no better way to go

And if you’re headin’ my way, you might say I told you so

Told you so, yeah

It Don't Rock Like Elvis

Written By: Richard Aberdeen

In this dot.com bubble age some folks have all the luck

They can afford an SUV bigger than a garbage truck

They can get their news on cell phones, hitch a ride up to the moon

An’ sell tickets to a wide-screen movie in their livin’ room

But it don’t rock like Elvis and it don’t roll like Jerry Lee

An’ there’s no one to inform us like Walter Cronkite on tv

Any line that’s genuine is censored off the radio

And freedom’s just another word for a memory long ago

Corporate heads make enough to buy a great castle in the sand

With plenty left over to bribe each an’ every congressman

Though most kids can’t afford a seat, hot dog or ice cream

Some inherit enough to buy their very own pro ball team

But it don’t rock like Elvis and it don’t roll like Jerry Lee

An’ there’s no one to inform us like Walter Cronkite on tv

Any line that’s genuine is censored off the radio

And freedom’s just another word for a memory long ago

There’s a lot’ta talk in this new century about spreadin’ democracy

While we sing about a land God once blessed from sea to shining sea, yeah

But it no longer rocks like Elvis and it don’t roll like Jerry Lee

An’ there’s no one to inform us like Walter Cronkite on tv

You know, every line that’s genuine is censored off the radio

And freedom’s just another word for a memory long ago

It’s damn hard to find real country and good times just don’t wan’na roll

And freedom’s just another word for a memory long ago

Discography

HOMELESS IN AMERICA
released June, 2005

GONNA RISE UP
released September, 2006

AMERICAN RIVER
released January, 2007

Set List

All songs from current CD
releases, approximately 60 songs.