Matt Powell - Dragonfly

I always wanted to do something that I played all the instruments on so I made “Dragonfly”. This was the one I thought only I would like, but as it turns out it seems to be everyone’s favorite. I like to call it “porch music”. I don’t think I played all the instruments on it that well back then but I guess I got my point across. I do love most of those songs though. I did it in my bedroom on an Otari MX20-20 with a couple of AKG-414s (for you gearheads) for about $800 bucks. It’s a great “sit by the water” record.

-Matt Powell

This is one of my favorite albums of all time.  After multiple listens, this album just never lets me down.  It blows me away to think that he played all the instruments (guitar, bass, banjo, dobro, harmonica, and harmony vocals) and recorded the songs in his bedroom. 

Listen to the following album tracks below.

1. Dragonfly 2. Hammock Song 3. Saving the Girl 4. Just Another Day 5. Manzanillo Shoals 6. Sweet Mary 7. Here on My Sleeve 8. Airplane Song 9. Good Thing 10. Drama Queen 11. Smell of Her Hair 12. Place Where I Can Breathe 13. Wouldn't You Wake the Same 14. Everything I Know to Do

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Here's here some more of Matt's lyrics not on Dragonfly

There’s a hit or miss chance I can find somebody Now that I’ve got nobody to lose So I’m hitting the town Cause baby I’m missing you

- Missing You, Performed by Wade Bowen, Written by Matt Powell

Reading the bible won’t get you to heaven, and thinking about running won’t make your legs weak. You’ve got a picture of Paris. It don’t mean you’ve been there, and just because you’re able don’t mean you should speak.

-A Whiskey Shot Closer by Matt Powell

I have found myself singing this song all day today.  I heard it on 92.3 this morning on the way to...

I have found myself singing this song all day today.  I heard it on 92.3 this morning on the way to work so that’s the main reason, but I also watched Dan in Real Life recently (I enjoyed the movie) which featured this song.  I’ve included the Steve Carell and Dane Cook version of the song from the movie

Kiss Me in the Dark

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Randy Rogers Band has a new album coming out in August. One of the songs off that cd, "Kiss Me in the Dark", is starting to get radio play in Texas.

Click here to download a version ripped from the Radio - Thanks to jas10 at for ripping this.

Everyone needs to go out and buy this cd when it comes out. :-)

Some more info from Brad at -The song is the RRB's first national single release. The lead single off the forthcoming Mercury release Matter of Time.

-The song, in a first for the RRB, was not written by Randy. Rather it was written specifically for the RRB by their producer, Texas Music legend Radney Foster, with Randy's voice and the band's style in mind.

-A video will be popping up soon, treatments are being narrowed down and expect a full push of this song into the fall.

-It was a tough choice to narrow down the single because, like Rollercoaster, this new record is full of hit singles. This is the first of several singles that will be hitting radio/CMT from this album. All hands are on deck at the record label and they are very excited about this album and the band. They realize like those of us that have been in the RRB choir for almost 6 years now that these guys are THE next big thing.

-Please continue to call/harass/e-mail radio stations to play the tune! Add your radio contact info to the sticky at the top of this forum.

-Thanks for supporting RRB, Galleywinter, and being a part of the RRB Choir!! "Kiss Me In The Dark" Randy Rogers Band

Sailors Sail, Cowboys Ride Lovers love when they get the chance Take it slow, Turn down the lights Soft and low, Let the shadows dance Baby don't hold back

Kiss Me in the dark Roll me through the night Hold me like you'll never let me go Hit me with your heart Until the morning light Let your skin talk to my soul Kiss me in the dark

Strip away everything Tonight there's nothing getting in our way The ties that bind, the wheres and whys Take them off and leave them all outside Lock it all outside

Kiss Me in the dark Roll me through the night Hold me like you'll never let me go Hit me with your heart Until the morning light Let your skin talk to my soul Kiss me in the dark

Without a single word Baby we can say so much Reveal everything with just one touch

