The lead-off track on 'Count The Colors (For Marcella)' is a musical letter that I wrote to my nephew, then eleven months old, while wandering Nashville, Tennessee with my Dad. Walking had become a problem for Dad by then, so when I'd wait for him to catch up with me on street corners, I would write the next verse. By that afternoon, I'd made it to the record booth at Third Man Records where I recorded a very haphazard version of this tune. I remember looking around at all the lyric sheets taped around the booth and thinking, in reference to the record booth's length limitations, "I don't think I can squeeze this into 120 seconds!" Later, in the stairwell at the hotel, my guitar and I found the song - my first after a three-and-a-half-year break.
"The Grandmas Of Nashville" as performed with The Roadside Leaves at the Count The Colors Debut Performance