NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2015) – When Kelly Lang’s long-time friend Paul Shaffer visited Nashville for vacation recently, they did what most musicians do. They made music, recording a track for her upcoming album in their first studio session together.
Lang’s performance with the former musical director of Late Show With David Letterman is one of several star-studded cuts from her upcoming album, which is set for release later this year. The singer-songwriter was excited to get to record with Shaffer, especially considering the musical magic that they created in their first performance together.
“I’ve known Paul forever, but we’d never had the chance to perform together,” said Lang. “He came down on vacation to see me, check out Nashville, and do a show. After that, we decided, ‘Why not record this for the record’?”
Shaffer had originally come to town to visit Lang and to play a July 4th show as Lang’s special guest. Lang is a regular performer in the annual Remembering Conway Twitty show at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. This year, she performed “Goodbye Darling,” a song she wrote about Twitty. For her second song, she chose “Last Date,” a song Twitty fans know for the moving lyrics he wrote to the Floyd Cramer tune.
It was the magic of “Last Date” Shaffer and Lang decided to capture when they made it into the studio. “It’s just such a magical song, and Paul brings so much to it, so much feeling and passion,” Lang said. “You can hear it all on the record when it comes out. And there’s a lot of surprises, too.”
Lang is playing it close to the vest about the songs she’s including on the album. And, while she won’t reveal the full song list or popular names that might find their way into the credits, she does say people will be surprised and pleased with the collection, which she likens to her last album of classic songs, Shades of K, which drew critical praise from Billboard. “I’ve been so blessed in my life to have people like Paul, so many incredibly gifted, talented musicians,” she said. “I’m just as blessed to have so many great songs to include on this record.”
Growing up in the music business, Lang’s father was Twitty’s longtime tour manager. She turned first to performing, with her first Billboard single “Lady, Lady” at the age of 15. Over the years, she’s toured extensively, and she is a talented and sought-after songwriter, as well. She is set to appear July 18 at the Grand Ole Opry with husband TG Sheppard, with whom she frequently performs duets in live shows. The couple released Iconic Duets, an album of celebrated love songs, in 2013.
Have you ever submitted your demo to a record company only to receive it back in a few days with a stamp on it that says, “No unsolicited material accepted?” In order for you to submit your demonstration recording to a company you must first get permission to send it. Most companies now a days will give you a code to write on the outside of the package. Once you receive this code you better act quickly. There are some companies that have been known to change the code every 24 hours and thus if your code is not current it will still be returned to you unopened. Back in the day if you were a songwriter with a brand new song you believed in, you could walk into a Music Row publisher and sit down with your guitar and play your song for someone with authority and possibly get that song published that day. All of that is now just a memory and now and then you see it in an old movie.
The new Music Row is filled with lawyers, accountants, and puppets answering to the higher ups in New York or Los Angeles. With that hardened attitude there is no way to predict if another Hank Williams Senior wouldn’t walk right into the office with a few songs that could go on to sell millions.
I am willing to bet you somewhere in this world there is a songwriter that will never get his songs heard by the movers and shakers in Nashville and his songs are better than what they have stockpiled. I can also say somewhere there is a male or female singer that will never get a recording contract that could sell millions of dollars of recordings for a label that will never hear her sing a note.
What ever happened to the business model of “Open Door Policy?” Do you think if someone had the nerve to try it that it could be successful?
– The Music City Ghost [File#14] 2015
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“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. -Psalm 29:11”
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. -John 3:16 nkjv
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -John 14:27 nkjv
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