Kiss Me in the dark Roll me through the night Hold me like you'll never let me go Hit me with your heart Until the morning light Let your skin talk to my soul Kiss me in the dark Kiss me in the dark

Lyrics courtesy of Craig at

I stole this from Peter Cooper's Blog

From Peter's MySpace Blog: (links added by me) I've got this Rhapsody program, which lets me hear thousands of songs with the click of a mouse button. It's a handy thing when I'm looking up songs, as it saves me the trip upstairs to the CD room. I still don't like how music sounds in the Internet realm - too compressed, and I'd rather listen to vinyl. But it's convenient, and it helps me get research done, check lyrics, etc.

Anyway, Rhapsody has a "home page" that comes up when I first click on it, and today the page featured American Idol winners. Now, I think that Taylor Hicks guy looks more like ex-Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremmins than anyone I've ever seen, so he's okay in my book. And he's an okay singer, and I realize American Idol is about compelling television rather than great music. And I have long since given up the notion that the cream rises. It might rise, but not necessarily. Stunning artists often flounder. Brilliant songs lie unrecorded. Mediocre junk often makes millions. And if it makes somebody happy, even if it's "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" or "Yummy, Yummy Yummy I've Got Love In My Tummy," than it's doing good, not ill, for the world. More power.

All that said, I clicked on the little dealio that let me hear Taylor Hicks' version of "Takin' It To The Streets" and I got a little sad. It's nothing against him, and nothing against Michael McDonald, the song's original singer. I've had several long talks with Michael McDonald (really, he lives near Nashville) and I can say for sure that he's a very nice guy, that he's talented and that he's got enough of a sense of humor to have appeared on the South Park movie soundtrack singing a parody of himself called "Through The Eyes Of A Child." (Sample lyric: "Life is kind of gay/ But it doesn't seem that way/ Through the eyes of a child.") Hicks' version of "Takin' It To The Streets" is decent-enough karaoke. Better than I could do with that song, for sure. Repeat, for sure.

But then I started thinking about a show I saw last night at a little Nashville club, where Tim Carroll sang and Elizabeth Cook sang and Chris Richards sang and Dawn McCoy sang and Jon Byrd sang and The Wrights sang and Chelle Rose sang and Molly Thomas sang (hell, I sang with her, so that dragged her down a little) and a bunch of other people sang who weren't aping the stuff that's already out there. These folks were working on something different, on adding to the whole thing rather than just being the latest version of somebody before them who made some dough. We raised some cash for rural music education in Alabama, so it was all good.

Listen, from what I understand, there were more votes for Taylor Hicks in this American Idol thing than there were for George W. Bush in the last presidential election. Hey, another thing in this dude's favor! Again, he's not the problem. Probably a nice guy. Sings better than most of the people in your office, your school or your... well, not your church. If you go to church, I guarantee that you know someone who sings better than this fellow. But they don't look like Bobby Cremmins, do they? Do they? Answer true.

But the sad part of all this, to me, is that there are millions of people who care about the music of Taylor Hicks and there are far fewer who care about the bust-a-gut-laughing-and-then-cry stuff by Tommy Womack, the Chuck Berry-meets-Roger Miller excellence of Tim Carroll, the jaw-dropping beauty of a Julie Lee vocal performance, the genius works of Kevin Gordon, or Eric Taylor, or Kieran Kane, or David Olney, or even John Prine or Todd Snider. I mean, shed no tears for Prine or Snider. They're doing fine, and they should be. Those are two shining examples of people who have built their own sound, their own audience and their own livelihood through force of will and strength of song. I'm just saying that it's weird to me that more people have taken an active participation in rooting for Taylor Hicks than they have in checking out recent works by Kris Kristofferson or Emmylou Harris. Neil Young? Maybe even Neil Young. Dylan? God, maybe even Dylan. By the numbers, yeah. Television drama is television drama, and I can tell you FOR SURE that I watched hours of the Flava Flav stuff that's been on VH-1 (sample quote: "Operation Nothing I Can Do About It Now is now in effect!"). But once the drama stuff is over, there's music to consider, right? Right? And millions of Americans are listening to Taylor Hicks' version of "Takin' It To The Streets"? Right?

