By Eric Brace and Karl Straub, featuring performances by Kelly Willis, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Jason Ringenberg, John Wesley Harding, and Andrea Zonn.
Hangtown Dancehall is the story of two young lovers, Betsy and Ike, who leave their Missouri home for California during the Gold Rush. Eric first met the two characters in a folk song that he heard in his childhood in Placerville, California, the epicenter of the Gold Rush, known in the 1850s as Hangtown. That song, "Sweet Betsy From Pike," tells the story of Betsy and Ike's trek by wagon train across the continent. The song's final verses tell of their arrival in Hangtown but Eric decided that though that's the end of the song, it wasn't the end of the tale. With Hangtown Dancehall, Eric and Karl tell the rest of Betsy and Ike's story.
CD packaging includes lyrics and narrative in a 24-page booklet, featuring the art of Julie Sola.
Following on the heels of the acclaimed collection of East Nashville music, The Other Side (2006), comes Yuletide From the Other Side, a splendid compilation of 37 songs of seasonal cheer. Once again, the tunes are courtesy of East Nashville's booming music scene. Two CDs packed with December fun, but that you can listen to all year long.
Another stellar collection of original tunes from some of East Nashville's talented songwriters. This volume follows up the original East Nashville compilation, "The Other Side, Music from East Nashville," released in 2006, and the much lauded holiday CD, "Yuletide from the Other Side." This 19-track CD includes music from Phil Lee, Kieran Kane, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, Anne McCue, Kevin Gordon, Chuck Mead, Elizabeth Cook, Matt Urmy, Carey Ott, Audrey Auld, Jon Byrd, Amelia White, Stephen Simmons, Tim Carroll, Duane Jarvis, Taylor Bates, and Tom Mason.