“Technology for Musicians and Songwriters” to be spotlighted at Thursday Indie Connect luncheon

April 21, 2014

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by Dave Carew

How can cool new technologies help musicians and songwriters? What incredible new features and benefits do these gadgets and gizmos offer?

You’ll get the specific (sometimes jaw-dropping) answers at this month’s Nashville Music Industry Luncheon, sponsored by Indie Connect.

The luncheon will feature representatives from several companies showcasing their music-related technologies, including reps from:

* Bombplates . . . a template-based website service;

* Shure . . . showcasing the GLXD wireless system and more;

* Artist Growth . . . a smart-phone app for managing your band’s business;

* Others.

Asked by Underground Nashville why he believes attendees will greatly benefit from this month’s luncheon, Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect, said, “Many musicians and songwriters don’t keep up on new technology. Others just don’t realize how technologies on the market can make their jobs and lives easier, and even generate additional income for them. The goal of this luncheon is to demonstrate some of those technologies and explain the benefits.”

Here are your specs for the luncheon:

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: SOUTH (bar and restaurant), 1524 Demonbreun Street, Nashville

PRICE: $25 at the door or online, which buys you lunch and a beverage. (Registration link below.)

ABOUT THE
NASHVILLE MUSIC INDUSTRY LUNCHEON:

The Nashville Music Industry Luncheon is a monthly opportunity for people from all corners of the music industry to network, master-mind, and be educated by industry leaders. The event is held the last Thursday of each month from 11:30 – 1:00 PM at SOUTH.

For more information or to register please visit:
http://indieconnect.com/events/monthly-nashville-music-industry-luncheon-3-2014-04-24/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

Superb Elliott Smith biography illuminates genius singer-songwriter

April 15, 2014

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by Dave Carew

The art of biography extends infinitely beyond recounting the who, what, where, when of a person’s life. Shaped by a truly gifted biographer, it profoundly illuminates the person’s soul, character, desires, motivations, the implications of his art or other achievement. In short, it reveals—richly, with nuance and color—why he or she mattered. That is the unforgettable achievement of Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith by William Todd Schultz.

Simply put, no one interested in Elliott Smith and his deeply affecting music should miss this book. Written dispassionately yet with an obvious love and respect for its subject, Torment Saint is the first biography of Elliott Smith not only to recount the details of Elliott’s troubled life, but to offer profound, sensitive, authoritative insight into the shadowed complexity of the soul that created such indelible, spectral music.

Underground Nashville recently secured the following brief interview with biographer William Todd Schultz:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you feel compelled to write this new biography of Elliott Smith?

WILLIAM TODD SCHULTZ: It’s actually pretty simple. I was compelled to write the book out of a sort of shock at the magnificence of the music. From the time I first heard it—my daughter was playing it (she went to Lincoln High School [in Portland, Oregon], like Elliott)—I had an instinctive, immediate response. Then, as I listened more—really, truly incessantly—my feelings about his songs became more personal. I felt like he was articulating experiences I knew, in a way that made them more understandable, and definitely more beautiful. As someone I spoke to said, he made suffering beautiful. And I found that captivating.

UN: What do you think will be seen as Elliott Smith’s most enduring achievement as a singer-songwriter?

WTS: I’m not sure. Part of me wants to say that great art lasts just because it’s great. It will always endure. It elevates and sharpens and defines reality in a way that’s unstoppable. His music is intensely powerful, so I don’t see it ever losing that power, as more and more people hopefully discover it.

For more information please visit:
http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/

or

http://williamtoddschultz.wordpress.com/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

The Poetry of Chance Chambers

April 11, 2014

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by Dave Carew

Someone once said, “In a world devoid of poetry, what one must do is . . . write poetry.” One artist living and working in that spirit is Nashville-based poet and short story writer Chance Chambers. And the world is richer for it.

In a recent conversation with Underground Nashville, Chance—who also is a musician and songwriter who played in Jessica Speltz’s band in the late ‘90s and early 2000s—discussed why he’s drawn to poetry as a means of artistic expression.

