Americana Music News (Ken Paulson) – New Release – “Pushed to the Side” – The Coal Men


By Ken Paulson

New and recent releases:

CoalmenThe Coal Men – Pushed to the Side – Coming August 19 is Pushed to the Side, the fifth album from the Nashville-based Coal Men. Band leader Dave Coleman is a next-generation Tony Joe White, writing soulful and thoughtful songs and he’s joined here by Dave Ray and Paul Slivka. The songs are sometimes sobering and always well-crafted. Highlights include “Depreciate,”  an insightful song about the aging process and the driving “The Payoff.”

Mother Church Pew – Premiere “The Payoff” – The Coal Men – from “Pushed to the Side”


“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:

The Bluegrass Situation – Song Premiere – “The Singer (in Louisville)” – The Coal Men – “Pushed to the Side”




Artist: The Coal Men
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Song: “The Singer (in Louisville)”
Album: Pushed to the Side
Release Date: August 19
Label: Vaskaleedez Records

In Their Words: “I wrote this song while in Germany on tour with Stephen SImmons. It’s based on a Tommy Womack short story about a fella’s bad gig in Louisville. This fella gets lame requests and, eventually, gets beat up by some kids who want to hear a hit. The bartender in the song just tells you how it is. The good, the bad, the booze, anger, joy, and commitment from the fella with a guitar and the songs he believes in.” — Dave Coleman

American Songwriter – Premiere “Depreciate” – The Coal Men

Song Premiere: The Coal Men, “Depreciate”

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The artist: Nashville-based Americana vets The Coal Men

The song: “Depreciate,” off the band’s fifth album, Pushed To The Side, which drops August 19

Fun fact: Lead singer Dave Coleman hosts a weekly songwriting series called “Short Sets” at The Family Wash in East Nashville (ACTUALLY IT’S COLE SLIVKA WHO HOSTS, DC GUESTS OFTEN)

Songwriter says of the song: “Aging gracefully isn’t easy for a car or a person, but all the experiences along the way are worth the miles and years. Years ago we were the new band, a new model. Now we are road tested and still have a long ways to go before we get put up on blocks. The band had an old Chrysler Town & Country van that gotten stolen in Florida. I didn’t know how much I loved that thing until it was gone, but I know it’s still out there, somewhere on the road, sort of like The Coal Men.” —Dave Coleman 

Kim Fowler of Two Dog Media on board as publicist for The Coal Men’s Escalator



Two Dog Media (logo)

The Coal Men are proud to have Kim Fowler of Two Dog Media on board as publicist for the new album Escalator.

Some of Kim’s clients include:

The Americana Music Association, Guy Clark, Kelly Joe Phelps, Charlie Peacock (Producer of Civil Wars), Black Hen Records, Dualtone Music, The Vespers,

Other former clients include Nickel Creek, Eric Church, Chris Thile, EMI, Matraca Berg, Colin Hay, Compass Records, Sugar Hill Records, Otis Gibbs, and  Julie Lee




Jenni Finlay Promotions on board to promote Escalator to Americana Radio

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The Coal Men are proud to have Jenni Finlay representing the band as we seek radio play with the release of Escalator, our fourth studio album.
We will join a wonderful cast of artists who have trusted Jenni with their radio promotions.

Some of Jenni Finlllay’s clients:

James McMurtry, Gurf Morlix, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jon Dee Graham, Ben Kweller, Rod Picott, Kinky Friedman, Dawes, Slaid Cleaves, Lucero, and Caitlin Rose.

Jenni Finlay
Jenni Finlay Promotions

Progress on the new album!

We’ve gotten nearly all the overdubbing finished on the new album.  It’s mostly a 3-piece live rock album, featuring the core band (Dave, Hitch, and Dave C). All of the tracks were recorded live with no overdubs.  But, to make things interesting at Lij Shaw‘s studio (The Toy Box) we’ve had our friends Joe Garcia (steel), Jen Gunderman (organ and piano),  and Audley Freed (guitar) add a few bits and pieces.  We will be mixing in August and hope to have the album finished soon.  Jared Manzo has done a photo shoot at the Nashville airport with Dave and Dave C. for the new artwork, and we will probably do a few more shots.

photo by Jared Manzo

Shows with Reagan Boggs and The Coal Men in VA, NC, & TN

Come out to our upcoming shows in Roanoke, Winston-Salem, and Johnson City. Check out the show page for more information.

Here are some great guest appearances we’ve done in the past at 101.5 The Music Place in Roanoke. DJ Ripley is the best!

Also a video of us stuck on I-40 on the way to Roanoke 4/19.

Studio 101 Archive Sessions – The Coal Men



Neighbors with 3&1/2 Star Reviews in Rolling Stone

Congrats to East Nashville friends and neighbors Todd Snider and Kevin Gordon.  Both of these killer artists got 3&1/2 stars in the March 15th, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.

Todd SniderAgnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables – Recession special from one of music’s sharpest wordsmiths.

Kevin GordonGloryland – Roots-rock bard riffs on the KKK, ZZ Top, and terrorists

Here’s a clip of me playing with Kevin at Music City Roots a while back: