Sabrina Toole working on anticipated debut album

July 30, 2015

Sabrina

by Dave Carew 

Let’s face it: often “the singer-songwriter playing at the local coffee shop” is nothing to write home about. That’s why I was so pleasantly surprised the night I saw Sabrina Toole gigging at Village Vibe. The moment Sabrina began singing I thought to myself, Wow, this is another level. This is going to be cool. And it was. Performing everything from originals to a Radiohead cover (yes, a Radiohead cover in Nashville), Sabrina and her backing musicians delivered a stripped-down yet powerful show that channeled Adele and Joss Stone, while perfectly showcasing Sabrina’s uniquely compelling voice.

We recently learned Sabrina is working on her debut album. We asked her about it, and here’s how our conversation went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What is your vision for your upcoming album? How will it differ from your previous work? 

SABRINA TOOLE:  My vision for my debut album is that it will be a fun and energetic sound about all the things I have experienced in my 22 years of living. My hope is that people will be able to listen to this album and relate, and identify with the songs I’ve written. This album is about just living life and enjoying the good with the bad. I’m very excited to share it with my fans. 

UN: To what degree is living and working in Nashville affecting your songwriting and performing?   

ST:  I had major writer’s block for almost 6 months before moving to Nashville. I wasn’t inspired by much of anything, but it was soon after I had moved to Nashville from East Texas that I was flooded with song ideas and melodies. The change of location and scenery definitely helped, but you begin to understand why they call it Music City, and how it came to be so legendary when you actually soak it all in yourself. Nashville will always have a piece of my heart no matter where this life takes me. 

UN:  As an artist, where do you hope to be three years from today? 

ST:  I dream to be playing stadiums for thousands of people in three years, but if I have to think realistically, I hope to be working on a second album and headlining a few tours. Any musician knows that great things take time and I am very excited to see what this year has to bring! 

For more information, please visit:
http://sabrinatoole.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, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************

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:

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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: “Shopgirl: A Novella” by Steve Martin

July 15, 2015

 Shopgirl

Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry reviewed books for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s latest book review. 

REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY: 

Steve Martin’s Shopgirl: A Novella (2000) is an interesting psychological study of four characters. (CAUTION: The risqué nature of this work may offend some readers. The author peppers its pages with “the f-word”; when released as a film in 2005, it received an R rating.)

Mirabelle goes into a Beverly Hills yogurt shop and hears a woman conversing on a cell phone. Concerned about someone who is ill, the woman says to the person on the other end of the line, “Just remember, darling, it is pain that changes our lives.” (Hold this thought in mind; before story’s end, we shall meet it again.)

The protagonist, Mirabelle Buttersfield, 28—the shopgirl of the title—works in the fourth-floor glove department of a Nieman Marcus store in Los Angeles. Hers is a boring job “selling things that nobody buys anymore.”

Shy and terribly lonely, Mirabelle is attractive, it’s just that she is never the first or second girl chosen. She takes Serzone (and, later, Celexa) to control her immobilizing depression. Separated from suicidal thoughts by only a thin veneer, she struggles to keep that veneer from cracking. Mirabelle desperately needs someone to talk to, to hold her close, to affirm and appreciate her inner beauty.

Lisa Spencer, a flirtatious tart who seduces and captures men simply for the delight of ditching them, also works at Nieman’s, and is Mirabelle’s exact inverse. Steve Martin writes:

“If Immanuel Kant had stumbled across the two women [whom we now see having lunch at the Time Clock Café], he would have quickly discerned that Lisa is all phenomena and no noumena, and that Mirabelle is all noumena and no phenomena.” [In Kant’s philosophy, a phenomenon is a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself.] In other words, Lisa is all surface; Mirabelle has depth.

Enter two men with whom Mirabelle develops romantic and erotic involvements: Jeremy, 26, and Ray Porter, a millionaire twice her age. The chronicle of these relationships is an insightful psychological study of how men and women—having divergent expectations—consistently misread and misunderstand one another.

Although the 130-page novella contains some clever quips and humorous moments, it is basically a serious work, rather than the slapstick gag one might expect from Mr. Martin. One pulls for Mirabelle, hoping she will overcome her problems and mistakes, and find the right road out of her slough of despondency.

Although people know Steve Martin as a zany, stand-up comedian—a “wild and crazy guy”—most do not know he majored in philosophy at California State University, studying, among other things, metaphysics, ethics, and logic. At various places in this novella, his penchant for the philosophical peeps through.

