Whispering Sea - Loretta Lynn

from the album Full Circle (2016)

Once upon a time, I left the great cosmopolis to move down south.  ATL.  There were lots of reasons.  When I look back, the thing that may have pushed me over the top was the music scene.  Everything was here.  Ska, Rock, Blues, Country, Hip Hop, Rap, Bluegrass ... Everything.

Stuck in town on business over a weekend, I found a club where Jonathan Richmond was playing on Saturday night.  It was liquor-soaked and marvelous.  The next morning, my hungover skeleton found a place called Smith's Olde Bar.  The sign said "Sunday Gospel Brunch."  It might as well have said "Salvation."

By the time the band played "This Little Light Of Mine," my future was written.

A few months later, an advertising gal hooked me up with a band that needed a bass player.  It was the start of a favorite chapter in my life.  Pretty soon we were sweethearts of the redneck underground, barnstorming the southeast with our rockabilly, country-rockin' vibe.  The sets balanced originals and covers.  The most crowd-pleasing songs were by Loretta Lynn.

One night in Opelika, Alabama something nearing a country-slam-dance broke out when we played "You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man."  We followed it with "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)" and "Fist City".  Although I was playing tuba bass lines, in my heart I was Dee Dee Ramone.

On her latest release, the 83-year old country music legend opens with a new version of the first song she ever recorded -  Whispering Sea.  I am instantly transported to Butcher's Hollow, Kentucky.  The Coal Miner's Daughter.

It is vintage, but oh-so modern.  The instruments are so "alive" and the tones are so pure.  Loretta Lynn's voice.  Chilling.

This is where it started.  It has come Full Circle.  We are whole.

Click Here to watch Loretta Lynn perform Whispering Sea live in the studio.