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Reviewed By: Karen Huston
March 30 marked the release of “Lost In The Trouble,” the 5th album from East Nashville’s Ned Van Go, led by songmaster, Ned Hill and produced by Michael Webb.
The Rutledge, a premiere live music venue, set the scene for what was to be a high-octane night filled with set after set of incendiary performances.
Ned Hill of Ned Van Go
The evening started with a set by the incomparable Stacie Collins, whose sexy, high energy stage presence and hot harmonica playing could melt the stage lights. With harp-heavy rockin’ and moves like Jagger, Collins primed the full house for what would be an incredible night of local music.
Next up, Jane Rose and The Deadend Boys took the stage with their sound of rockabilly with an edge. Jane Rose is reminiscent of the great Wanda Jackson, with strong, growling vocals and solid guitar skills. She kept the energy in the room at a high level and maintained the crowd in preparation for the set of the night.
When Ned Van Go hit the stage, there was such an electricity in the air. The crowd was ready to receive a fantastic show and the band was ready to deliver.
“Hog Rock Road,” Hill’s dark, raucous answer to country music’s affinity for songs about the quaint, sweet side of small town living, kicked off the set and captured the audience immediately. With each song, from the new “Lost In The Trouble” and older favorites, such as “Charlene” from “Marry a Waitress” and “So Long, I’m Gone,” from “Heartbroke City,” Ned Van Go drew in the crowd, who were now committed to being carried along, anywhere the music took them.
The best surprise of the night was when the boys interjected an acoustic set in the middle of all the fast, hard rock n roll! Bob Grant traded in his electric guitar for a mandolin, Reggie Las Vegas switched to a drum box and Viva Zappata went to his acoustic bass. Joining them on stage were fiddler,Ward Stout, Michael Webb on accordion, Bob Toevs on penny whistle. Stacie Collins reappeared for a sweet duet with Hill,”Moon Shine On You,” which was dedicated to Ned’s dad.
The rocking again resumed and the audience picked right back up where they left off.
Ned Van Go took a chance changing gears mid-show but it payed off. The crowd stayed with them right to the very end and by the last song, both the band and the audience had given every ounce of passion they possessed.
POSTED BY NED HILL The new record,"Lost In The Trouble", is done and ready to be duplicated. Thanks to Michael Webb for all his hard work in producing, engineering, and mixing this record. Also, a big thanks to Bob Toevs for the lay out and design. Ned Van Go is Ned Hill, Bob Grant, Reggie Las Vegas, and Viva Zapata. Guest players on this record include Dan Baird, Warner Hodges, Michael Webb, Robert Kearns, Stascie Collins, Ward Stout, and Johnny Foodstamp! Here are the song titles:
Hog Rock Road Poor White Trash Southern Reputation Blues Where Ya Gone Virginia 1000 Dollar Car Lost In The Trouble Drunk Like Shane MacGowan Pickaxe, Shovel, and Dynamite Copper Bluegrass Take Ya Home Last Factory Song Moon Shine On You
See ya in the coming year!
We're closing in on finishing our 5th recording with Michael Webb at the helm. Bob Grant, Reggie Las Vegas, Viva, and myself (Ned Hill), have put him through the mill but are very excited about the results. With guest appearances by Dan Baird, Warner Hodges, Robert Kearns, Stacie Collins, Ward Stout, and Johnny Foodstamp, I think this will be one of finest sounding efforts! We look to have it completed by the end of August.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 We began recording our 5th studio CD this week. We've narrowed the songs pretty much and look forward to seeing how it's going to come out. There's always surprises. Songs you thought were going to be cool just kinda lay there and others you thought were mediocre take on a life of their own. Hopefully we'll have more of the latter. It is yet to be titled but we're starting to float around some ideas. Here are some of the song titles we're working on: Drunk Like Shane McGowan Lost In The Trouble Hog Rock Road Poor White Trash Southern reputation Blues Copper Bluegrass Where Ya Gone Virginia? My Last Factory Song May The Moon Shine On You Buried My Love $1000 Car (Bottle Rockets) Carrie Nation Uncle Dee Take Ya Home and a few others...
All NVG CD's and Songs available at Cd Baby, Itunes and Amazon!