In fact, Martin may have picked up a key idea from Nietzsche, who wrote: “Only suffering leads to knowledge. Mighty pain is the last liberator of the spirit; she alone forces us to descend into our ultimate depths. I know life better because I have so often been at the point of losing it.”

Or, as the character in Shopgirl puts it: “Just remember, darling, it is pain that changes our lives.”

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. ************

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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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

Chakra Bleu hits #1; releases new dance single

July 6, 2015

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By Dave Carew

These are exciting times for beloved pop/rock/Americana artist Chakra Bleu. Her tune “All of Me” just hit #1 on New Music Weekly’s Top 40 Indie Chart, while simultaneously climbing into the Top 10 on the NMW Mainstream Top 40 and Hot 100 Singles Charts.

Released on April 18, the single has been relentlessly edging up the charts, and now has received thousands of radio spins. The hit tune was co-produced by Chakra Bleu and John Billings, a former bass player for the legendary Donna Summer. The accompanying video (check it out on YouTube) was produced by Ray Boone of Music City Video.

If you think “Bleu” is content to do nothing but bask in the glow of a #1, you would be mistaken. She recently released the follow-up to “All of Me,” the dance tune “When We Dance.” A press release from her label described the tune as “a magnetic, pulsing recording that captures the timeless, passionate moment of a couple dancing closely together on the dance floor.”

If you dig that feeling, you’ll likely dig this tune.

For more information, and to download tracks, please visit: http://www.chakrableu.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, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************

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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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: “A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg” by Jeff Shaara

July 1, 2015

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Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry reviewed books for “The Tennessean” and Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s latest book review.  

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY 

Lincoln once said, “The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.” The “key” was Vicksburg, Mississippi. Considered by some to be an impregnable fortress, Vicksburg, controlling the flow of traffic on the Mississippi River, was of vital importance to both North and South.

In A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg (2013), Jeff Shaara presents a captivating Civil War narrative which, although fictional, is solidly based on historical research. In fascinating detail, he chronicles the nearly-seven-week siege—May 19, 1863 (some authorities say May 22) through July 4—of “The Gibraltar of the West,” and the city’s ultimate surrender to the Union army.

Chapter titles alternate between Ulysses S. Grant; his three Corps commanders (William T. Sherman, James B. McPherson, and John A. McClernand); General John C. Pemberton, C.S.A.; Fritz “Dutchie” Bauer, of the 16th (later the 17th) Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers; and Lucy Spence, 19, an endearing Southern belle who volunteers as a nurse ministering to the sick, wounded, and dying soldiers.

In the Afterword, Shaara writes: “The 1986 edition of the United States Army’s Field Manual on Operations describes Grant’s campaign thus: ‘His operations south of Vicksburg fought in the spring of 1863 has been called the most brilliant campaign ever fought on American soil.’” It was indeed a bold and brilliant campaign.

After several failures to attack Vicksburg from the north, Grant decided to have his troops run the gauntlet past the Vicksburg batteries and cross the river south of the city. He dared cut his army adrift from its base of supplies and “live off the land,” as Sherman did later in his famous (infamous?) march from Atlanta to the sea. Grant first turned east, capturing Jackson, the state capital, and then turned west toward Vicksburg. Met by the Confederate forces under Pemberton, the Union army fought the Battle of Champion Hill (a.k.a. Baker’s Creek) and the Battle of the Big Black River. Then, proceeding farther west, they surrounded Vicksburg with “a chain of thunder,” a nine-mile ring of artillery that bombarded the city with cannon fire.

Starvation caused desperation. After the Rebel troops exhausted their rations, they were reduced to eating their own mules. The citizens of Vicksburg, living in caves dug in the hillside, ate “squirrel stew,” dogs, and rats. After more than six weeks of siege, on July 4, 1863 (the same day the three-day battle of Gettysburg ended in Robert E. Lee’s retreat), Pemberton surrendered the 29,500 men under his command.

Sherman enthused, “The best Fourth of July since 1776!” And Lincoln, rejoicing that the Mississippi River was now entirely under Union control, remarked, “The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea.”

MORE ABOUT JEFF SHAARA:

Jeffrey M. “Jeff” Shaara’s other Civil War novels include Gods and Generals (1996), The Last Full Measure (1998), A Blaze of Glory (2012), The Smoke at Dawn (2014), and The Fateful Lightning (2015). He also is the author of Jeff Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields.

