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What about that year 2020?

We hope and pray that you all are doing well.

We made it through 2020, although not without weathering many storms, including tremendous loss of family and friends and watching the world around us crumble a bit. Thankfully, we are hopeful and resilient beings!

After a year-long sequester, music has begun to drive our daily efforts. Check out what's been happing with Settles Connection and the new events & initiatives coming up. 

We appreciate you for hanging in there with us and will look forward to seeing each of you soon.

Love & Peace to each of you. 

Settles Connection 2019 in Nashville TN 

Okay, it is now Summer 2019 and the weather is soaring hot! We can't believe the year is over half way done. Its been a blur of a year, but that's what happens when you're busy and don't have time to stop and think about it. Congratulations to Grammy nominated artists Mary Gauthier & Parker Milsap - thanks for including Settles Connection on your projects!

What have members been doing? Schermerhorn, Tokens Show, Soldier's Song Show, Country Music Hall of Fame, a couple of mighty big beautiful weddings, 3rd & Lindsley with Jonell Mosser and Ashley Cleveland, New Ghetto Swingers with Tom Britt at Douglas Corner, Civil Rights Workshop at Lipscomb University, Myra McClary's Concert at Ensworth High School, and about to get ready for Music in the Grove in Brentwood, Americanafest Week Nashville, and whatever else comes our way!

CD appearances for 2019 releases include Solveig Leithaug's Riverside, Pony Bradshaw's Sudden Opera, Denice Reagan's The Cumberland.

What's coming up? We're looking forward to new projects we're appearing on or in including Pat Alger - produced by Jon Vezner, Minton Sparks new spoken word project - produced by Jim Reilley, BBC's Documentary about the history of Rock & Roll, and we're currently working with Dave Cobb on something special - we'll discuss it in more details as the project unfolds.

That's it in a nutshell. Thank you everyone for your love and support.

Keep on fighting the fight for rights and equality not just for a few, but for all of us!

Love to each of you!

What has Settles Connection been doing? 

Fall 2018  

Hello everyone! Fall is off with a bang! Settles Connection members were in the studio - yes, with other artists of course. They recorded on *Rifles & Rosary Beads by Mary Gauthier, *Pretty Birds by Kathy Mattea, *Other Arrangements by Parker Milsap, and Pony Bradshaw's soon to be released project. We're grateful to be included in their creative processes. *Submitted for Grammy 61 Considerations. Wishing each of them the best of luck.  

Odessa enjoyed working with Dave Cobb on music for the TV series Damnation. The show aired on USA and unfortunately, ended after the first season. Reruns are available online. Odessa traveled to Boston MA to film a pilot to be considered for a TV series Conjure Man by Ej Ouellette (band Crazy Maggy) and Lisa O'Donnell. Odessa was transformed into an 85-year-old healer and teacher of the main character. Awesome story! The filming took place in a 400+ year old home. We will keep y'all updated as the story unfolds.  

Odessa also recorded with Ej on a song he and Lisa wrote entitled *Waking Sleepy Maggy. She traveled to Boston to shoot the video for the song. The song was named a winner in the Clouzine International Music Awards for Best Americana Soul; so, is now reaching world-wide exposure. Ej has submitted it for Grammy 61 consideration – wishing them the best of luck. Song is available on iTunes.

Settles Connection is near ready to get back to their own stuff and will keep you posted. In the meantime, if you need some awesome background noise, collaboration, workshops, performances, or just a shoulder to cry on, we're here for you. Send your contact and your needs. Looking forward to hearing from you. 

Summer 2018 

The summer was challenging and busy. Settles Connection is still making music in various capacities. Wayne Settles & Friends perform the first Friday every other month at The Nashville Rescue Mission. Our friends Ashley Cleveland and Mary Gauthier joined us in April and Ashley just joined us in August. Calvin and Odessa conducted a workshop on music from the Civil Rights Movement to ~90 attendees at Lipscomb University. Odessa recently performed a private event at the Lipscomb University President's home with Lee Camp, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Matt Combs, and Byron House. Add weddings and a performance at 3rd & Lindsley with Odessa, Maura O'Connell, Jonell Mosser, Siobhan Kennedy and band members John Mock, Tom Britt, Nick Buda, and Paul Ossola, then you will know just how busy Settles Connection has been.

Check Settles Connection on YouTube - shot at Pilgrimage Music Festival by "Sixthman"


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  • Roxie Brunetti
    Roxie Brunetti roxiebrunetti.com
    Odessa - Wonderful interview with Craig Havigurst on WMOT this morning! Brought back memories of Mr. Walter Settles and you and your family. Love, Roxie Roxie, thank you so much. It is so great to hear from you! I'm glad you enjoyed the memories. Love to you, -Odessa

    Odessa - Wonderful interview with Craig Havigurst on WMOT this morning! Brought back memories of Mr. Walter Settles and you and your family. Love, Roxie

    Roxie, thank you so much. It is so great to hear from you! I'm glad you enjoyed the memories. Love to you, -Odessa

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