Coffee rings on a yellow legal pad.
A Martin D-28 leaning on a chair.
Pacing, words and phrases tumbling, waiting for the right ones to fall into place.
Minutes. Hours. Days. Weeks.
On a few occasions, years.
Sometimes words on paper never find a melody, passed over, crumpled in a waist basket.
Sometimes finished songs never find an audience.
Good ones sung over and over, like that song on the record that rarely makes it past the first 30 seconds before you start it over.
When a song does reach an audience, and someone reaches back, I am instantly reminded of why I started down this road in the first place.
Splintered from the foundations of Billy Joe Shaver, Chuck Berry, and John Prine, Nashville based Mac Leaphart is an artist who puts the song first. A 2018 winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition, Leaphart tends keep his live performances on the rough side, mixing witty and heartfelt lyrics with an austere backdrop of guitar, bass and drums. He recently released a new EP, Lightning Bob, produced by Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.)