Monthly Archives: April 2013

More 2013 Spring, Summer and Fall Live Music in Nashville, TN

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4/30/13     Pizza Perfect 30th Anniversary (Live Music 6-9pm)

4/30/13    Kacey Musgraves    Ryman Auditorium

5/1/13     Rush     Bridgestone Arena

5/1/13     Music City Roots with Annie Sellick and The Hot Club of Nashville Loveless Cafe

5/2/13     Pam Belford, Lisa Aschmann, Maarten Muller, Sam Lewis     Bluebird Cafe

5/3/13     Sweethearts of the Rode, Doc Holladay, Lorna Flowers    Barton Perreira

5/3/13     12 Against Nature     3rd and Lindsley

5/4/13      Space Capone and Guilty Pleasures     Cannery Ballroom

5/5/13     Fisk Jubilee Singers     Fisk University

5/7/13     A Night of Honoring the songs of Tim Johnson     Ryman Auditorium

5/7/13-6/2/13 Lion King     TPAC

5/10/13     Gabe Dixon     3rd and Lindsley

5/12/13     The Killers     Grand Ole Opry House

5/17/13     Brandi Carlile with the Nashville Symphony     Schermerhorn

5/18/13     The Avett Brothers     Bridgestone Arena

5/20-21/13     Sheryl Crow     Franklin Theatre

5/25/13     Abigail Washburn Franklin Theatre

5/25/13     Street Corner Symphony and Alanna Royal      Musicians Corner (Centennial Park)

6/8/13     Striking Matches     Musician Corner

6/9/13     Dawes     Ryman Auditorium

6/13/13      She & Him     Ryman Auditorium

6/14/13     Billy Joe Shaver

6/22/13     Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo

6/28/13     Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

9/25/13     Mavis Staples & Blind Boys of Alabama

9/27 & 9/28   Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Music & Food Festival

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Live Music Week of April 29 through May 5, 2013

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I apologize for missing last week.  I was bit by a dog Sunday morning and was in no shape to type Sunday night.  I hope this week makes up for it!

4/29/13     Mike Henderson Band with Michael Rhodes & Kevin McKendree     Bluebird Cafe

I pretty much go between the Bluebird Cafe late show on Monday nights and the Time Jumpers at 3rd and Lindsley. It’s a Monday night but there’s still so much choice in Nashville TN! 

4/30/13     Kacey Musgraves    Ryman Auditorium

Kacey is a fabulous and refreshing Nashville songwriter and her music is bringing me back to country radio.  She opens for Little Big Town but she will be headlining in no time at all.  Check her out in September on the Southern Ground show. 

5/1/13     Rush     Bridgestone Arena or Music City Roots with Annie Sellick and The Hot Club of Nashville Loveless Cafe

I have to give the shout out to my homies…LMAO but really I’m not a fan of big stadium shows so you will probably find me at the Loveless Cafe listening to the gorgeous vocals of Miss Sellick.  

5/2/13     Pam Belford, Lisa Aschmann, Maarten Muller, Sam Lewis     Bluebird Cafe

When I saw Maarten Muller’s name on this line up I thought heck ya.  This is just a really good round of dedicated, honest to goodness Nashville songwriters.  

5/3/13     Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Doc Holladay, Lorna Flowers    Barton Perreira 

I noticed this is a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt which always makes one feel good to support a good cause while listening to good tunes. 

5/4/13      Space Capone and Guilty Pleasures     Cannery Ballroom

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  This is what music is supposed to be about.  Fun, fun and more fun! 

5/5/13     Fisk Jubilee Singers     Fisk University

This  is one of the most compelling and beautiful nights of music you can witness in Nashville.  It feels as if history is being made as well as remembered at the same time.

