Jimmy Birdsong

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If blues is about being miserable, this '90s Tennessee artist must be considered solidly in the tradition of the genre, having recorded such whining, pleading efforts as the agreeable "I'll Be What You…
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If blues is about being miserable, this '90s Tennessee artist must be considered solidly in the tradition of the genre, having recorded such whining, pleading efforts as the agreeable "I'll Be What You Want Me to Be" and the frustrated "Oh How I Tried." Although Nashville is certainly better known for country music, Birdsong has been associated with the city's rhythm & blues scene, particularly in conjunction with the band the Roadrunners. The leader of this group, the underrated vocalist Al Garner, made excellent use of Birdsong as a guest on Garner's first album under his own name, the well-received Leaving Tennessee. Although leaving the state might be the formula for further success, perhaps a change in band names or a focus on solo work might be a better formula for establishing more of an identity in the tight blues market, since there had been some 8,000 bands with the name of the Roadrunners.