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Live Music Week of May 13 through May 19 2013


5/13/13     Lyle Lovett     Schermerhorn Symphony Center

I have loved Lyle Lovett’s music forever and I saw him last year with John Hiatt.  Seeing him live and experiencing his infectious personality only made me even more excited about a show with him and his acoustic band.  

5/14/13     The Breeders     Cannery Ballroom

I had never heard of this band before but they were highly recommended by a good friend whose musical taste I trust.  Not my most favourite venue but a good place for a Tuesday night. 

5/15/13     Brian Ashley Jones     Music City Roots at The Loveless Cafe

I was introduced to the music of  Brian by a former roommate when we had a party in our backyard.  This long time road warrior is getting some well deserved recognition by the Nashville community.  The rest of the lineup will most likely be great too especially since Jim Lauderdale pretty much always opens up the show.   

5/16/13     Jeffrey Steele and Friends     3rd and Lindsley

This is a benefit for the Brentwood YMCA.  It’d be great if you would support it because they often hire one of my clients, Mr. Bond, The Science Guy!  It’s always a party when Jeffrey Steele is in the house but the list of friends performing will make this one heck of a night. Charlie Crow, Phil Barton, Travis Howard, Kurtis John, The Shuggah Pies, Jimmy Stewart and more…

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

If you have not heard this incredible vocalist you are in for a HUGE treat.  I can only imagine how amazing she will sound backed by the incredible musicians that make up the Nashville Symphony.  

5/18/13     The Avett Brothers     Bridgestone Arena

I first saw this band at an Americana festival at Montgomery Bell Park.  I was talking with a friend and they hit the stage and we stopped, stared and were hooked.  I called them bluegrass punk and since then I have seen them many times including standing on a fence behind Grimey’s during Record Store Day just to catch a glimpse. This will be my first large arena experience with the Avetts and although I’m not a fan of this size of a show I’m pretty psyched. 

5/19/13     Phil Vassar and Ten Out of Tenn     Music City Center

Sunday and Monday will be the grand opening of the gigantic Convention Center in downtown Nashville.  They have two nights of music slated to introduce Nashville to the Center at its grand opening.  Should be an incredible extravaganza.  


Live Music Week week of May 6 through May 12, 2013


This week almost wrote itself! There is something great every night as well as a couple really cool benefits this week.

5/6/13     Striking Matches     3rd and Lindsley

I would have to say Striking Matches is my newest favourite local band. Great songs and even more amazing guitar playing. Read about them and check out their video on a previous blog or just take my word for it and go. Presented at the new “Backstage” venue – hmm that’s what we called the venue at Cafe Coco. 

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

This is a unique and amazingly kind night put on by the Nashville music community. Nashville songwriters and some well-known artists will be performing the songs of this great songwriter who passed away from cancer last year. His friends and community want to make sure his songs are not forgotten and hope someone who is looking for songs for their next release will hear something they will record, in turn helping out his family for years to come. It’s a free event but tickets are required by calling (615) 889-3060  

5/8/13     Mercy Bell     The High Watt

She was recently featured as local artist of the week on Lightning 100 and was also part of Music City Mayhem. This will be an enjoyable evening no doubt!

5/9/13     Mike Ferris and The Long Players     3rd and Lindsley

Another night from a giving Nashville music community. This one is to benefit the tragedy in Boston.  The incredible Mike Ferris  along with the equally remarkable Long Players will cover the music of the 70’s – 80’s top 40 hitmakers, “Boston”.  

5/10/13     Gabe Dixon     3rd and Lindsley

Great songs, great vocals, great keys, great venue.  Great way to spend a Friday night. 

5/11/13     East Side Hootenanny     East Park 

I have not heard of the bands but they had to cancel the event last week because of rain, so let’s get out and support this inaugural event.  

5/12/13     John Coltrane’s Blue Trane featuring Don Aliquo     The Frist

The Nashville Jazz Workshop presents one of the greatest recordings of all times in the lobby of The Frist Center for the Visual Arts. It’ll be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon especially if it rains again!


Live Music Week of April 29 through May 5, 2013


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


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


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…)

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


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


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.