Doug Seegers spent most of his life teetering on the edge of homelessness and playing guitar on the street for money. After long stints in New York and Austin, Seegers eventually moved to Nashville. He was among the faceless chasing the impossible dream, most-often hurried past to an accompaniment of hushed tones by tourists and musical elite. Brilliant, with a satchel of magical, big-time-writer-worth life-songs, he went virtually unnoticed. That was until he was discovered by Swedish country star Jill Johnson while playing on the grass in front of “The Little Pantry That Could,” a charity serving the hungry of West Nashville. Johnson made weathered soul and spirit Seegers her focus, taking him to the Cash Cabin – where John and June created magic – to record the rough-edge fairy tale of redemption. Going Down To The River became an instant sensation when it was rolled out in Sweden, topping the iTunes chart. This wandering songwriter found on the streets of Nashville, a gentle but battered soul who was both unheard-of and unheard in Music Row’s corporate suites was an overnight sensation in Scandinavia. That success fueled a three-day flurry of recording at Nashville’s legendary Sound Emporium – an iconic studio founded by the late Cowboy Jack Clement, a Country Music Hall of Fame member and pal of Johnny Cash, who of course had recorded there. The formerly homeless street singer was making music in hallowed space. Produced by Will Kimbrough, the album features a duet with Country Music Hall of Famer Harrison Parsons’ “She,” which features instrumental assistance from members of Emmylou’s Red Dirt Boys Band and from steel guitar legend Al Perkins.
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