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Rod DeVaul, degenerative disc;
Glen Barnhill, quadriplegic;
Kathy Chamberlain, life-threatening seizures;
Don DeVaul, paraplegic
      Gonna Rise Up dedicated to Clarence Gatemouth Brown, one of the greatest musician/artists to ever grace the shores of this land called America, whose death at the age of 81, shortly after evacuating his home in New Orleans, is thought to have largely been from heartbreak in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to his beloved city; and to Antoine Fats Domino, American Bourbon Street treasure, who was lost and is now found.  Capitol Offense and All We Can Do Is Pray inspired by Mass Murderers in High Places.  Gone With the Wind loosely based on works by Woody Guthrie, Margaret Mitchell, John Steinbeck, Bob Dylan and Isaiah, prophet of Peace and Goodwill.  Tennessee Waltz ‘Em inspired by Nashville, Tennessee's Capitol Gang of Heathen Shame; "I will give children to be their princes and babes shall rule over them" -Isaiah 3:4.  What We Overcome based on the life of Charles Munro, early 20th Century United States immigrant from Aberdeen, Scotland.

       Down Home Comfort inspired by Orlando Ward of Midnight Mission; Los Angeles, California and Los Angeles Times reporter and friend of the forgotten children of Skid Row, Steve Lopez; dedicated to Operation Stand Down; Nashville, Tennessee.  Montgomery inspired by Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson and Martin Luther King, Jr.; also inspired by "At The Rhyman" with Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers, third line of chorus from a speech by Nashville artist/songwriter Bill Flowerree -“And the lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth and he was grieved in his heart” –Genesis 6:6 (NKJV).  Local Man inspired by the late Al Sophier, truck driver and dispatcher, Gallo Wine Company; City of Commerce, California; based on an article by Washtington Post staff writer Peter Carlson.  Big Bang inspired by MENSA: Mental-midgets of Evolution's Natural Selection Advance.  Liberty Mountain dedicated to Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, perhaps the two bravest individuals in the history of the United States; based on the collected speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Meditation XVII, by Welsh/English poet John Donne: “. . .that they may be one just as we are one. . .” –-Jesus of Nazareth; founder of Human and Civil Rights.

       Pete's Song based on lyrics from the following songs performed by Pete Seeger:  "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?" by Pete Seeger (1961); "Lonesome Valley", traditional; "If I Had A Hammer" by Lee Hays & Pete Seeger (1949); "This Land Is Your Land" by Woody Guthrie (1956); “Gates of Eden” by Bob Dylan (1965); "Turn, Turn, Turn" adapted from Ecclesiastes by Pete Seeger (1954); “We Shall Overcome” adapted by Pete Seeger from “I Will Overcome”, traditional and "Lonesome Valley", traditional--and as performed by Joan Baez, “Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot”, traditional--also based on titles of song collections:  "Sing Out" (1996) "Seeds: Pete Seeger and Friends" (2003) and "Link In The Chain" (1996) and on the Vision of Isaiah, prophet of peace; you can bet neo-convict's malfeasant collective asses, we ain’t gonna study war no more (“Swing Low”).

       Hard Times (excerpt) by Stephen Foster; (1854-public domain) originally entitled "Hard Times Come Again No More").  Amazing Grace Revisited based on "Amazing Grace" by John Newton; (1779-public domain) originally entitled "Faith's Review and Expectation").  Lyrics for songs not noted above:  Told You So, It Don’t Rock Like Elvis, No Peace On Earth Tonight, Feel Like Jesse James, Duck About You and Where the Tracks Used to Be.

Gonna Rise Up
dedicated to
Rosa Parks
Tuskegee, Alabama’s
angel from Montgomery #7053

also dedicated to
Ron Kovic and Max Cleland
re-born on the 4th of July

for Clarence Gatemouth Brown
and his beloved City of New Orleans

Rosa Parks

Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic and
Max Cleland
Ron Kovic and Max Cleland

Max Cleland

GONNA RISE UP ~ Nashville Session Players
Copyright © 2006 by Freedom Tracks Music.  All Rights Reserved.
Recorded and mixed at Razzy's Hit House; Goodlettsville, Tennessee
"Duck About You" Recorded and mixed at Denny Martin Studios; Nashville, Tennessee
Mastered at Sonic Eden Studios by Jon Albani - Nashville, Tennessee
Published by Freedom Tracks Music (ASCAP) - a Freedom Tracks Recording - Nashville, Tennessee

Freedom Tracks Records

Biographical Information

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       Tired of being told by various and sundry music industry insiders that many of his songs are good in quality but will never be recorded in Nashville due to political and social content, songwriter Richard Aberdeen, along with some of Nashville’s top musicians and independent artists, began to record material content that many here in Nashville (and elsewhere) believe should be heard on 21st Century American radio, given the dire straits that members of both major political parties have managed to drag our nation down into.  So far, four CDs have been released under the generic band title "Nashville Session Players".

       Our first effort, Homeless In America (20 tracks +2 free downloads), was released in June of 2005.  It contains multi-genre socio-political, serious and satirical issue-oriented material, as well as a few inspirational-type songs; issue addressed include homelessness and poverty, anti-war, congressional corruption, neo-con and religious wrong, healthcare, social security, unjust taxation, human, civil and native rights, gun control, globalization and more.  It has received airplay on several thousand radio stations throughout the United States and foreign markets.  Some of the tracks have also been used on various television programs and radio talk shows, such as Thom Hartmann’s Air America show, some in documentary films and, the song “Big Mack Donald” was selected for a recent VH-1 “Save The Music” charity CD release. Songs from our other CDs below have also received growing radio airplay and film use as their dates of release allow for.