“I’ve found poetry to be a less confining means of expression than music,” he said, “at least the sort of music that I’ve played and written. Still, there’s some sense of structure and form, even in free verse, and that offers just enough of an anchor and palette to satisfy my lingering songwriter sensibilities.”

Underground Nashville is proud to present the following poem by Chance Chambers:

lullaby

“There’s a huge spark if you breathe it out loud.”

When she said this, I knew it had nothing to do
with getting stoned or the Vietnamese lullaby
we agreed was perfect for getting stoned.

It was about a caught breath on the gray
edge of hurricanes where a man stops
to argue with a newspaper machine.

It was the breeze from the spokes
of an ao dai girl’s bicycle as she passes,
quiet as a memory.

It was about exhaling, releasing a moment,
framed contraction of imagination and muscles,
full torso collapse into slapped-skin weariness,

and the minutes after,
when there’s more breath
against my neck and we dry and fall
asleep to a lullaby from the country
where my Father fell.

For more information please visit:

http://chancechambers.wordpress.com/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

Jim Callahan and friends playing this Thursday at Belcourt Taps

April 8, 2014

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by Dave Carew

In my review of Jim Callahan’s most recent album, The Poet, I traced the similarities of Jim’s music to that of some of Nashville’s most ardent singer-songwriters, and stated, “No fan of Kristofferson, John Prine, or Guy Clark should miss this record.”

Now everyone who enjoys the kind of authentic, from-the-heart writing that is the hallmark of a Jim Callahan song can enjoy a full cup of it—just a stone’s throw from Music Row. Jim will be appearing under his “These Lucky Guys and That Beautiful Gurl” banner this Thursday, April 10, at Belcourt Taps, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Late last week Underground Nashville caught up with Jim Callahan for a quick interview. Here’s how our conversation went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: So what’s Jim Callahan been doing lately? What’s the latest focus of your songwriting?

JIM CALLAHAN: I’ve been in the studio the past few weeks, working on a double EP project called Stories from Edison Road. Itwill include a few previously recorded works with brand new orchestration and arrangements, and a few songs written over the past few months. Produced by Josh Martin, these songs are getting a whole new life under his guidance. Volume 1 will be available June 1st. We expect to have Volume 2 available by August 1st.

With some guidance from Amanda Williams and her http://www.songwritingandmusicbusiness.com, I recently placed a song on a new TV show called Gear Heads. And even more recently, had a brand new song “picked-up” by three different publishers, each of whom believe they have an artist who will want it. That song, “Right Amount of Wrong” (a bluesy, sultry piece), was written with Carrie Cunningham, and will be included on my EP.

UN: Why do you enjoy presenting your songs within the framework of “These Lucky Guys and That Beautiful Gurl”?

JC: That is a “banner” I’ve used for about three years, to describe my group of songwriter friends who perform with me on a regular basis. We have a reputation for bringing something special to our songwriter rounds, performing traditional county, pop, soul, rockabilly, folk, and Americana, all on the same stage. That variety is very much a reflection of who I am, and where I come from musically-speaking. The core performers include Mark Vikingstad, Taylor Dukes, Josh Martin, and myself. Others who perform with us occasionally include Tim Rowland, Michael Boris, Heather Batchelor, and Shannon Selig.

UN: What are your musical plans for the remainder of 2014?

JC: We did not do a Kickstarter-type program for Stories from Edison Road, but we will have a “pre-order” system setup for the double EP within a few days. Following completion and release of that project, I hope to be on the road some. I’m looking for a few small acoustic venues in the Southeast and Midwest, as well as house concert opportunities.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES BY JIM CALLAHAN
(These Lucky Guys and That Beautiful Gurl):

Belcourt Taps – - April 10th from 8:30 – 9:45 p.m.

