Don Gallardo (from the album Still Here available on Rock Ridge Music)
A snare shot is the starting blast for Still Here, the recent release from Don Gallardo as the East Nashville-based musician begins the album journey with the personal reflections of “Something I Gotta Learn”. A storyteller that pens part-fact, part- fiction stories with both hopes and heartaches, Don Gallardo continues to deliver a contemporary take on familiar sounds with his band. Country music taps “Oh Jane” on the shoulder to tell its tale as Still Here takes a spin on the back-alley jazz for “Stay Awhile” and trudges with determination, mustering a steadfast conviction to both the beat and goals for “Kicking Up the Pavement”.
Stepping away from solo writing, Don Gallardo lists numerous co-writes for Still Here, welcoming A-list session players in addition to his band into the studio and sailing the seas of a better life with Erin Rae on vocals in “A Boat Named Harmony”. Echoes of California Country drift across Still Here, audio keepsakes Don Gallardo took on the trek from his northern CA upbringing to Nashville, Tennessee in 2008. A west coast ease backs the Americana and Country tones of Music City as the album tips its hat to offer a goodbye with “Ballad of a Stranger’s Heart” while Don Gallardo sways on gentle far-from-home Country Folk to match the rhythms of his non-stop troubadour travels knowing “I’ll Never Be Alone”. Still Here comforts the sad tale of “The Losing Kind” in a warm honky tonk waltz and shares a drunk-on-Dylan dream with “Same Ol’ Alley Talkin’ Blues #12”.
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