 

2013 Spring, Summer and Fall Live Music in Nashville, TN

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4/23/13     The Mavericks     Cannery Ballroom

4/25/13     Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

4/23/13     The Mavericks    Cannery Ballroom

4/25/13     Abigail Washburn     The Franklin Theatre

4/25/13     Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis      3rd and Lindsley

4/25/13     Shooter Jennings     Marathon Music Works

4/27/13     The KDSML Review      Exit/In

4/28/13     Kim Richey with Maia Sharp     3rd and Lindsley

5/4/13      Space Capone and Guilty Pleasures     Cannery Ballroom

5/7/13-6/2/13 Lion King     TPAC

5/10/13     Gabe Dixon     3rd and Lindsley

5/12/13     The Killers     Grand Ole Opry House

5/17/13     Brandi Carlile with the Nashville Symphony     Schermerhorn

5/18/13     The Avett Brothers     Bridgestone Arena

5/20-21/13     Sheryl Crow     Franklin Theatre

5/25/13     Abigail Washburn Franklin Theatre

6/9/13     Dawes     Ryman Auditorium

6/13/13      She & Him     Ryman Auditorium

6/14/13     Billy Joe Shaver

6/22/13     Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo

6/28/13     Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

9/25/13     Mavis Staples & Blind Boys of Alabama

Live Music Week of April 15 through 21, 2013

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I went out Saturday night to hear a friend’s husband (who happens to be one of the best bluegrass bass players in town) play with 18 South.  This band has now become my new favourite.  This weekend was made even more special with the guest appearances of Sam Bush and John Oates!  Before I headed to The Station Inn I hit Music City Mayhem at the new East-Centric Pavilion, not only was the music great and it was the place to be Saturday afternoon but I’m super excited about what music and festivals will be coming to the East-Centric Pavilion.  I may never need to leave East Nashville again.  

4/15/13     Time Jumpers       3rd and Lindsley

I’d like to say “Tipper Whore” at Mercy Lounge because the name is so funny but I know nothing about them.  The Time Jumpers as I’ve mentioned before are a sure bet! 

4/16/13    Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and more    Bridgestone Arena

An all-star line up of the “real deal” country music folk to benefit The Country Music Hall of Fame, a place I spent much of my time volunteering when I first moved to Nashville. If you’ve never been there do check it out.  It looks like a pip squeak next to the new convention center but it’s a wonderful place both architecturally and historically.  

4/17/13     AER w/ The Lonely Biscuits      Exit/In

I don’t know a whole lot about this band but I first heard them featured as a local band on Lightning 100 and loved their song.  I have no idea who AER is but I’m sure if they are matched up with these guys it will be a good night.  If you don’t want to stand up and dance get there early to get a seat up top.  

4/18/13    Leon Russell with Chuck Foster and Dave Pahanish     3rd and Lindsley

If Russell’s “Delta Lady”, “Superstar” or “A Song For You” aren’t enough then go to hear hit songwriter Pahanish  or former band member for the incredible Bonnie Bramlett, Foster. 

4/19/13     Griffin House     Exit/In 

Beautiful melodies, sweet lyrics and a  great voice.  

4/20/13     East Nashville Honey Bee Festival      East-Centric Pavilion

I have no idea who is playing but the venue is great and if it’s a nice day it’s going to be the place to be between 10 am and 4pm!  Afterwards head back across the river to see Rock of Ages at TPAC . If it’s as much fun as the movie you’ve nothing to lose!  

4/21/13    Striking Matches     Bluebird Cafe

I fell in love with this duo at Tin Pan South.  Check them out in this intimate setting while you have a chance.  They will be selling out the Ryman in no time.    

My week at Tin Pan South 2013

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I’m too tired from last week to go anywhere this week, but if I change my mind I’ll let you know.  Meanwhile check out my last upcoming events entry here. 

This is a recap of my last week’s adventures.

I don’t consider myself a reviewer, I just know what I like and what I don’t. My weekly blog usually consists of what I would go see  each night of the week around town but like most everyone I have an opinion, I just don’t necessarily feel I need to share it with the whole world all of the time.

(The below pics are mainly videos, I’m not sure why they aren’t showing up that way.)

The following are a few of the brightest moments for me this week.  Thank you Nashville.com for supplying the press passes, it was a great week to be in Nashville.

Check out my previous blogs for information on my favourite moments from Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

On Thursday night I found myself at Winner’s Bar & Grill which isn’t where I originally started out but I found myself in need of some of the country music I knew and loved growing up and when I was still in love with country music. I found it at a couple of rounds at Winners.  I caught the second half of a set with Richard Leigh who as I walked in started singing his Reba McEntire cut “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” then in the next round “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”  and finally one of my favourite Dixie Chicks songs “Cold Day in July.”  Jamie Teachenor was also in the round and I loved his Jerry Lee Lewis cut “You gotta rock if you’re gonna roll with me”.