And I'm preaching to the choir, I know. And I don't want to preach at all. And this isn't sour grapes: I've got it easy, 'cause I've got a day job. My grapes are sweet as candy. And I know that musicians go into the whole deal realizing full well that just because they do something monumentally superb doesn't mean anyone will ever give a rat's ass about it. And I'd have a beer with Taylor Hicks and tell him to his face that he's a good singer. And I'll bet he won't get carded by the bartender, either. Twenty-nine? Is that right?

But I just get a little sad about it, that's all. The better you are as an insurance agent, the more money you'll make. The better you are as a journalist, the more opportunities will present themselves. The better you are as a teacher... well, forget the teacher thing. Teachers get screwed, royally. But the better you are as a musician the more you're going to knock yourself out of the real money. If you're terrible, you're probably SOL. If you're the best, you're likely struggling. Dylan wouldn't get a record deal if he was a young man today. Wanna bet? Okay, how are we gonna settle this bet? We're not? Well, then I'll take the Mavericks in the NBA championship series. $100. Shake.

Anyway, if you're doing a passable new-century version of Buffett, the Doobies, BTO or Billy Joel, you're in. If you're doing something valuable, atypical and artful... good luck. In any case, you don't know me, but I'm your brother.

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Check out Andy Neale's New Band - Falling Awake

From an email from Andy: My band has finally gotten some great stuff to push us off the ground here in Nashville. We are hoping to be one of the first HUGE rock acts to break the silence and the country stereotype in the music city. Please go to our web page and let me know what you think. There are pics and songs on it so, please indulge. Some of the songs are our latest and we just finished recording with Mark Slaughter as our producer....he was the lead singer in the band slaughter in the 80s....platinum records and such!!! We are extremely blessed to have him on our side. I hope to hear feed back from many of you. God's blessing on all and I hope you are all doing well. Visit

Andy Neale

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So check them out and spread the word!

Ryan James - I pray for you my friend

another good artist. I need to buy this CD too. Here's a clip of one of his songs that I like: listen

and the lyrics:

12} I PRAY FOR YOU MY FRIEND Written by Ryan James/Jarrod Medulla © 2005 Hightail Publishing (BMI)

CHORUS: I pray for you my friend And the road that lies ahead May you always find Your back to the wind I pray for you my friend

There'll be days when you get lonely And nights that never seem to end When that time comes know in your heart That I'll pray for you my friend


This old world is filled with danger And the path is not always clear There will be choices you make that you might regret I hope you know I'll always be near


I don't have very much to offer But you'll always have a place inside my heart If you ever find yourself where you don't want to be I'll never be too far


Check out Ryan Turner's performance of "She's No Amy"

I really need to get his cd. [youtube][/youtube]

*I had to change the video on this one


Here are the lyrics: Title: She’s No Amy Track #8 Written by: Ryan Turner & Marshall Foster

She’s the morning kiss I crave each day She laughs at all the crazy things I saw She’s a ray of light when my skies turn gray Says “Everything will be okay”

She’s the notes I find saying “I love you” She’s the late night talk that last ‘til two She picks me up when I’m feeling blue And all my friends seem to like her too Oh but she’s no Amy And that’s something I can’t hide No she’s no Amy I guess I’m good at getting by

No she’s no Amy And with any strength I’d say goodbye She’s no Amy But she beats lonely… oh lonely tonight

Well I know deep down what I should do Should set her free to find someone knew Someone to love her with a heart so true Yes I know that’s what I should do

Tonight with her head laid on my chest And her arms wrapped in mine I know she’ll be dreaming of me But the only thing on my mind

Oh but she’s no Amy And that’s something I can’t hide No she’s no Amy I guess I’m good at getting by

No she’s no Amy And with any strength I’d say goodbye She’s no Amy But she beats lonely… oh lonely tonight