Sammy B’s at The Mill (Lebanon) – - April 25th from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

For more information or to contact Jim Callahan, please visit:

http://jimcallahansongs.com/home.htm

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

East Nashville Radio showcases “music from the other side and beyond”

March 27, 2014

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Richard Carpenter of ENR

Post by Dave Carew

Some call it “the musical gumbo” . . . others “the coolest music scene in Music City.” No matter how you describe it, the musical landscape in East Nashville is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting, most “happening” in the entire world—a David rivaling the Goliaths of Austin, New York, and L.A. in sheer diversity and talent-depth.

Each day, East Nashville Radio delivers that incredible music scene to listeners around the world. In this exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, founder and on-air host Richard Carpenter talks about his unique radio station:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Specifically, how does East Nashville Radio differ from other radio stations in Nashville?

RICHARD CARPENTER: East Nashville Radio is a state of mind, a vibe created by the music of the artists it showcases. We are Internet-driven, with free mobile apps reaching audiences worldwide. ENR is an artist’s co-op of sorts, featuring hourly shows by various artists throughout the week. We specialize in a wide range of Americana, blues, and rock, but with no boxes or walls and no ceiling. The sky’s the limit!

UN: Why did you feel there was such a huge artistic/musical need for East Nashville Radio?

RC: East Nashville Radio was created to present to the world the East Nashville music scene; the up-and-coming artists that are flying under the radar, and the multitude of indie artists. Hence our slogan “Music from the Other Side and Beyond.”

UN: What is the most important impact the station has had to date?

RC: Gaining respect from artists Tommy Womack, Doug and Telisha Williams, Chelle Rose, and Marshall Chapman made us realize we had something unique and exciting. Doug and Telisha’s weekly show, Whiskey Wednesday, was our first 60-minute segment. [Last week was] their 74th episode. Chelle Rose soon followed with her show Appalachian Rock ‘n Roll. Her sassy banter has garnered a vast following. Our latest weekly shows are Anne McCue’s Songs on the Wire, Tommy Womack’s Friday Happiness Hour, Americana Music Show, Country Fried Rock, and Nashville Underground Radio.

For more information and to listen to East Nashville Radio, please visit:
http://www.eastnashvilleradio.com/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.
http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Book Review by Roy E. Perry: T.R. Pearson’s “Warwolf”

March 19, 2014

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Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry, the self-described “amateur philosopher of Nolensville,” wrote book reviews for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for thirty years. In this new review, he continues his extensive look at the work of Southern literary artist T. R. Pearson.

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY:

After writing a clunker, Red Scare (2008), T. R. Pearson returns to excellent form with Warwolf (2011). No, it’s not a werewolf horror story, but it’s a horror novel just the same—a chilling tale of blood and gore, mayhem and murder, in which a coven of homicidal maniacs terrorize a Virginia county some twenty miles west of Charlottesville.

While searching for a lost dog, Deputy Delray “Ray” Tatum discovers a body lodged high in the limbs of a black oak tree. Later, he discovers this murder is but the latest in a crime spree of “peripatetic butchery” begun many years earlier in the Western states, and with more carnage yet to come.

“Warwolf” was the name of a trebuchet, a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles. It was used in the Scottish Wars of Independence, and believed to be the largest such catapult ever made. A similar trebuchet had thrown the body from a nearby rock quarry into the black oak tree.

Desperate for clues to solve the mystery, Deputy Tatum, joined by Kate LeComte, a Special FBI Agent (herself somewhat of a loose cannon), scour the mountains and ridges, hills and hollows, of Appalachia, searching for leads to identify and apprehend the killer or killers.

As in other T. R. Pearson novels, Warwolf humorously describes the quirky inhabitants of backwoods Virginia. Tatum muses, “I was stunned by the sheer magnitude of the squalor, and this in a part of the world where living in squalor is a kind of local avocation. If it had been up to me to write the county motto, I would have made it the Latin version of ‘Aim Low.’”

