by Dave Carew
In a previous Underground Nashville post, we reported that this year’s Gram International—the popular concert and “one-night mini-festival” publicizing the international effort to induct the legendary Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame—was to be presented at 12th & Porter. That now has changed, according to Will James, Executive Director of the Gram Parsons Petition Project and the concert’s founder and coordinator.
The new date and venue for Gram InterNational V Nashville will be Friday, November 2 at Douglas Corner.
This is the fifth year in a row that the concert has been presented in Nashville, with each show attracting larger crowds and more media attention. And the goal of electing Gram Parsons to the Country Music Hall of Fame? How is that going?
Let’s put it this way: When Will James first started these concerts in 2008, virtually no one (except Will) was talking about inducting Gram into the Hall. And now? Even such mainstream web sites as CMT.com mention Gram Parsons as someone who MUST be considered. I’d say Will and his concerts are having a pretty decent impact.
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 from XLibris. He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.
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