Tired of being told by various and sundry music industry insiders that many of his songs are good in quality but will never be recorded in Nashville due to political and social content, songwriter Richard Aberdeen rounded up some of Nashville’s top musicians and session vocalists and began to record material content that many here in Nashville (and elsewhere) believe should be heard on 21st Century American radio, given the dire straits certain members of both major political parties have managed to drag our nation into. Our first effort, “Homeless In America: Twenty-One Songs of Social Content for the 21st Century”, has received radio airplay on many independent stations throughout the United States, Canada, England and other European markets and a few Asian markets. Some of the tracks have also been used on various television programs and radio talk shows, such as Thom Hartmann’s Air America show, some in a new DVD documentary on the homeless and the song “Big Mack Donald” was included in a recent VH-1 “Save The Music” charity CD release.
Two of the vocalists heard on this first CD release have now gone on to sign major label contracts and one has recorded an independent release with a nationally known producer, while most of the musicians who participated perform with and do session work for various well-known main-stream country and other artists. In order to protect mainstream careers from political repercussions, we have collectively named the participating musicians and vocalists “Nashville Session Players”, which is a true and correct name for them, because that is what they do for a living. This is the name they should be referred to when played on radio and mentioned in other media, regardless of which song is being performed or otherwise, is referred to.
We released our second CD, entitled “Gonna Rise Up”, in September of 2006. It was produced by established country music songwriter and artist Razzy Bailey, who has written thirteen number one songs and recorded over fifteen albums. Two of his own new songs are included on this second release and his seasoned country-blues vocals can be heard on four of the tracks. This second project containing 19 songs plus an additional free download track, is “populist” in slant and centers on health-care, which is a growing concern among U.S. citizens of all political persuasion. Other issues addressed in this new project include congressional corruption, immigration and homeless war veterans and the title song, “Gonna Rise Up”, is a tribute for recent hurricane victims. Most of the tracks on this new project are mid to up-tempo; there are tribute songs for Rosa Parks and Pete Seeger included, as well.
Our third Nashville Session Players CD was released in January of 2007. Unlike our first two releases, this third collection of nineteen tracks is politically non-partisan and contains mostly inspirational songs. It is a tribute to Tara Cole, a Nashville homeless woman who was murdered for the "crime" of being homeless. Information about the Tara Cole incident can be found at http://freedomtracks.com/taracole.html
Our recordings are currently being used by the National Coalition for the Homeless, New Orleans Common Ground Collective Relief and several other organizations as a fundraising tool. We are open to select organizations using our recordings in this fashion at our cost and they may be used for no charge in approved video releases. For more information, please visit our website: www.FreedomTracks.com