Monthly Archives: February 2013

More Upcoming Events in Nashville Winter/Spring 2013


3/6/13     Cowboy Junkies     Franklin Theatre

3/9/13     Sara Watkins     Franklin Theatre

3/10/13     ZZ Ward     3rd and Lindsley

3/20/13    Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers

3/26/13     The McCrary Sisters     3rd and Lindsley

4/12/13     Dwight Yoakam     Ryman Auditorium

4/12/13      War & Tower of Power     War Memorial Auditorium

4/25/13     Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

4/28/13     Kim Richey with Maia Sharp

4/11/13    John Tesh Big Band      War Memorial Auditorum

4/12/13    War & Tower of Power      War Memorial Auditorium

5/7/13-6/2/13 Lion King     TPAC

5/18/13     The Avett Brothers     Bridgestone Arena

6/13/13      She & Him     Ryman Auditorium

Live Music Week of February 25 to March 3, 2013


2/25/13    8 off 8th Road To Bonnaroo featuring Alanna Royale     Mercy Lounge

Alanna kicks butt in the vocal department and this weekly event is always a good place to discover new bands.  It’s also free so you can’t complain you didn’t get your money’s worth! 

2/26/13    San Rafael Band     Sambuca

I have not seen this band in a few years but they were so much fun when I booked them at Cafe Coco back in the day and besides any chance you get to hang out in a venue that has the decor I describe as being, “gothic boudoir,”  you should take the opportunity.  

2/27/13    Dave Peterson     Station Inn

Mr. Peterson has been around this town for quite awhile and is well known as being an excellent musician who puts on a great show.  So if you are hankering for some “real deal” country music and memories of yesteryear head on down to the Station Inn and go ahead and get yourself a pizza too. It’s pretty darn yummy for bar pizza. 

2/28/13    Birdcloud      Mad Donna’s     

Okay, these ladies did some nice things for a charity I support recently so I wanted to give them a shout out however, I just listened to their video at the above link and I don’t think they have to be nice… they are brilliant. Probably not for everyone so check ’em out first. 

3/1/13      Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale     Cannery Ballroom

I don’t have to say anything about this show.  Buddy…Jim…it’s not my favourite room in town at all but…just GO! 

3/2/13          Ivories Lounge     Holiday Inn

Okay, so this is so not something I would usually recommend but I went there last Saturday and had a blast. The band, of course, was full of great Nashville musicians but the people watching was out of this world.  It was one of the cutest places I have ever been in Nashville. Trust me, open your mind have a margarita (oh but be prepared to get your own water) and spend a little time on the dance floor.   

3/3/13     The Delta Saints     3rd and Lindsley

My first choice is Tristan Prettyman at Mercy however these guys are great too…excellent venue, lousy food! Blah, blah blah.  


Jenny Gill & Keeley Valentino at the Rutledge



I don’t usually do reviews of shows on this blog however I am allowed to change my mind, not only because it’s my blog but because I am a woman.

Last Friday night found me at the Rutledge on 4th Avenue.   It wasn’t a show I had suggested but I often see things throughout the week that I may find more appealing or perhaps that would just fit my schedule better.  I like to act as if I go out on the town every night but the truth is I’m getting older and earlier is sometimes better.  This show started at 7 which was perfect for me this Friday night.  I had seen the show announced on my friend Charles Alexander’s Facebook feed.  Keeley Valentino  is managed by Charles and I have met her and think she is very sweet.  I was also interested to see Jenny Gill , yes because of her last name and also because I’ve heard her name around town many times and have never actually heard her band.

I walked in a few minutes after Keeley’s set had begun. (Side note the Mexican Restaurant next door has great food but don’t try to leave your car there without asking.) I had seen Keeley about a year ago at the Basement and I enjoyed her but perhaps because my head was not in it or for other reason’s I just wasn’t blown away.  Friday night I was blown away. Her songs and voice were gorgeous.  She has a great range and knows how to use it rather than just blow out every song at top volume.  Her band was awesome and I was most impressed with the fact that she not only had a back up singer (I do not think singer/songwriter’s should be allowed to play this town without one – why would they not when we have so many great singers here! ) Tangent over…so not only did Keeley have a back up singer but she had Maureen Murphy, if you don’t know Maureen just go to the page I have linked.  Overall really enjoyable set and she had a great audience show up to not only support her but really enjoy her show.

