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Make It Blue Monday, Vol. 101

  • Kimbros 214 South Margin Street Franklin, TN, 37064 United States (map)

7:00 - 8:00 Tomi Lunsford

Tomi Lunsford is a transcendent singer, and songwriter,
informed by deep family musical roots. She has long been recognized as one of Nashville’s most versatile performers, thriving outside the realm of the expected. Her voice is deeply rooted in mountain and bluegrass history, but she possesses her own definitive sound. She has always impressed with an offbeat style and phrasing that conjures jazz, folk, country, and blues in a singular vehicle. Lunsford is a singer whose expressiveness cuts right to the heart of a song—and to
the heart of the listener.

Her new record Come On Blue, produced by Robin Eaton, features twelve elemental songs melodically crafted around her indelible voice. The listener is carried along throughout the record on pure emotions. All are originals, with one exception — an interpretation of the traditional “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground,” first recorded by her great uncle Bascom Lamar Lunsford in1928. Other highlights include "Go To People," referenced by Greil Marcus on as "a where-are-all-my-friends lament that’s sultry, delicate, sly, even sinister," along with “Come On Baby,” written by Lunsford and the great Shel Silverstein, and the foot-stomper "Jesus Was A Union Man." With Come On Blue, she moves comfortably and liquidly throughout it all.

8:00 - 9:00 Todd Sharp live with:
Jack Bruno (drums) played with Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Elton John, Delbert McClinton
Roy Vogt (bass) played with Dickey Betts, Tony Joe White, Larry Coryell, BJ Thomas, Charlie Daniels

From his early gigs with Hall and Oates back in '75, to working with artists such as Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Bob Welch to Rod Stewart, Delbert McClinton, Randy Meisner, Carlene Carter, Richard Marx, Aussie icon Jimmy Barnes and French legend Eddy Mitchell.

Todd has also worked alongside greats such as Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Glen Clark, Al Stewart, David Crosby, Rick Braun, Eric Carmen, Steve Winwood and many others.
Sharp has lived a full musical life with two solo records to his credit; “Who AM I” (MCA, 1986, prod. Don Gehman), and “Walking All the Way” (WannaPlay, 2002, prod. Sharp, & Stephen Bruton).

Todd’s songwriting achievements include co-writing the top ten hit; “Got a Hold On Me” with Christine McVie (1983), Juice Newton’s “A Little Love” (1984), along with other notable covers by McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Welch, Jeff Healey, Rick Braun and others.

Todd is joined by veteran performers Jack Bruno on drums and Roy Vogt on bass. Bruno toured with Tina Turner and Joe Cocker and played for the likes of Elton John and Delbert McClinton. Vogt has played for BJ Thomas and Charlie Daniels and currently holds a Senior Lecturer position at Belmont University's Wilson School of Music. This trio brings a wealth of music history to the Make It a Blue Monday event.