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 

Dave Coleman on tour in Germany, November 2014

Dave Coleman will be touring with Stephen Simmons in Germany playing band shows and duo shows.  He’ll be opening these shows with The Coal Men material.

Stephen Simmons GERMANY BAND TOUR:
Offenburg, DE at Spitalkeller
Lauchhammer, DE at Real Music Club
Dresden, DE at The Blue Note
Norderstedt, DE at Music Star
Heilbronn, DE at Red River Saloon
Eppstein, DE at Wunderbar Weite Welt

Stephen Simmons & Dave Coleman GERMANY DUO TOUR:
Waldkraiburg, DE at Haus der Kultur
Wurzburg, DE at House Concert Wurzburg
Würzburg, DE at Tiepolo Keller
Gaildorf, DE at Cafe Carty
Coppenbrügge, DE at Private House Concert


Vintage Guitar Magazine – Hit List Review


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The Coal Men – Escalator

The Coal Men – guitarist Dave Coleman and drummer Dave Ray – boast a cowboy romanticism that comes alive on their fourth album, Escalator.

Coleman wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on Escalator with Ray, bassist Jay Hitchcock, or other collaborators, creating a definite band identity linking each cut. “Midnight You” and “Lonoke, Arkansas” show the Coal Men at their best.

The band is rounded out with a number of guest artists. Cry of Love/Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed adds to the Beatle-esque feel of “Stuck” while Americana brethren, Jen Gunderman of the Jayhawks, adds stylish piano to “The Fall.” Will Kimbrough accents the goofily lovable “Sanity” with Dobro.

Although the band flirts with power pop in cuts like the White Album-influenced “One Thing At A Time,” the cowboy ro-manticism runs deep. That rugged beauty is strong in “Tennessee,” one of many cuts where Coleman seems to celebrate playing the guitar, showing a gleeful delight that even soars through reflective tunes like “Old Friend” or “Wanting Peace.”

This album is full of the kind of infec-tious joy that reminds us why playing guitar is just so much doggone fun in the first place. – Rick Allen

Vintage Guitar Magazine -pg. 132- January 2014




The Coal Men – on tour with Todd Snider (photos video)

The Coal Men backing up Todd for the end of his third set.

Escalator Album Release

The Coal Men

10.9 ~ Escalator Album Release, The Performance Artist Co-op, Nashville, TN (show at 7 p.m.) $10 with half proceeds going to East C.A.N., free Skeletons E.P. and free beer provided by YAZOO Brewing Company.

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Escalator “promo” from the release party, video by Ron Coons


TOUR with Todd Snider

10.10 ~ The Warehouse, Bowling Green, KY

10.11 ~ The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL

10.12 ~ Woolies, Des Moines, IA

10.13 ~ The Englert Theater, IA

10.15 ~ The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE

10.16 ~ Knucklehead’s, Kansas City, MO

Todd awards the coal men “band of the tour”


Nashville Scene CRITIC’s PICK

The Coal Men

Album Release

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Nashville Scene Critic’s Pick …

I’ve seen the episode of ABC’s Nashville wherein Avery Barkley achieves an “East Nashville-meets-dubstep” sound, and I’ve read a reality show casting call for bands with “East Nashville attitude,” so I’m well aware of how ridiculously stylized and self-conscious characterizations of East Side music has gotten. Which makes me appreciate neighborhood stalwarts like The Coal Men all the more. Led by singer-guitarist Dave Coleman, the roots-rock trio put a few years of sweat and smarts into its fourth album, Escalator, released in conjunction with Todd Snider’s Aimless Records imprint. The power-pop songcraft sparkles, the guitar licks pack a jangly, melodic punch — and at no point do the guys sound the least bit hung up on, say, exuding arty urban indie-ness, or whatever the hell East Nashville attitude is supposed to be. And wouldn’t you know it, their album’s actually fun to listen to. This show celebrates both Escalator and brand-new tour EP Skeletons, the latter of which comes with the price you pay at the door. Plus part of the proceeds will go to animal welfare organization East C.A.N. 7 p.m. at The Performance Artist Co-op


—Jewly Hight