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The Coal Men, ‘Pushed to the Side’ [Exclusive Premiere]

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Courtesy of Vaskaleedez Records

Nashville roots-rock trio the Coal Men, led by Dave Coleman, are exclusively premiering “Pushed to the Side,” the title track to their forthcoming fifth full-length record, for readers of The Boot.

“Pushed to the Side” features a sparse arrangement with tasteful minimalist guitar playing that leaves space for Coleman’s vocals and the characters’ stories to shine through. Thematically, Coleman’s songwriting on the track shows his awareness of the less fortunate that surround him in Nashville, and he brings those individuals to light without resorting to offering cliche solutions.

“Taylor Bates, a deep and literate writer friend, helped me put this song together and use some vignettes about an old man, a young girl and some homeless orphans who are ‘waiting on the tick of a clock and the feeling of a heartbeat’” Coleman tells The Boot. “The space inside the song points at the loneliness we all feel when we need a helping hand or a friendly voice.”

Indeed, “Pushed to the Side” is a recognition loneliness, both as it relates to the song’s characters and as we all feel it. The lyrics describe those who have “been pushed to side, to where it’s too dark to see” and Coleman acknowledges, “It’s the lonely, lonely broken ones that break your little heart.”

“My wife and I belong to a little Downtown Presbyterian Church that does a lot of homeless and urban poor outreach. It’s humbling to hear stories of folks who are pushed out to the fringes. I count myself as lucky to have family and friends, but I’m aware that some folks are all alone out in this world,” Coleman reflects. “There’s a Saturday breakfast that we work at often, where I can use my skills at smiling, serving and dishwashing. I’ve learned we all need to do a hell of a lot more acting on our compassion and to have the courage to help and listen, even if it breaks our hearts sometimes.”

As a whole, the Coal Men’s resume is dense: Guitarist and vocalist Coleman and co-founding drummer and vocalist Dave Ray — who are joined in the Cole Men by Paul Slivka on bass — have been together for 17 years. Coleman has played with artists such as Matthew Ryan, Jessi Alexander and Taylor Swift; Slivka has worked with Tony Joe White, Tommy Womack, Amanda Shires and Elizabeth Cook, among others; and the band has opened for the Avett Brothers, Darrell Scott and Chris Knight, to name a few. Coleman also produces out of Music City’s Howard’s Apartment Studio. The Coal Men are mentored by John Prine and Todd Snider, and the band has Bob Delevante — whom Coleman calls “a father figure” and who co-penned one of Pushed to the Side‘s 12 track — and Buddy Miller on their side as advocates as well.

Pushed to the Side is set to street on Aug. 19. As Coleman explains, “It’s not a concept record, 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.”

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From Nashville comes the latest from the roots-rock trio, The Coal Men titled “Pushed To The Side.” It features a dozen tracks of truthful, honest music. Beginning with “Depreciate,” you are swept up by the emotion poured into their music. The song sounds like it could have fit on Bruce Springsteen’s “Devils And Dust” album. The country swagger of “Pushed To The Side” slowly reveals its storied lyrics as you hang onto every word. They pick the tempo up with the country-rocker “The Payoff” and bring in the blues of “Willy Jett,” before returning the gentle folk appeal of “Travis.” The album finishes with the rockabilly swing of “Speeding Like A Demon” and the tale of “The Singer (In Louisville).” To find out more about The Coal Men and their latest release “Pushed To The Side,” please visit

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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


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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