I don’t make it out to the Americana Music Association Conference every September, but when I do, it makes my year!
This year I was in Nashville for almost 3 weeks, attending the conference and researching for my PhD on rhinestone tailoring in the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
And of course, I had my eyes peeled for Dandy & Rose shirts!
The first one I spotted was on Rod Picott, whose album launch for Fortune was at Third & Lindsley the day after I arrived. Good timing or what? It was a great show. I love the album and it was wonderful to hear Rod play the songs live with a fab band of great Nashville players. And look what he was wearing! I took this photo of him in his Dandy & Rose shirt
Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens was in town too and we spent some time nursing our jet lag over several cups of coffee the morning after Rod’s gig. I didn’t make it out to the special AMA week Music City Roots (so much to do!), but Dean did. He wore his Dandy & Rose shirt and made my day by seeking out the show’s host Jim Lauderdale, so I could achieve an ambition of seeing two of my favourite singer songwriters wearing Dandy & Rose at the same time!
Jim’s shirt is a paisley that was brand new for AMA week. I was sewing like mad in the couple of weeks before I went out to Tennessee to get this one and another, in the classic Liberty floral ‘Ros’ ,finished in time. My reward was to see him wear the floral shirt with a beautiful suit by Manuel when he played his showcase on the Friday night. I’d been lucky enough to interview my tailoring hero a few days earlier, so it was a thrill to see that Jim had combined my work with his again. I loved the sharply western-tailored blue/red pinstripe suit he wore. The showcase was stunning too – Jim was fronting a band with Luther and Cody Dickinson of The North Mississippi AllStars at its core, and he debuted songs from his new double album, Soul Searching.
Well, what could I do? I just had to pose with Jim for a photo after the show!
The following week on Music City Roots, he wore the same shirt again, this time with jeans, proving that you can dress a Dandy & Rose up or down! I went along to the show – it was Australia Night, so I got to hear some excellent music from folks who were new to me. And I was delighted to get a shout-out from Jim about 35 minutes into the show, right in the banana pudding portion of the show! What an honour! It made me smile!
The show is available to watch here: Music City Roots September 23rd