Don Gallardo‘s latest album, Still Here,
shares his signature sound with fresh vocal phrasing and deep instrumentation. The lush, beautiful album leans more folk-country or indie folk than the current “take” on Americana music. Subtle background vocals and harmony complement Gallardo’s voice. Notable contributors include Erin Rae and Luella. Gallardo shares raw, honest insight into independent music making. He reveals the situation that nearly ended the album mid-recording. While many people gloss over and pretend “everything’s fine,” he clarifies what life is like and how projects derail in a candid conversation.
Country Fried Rock featured Gallardo in our inaugural season
as a radio program. Sadly, that audio disappeared. He generously contributed to our charity compilation for musician suicide prevention. Vol. 1 and 2 continue to raise funds for Nuci’s Space, providing direct services to the music community of Athens, GA. After a decade in Nashville, Don Gallardo’s connections within the songwriters community led him to collaborate with several friends on Still Here.
Robby Hecht, Mando Saenz, Carey Ott, Doug Williams, David Borne’, Luke Amelang, Jesse Cole, and Tim Easton co-wrote songs for Gallardo’s latest record.
These connections with peers whom Gallardo admires allowed him to learn from their special nuances in both writing and performing, as he elaborates in this conversation in the podcast. In the studio, Gallardo also included friends and legends, Dylan Alldredge, Joe Andrews (now with Old Crow Medicine Show), Richard Bailey (banjo, played on hundreds of records, including Steeldrivers, Jim Lauderdale, and the Picking On series), Kyle Everson (dobro, who also played on Gallardo’s album Sweetheart Radio Revolution), Hillel Frankel (sax, who also happens to be a noted attorney in Nashville), Jim Hoke (clarinet, played on almost every record you own), Neilsen Hubbard (mixing, percussion, Mary Gauthier, Amy Speace, Garrison Starr, Amelia White), Micah Hulscher (Margo Price), Clint Maine (also in #CFRalumni Allen Thompson‘s band, Brent Mason (guitar on nearly every country hit since George Jones), Bryan Owings (percussion on nearly every Americana hit ever), David Pinkston (nearly every Southern rock record of Sea Level, Cowboy, and Marshall Tucker Band), Dave Roe (Sturgill Simpson, Gretchen Peters, Dwight Yoakam), Andrew Squire (drums in several Nashville bands, including #CFRalumni Andrew Leahey), Travis Stock (of Don’s band), Whit Wright (formerly American Aquarium).