I stuck around for the following round because one of my favourite singer/songwriter’s was playing. Lisa Carver played a song I used to cover on cruise ships called “I’m Old Enough To Be Your Lover”.  I used to see her play at the Broken Spoke and knew she would be playing with the “big boys” eventually. Lisa said that Pam Tillis just cut this song and it will be on her next album.  It’s about time!

Marcus Hummon was also in this round and he played his Sara Evans and Darrell Scott co-write, “Born To Fly”. And the highlight of this round for me was his performance with a song he and his son Levi “Make It Love”

Jason Matthews performed his Julie Robert’s cut “Break Down Here” which was also a treat for me!

I cut out early because Gary Nicholson, Lee Roy Parnell, Mike Reid and Greg Barnhill were playing the Rutledge. I arrived just in time to hear Lee Roy play “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it” but the highlight for me was his performance of both “Love Without Mercy” and “I”m Holding My Own”.  I also enjoyed the camaraderie between these four, obviously long time, friends. Gary’s “The Upside of Lonely” was a hit and also a fun jab at Leroy and his multiple marriages.  But I can understand, the man just seems to get sexier with age…sorry but it’s true. Although I’m not sure whether I missed Mike Reid play his Bonnie Raitt hit, “I Can’t Make You Love Me’ or whether he just didn’t play it, I did get to hear Greg Barnhill play his Trisha Yearwood hit “Walkaway Joe”.

Friday night I was back at Winner’s to see Jen Foster, Granville Automatic and Nicole Witt.  Someone yelled out during Jen’s song “Taking Bob Dylan” that it was the best song he had heard all week.  Jen is a great  singer and songwriter and I found it pretty special that NSAI president Bart Herbison attended this show when there were so many he could have attended. I also really enjoyed Granville Automatic’s “Never on a Sunday”

I cut out early as I had tickets for TedX Nashville Saturday morning and I have to tell you the performance by Mike Ferris of Mary Gauthier’s “Mercy Now” at 9:30 am was absolutely stupendous.  I believe he said it will be on his next album.

I dragged my butt out to one last show Saturday night.  My good friend Charles Alexander had put together a round with Gabe Dixon, Alyssa Bonagura and sister duo Adelee & Gentry.  By far this was one of the best rounds I saw all week. I had never heard Charles live and was truly impressed by his voice as well as the unique life experience he brings to his songwriting as a Malaysian born immigrant living in Nashville with both “America” and “Immigrant”.  Adelee and Gentry had some very sweet singable songs with that delicious sister harmony.  I was, however super psyched about seeing and hearing both Alyssa Bonagura and Gabe Dixon and neither were a disappointment.

Alyssa Bonagura was all smiles through everyone’s performance, she seemed very genuine and even loaned her guitar to the two “youngins” to her left when their guitar went wonky during one of their songs.  She played or sang along whenever appropriate on other’s songs and was never obtrusive.  Alyssa’s songs were all fantastic but her performance with guest Jessie James (a duo they are calling  “Jackie Blue”) and the song she’s had great success with via a Lowe’s commerical “I Make My Own Sunshine” were definitely my favourites.

Gabe Dixon finished off the set with a request from the audience and sounded great on Hard Rock’s acoustic piano which was needless to say a little out of tune.  Straight up honky tonk but Gabe called himself a purist and I appreciate him all the more for being one. FYI all that noise in the background was Jessie James and her crew (I’m just saying…)

Striking Matches strikes more than a chord

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Striking Matches strikes more than a chord

I tried to conserve my energy tonight and stay in but as I sat home watching last week’s episode of “Nashville” on Hulu I thought, “the Hard Rock Cafe isn’t that far away.” So I threw on my black jeans and found a spot for my little car nearby and ran inside to hear Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman of Striking Matches finish a song and although I had an idea these two were great I was sold after a few moments. Then they did a Patsy Cline inspired tune and the guitar chops and gorgeous vocals coming out of both of these Belmont grads (I think) sealed the deal.
When the duo played their Georgia Middleman co-write of the Gunnar/Scarlet love ballad from “Nashville” you could have heard a pin drop between the sniffles.