Ken Spooner, Wt Davidson and Stephen Trombley We talk about their Music, Cuts and life stories… Tips for upcoming new folks to town… and many more things on the LONG SHOW…2 hours of more information on the business of music
Ken Spooner Singer/songwriter producer and Author and a Master musician/songwriter/Artist. One song you may know right away… “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)” (written with Ken Spooner & Kim Williams) “At the start of his audio autobiography, If the Devil Danced in Empty Pockets, songwriter-guitarist Ken Spooner says he originally considered writing a book about instrumentalists and the important role they play in popular music. As he began logging his stories, however, he found himself heading in a different direction. The resulting cassette-only book, named after a No. 1 country hit that Spooner co-wrote for singer Joe Diffie, is part memoir, part music-industry commentary, and part behind-the-scenes curtain-lifter. It’s filled with the kinds of stories usually passed between musicians in backstage dressing rooms, or by songwriters over tumblers of sour mash.” from “INNER VIEW” By Michael McCall Nashville Scene Sept 24, 1998. Moved to Nashville in 1987.
My original demos played a significant part in Joe Diffie getting signed to Sony Epic label. Co wrote Diffie’s # 1 hit song “If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets…He’d Have A Ball In Mine” Other cuts by Walter Hyatt, Lyle Lovett, Carol Elliot, Ericson Holt, Sharon Moore. Ron Williams, Kacey Jones, Sheila Deck………As a journalist I have written for Country Music, Stock Car Racing, Road King magazines. Author of 3 books with two more to be published soon. Proud Member of ASCAP’s # 1 Club.
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“Wonderfully unclassifiable…a jazzbo blueshound/countrified/bent pop master. He slides around notes like a bluesier Boz Skaggs and writes like no one else.” Robert Oermann.
Robert K Oermann – Music Row Magazine
W.T. Davidson Born and raised in Iowa City IA, where he cut his teeth playing at the Mill and the Sanctuary while still in high school, W.T.’s influences include traditional jazz artists like Jack Teagarden and Fats Waller, bluesmen like Bill Broonzy, and the older and more soulful country of the Merles – Travis and Haggard. Then of course there’s the peerless Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and a raft of Motown and Stax records. And yes, a lasting Beatles problem. Listening to his sister’s Phil Ochs, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Carter Family, Dave Van Ronk and Dylan records rounded out his education just a tad.
After moving to Nashville in ’74, W.T. has had cuts by Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, Michael Johnson, Gary Stewart, Ray Stevens, several country acts, and most recently They Call It Love by Bettye Lavette on her classic blues album Scene of the Crime. Robert K. Ohrman described W.T.’s singing style as “sliding around notes like a bluesier Boz Scaggs”. W.T. fronted his own band, The Bad Eggs, playing jazz and blues infused music at the Bluebird Cafe and across Nashville, in a mood ranging from mellow to driving R & B, throughout the 8Os. In the 90s he quieted down just slightly, preferring acoustic gigs In the Round at the Bluebird with friends Michael Johnson, Mike Reid, Ellen Britton, and on occasion with Don Henry, Darryl Scott, Michael Lillie (with whom he wrote Kerrville award winning Perfect Strangers) Dana Cooper, and Bill DeMaine and Molly Felder of Swan Dive. W.T. has recently played extensively throughout Indiana and Michigan, and from Florida to New York with much loved partner MJ Bishop http://mjbishopband.com/index.html
W.T. has finally begun a follow up to his most recent CD Tryin’ To Be Somebody, and now plays Rounds with his writer pals the Variety Pack (Den Schaefer, Kathy Hussey, and Whit Hill) and as a solo in Nashville and beyond. Definitely enjoying going beyond.
Stephen Trombley is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and best-selling author who began writing songs at 16 after seeing Townes van Zandt at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. He has a PhD in English from the University of Nottingham, and is the author of 16 books, translated in 17 languages.
He is founder of the London- and NY-based film company Worldview Pictures. He’s directed more than 20 films, and won an Emmy for his documentary on the Nuremberg trials.
He and Chris Sauer and Oliver Ray formed the band Psychoneedles in 1996, releasing a self-titled EP in 1997.
He moved to Nasvhille in the summer of 2012 where he’s written with Angela
Kaset, Fred Koller, Pam Belford and other hitmakers. He released his first solo CD “Tea For Three” in 2014, produced by Richard Adler. His lastest book is a philosophy miscellany, “Wise Words: The Philosophy of Everyday Life” published in London in January 2016.
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