Here’s an original song by Muscle Shoals songwriter Don Von Tress. He is accompanied by Shoals musicians Jay Burgess (The Pollies), Kelvin Holly (Pegi Young, Little Richard) and Kevin Reed (An Abstract Theory).
We grilled his son to get a little work history out of him:
Don started hanging around the Muscle Shoals scene in 1980, meeting and becoming friends with David Hood, Barry Beckett and his mentor, songwriter Ava Aldridge. In 1981 he became a staff writer for Cactus Publishing and began singing demos for himself as well as other writers at Cactus Studio, Broadway and Muscle Shoals Sound. In 1984 he began cutting a record at Muscle Shoals Sound in hopes of landing a record deal, but that never came to be. He then migrated to Nashville and became a staff writer at the famed Music Mill on Music Row. In 1992 his song “Achy Breaky Heart” broke quite a few chart records. Afterwards he toured with Billy Ray Cyrus for seven years as a guitarist and continued writing. Recently he has recorded tunes with fellow Muscle Shoals musicians David Hood, Kelvin Holly, Mike Dillon Currington and N.C. Thurman.
2014 Award Winner – Big Blue Button/People’s Choice Award