Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nash's Music Gains Limelight with 'Dressed in Yellow Light'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Nash's Music Gains Limelight with 'Dressed in Yellow Light'

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Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent

Singer-songwriter Chuck Nash doesn't want to be known for his ability to sing a great version of Elton John's Tiny Dancer. At the rate he's going, he doesn't have to worry.

Nash, who has performed for years at some of the Beaches area's bars and clubs, including Sun Dog Steaks and Seafood and Your Place at Atlantic and Hodges, is gaining notice for his own tunes. On Thursday, Nash was shooting a music video on Jacksonville Beach before kicking off his first all-original music show at Freebird Live to celebrate his recently released CD, Dressed in Yellow Light.

Nash's original music has a mainstream pop rock sound combining intelligent lyrics with skilled musicianship. He is a songwriter who makes no apologies for excelling at his craft.

"I've never tried to conform," Nash said. "Some of my music is melodic and accessible."

Surprisingly, Nash says he enjoys the band AC/DC and his favorite song is Highway to Hell. Other musical influences are more of what you might expect -- singer-songwriters Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Freedy Johnston.

Nash's new CD features 11 songs and is getting airtime on some 30 college radio stations across the country. It has also attracted the attention of industry notables. Dan Kimpel, who writes for Billboard magazine, describes Nash as "the real deal," while Musician Connection magazine gave Dressed in Yellow Light a positive review and also included the CD on its 2004 year-end Top 25 best demo CD list.

"I'm lucky," Nash said. "They get thousands of submissions."

The critics appear to like Nash's clear articulation and songwriting style. Nash said he has written hundreds of songs since he started writing music.

"I consider myself a storyteller," he said. "There's a strong emphasis on lyrics. I have a lot to say about serious subject matter."

Some of his songs are political while others are provocative. Sheep Song offers a tough look at pop culture in America. Nothing At All examines people living on the street who are turned away by others. Contraption, which Nash says is his most misunderstood song, describes how his music has interfered with his relationships. …

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