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Tin Pan South Week Nashville, TN Special Edition


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. 


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. 


Live Music Week of March 18 through 24, 2013


This will be short and sweet, I was out enjoying Pat McLaughlin last night at 3rd and Lindsley and didn’t get much time to work on the blog but it was worth every minute.  See him there again Tuesday! 

3/18/13    New Monday featuring Val Storey, Carl Jackson & Larry Cordle     The Station Inn

See my previous blog for what I had to say about this night. 

3/19/13    Pat McLaughlin, Jack Pearson, Etta Brittt, Jonell Mosser, Sheila Lawrence, Vicki Carrico, Tiffany Johnson…   3rd and Lindsley

As I mentioned Pat is the bomb and all of the ladies on this ticket blow my mind.  I believe it’s also a fundraiser so go. 

3/20/13    Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers    The High Watt  or   Liz Longley CD Release  3rd and Lindsley

Another  tough choice on a Wednesday.  Watch this video of Nicki and her band covering a Hall & Oates song then look at the list of accomplishments Liz has achieved and pick one.   

3/22/13    Bill Lloyd in the Round   Bluebird Cafe        

Bill Lloyd is one half of Foster and Lloyd.  But he’s all of that and more, should be a good round but please be quiet ;0

3/22/13   Vinyl Radio     Puckett’s Grocery   

Great musicians, seventies musc – what’s not to love. 

3/23/13    Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux Puckett’s Grocery

Great songwriters, good singers. Enjoy!   

3/24/13      Les Miserables   Troutt Theatre   

OMG, if you have not seen this musical in a live theatrical setting then check this one out. It’s closing night so that’s always my favourite night because the cast knows this is the last time for them to be together in such an intense, collaborative way.  It is usually emotional and all the more exciting.

Live Music Week of March 4 to 10, 2013


3/11/13     The Time Jumpers     3rd and Lindsley

I have spoken about this group before. They used to be at the Station Inn every Monday but they’ve moved to 3rd and Lindsley and are a veritable who’s who of  the best musicians Nashville has to offer. (Does that sentence make sense or am I getting too fancy?) They are really good is what I am trying to say.  Country, swing, jazz and pop.  They play it all and you just never know if a famous person might show up and sit in if that’s your thing. 

3/12/13   The Sixth Annual Jeffrey Steele & Friends       Franklin Theatre 

If it involves Jeffrey Steele it’s going to “rock”!  I’ll give a shout out to my friend Stevie C. who plays guitar for Jeffrey but just go cause you will know at the very least one song this hit writer will mostly likely perform AND Billy Ray Cyrus will be there…what?  Seriously I actually opened for Billy Ray and he was one of  the most gracious “stars” I have ever met, yes I know I haven’t met many but he treated his fans like gold.  I can’t say that for everyone I have opened for. 

3/13/13          C.J. Watson and friends     Bluebird Cafe    

I met C.J. on one of my very first trips to Nashville a gazillion years ago where he hosted a writer’s night at a hotel off of Trinity Lane.  C.J. is one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever met and writes GREAT songs.  He won’t have any slouchers in his round either I can tell you that! 

3/14/13     Beegie Adair    F. Scott’s 

I was going to send you to the Bluebird again to see Kim McLean but then I thought I needed to mix it up and add some really sweet jazz to the list.  The restaurant is a little pricey but it’s supposed to be tasty.  It’s definitely a classy joint but you will hear some fantastic fairly traditional jazz in the heart of Green Hills…who woulda thunk it?

3/16/13     Cabaret     TPAC

Due to high demand this musical was extended but this is really the last night so let’s not miss it.

3/16/13     Alison Krauss, Tony Lane, Jimmy Rankin and Gordie Sampson     Marathon Music Works

Okay, I always need to mention one Canadian act in this blog each week. It’s amazing how many of them walk among us here in Music City U.S.A.  No Alison is not Canadian (just really cool and talented like many of us.) Jimmy Rankin is from the Canadian family band The Rankin Family but he is a great songwriter, singer and really damn cute! This is also a benefit for a great school here in Nashville so it’ll make you feel good all over.  AND to top is all off it’s in my newest favourite venue.  

3/17/13     Pat McLaughlin    3rd and Lindsley

Okay it’s St. Patrick’s Day and he’s Irish, I think.  Have a green beer for me or don’t….but don’t be late because Angel Snow is opening.  Her name describes her voice almost perfectly. 

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.  


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.  

Live Music Week of February 4, 2013


I’m back….

