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Local songwriter releases album

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As for One Silver Needle, the beautiful, poignant title track, he said, Its about being broken in life and needing someone to come along and help put things back together. This idea of first realizing that you need help and reaching out to friends and beyond and God and everything. The verses talk about this man being alone, kind of living on the fringes on town and realizing that you cant go at it alone. You need help in all areas.

Alligood said that producer Blue aided him greatly on the 10-song album, which initially was going to be an EP. Mikhal has really gone above and beyond for this album. He really worked very hard and Im really grateful to have worked with him, said the singer, who moved with his family to Wilson County when he was 4 and grew up in Watertown and Lebanon. The 1997 Lebanon High School alumnus lives in White House, Tenn., with his wife Tracy, a special education teacher in Sumner County, and their three daughters.

One Silver Needle was recorded the two weeks after Christmas, and among the studio musicians were drummer Jim Keltner (who played with John Lennon, George Harrison and Bob Dylan), bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne) and guitarist Michael Ward (Ben Harper and The Wallflowers).

Keltner said, You just dont see talent like Arthur anymore these days, and there is not a weak song in the bunch.

Other accolades have come from Common Folk Music: Alligood is a talented wordsmith . . . with lyrical pearls that only an outstanding songwriter could pen and National Public Radios Larry Groce, the host of Mountain Stage: His performances are subtle and powerful, his songs are original and hes an artist who knows who he is and is not afraid to do things his own way.

The songwriter says hes not sure where his inspiration comes from.

I dont know. My mom asks me that all the time, Where do you come up with this stuff? I think just trying to be observant, taking stock of my own life and watching the conversations I have with other people and the things I read, he mused.

Part of his contest prize package is that he will perform on Mountain Stage later this summer. After his Nashville show, Alligood and a backing band of six musicians head for Knoxville and then to Hickory and Winston-Salem, N.C. He hopes to perform later this year at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville.

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