Tony James Shevlin

Tony James Shevlin

Letter From America 3

Uncategorized No comments
featured image

Letter From America #3 – Final thoughts from Nashville

Everything seems to happen slowly here.  It’s as if there is time,  and then there’s Tennessee time.  It might be something to do with the heat;  it slows you down.  Or at least, walking slowly conserves your energy.  I have yet to see someone here running for a bus.  Or it might be that you get used to having to wait a full fifteen minutes for a slow-moving train to cross your path,  and there’s nothing you can do about it.  This opportunity to fully consider things is evident in much of the songwriting that I’ve come across in the last two weeks.  No observation is rushed,  no word is wasted.  The songs are as matured as the local bourbon.

Read More

Letter From America 2

Uncategorized No comments
featured image

Letter from America #2 –

Every city has a rhythm.  New York and London are frenetic;  Paris and Rome,  less so.  Moscow’s is taut.  I was having trouble finding Nashville’s rhythm.  I think it could be that the city has been invaded this weekend by fans of women’s basketball from the states of Indiana,  Maryland,  Connecticut and New York,  whose teams were playing for the NCAA title and with them they bought a little of the feel of their own cities.  In all the bars there was good-natured banter between the fans that would put our football fans to shame.

I have opted to stay in a hostel and not a hotel.  The downtown hotels are very expensive.  The Nashville Downtown Hostel is a third of the price.  I must come clean here – I couldn’t bear the Read More

Letter From America 1

Uncategorized No comments
featured image

The flight from London to Detroit was eight hours long.  Eight long hours.  I was sat next to Jim from Detroit.  I suppose it was something of a cliche that he worked in the automotive industry.  Well,  he was from the Motor City.  We found common ground talking about Southern Rock  –  he had seen Lynyrd Skynyrd when he was 16.

In Detroit,  I had to go through immigration and Homeland Security.  There was a scary moment when the official said my visa had the wrong number on it.  I held my breath while he tapped away at Read More

Recording Blog 2

Uncategorized No comments

Tim Amblin

Tony continues his story of the recording of his new album, Songs From the Last Chance Saloon.

Let There be Drums!

There are many, many drummer jokes. I have told some of them myself; sometimes, when I should have kept them to myself. I was once interviewing the legendary guitar amplifier designer, Jim Marshall, and I asked him how as an electronics expert he connected with the likes of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix when finding out what they wanted from his creations. “I’m a musician, too,” he said, proudly, “I’m a drummer.” I smiled and said: “A drummer? You mean someone who hangs out with musicians?” The boffin’s face did not crack a smile and I could feel my face getting warmer than the valves in one of his 400 watt heads turned up to 11. The interview went downhill from there. Read More

Recording Blog 1

Uncategorized No comments

Tony reveals the whys and wherefores of his new album, Songs From the Last Chance Saloon.

takemine

In a way, the making of this album came about because of my decision to go to Nashville. “I want to go to Nashville,” I told my wife. “Just go!” she said.

Well, I couldn’t just turn up in Nashville without something to show people what it is I do (or get any gigs, for that matter) so I decided to make an album.

This blog will be the story of that album.

I’m going to write about my song choices, my studio choice,  and the reasons why I’ll be using certain musicians. And I’m going to give an honest account of how the sessions went.

Read More