2/4/13     Chris West & The Junkyard Horns     Douglas Corner Cafe

I’ve been a fan of Chris West and his unique and eclectic bands.  You can find him playing with any number of great musicians in and around Nashville. Always a good bet if it has Chris’s name on it, it will be well worth your time. 

2/5/13     Don Schlitz & Striking Matches     Bluebird Cafe

 Mr Schlitz, and I call him that because he deserves to be called Mr. for his success, his sacrifices and his uber-magnificent talent, and yet he is humble enough to welcome newcomers Striking Matches to share the stage with him.  I’ve heard enough of their music on “The Facebook” to know they deserve the honor.  

2/6/13      The SteelDrivers     Music City Roots at the Loveless Cafe  

Music City Roots is always a best bet for me however this particular week is even more fantastic because you get to be in the presence of one of the sexiest and most intense male vocalists in a bluegrass band that I have ever witnessed.  

2/7/13      Shovels & Rope      Mercy Lounge  

I just keep hearing great things about this duo. My old neighbour constantly raved about them and I’ll take her word .  Check out their website  to hear first hand.

2/8/13     Edwin McCain with Kevin So      3rd and Lindsley

Yea, okay, Edwin McCain would be great to see but  Kevin So is well worth the ticket price.  He plays keys with Keb Mo and anyone who can take my eyes and ears off of Keb for one second must be amazing…he is!

2/9/13     Corb Lund     Exit/In  

Do you want to hear some great music, be entertained, laugh and oh yes be in the presence of a genuine Canadian?  Then go to this show!

2/10/13     Butterfly Boucher     3rd and Lindsley

Her voice in unique and maybe not for everyone but if you go with an open mind and heart you will enjoy her no doubt.   Plus it’s Lightning 100’s live radio broadcast so your clap might be heard on the radio…

Live Music Week of September 10, 2012


9/10/12      The Time Jumpers CD Release      3rd and Lindsley

I can’t believe the Nashville Scene did not have this as the critics pick this week.  This long running Monday night hootenanny has moved to 3rd and Lindsley and will be a night not to be missed. Fiddles, Western Swing and Country the way it should be play and uh, Vince Gill!? It’s a no brainer!

9/11/12      Amelia White, Julie Christensen & Tommy Womack      Two Old Hippies

The Scene did get Tuesday right.   Amelia has been working hard and playing her own style of quirky (in the good sense) Americana for many years, Tommy is a Nashville treasure and a great writer on many levels and as for Julie, anyone who has sung with Leonard Cohen is a goddess in my books.  

9/12/12     10pm  Corb Lund  Mercy Lounge  11pm Brandi Carlile  Cannery Ballroom   12am  Shovels and Rope  The Basement

This week’s Americana Festival will be incredible and it’s going to be impossible to see it all. Every night at every hour it’ll be difficult to choose so I’m giving you my top three for each night.  

9/13/12  9pm  Angel Snow The Basement  10pm Mary Gauthier Station Inn or 10pm Jim Lauderdale and the North Mississippi Allstars The Rutledge

Yea it just gets harder as the week goes on…I may need to clone myself.

9/14/12  10pm McCrary Sisters Station Inn  or Darrell Scott Mercy Lounge  11pm  John Hiatt  Cannery Ballroom

It’s a great week to live in Nashville!  All this and more for $50!

9/15/12   10pm Tift Merritt  Mercy Lounge  11pm Buddy Miller & Lee Ann Womack  Mercy Lounge  or 11pm Rodney Crowell  Station Inn

I think Tift Merritt has one of the most beautiful and distinctive voices and I spent many hours listening to her songs over and over again when I used to live on cruise ships and had no idea what was happening in the real world.  I thought she was it!

Live Music Week of August 6, 2012


8/6/12      Nashville Jazz Orchestra      Commodore Lounge

My last post started out with a jazz event and so does this one, glad to see this is still happening since they lost their home in East Nashville.

8/7/12      Delbert McClinton, T Graham Brown, Jonell Mosser and more      3rd and Lindsley

This is a benefit show with a great line-up.  What could be better?

8/7-10/12      Elvis Impersonator Festival      Downtown Nashville

I just need to take a drive by, I’ve heard about these festivals and all the different kinds of Elvis’s that exist, it’ll be good for a laugh if nothing else.

8/11/12      Iris Dement      Country Music Hall of Fame

This is at 11:30 am and the songwriter sessions at the Hall are usually interesting and entertaining.  

8/11/12      Percy Sledge      Franklin Theatre

When A Man Loves a Woman, need I say more?

8/12/12      Dawes      Cannery Ballroom

This is my new favorite band, great guitar driven melodies with a singer who sounds a whole lot like Jackson Browne. This is not a favorite venue at all but this band will be worth it!