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Live Music Week of May 20 through May 26 2013

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5/27/13     The Time Jumpers     3rd and Lindsley

Check out any number of my previous posts for why I think this is the best thing going for a Monday night or just believe me and go.  You might actually see me there! 

5/28/13     Joshua O’dine     The Basement’s New Faces Nite

I have a resentment toward this guy because he held me up one New Year’s Eve when I was running sound at Cafe Coco. However, I remember him as being uber-talented so I will let it go and suggest you check him and a number of other great up and coming artists out at this weekly event.  This is a favourite Nashville venue that I need to add to my list. 

5/29/13   James Otto, Striking Matches     3rd and Lindsley

Although Steve Martin, Edie Brickell & Steep Canyon Rangers at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was my first pick, I couldn’t get tickets, atleast without missing a car payment!  I will however settle for my new favourite band who you just aren’t going to stop hearing me talk about for a while, sorry.  James Otto is no slacker himself either.  

5/30/13     Kristen Cothron      Springwater Supper Club

Kristen is another singer, songwriter, artist who has been on my radar for a number of years.  Her soulful and sultry performance can be seen on a regular basis these days at The Springwater.  The Springwater Supper Club, as they call it, is one of the oldest musical establishments in Nashville but don’t be fooled if you haven’t been there before, it’s a dive bar with a stage. Still a fun hang for a Thursday night. 

5/31/13     12 Against Nature: A Steely Dan Experience     3rd and Lindsley

I haven’t seen this band but it’s been recommened to me by a friend, Roy Agee has been known to play trombone with them and it’s one of my favourite venues in town and, oh yea…they play Steely Dan! 

6/1/13        Nashville in Harmony     TPAC

I have always thought I should join a chorus in Nashville and perhaps one day I will. I think this would be my first pick.  As their website says, they “use music to build community and create social change”. This will be the last show of the season after they take their message to the streets from Knoxville to Nashville. 

6/2/13     Paul Kelly with Striking Matches     3rd and Lindsley

I just can’t get enough of this duo and it’s Lightning 100‘s “Nashville Sunday Night” Be aware though, you have to go to the venue to hear Striking Matches.  Paul Kelly will be the only one featured on the radio show, pity. 

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.

 

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.    

Tin Pan South Week Nashville, TN Special Edition

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I attended this  Nashville event regularly for a number of years back when I was interested in becoming a hit songwriter.  It’s fun to see some of the hit makers who have been playing it for years, some who were slugging away when I was and are now successful songwriters and those who have become my local favourites regardless of whether anyone has cut their song or not!  

I’ll list my top pick for early and late show but I’ll tell you some nights (mainly the weeknights) it was hard to pick just one.  Pick up a copy of the Nashville Scene for a full listing or go to the official Tin Pan South page here.

4/2/13   Radney Foster, Jon Randall, Bruce Robison, Wade Bowen  6:00 pm   3rd and Lindsley

 Radney Foster is just cool and great, Jon Randall wrote”Whiskey Lullabuy” which will tear you apart and I discovered  Bruce Robison when the Dixie Chicks were making the best “country” albums to ever come out of Nashville since the good ole days.  I am not familiar with Wade but how could he not be great with this lineup.

4/2/13   Colin Linden, Buddy Miller, special guests tba  9:00 pm   3rd and Lindsley

I have a few reasons I’m picking this show.  First because I love Buddy Miller and Colin Linden (my first Canadian mention of the week.) Second,  because I will already be at 3rd and Lindsley (although  I’ll probably have to eat there and if you’ve read this blog before you know how I feel about their sub par food)  and lastly because their “special guests” may include some of the artists from the TV Show Nashville which I will freely admit is a guilty pleasure of mine, I wouldn’t mind getting a close up view of some of the hotties from that show.

4/3/13     Victoria Banks, Phil Barton, Jaron Boyer, Emily Shackelton    6:00 pm Bluebird Cafe

This is my second Canadian mention of the week.  Victoria Banks was the 2010 CCMA winner for Best Female Vocalist.  She is also a great songwriter, super smart and a really cool person. It also would be a shame to not spend one night at the Bluebird Cafe and this would be my only pick there this week. 

4/3/13    Kristen Kelly, Ashley Monroe, Striking Matches, Trent Williams.  9:00 pm  Hard Rock Cafe

These artists and songwriters are a little newer to the scene than my previous mentions but great nonetheless. Google them to find out more or just trust me on this one. 

4/4/13   Ruby Amanfu, Trent Dabbs, Emerson Hart, Deniss Matkosky     6:00 pm The Listening Room Cafe

If you are really interested in hard core songwriter’s than just park yourself at the Rutledge for the night which is where we are heading next.  However, I will not pass up a chance to hear Ruby Amanfu sing and I like to mix up the traditional with a little more of the pop/alternative writers you will get in this set.  

4/4/13  Greg Barnhill, Gary Nicholson, Lee Roy Parnell, Mike Reid     9:00 pm     The Rutledge

The Rutledge has a great sound system, decent food and good seating.  The line up is not only full of hit songwriters but great guitar players as well.  

