“Nashville’s music business often makes it a cutthroat town. I’ve seen a lot of folks through the years, so desperate to be accepted, that they will do just about anything and pay any price to “make it” (whatever that is),” says Dave Coleman, frontman of The Coal Men. “I love that music isn’t competitive. It only gets that way when you bring that mindset to the art. Granted, you have to be in ‘the game’ sometimes, but I don’t want it to take away from my love of writing, singing, recording and playing guitar.”
The Nashville roots rock outfit is preparing to release their fifth full-length album, Pushed to the Side, on August 19th via Vaskaleedez Records. The trio tracked the album during a stay on Florida’s tip, at Southernmost Studio. “It’s not a concept record,” Coleman explains, “but the narratives of being pushed to the side, of being on the fringe or alienated; they’re part of the story of the record.” That includes the Nashville experience itself, as referenced in “The Payoff,” a country-rock twanger about trying to break through in a town where too many people make music for the wrong reasons.
“I helped Seth Timbs write this song that feels like an alarm. You’ve got to be aware of your motivation for what you do in this world. Did I build a house to have a home? Yes, and I don’t want to move anywhere else,” says Coleman, “Despite the business, the place and the people make my town great. I want to be a part of it until I’m an old man feeding birds in Shelby Park.”
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew is proud to present “The Payoff” by The Coal Men: