Cotton Wine releases impressive debut album

By Dave Carew

We’re living in an age in which Gram Parsons’ vision of “Cosmic American Music”—what one writer described as “the American musical gumbo”—has been elevated to the highest tiers of musical consciousness and acceptance. In this highly creative landscape, artists are unleashing fascinating musical hybrids and synergisms—taking one form of music, marrying it to another, and creating something unprecedented.

One of the more interesting hybrids—not originated by Cotton Wine, but richly explored in their eponymous debut album—is that formed by the integration of mountain (Appalachian) music with a pop melodic sense. In songs like “Murder Song” and “Corn in a Cotton Field” (a wonderful affirmation of the beauty and worth of each human being), it is as if we are listening to the spectral sounds and spirit of Civil War musicians braided to the melodic sense of a Sara Bareilles.

One of the most distinct and intriguing facets of this six-song debut is its nuanced exploration and embrace of human duality, even darkness. Songs like “Murder Song,” “Bloody Mary,” and “Warning” touch on the shadow in the human condition in a way that emanates musically as accepting and mysteriously redemptive. For that reason—among many—this album signals the arrival of an Americana band well worth watching.

To view Cotton Wine’s Halloween Day-released new video for “Bloody Mary,” please visit:

For more about Cotton Wine, please visit:

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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