Most of the local “citizens” are trifling ne’er-do-wells whose chief offenses are misdemeanors (stealing anything and everything that isn’t locked up or nailed down). As Tatum and LeComte painstakingly and persistently investigate the local familial clans, they slowly but surely whittle down the list of suspects.

In this police procedural, Tatum and LeComte, along with fellow law-enforcement officers Verle (the local sheriff), and deputies Ronnie and Doug—aided by forensics from Richmond and Quantico—eventually unravel the identities of these bizarre serial killers, who cut open their victims, take out their vital organs, and put them in jars.

A grisly read requiring readers with strong stomachs, Warwolf is a tense and gripping whodunit.

For other book reviews by Roy E. Perry, please visit:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2MVUWT453QH61/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-6294896-4602409?%5Fencoding=UTF8

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Shantell Ogden cracks U.S., European record charts

March 13, 2014

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Photo by Erica O’Rock

Story By Dave Carew

In one of the year’s most remarkable indie / DIY stories, singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden has launched her new album Better at Goodbye onto both U.S. Americana and European record charts.

During the past week, the album hit #93 on the Americana charts and # 38 on the Roots/Americana Album Chart. A single from the album, “The Lie I Tell Myself,” hit # 15 on the Roots/Americana Song chart.

At the same time, the single “Looking for My Last”—just released to European radio and promoted by CMR Nashville—debuted at #28 on the European HotDisc Chart.

What is particularly remarkable about all this is that Ms. Ogden essentially served as her own promoter to the U.S. market, conducting a professional album- and song-plugging campaign that involved calling hundreds of reporting radio stations coast-to-coast. (“Reporting” stations are those that report airplay information to the various record charts. Phone calls to those stations were made by Ms. Ogden plus many of her fans.)

It is extremely rare that an independently-promoted album, by a relatively unknown artist, should crack the Top 100—especially in the artist’s first attempt. In an email, Ms. Ogden expressed sincere thanks and appreciation:

“I’m so grateful to my friends and fans for requesting songs from Better at Goodbye, and to the DJs who are playing it,” said Ms. Ogden. “It really takes a village to have any kind of success—and I know I didn’t do any of this alone.”

For more information please visit:
http://shantellogden.com/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Indie Connect’s Music Industry Luncheon moves to SOUTH

March 5, 2014

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By Dave Carew

For my money, the single most valuable music-related networking opportunity in Nashville is the monthly Music Industry Luncheon sponsored by Indie Connect. For the past year or so, these luncheons have been held at Belcourt Taps. But that’s about to change.

Still to be held on the final Thursday of every month (except in November and December), the event will be held this month and hereafter in the back room at SOUTH (bar and restaurant), located at 5124 Demonbreun Street.

According to Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect, the move was made for two principal reasons. Mr. Ribas said that he had been looking for a larger venue to accommodate the growing attendance at the monthly meetings, and he likes that SOUTH is so close to Music Row, making mid-day attendance even easier for people who work on or near the Row.

The guest speaker at the Thursday, March 27 luncheon (to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will be Greg Seneff Sr. Esq., addressing the topic “Legal Issues Most Artists and Songwriters Don’t Know About.”  Mr. Seneff, a solo-practitioner, served as Director of Legal Affairs at Benson Music Group, and as the Director of Business Affairs at EMI Christian Music Group.

For more information and/or to register, please visit:

https://indieconnect.com/events/music-industry-luncheon-03-27-14/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor and ghostwriter, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

“The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement” by David Brooks

February 25, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW BY DAVE CAREW:

If I were to say David Brooks’s The Social Animal is one of the most insightful, illuminating books I’ve read this year, I’d be selling it far short. It’s one of the most insightful, illuminating books I’ve ever read.

