Nick Pagliari's got the twang of Nashville in his voice and the spirit of Memphis in his soul. It's a combination that makes his songs indelible snapshots of life ringing portraits of love, ambition, dreams, connections, and the rest of what matters.
And for Pagliari, what matters most is reaching people. "If there's something in one of my songs that makes somebody feel like it's about their life or an experience they've had, then I've done my job," he says.
He's done his job brilliantly on Please and Thank You, his second full-length CD. It follows 2007's EP Safe and Sound, whose title track was featured in the Hilary Swank movie P.S. I Love You, and that same year's The Sail album.
Please and Thank You broadens Pagliari's musical reach while displaying the storytelling prowess and the warm, personable vocal style that's always been at the heart of this young singer-songwriter's art.
"This is a people album," Pagliari explains. "It's about my life, the lives of my friends and the characters I've developed to tell different stories about struggle and romance and desire and change."
Change is especially important. It's a recurring theme, in tunes like "Leave It Alo...