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Few are gifted with a Classic Country voice as good and gritty as the one God gave Nashville artist George Shingleton. George also writes his own stuff and his single, “Fire or Flame,” came out in February, and there’s another, “Handful of Hell,” coming out in May. A full album will be out later this year.
You can listen to the new single here. On Monday, March 30, a video for the song will be released. George had this to say about the new song: “I think a lot of people have been in a relationship at least once, where they weren’t sure of the other person’s feelings. That’s where the idea stemmed from for this song; the anxiety of hanging on the line for someone who you love can be nerve-wracking. A fire is long-standing, but a flame burns or can be put out easily.”
I thank George for delivering these great 11 Answers. He plans on touring the new record later this year. In the meantime, you can catch George’s livestream this coming Friday, April 3. Details can be found on Facebook. He and Shane Sanders will be doing originals and covers and accepting your tips!
Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?
I grew up in the sticks on the outskirts of a small coal mining/railroad town, Grafton, WV. My wife and I moved to Nashville in the fall of 2011. We moved here, so we would be in a place we could both find work doing what we like to do. Her being a nurse, and myself a singer/songwriter, Nashville seemed to be the spot for us.
What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?
First record I bought was actually a cassette tape, and it was most definitely a gospel album. Charles Johnson and The Revivers. They had the original version of a song called “I Can’t Even Walk (Without You Holding My Hand)” written by Pastor Colbert Croft, and his wife, Joyce Croft. There’ve been a few other folks that have recorded it also. I think one of the last albums I bought was a Little Feat vinyl. I just started listening to those guys in the last few years, really.
First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?
The first live concert I went to was Charles Johnson and The Revivers. Did I mention I grew up on Gospel music? Lots of Southern Gospel, as a matter of fact. Family bands (The Hemphills, The Happy Goodmans, The Hoppers, and The Greenes) and Gospel Quartets (The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, and J.D. Sumner and The Stamps Quartet) were mostly what was heard in our house. Jack Pearson was the last live show I was able to take in. I never get tired of watching and listening to that guy play!
Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?
I didn’t see Merle Haggard there. I would’ve imagined he already had a spot.
Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?
For coffee, I like to go to Caliber Coffee on Lebanon Pike in the Donelson area. Great folks, and their coffee is my personal favorite. If I do a franchise pizza, it’s Jet’s. If I’m doing local, we usually have a slice at Five Points Pizza in East Nashville.
What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?
That’s a heavy question. There are too many to choose from. I wish I could give y’all at least a top ten list.
Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?
The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.
Dave Pahanish, Dean Dillon, and Jeffrey Steele. I’m not anywhere near their level, but it would be cool to be in the round with them!
What are your favorite music venues to play in town?
I really enjoy playing 3rd and Lindsley.
Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?
Finally, what’s in your musical future?
Lots more touring and shows. Yeah, man!