Mr. Brooks is best known as a political pundit (PBS News Hour, The New York Times), where his civil, dialectical discourse and insight elevate him above the fray of today’s intellectually monochromatic verbal bullies. Among the many realms upon which he focuses in his work (and which he masterly illuminates) is that of the unconscious mind and its disproportionate influence on our behavior. The leitmotif of The Social Animal is presented in the following from the “Introduction”:

“We are living in the middle of a revolution of consciousness . . . And a core finding of [neuroscientists, psychologists, etc.] is that we are not primarily the products of our conscious thinking. We are primarily the products of thinking that happens below the level of awareness.”

Using the fictional characters of Erica and Harold (who eventually meet and marry), Mr. Brooks takes us through the major stages of life (infancy, teen years, first job, later career, middle age, retirement, death), shedding light, at each stage, on how the vortex of culture, sociology, and unconscious cognition combine to direct a life. In a Western culture largely predicated on the preeminence and dominance of Reason (or so we like to think), this is—pardon the pun—heady stuff.

I could go on and on about this book (and have, to my friends, bless their hearts!), but I’ll end with one summarizing statement: Once in a great while, a book comes along that is so eye-opening that it alters how you see the world forever. This is such a book.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/18927/the-social-animal-by-david-brooks

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

Local Libertarians gain new leadership

February 21, 2014

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By Dave Carew

In recent years, there has been a marked surge of interest in libertarian philosophy in the Nashville area and around the U.S., particularly—and quite interestingly—among young people. One manifestation (among many) of this trend: the popular cable TV news program The Independents, whose female host, Kennedy, is young and zany, yet deeply committed to the tenets of personal and economic liberty.

Within the past two weeks, a new chair of the Libertarian Party of Williamson County was appointed, in the person of Jim Buente. In this exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, Mr. Buente and Jim Tomasik (Chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee), shed light on the local party’s goals and mission.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  What is your #1 goal for the Libertarian Party of Williamson County in the coming year?

JIM BUENTE:  To get organized! We are planning to hold an informational and organizational meeting in early March. At this meeting, I will show a video including our National Libertarian Chair about what it means to be a Libertarian. Then, Jim Tomasik will give an update on state legislative issues. Finally, I will lead a discussion on how we might organize the Williamson County chapter.

At the next meeting, we will elect a board of directors and review, revise, and approve bylaws.

Then the real work will begin. I envision us researching, analyzing, and then taking positions on local issues. Then we will begin to speak out at public meetings and in the media about our positions. Eventually, we will recruit and help elect Libertarian Party candidates for national, state, and local offices.

UN: Tennessee is an overwhelmingly Republican state. In general terms, how would Tennessee be different if its governor and a majority of its General Assembly were Libertarian, instead?

JIM TOMASIK:  I think there would be a significant improvement in the lives of a majority of its citizens. [For example], a citizen would not have to worry about his property being annexed without his vote or consent . . . He or she would be able to travel throughout the state without fear of his cash being stolen by law enforcement officers . . . LEO [law enforcement officers] would not be allowed to endanger the lives of citizens or other LEO, because “no-knock raids” would be a thing of the past.

Also . . . [a Tennessean] could seek medical cannabis for his or her ailments or simply for recreational use, as beer and other alcoholic beverages are enjoyed.  Addictions would be handled as a medical issue, not a criminal one. [Those] who own a liquor store or a grocery store could sell any product that is otherwise legal to sell.  There wouldn’t be a “Beer Board.”  There would be no “sin tax.”

[Finally, you] wouldn’t be penalized or given special favor by the government for having a personal relationship with another consenting adult. You wouldn’t be forced to purchase anything [you did not] wish to purchase. [You] would have the choice of more than two political parties on an election ballot.

UN: What do you believe is the single biggest misconception people have about members of the Libertarian Party?

JIM BUENTE: I’d say a lot of folks just don’t really know what it means to be a Libertarian. It’s pretty simple. We are for maximum liberty and minimum government.

National polls indicate that a growing number of people agree with us. When I talk to people about my new role, most say, “well, I believe in a lot of [your] ideas.”

As we go forward, our principles of maximum liberty and minimum government will be the standard we use on all issues.

For more information, please visit:

http://lptn.org/

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 


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