I stayed for a little bit of Jenny Gill’s set and really enjoyed her cover of Adele as well as her R&B style repertoire. She had an awesome band, which was expected. The house was rockin’ when I left and I’d definitely check her out again.

The Rutledge really struggles in the parking department, however I did find one because I squeezed my Smart Car in between a wall and a Cube but I would say, hands down, (what does that mean exactly?) The Rutledge has one of the best sounding rooms in town and probably one of the most honest and nicest owners I have ever met.


Live Music Week of February 18, 2013


2/18/13     Drumline Live     Schermerhorn

As much as I love the bands and singer/songwriter’s we have access to in Nashville I just love unique musical productions that aren’t accessible to us on a weekly basis. 

2/19/13     The Billy Block Show     Mercy Lounge

This long running event is only $5 and features really great artists from in and out of Nashville.   

2/20/13     Will Kimbrough     Station Inn

The Station Inn is full of locals and tourists in the heart of the Gulch but a real true  Honky Tonk that hold’s it’s ground! Jimmy Buffet loves Will so you will too!

2/21-23/13     The Chieftains     Schermerhorn

Irish music is not just for St Patty’s day anymore.  Great musicians in an award-winning (well it should be if it isn’t) venue.   

2/22/13     The KDSML Review     Exit/In

I knew him back when he spelled it Kidsmeal.  I knew nothing about DJ’s when he came to Cafe Coco many years ago. This man gave me the appreciation for it as an art form so I expect great things from whoever he brings to his events.  

2/23/13     Jen Foster & Granville Automatic   Bluebird Cafe

Okay, the reason I know about this event is because I work with Jen, however I also love my job.  She’s a fabulous singer and songwriter and one of the members of Granville has sung back ups for her and all I can say is…don’t miss hearing that voice.  Just remember it’s the Bluebird so shhhh…and get your tickets now. 

2/24/13     Oscar Night     Belcourt Theatre

Well it’s not necessarily music but it would be fun.  I honestly was hard pressed to find anything that grabbed my attention for Sunday night. Put on your party dress, walk the red carpet and support a great local treasure. 

Live Music Week of February 11, 2013


2/11/13     Val Storey, Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle      Station Inn

I guess they are calling this the “New Monday” since the moving of the old Monday and the Time Jumpers to 3rd and Lindsley.  Never mind, there is nothing new about the Bluegrass musicians and songwriter’s who will take the stage.  Be prepared to be both thoroughly impressed and entertained.  Good move Station Inn!

2/12/13   the615     Lightning100

You can’t go out every night.  Stay home and listen to this great new show on my favourite radio station featuring local Nashville bands.

2/13/13     Larissa Bovetti, Craig Monday, Sally Barris, Scott Sanford     Bluebird Cafe

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard some of these names but they are people I was playing open mic’s and writer’s nights with when I used to do that.  I was always a fan of Scott Sanford’s writing and production.  I had a homemade CD I about wore out.   The Bluebird is always a worthwhile night just remember to buy your dinner there and please be quiet!

2/13/13     Etta Britt and Bonnie Bishop     Music City Roots at the Loveless Cafe  

I will pretty much always include Music City Roots as the thing to do Wednesday night.  Someone on the lineup is always worth the 10 bucks plus you get a whole lot more.   This week is no exception, plus I saw Jim Lauderdale eating lunch this week so it’s just apropo that you go.

2/14/13     2nd Annual “Love Is Deaf”      Douglas Corner Cafe

My friend Julie Grower and her hubby will be playing this and they told me it’s a bunch of fun.  I guess it’s a mix of pro’s and their “better halves” performing duets.  I’ll be heading over there after assisting Jen Foster with her first StageIt show Sgt. Foster’s Lonely Heart’s Club Show. 

2/15/13     The Long Players (Rolling Stones Let It Bleed)     3rd and Lindsley

I’ve recommended and been to many of these shows.  Great musicians and wonderful guest singers playing one of the greatest rock n roll album’s ever.  How could you lose.  Tickets usually sell out so get yours now.

2/16/13     KS Rhoads and Moon Taxi    East Nashville Underground

This is a two day event which lasts all day on Saturday so check the schedule before you go.

2/17/13     Attitude with Matthew Perryman Jones       TPAC’s Polk Theater

Modern dance and indie rock, what could be better?  Starts Friday but I think it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.