Sunderland musician follows in the footsteps of Johnny Cash, Don McLean and Kenny Rogers to record at Nashville studio

Trevor, left, on stage. Picture by John Finlayson
Trevor, left, on stage. Picture by John Finlayson
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From Millfield to Nashville - a Sunderland musician’s new album takes its inspiration from across the Atlantic.

Released this week, Trevor Sewell’s new album, his fifth in five years, was produced in Nashville’s Sound Emporium Studios where the likes of Johnny Cash, Don McLean and Kenny Rogers have all laid down tracks.

Titled Calling Nashville, the album, which was produced by Geoff Wilbourn, also features Trevor performing duets with guest artists including Janis Ian who’s received nine Grammy nominations, and hit the coveted Billboard number 1 slot with her album Between the Lines in 1975, as well as Tracy Nelson, singer with the band Mother Earth.

Trevor said: “It was a truly amazing experience working with the Nashville musicians. They are all really top drawer. I’ve been a big fan of both Janis and Tracy since the 70’s and Geoff Wilbourn, who has worked with the likes of Johnny Winter, David Honeyboy Edwards and Robben Ford, really pulled the whole thing together.”

Though Trevor lives in Sunderland, he’s a familiar face on the American country music scene.

Over the years, he’s won nine major awards across the Pond and, closer to home, has been nominated four times in the British Blues Awards.

Trevor Sewell. Picture by John Finlayson.

Trevor Sewell. Picture by John Finlayson.

His debut album , Calling Your Name, spent seven weeks at number one on the American Blues Scene Chart and his second album Independence went on to win multiple awards.

His latest achievement is being nominated in the Band/ Artist Of The Year at the Josie Awards, which are due to be held at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville in September.

Trevor said: “This was totally unexpected and I’m really excited to have this nomination, particularly as it takes place in Nashville where we recorded the album.”

In Britain, Trevor’s next major gig is at the The Universal Hall in Findhorn, near Inverness on August 5.

•For more information visit http://www.trevorsewell.com/