16th Avenue (1982) – Lacy J. Dalton

Today’s next song from the music library collection is ’16th Avenue’ – Lacy J Dalton. I came across it reading Badfinger’s Powerpop blog which features a dizzying array of excellent music from various genres. He has kindly allowed me to reblog his original post since I knew I couldn’t do the song justice like he had. Also I believe ‘Bad’ is from Nashville where the famous 16th avenue is located.

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I remember this song as a teenager and have never grown tired of it. It’s a salute to the unheralded songwriters. This song means a lot me because I have talked to a few songwriters that this song was about. Back in the 1980s, Nashville wasn’t the clean tourist spot that it has turned into now. I saw many songwriters trying to hawk their songs to anyone that would listen.  Many did live out of their car (and still do) or with anyone who would take them. Many gambled their lives to achieve their dreams. Some made it but most had to find their way back home.

A songwriter by the name of Thom Schuyler wrote the song the same year he moved to Nashville. He knew a lot of the songwriters that were around and the song rang true to many of them.

Lacy J. Dalton was born in…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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2 comments on “16th Avenue (1982) – Lacy J. Dalton
  1. badfinger20 says:

    Thank You for reblogging. It was such a well-written song and Lacy carries it great. The songwriters don’t get a lot of coverage and this was a good tribute to them. They risk their careers much like the artists do when they try to make it their profession and most don’t make it.

    • No, thank you. You did all the hard work and have that personal connection with it. I was reading the lyrics to it again and I agree it’s very well-written. You’re right, it’s a gorgeous tribute. You can tell so much care and due diligence has gone into it. Great song.

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