       We released our second CD, entitled Gonna Rise Up (19 tracks + 1 free download), in September of 2006.  It was produced by established country music songwriter and artist Razzy Bailey, who has written thirteen number one songs and recorded over fifteen albums. Two of his own new songs are included on this second release and his seasoned country-blues vocals can be heard on four of the tracks.  This second multi-genre project is “populist” in slant and centers on the absolute national security necessity of affordable and quality healthcare for everyone within our borders (i.e., disease spreads), which is a growing national concern among U.S. citizens of all political persuasion.  Other issues addressed in this new project include congressional corruption, immigration and homeless war veterans and the title song, “Gonna Rise Up”, is a tribute for recent hurricane victims.  Most of the tracks on this new project are mid to up-tempo; there are tribute songs for Rosa Parks and Pete Seeger included, as well.

       Our third Nashville Session Players CD, American River (19 tracks +1 free download), was released in January of 2007.  Unlike our first two CDs, this third multi-genre collection is politically non-partisan and contains mostly inspirational song material.  With contributions from several outside writers, it was released as a tribute to Tara Cole, a Nashville homeless woman who was murdered for the 'crime' of being homeless.  Severe beatings of homeless people, sometimes leading to murder and, often filmed for both sadistic and profit-motivated reasons, is a most unfortunate, serious growing national problem.  Information about the Tara Cole incident can be found Here.

       Our fourth Nashville Session Players release, Who Would Jesus Bomb? (20 tracks), was released in September of 2008, as a free downloadable CD.  It was 'inspired' by the necessity of responding to the overt lies and covert crass propaganda machine of former presidential adviser Karl Rove and the Junior Bushwacked Administration and, the knee-jerk, inept and ongoing totally corrupt actions of the members of both houses of Congress in Washington D.C. (Samuel Clemens would have a field day).  This 20-track multi-genre release, which can be downloaded at no charge from our website, contains both satirical and more serious socio-political material, as well as several inspirational songs.  Included are tribute songs for Satchel Page, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesus of Nazareth and the murdered students of 1970's Kent State and Jackson State universities.

       We released a satire single focusing on the unparalleled corruption of the Trump Administration, appropriately entitled Trumpty Dumpty, in January of 2018.  A single released in February of 2019, Elvis is Dead, contrasts the simpler and easier times in the "happy days" of the 1950's and 60's compared to the unparalleled disparity of wealth and mass corruption of an American 21st Century of global connectivity, science and wonder (as if we're really any better off. . . who's kidding Who).  A third single released in April of 2019, Rolling On Down the Road, is a unique philosophical multi-genre blend of rock, blues, roots and Americana with R&B harmonies.  A fourth country/pop single release, Love is Free, was released on February 21st, 2020.

       Our recordings have been featured in a Joseph Piner homeless documentary film, Uncertain Days: Living Homeless and in several television and film productions.  And, our CDs have been used by the National Coalition for the Homeless, New Orleans Common Ground Collective Relief and several other organizations as a fundraising tool.  We are open to select organizations using our recordings in this fashion at our cost and they may be used for no charge in approved video, film and television releases.  For fundraising opportunities, many free song downloads and more information, please visit our website:


Love is Free        Rolling On Down the Road

Elvis is Dead        Pluto        Trumpty Dumpty

Who Would Jesus Bomb?        Homeless

Brother Martin        Teardrops of Blood

Here In America        Within You and Me

Thought it Was a Jet Plane        Future

Kingdom Come        Gone With the Wind

Psalm Twenty-Three        Save Us All

Where Were You?        Eyes of a Child

Boulevard        Slow Train        Shepherd

Before They Care        Duck About You

Somebody        Big Bang        Fly Away


Is Donald J. Trump The Chosen One?

How Badly Are Our Children Misinformed?

Is There a Fair and Impartial Way to Tax?

Is the tv Series "Cosmos" Remotely Honest?

Is Richard Dawkins Really a Scientist?

How Appalling Can American City Leaders Be?

Can Charles Darwin be Trusted?

Does Science Really Know What's True?

Should We Boycott Walmart & Exxon-Mobil?

Are Americans Well-Educated?

Can We Afford to House the Homeless?

Are People Really Sinners?

GOD: a Perspective

Is Atheism Scientific?

Can Congress be Reformed?

Does the NRA Defend the 2nd Amendment?

Does the ACLU Defend the 1st Amendment?

Should we Care if Everyone Has Health Care?

Is there Really Life in the Future?

Should We Lay Down Our Swords?

Is the American Media Really Legitimate?

Why are there Homeless Veterans in America?

What is the Real Right-Wing Agenda?

Can We Blame Swine Flu on Mexican Immigrants?

Is Richard Dawkins Smarter Than Jesus?

Are Atheists Really Honest About War?

Does Belief in God Cause Human Oppression?

Who is Really Scamming Who?

Who is Really Lying About Health Care?

Is Obama Any Smarter Than Bush?

Are People Really Sheep?

Was Hurricane Katrina God's Judgment?

What if You Were in Charge?

How Accurate is the Bible?

Is the Golden Rule Really the Best Idea?

Did Democrats Really Reform Health Care?

Is Music City Becoming the Meanest City in America?

Do Americans Really Believe in the Constitution?

Where is the Great American Dream?

Living Homeless

Various Nashville Artists
Nashville Session Players
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a song for Tara Cole
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Bradley West


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