New McCarver al­bum due out this week

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - VOICES - Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­freep­ or 423-757-6354.

It’s been a busy sum­mer for Cody McCarver and the fruits of that work are about to pay off.

Ear­lier this year he recorded “Rise Up,” his lat­est sin­gle. He also filmed a video for the track at First Ten­nessee Pavil­ion.

Since then, he’s com­pleted 11 more tracks and “Rise Up” the al­bum will be re­leased to­mor­row, Sept. 8, in the U.S. It was re­leased in Europe last month on AGR Tele­vi­sion Records.

The al­bum in­cludes McCarver’s new­est sin­gle and video, “No Such Thing as a Mir­a­cle.” It also in­cludes “I’m Amer­ica” with Char­lie Daniels and a hip-hop ver­sion of “Rise Up” with fel­low Dun­lap, Tenn., artist Shawn Cooley.

Play­ing on the record are Zack Olen­dorf on guitar, Curt Lee on drums, Jeff Mankin on vo­cals, Grant Parker on bass, Mered­ith Goins on fid­dle and Lew Card on man­dolin. Card also pro­duced the record; Mankin wrote or co-wrote most of the tracks.

McCarver, you might re­mem­ber, spent a decade with Con­fed­er­ate Rail­road and then with his own coun­try mu­sic ca­reer be­fore step­ping off the tour bus and re­al­iz­ing he needed to make a change in his life.

Since coun­try mu­sic is what he knows, he kept writ­ing in that vein, but the lyrics took on a more Chris­tian tone. He jok­ingly started call­ing it Out­law Gospel and soon enough the de­scrip­tion stuck.

McCarver is also work­ing with the guys in Smith & Wes­ley. They will be shoot­ing a video this week for their new song, “Su­per­man for a Day.”

I had a cou­ple of calls from “grannies” this week re­gard­ing my column last week about a sur­vey that found that mil­len­ni­als do not like hav­ing their grand­par­ents com­ment­ing on their Face­book pages.

The mil­len­ni­als, it seems, are em­bar­rassed when older rel­a­tives com­ment on their hair­style or the fact that they never call to check on them.

The call­ers shared a cou- ple of com­mon themes. First, “These spoiled, self­ish and shal­low mil­len­ni­als ought to just stop liv­ing in their own worlds and their own heads” as one caller put it. No ar­gu­ment from here. The sec­ond idea shared by the call­ers was that there are peo­ple — of all ages and de­mo­graph­ics — who would give just about any­thing to have or to have had a grand­par­ent in their life. Again, we are in to­tal agree­ment on this.

I did not have the ad­van­tage of hav­ing my grand­par­ents liv­ing nearby as my kids did. What a won­der­ful thing.

I’m still just not sure that Face­book is the place for cer­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Barry Courter

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