Jim Callahan and friends playing this Thursday at Belcourt Taps

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by Dave Carew

In my review of Jim Callahan’s most recent album, The Poet, I traced the similarities of Jim’s music to that of some of Nashville’s most ardent singer-songwriters, and stated, “No fan of Kristofferson, John Prine, or Guy Clark should miss this record.”

Now everyone who enjoys the kind of authentic, from-the-heart writing that is the hallmark of a Jim Callahan song can enjoy a full cup of it—just a stone’s throw from Music Row. Jim will be appearing under his “These Lucky Guys and That Beautiful Gurl” banner this Thursday, April 10, at Belcourt Taps, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Late last week Underground Nashville caught up with Jim Callahan for a quick interview. Here’s how our conversation went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: So what’s Jim Callahan been doing lately? What’s the latest focus of your songwriting?

JIM CALLAHAN: I’ve been in the studio the past few weeks, working on a double EP project called Stories from Edison Road. Itwill include a few previously recorded works with brand new orchestration and arrangements, and a few songs written over the past few months. Produced by Josh Martin, these songs are getting a whole new life under his guidance. Volume 1 will be available June 1st. We expect to have Volume 2 available by August 1st.

With some guidance from Amanda Williams and her http://www.songwritingandmusicbusiness.com, I recently placed a song on a new TV show called Gear Heads. And even more recently, had a brand new song “picked-up” by three different publishers, each of whom believe they have an artist who will want it. That song, “Right Amount of Wrong” (a bluesy, sultry piece), was written with Carrie Cunningham, and will be included on my EP.

UN: Why do you enjoy presenting your songs within the framework of “These Lucky Guys and That Beautiful Gurl”?

JC: That is a “banner” I’ve used for about three years, to describe my group of songwriter friends who perform with me on a regular basis. We have a reputation for bringing something special to our songwriter rounds, performing traditional county, pop, soul, rockabilly, folk, and Americana, all on the same stage. That variety is very much a reflection of who I am, and where I come from musically-speaking. The core performers include Mark Vikingstad, Taylor Dukes, Josh Martin, and myself. Others who perform with us occasionally include Tim Rowland, Michael Boris, Heather Batchelor, and Shannon Selig.

UN: What are your musical plans for the remainder of 2014?

JC: We did not do a Kickstarter-type program for Stories from Edison Road, but we will have a “pre-order” system setup for the double EP within a few days. Following completion and release of that project, I hope to be on the road some. I’m looking for a few small acoustic venues in the Southeast and Midwest, as well as house concert opportunities.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES BY JIM CALLAHAN
(These Lucky Guys and That Beautiful Gurl):

Belcourt Taps – – April 10th from 8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Sammy B’s at The Mill (Lebanon) – – April 25th from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information or to contact Jim Callahan, please visit:

http://jimcallahansongs.com/home.htm

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 Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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