Posts Tagged ‘Gram Parsons Tribute Concert’

Under-publicized event provides enjoyable, enriching night of Gram Parsons’ music

November 15, 2010

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. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated in May from flooding from which it will take months—in some cases, years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.org of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Under-publicized event provides enjoyable, enriching night of Gram Parsons’ music

by Dave Carew

Earlier this month, the Gram Parsons Tribute Concert—promoted heavily on this blog and, seemingly, hardly anywhere else—was held at The 5 Spot in Nashville. Despite a crowd that never topped 50-or-so, due to the lack of publicity, the night was a huge musical success, with Walter Egan and Chris James’ “Grampyres” being particularly stand-out.  The interesting—perhaps sad—truth is that Walter and Chris perform Gram Parsons tunes at a much higher level than Gram or The Flying Burrito Brothers ever did.  (Don’t get me wrong; I love the Burritos. They just typically left a lot to be desired as a live band, thanks, in no small art, to Gram’s illegal smile.)

One curiosity about this show was why The 5 Spot…or the people handling publicity for the show…and/or The Tennessean would choose to bill this concert as “Gram National” in the newspaper listings.  “Gram National” means… um…approximately nothing to anyone but those behind the event. And listing the event that way in the newspaper guaranteed that even hard-core Gram Parsons fans in Nashville (of whom there are hundreds if not thousands) would have absolutely no idea a Gram Parsons Tribute Concert was being held at the 5 Spot that night.  Which was a pity.  Last year, when the simple words “Gram Parsons Tribute Concert” was used in the newspaper, the resulting crowd was (at least) three times larger.

The inability of most musicians to intelligently publicize themselves never ceases to amaze me.

David M. (Dave) Carew is 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.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert (“Gram National”) coming this Friday to The 5 Spot in East Nashville

November 3, 2010

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert (“Gram National”) coming this Friday to The 5 Spot in East Nashville

by Dave Carew

Don’t forget that “Gram National”—the annual Gram Parsons Tribute Concert that advocates for Gram’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame—will be held this Friday, November 5, at The 5 Spot in East Nashville, starting at 8 p.m.

Included in the lineup are Underground Nashville favorites Walter Egan and Chris James—along with Rick Lonow and John Terrence—who will be playing as “The Grampyres.” (They are scheduled to go on at 10:40 p.m.)

Other outstanding artists hitting one of Nashville’s favorite stages will be The Coal Men, Jennifer Brantley (who recently was chosen to record the only unrecorded Hank Williams, Sr. song), Derek Hoke, Don Gallardo & How Far West, American Aquarium, and more.

This is always one of the coolest live shows of the year. Don’t miss it!

David M. (Dave) Carew is 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.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Coming to Nashville on November 5

October 6, 2010

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. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated by flooding in May from which it will take months—in some cases, years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.org of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Coming to Nashville on November 5

By Dave Carew

Our friends at “Gram National”—the annual Gram Parsons Tribute Concert that advocates for Gram’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame—have sent word to me that there WILL, in fact, be a Gram Parsons Tribute Concert in Nashville this year. (Previously there had been some confusion about this.)

An e-mail I received a few days ago reads, in part:

“Just to note that Gram National will be in Nashville again this year at The 5 Spot on Gram Parsons’ birthday, Nov 5. Included in the lineup are Walter Egan & Chris James (as the Burrito Brothers), Derek Hoke, Don Gallardo & How Far West, Jennifer Brantley (who played our first Gram National and recently was chosen to record the only unrecorded Hank Williams, Sr. song), American Aquarium, The Coal Men, and more. Please join us once again at The 5 Spot for a very special evening.”

As someone who attended both previous “Gram Nationals” in Nashville, I can personally vouch for the quality of this great annual concert.  So mark your calendar, and prepare to be part of the celebration of Gram Parsons’ life and indelible contribution to American music and culture.

David M. (Dave) Carew is 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.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Moves from Nashville to Boston Area (Somerville)

July 21, 2010

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. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated in May by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Moves from Nashville to Boston Area (Somerville)

By Dave Carew

After my recent posting about the Gram Parsons Tribute Concert likely skipping Nashville this year, I received confirmation about this from one of my readers. She told me the concert this year will be held in the Boston area, and that the connection (as even some Gram Parsons fans may not realize) is that Gram attended Harvard for a year.

A quick check of the event’s web site—myspace.com/myster_jones (note underscore between “myster” and “jones”)—offers more detail. The event will be held in the Precinct Bar in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts (adjacent to Boston), at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5, Gram Parsons’ birthday.

Once again, the concert seems to be featuring artists and bands from all over the country and, indeed, the world. Particularly noteworthy is that Lynda Lucas from Dublin, Ireland—who dazzled us at The 5 Spot in East Nashville last year with her evocative, heart-felt renditions of some of Gram’s songs—is scheduled to play the Boston-area event.

Let me repeat my “memo” from my last posting to Nashville club owners and bookers:  If you want a sure-fire-hit night at your club, pick up the pieces of this idea and put on your own Gram Parsons Tribute Concert on or around September 19 (the anniversary of Gram’s death) or November 5.  More than any other city on earth, Nashville boasts people who “get” Gram Parsons . . . and, trust me, you’ll have a crowd there.

David M. (Dave) Carew is 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.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Likely to Skip Nashville This Year

July 9, 2010

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. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee was devastated in May by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Likely to Skip Nashville This Year

By Dave Carew

I’ve just received word from sources close to the event that the annual Gram Parsons Tribute Concert—which last September 19 drew a massive crowd to The 5 Spot—likely will not return to Nashville this year. My sources tell me they believe the event will be held in Philadelphia (which has absolutely no connection to Gram Parsons), but that piece of information could not be immediately confirmed.

For the past two years, I’ve served as pro bono publicist for this concert, so I was very disappointed to hear the event won’t take place in Nashville this year. But—my feeling aside—it’s actually a greater loss for music fans here . . . who last year were treated to outstanding performances from Dublin, Ireland’s Lynda Lucas, Chris James’ The Gram Band, Walter Egan’s Burrito Deluxe, and a host of others.

Memo to Nashville club owners and bookers:  If you want a sure-fire-hit night at your club, pick up the pieces of this idea and put on your own Gram Parsons Tribute Concert on or around September 19 (the anniversary of Gram’s death) or even November 5, Gram’s birthday.  More than any other city on earth, Nashville boasts people who “get” Gram Parsons . . . and, trust me, you’ll have a crowd there.

David M. (Dave) Carew is 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.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.


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