A Trip Back in Time

music musings, beaverdamusa.comA couple of weeks ago, I called upon my sweet wife to go listen to some music with me at a relatively new place – the Old School Farm Bar.  When I told her who was playing, convincing wasn’t necessary.  We were going to see our friend Jaime Kyle  and her husband, Dave Jenkins.

jaime kyleJaime’s debut album (Passionate Kind) came out in 1992 and the debut single Ragged Heart received significant airplay on local radio.  I first heard her on WKDF – yes Nashville newcomers, WKDF used to play rock music.  Ian Case & the Duke interviewed Jaime and I guess the Nashville pride took over.  Here was a Nashville native who had great music and wasn’t singing country.  The Passionate Kind became my go-to album for gifts and telling folks about this artist from right here in Nashville.

Jaime played very few shows in Nashville, but I did get to catch her at 328 Performance Hall with my friends, Mike and Lori.  Fast forward a couple of years and I have met my bride and we went to hear my high school friend Mike and his band, Sunday Drivers at what could be best described as a dive – Rick’s Circus Pizza.  This was pre-kids and traveling across the city and staying out past 10:00 was the norm.  Through a mutual friend of Mike’s, Jaime came out to listen to the Sunday Drivers.  We started chatting and a friendship grew between Jaime, Lori, & me after that night.  We got to see her a few times at the Bluebird through the years.  When Lori & I hosted a JDRF fundraiser in Kingston Springs, we turned to Jaime to be the entertainment.  She didn’t disappoint and brought Walter Egan (Magnet & Steel) to sing along with her.  Lori & I will forever be grateful to her for that.  She also played a benefit to help preserve one of the last natural areas in Nashville – Bell’s Bend.  The band she put together for that show was incredible – Lance Hoppen from Orleans (the band, not the city), Bill Lloyd from Foster & Lloyd, and the incomparable Jonell Mosser – a who’s who of Nashville musicians.  Nashville couldn’t keep Jaime musically or physically.  She wrote Faith Hill’s breakout single Wild One and Heart’s Stranded.  She also married Dave Jenkins of Pablo Cruise and splits time between Nashville and the Left Coast.

Back to the music – Jaime, Dave and Lance played the Old School Farm Bar which coincidentally is in Bell’s Bend.  Jaime & Dave traded off playing their songs so it was a chance to listen to those cool Pablo Cruise songs Love Will Find A Way and Whatcha Gonna Do in addition to Jaime’s Wild One, Stranded, and my personal favorite Untangled.  While the venue might not be the most lush – think elementary school gym/stage; it was a chance to listen to some great music from an old friend and a new one.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love living in this town?


P.S.  Lots of material to come – look for musings on the Meatloaf show and the acoustic show from Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo.

Inside Zach’s iPod – Vol. 3

music musings, beaverdamusa.comI figured the public is clamoring for another installment of “Inside Zach’s iPod (IZI)”; or I have writer’s block – you be the judge.

To refresh your memory, I currently have 4,077 songs on my iPod and the drill is that I hit shuffle and write about the first five songs that come up.  It is also an observation of how my mind skips around (SQUIRREL!).  I can’t skip songs unless they have popped up before on IZI.

  • Snowblind – Styx.  This Paradise Theater deep cut features both James Young and Tommy Shaw on vocals.  In typical Styx fashion, this song starts out slowly and then kicks into a rockin’ tune by the end.  Saw them perform this one live on the Paradise Theater tour.
  • Love Her and Lose Me – Heidi Newfield.  This comes from Heidi’s solo debut album after Trick Pony’s first break-up.  I received this album as a promo from a record company friend and immediately liked it.  Heidi has one of those voices best described as sultry.  She participated in a couple of JDRF golf tourneys, so that moved her to the “like” column for me.
  • Black on Black II – Heart.  This is a rockin’ Heart tune from Desire Walks On.  I remember they opened with this song the last time I saw them (Wildhorse Saloon).  As usual, Ann voice is very powerful. Speaking of Ann, she is performing a solo mini tour with only seven stops; one of which is the City Winery in Nashville.  She plans on performing a variety of blues and rock songs that she “…enjoys singing”.  I bought tickets and look forward to the show.
  • Ragged Heart – Jaime Kyle.  This tune from her debut album The Passionate Kind (1992) received some local air time here in Nashville.  I first heard her in an interview on KDF around the release of the CD and have seen her several times since then and consider her a friend.  She achieved popularity with later releases in Europe and also songwriting success with Wild One (Faith Hill) and Stranded (Heart).
  • All in How You Say It – Tommy Shaw.  From Tommy’s 1998 solo album 7 Deadly Zins, this song kind of has a smooth and cool vibe to it.  The 7 Deadly Zins album is a nice piece of work.  It is like Tommy invited several friends (Nugent, Allison Kraus, Kevin Cronin, Jack Blades and Michael Cartellone) over and said “hey, come sing on my solo CD”.  Yes, there was one song that Jack, Tommy, Ted, and Michael played on; so you could kind of make the stretch that it was a Damn Yankees song if you closed your eyes real tight.  I saw Tommy on this tour in Knoxville at Thompson Boiling Arena.  He had the first slot in a tour that boasted Tommy, Peter Frampton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Ironically, Cartellone played with Shaw on that tour and within a year, he was installed as Skynyrd’s drummer -where he is still today.

Well, that closes another peek inside my iPod, as well as my mind.  Hope you visit again soon.  Also, if your area is like Nashville has been lately, the key word is HYDRATE.

Zach – sweating while musing

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