4/5/13     Marc Beeson, Paul Jenkins, Anthony L. smith, Matt Warren    6:30 pm  Winners

Friday night’s lineups everywhere are full of hit songwriters, new and old, and it’s a hard choice. Since I’ll be sending you to Winners at 9:30 you might as well just start the night off here and avoid having to find parking twice on a Friday night.  

4/5/13     Jen Foster, Granville Automatic, Nicole Witt 9:30 pm    Winners

I not only work with Jen Foster but I was a fan of her music long before I knew her personally. She is a great singer and writes melodic and heartfelt songs. Granville Automatic writes interesting songs that harken back to Civil War times and Witt has had cuts with everyone from Rodney Adkins to Point of Grace.  

4/6/13    Adelee & Gentry, Charles Alexander, Alyssa Bonagura, Gabe Dixon  6:30 pm  Hard Rock Cafe

Adelee & Gentry are fairly new but are making quite a smash and are a nice change to the usual radio friendly country.  I first heard about them through my friend Charles Alexander who I believe is a brilliant person and I look forward to hearing him perform live for the first time.  Alyssa has a beautiful voice and is also not a typical “Nashville” artist but part of the “new Nashville order” that I love so much.  Gabe Dixon is a great pianist and one of my favourite local artists.  His Christmas show at 3rd & Lindsley was one of my top ten concerts of 2011.  

4/6/13     Aaron Barker, Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Wallin, Camille Wallin 9:30 pm  The Rutledge

I would go to this show purely just to hear and see Chris & Camille Wallin.  Great singers, great songs and I expect they wouldn’t do a round with anyone who doesn’t measure up to their standards. 

 

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

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4/2-6/13    Tin Pan South     Various Places

4/6/13     Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Night Train, Nashville Symphony, Rebecca Lynn Howard     Public Court House Sq.

4/6/13     Richard Thompson     3rd and Lindsley

4/5/13     Over The Rhine     The Franklin Theatre

4/12/13     Dwight Yoakam     Ryman Auditorium

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

4/19/13     Griffin House     Exit/In

4/23/13     The Mavericks    Cannery Ballroom

4/25/13     Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

5/12/13     The Killers     Grand Ole Opry House

5/20-21/13     Sheryl Crow     Franklin Theatre

5/25/13     Abigail Washburn Franklin Theatre

4/25/13     Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

4/25/13     Shooter Jennings     Marathon Music Works

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

5/10/13     Gabe Dixon     3rd and Lindsley

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

5/18/13     The Avett Brothers     Bridgestone Arena

6/9/13     Dawes     Ryman Auditorium

6/13/13      She & Him     Ryman Auditorium

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

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

Live Music Week of March 25 through 31, 2013

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3/25/13     Mike Henderson Band with Michael Rhodes     Bluebird Cafe

This has been a long standing Monday night at the Bluebird and after seeing Michael Rhodes with Pat McLaughlin last week I’m sold on any band he’s a member of. 

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

I just love these ladies.  They have sung with everybody, they have the most beautiful blended harmonies  that family members make and I love their diverse choice of material. They are also sweet and genuine human beings who have a strong link to Music City U.S.A. 

3/27/13     Tommy Womack, Will Kimbrough and more     Bluebird Cafe

I first heard Tommy Womack a few years ago at the Southern Festival of books.  I enjoyed his quirky and funny songs so much I bought his book  “The Lavendar Boys.”   Will is another Nashville treasure with a list a mile  long who have cut his material and with whom he has collaborated. 

3/28/13     Larry Gatlin, Marcus Hummon, Mike Reid, Tom Schuyler     3rd and Lindsley

Okay I remember Larry Gatlin as a little girl so there is some nostalgia here and the rest of these guys have written some of my favorite country songs when I still loved country music and listened to country radio.  I expect they still write great songs.   

3/29/13    Charles Walker &  The Dynamites     Mercy Lounge

Super Nashville fun, put on your dancing shoes and start the weekend right.  The Mercy Lounge is one of my favorite venues.  Go ahead and park on the street by Cummins Station and cut through the parking lot to save some cash. 

3/30/13     Eric Heatherly     Puckett’s Grocery Nashville

I loved Eric’s remake The Statler Brother’s Flowers on the Wall  years ago and if Billy Bob Thornton is a fan why wouldn’t you be too?  

3/31/13     Bluegrass Jam     The Station Inn

Another long standing tradition here in Nashville and if you haven’t been to the Gulch lately it’s cool to see how this venue holds it’s ground with the massive growth surrounding it. Also a great way to spend your Easter Sunday afternoon. 

 

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

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

4/5/13     Over The Rhine     The Franklin Theatre

4/12/13     Dwight Yoakam     Ryman Auditorium

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

4/19/13     Griffin House     Exit/In

4/25/13     Abigail Washburn     Franklin Theatre

5/12/13     The Killers     Grand Ole Opry House

5/13/13     Rodriguez    Ryan Auditorium

5/20-21/13     Sheryl Crow     Franklin Theatre

5/25/13     Abigail Washburn Franklin Theatre

4/25/13     Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

4/25/13     Shooter Jennings     Marathon Music Works

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

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

5/18/13     The Avett Brothers     Bridgestone Arena

6/13/13      She & Him     Ryman Auditorium

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