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. ************

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.
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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

 

WSM radio personality Kelly Ann Monahan releases mouth-watering new healthy-eating cookbook

June 23, 2015

Kelly Ann Monahan

by Dave Carew

Can losing weight and getting healthy be fun, nutritious, and delicious?

It can be when Kelly Ann Monahan is your guide! Beloved as the WSM radio personality and health correspondent for World Christian Broadcasting, Kelly Ann has just released her first-ever cookbook for those who want to lose weight, gain energy, and achieve optimum health. It’s called Sweet Healthy Living: Delicious, Easy Recipes and is available as an e-book at Sweetie Pie Health or at Amazon.

Why is Sweet Healthy Living a different kind of cookbook? Because its scrumptious recipes—for everything from dinners to salads to smoothies to desserts—will help your body minimize inflammation, a strong contributor to everything from obesity to arthritis to diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

In fact, Kelly Ann herself is living proof of how well Sweet Healthy Living can work. She used these nutritious, easy-to-make, “to die for” recipes to lose 80 pounds, gain an all-new energy and love of life, eliminate a pile of prescription medications, and successfully manage her Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a rare connective-tissue disease that causes terrible pain and fatigue, and which, in Kelly Ann’s case, went undiagnosed for years).

Among the mouth-watering recipes featured in Sweet Healthy Living are Veggie Pot Pie, White Bean Burritos, Healthy Pizza Plate, Simply Delicious Salad Dressing, Berry Blast Breakfast Smoothie, Iced Lite Latte, Foo Foo Frappuccino, and wondrous, healthy deserts such as Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chia Cakes.

SPECIAL NOTE: Kelly Ann Monahan will appear again on TV’s Talk of the Town (News Channel 5 in Nashville) on Monday, July 20 at 11 a.m. Kelly also was recently featured in a special article in The Tennessean’s Sunday edition. Google it if you missed it!

To order or for more information, please visit: http://www.sweetiepiehealth.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, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************

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.

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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: “Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius” a Biography by Ray Monk

June 9, 2015

 Ludwig

Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry reviewed books for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s latest review.

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk, is a superb biography that illuminates both the life and the work of a modern genius. A critic writing for The Christian Science Monitor stated: “Great philosophical biographies can be counted on one hand. Monk’s life of Wittgenstein is such a one. It’s a probing, moving experience.”

Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was born on April 27, 1889, in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He died at the age of 62 on April 29, 1951, in Cambridge, England. Many academic professionals rate him as the most important and influential philosopher of the 20th century.

Wittgenstein had two completely different careers: the “early” Wittgenstein, author of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), a work many critics believed (incorrectly) proved that Wittgenstein was a logical positivist, and the “late” Wittgenstein, author of Philosophical Investigations (published posthumously in 1953) in which he argued that all philosophical “problems” are merely linguistic confusions—misunderstandings of the proper use of language.

In Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Wittgenstein wrote: “Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. Philosophy does not result in ‘philosophical propositions,’ but rather in the clarification of propositions. Without philosophy, thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries.”

Wittgenstein also stated, “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” The aim in philosophy is to dispel the fog of confusion, or to use another metaphor, “to show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle.”

At Trinity College, Cambridge, Wittgenstein was a protégé, and later the “master,” of another world-famous philosopher, Bertrand Russell, who described Wittgenstein’s philosophy as “a curious kind of logical mysticism.” A troubled and tortured individual, Wittgenstein is portrayed by Ray Monk as a relentless truth-seeker who struggled to live with ethical seriousness, honesty, and integrity.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius is a brilliant work that presents an embarrassment of riches, defying the ability of reviewers to do it justice. If it is legitimate to make such a claim, Ray Monk shows in this volume that, in the genre of writing biographies, he is himself a genius!

RAY MONK is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton, England, where he has taught since 1992. His works include Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996); Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness, 1921-1970 (2001); and Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center (2014).

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. ************

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

 

 

 

George Harrison “spiritual biography” a must-read

June 5, 2015

George Harrison

by Dave Carew

Imagine if your life were like this:

* You wake up at the age of twenty, and find yourself one of the most famous people in the world;

* Virtually every celebrity on earth wants to know you;

* When your world-famous band stops touring, you are all of twenty-three. When it disbands forever, you are barely twenty-seven.

These are key aspects of George Harrison’s early life. And for a fiercely independent and contemplative person like Harrison, the vacuity of mega-fame and wealth at such an early age led to a profound search for deeper meaning, for a spiritual direction that would fulfill him as fame and riches did not.

How he pursued that alternative path forms the heart and soul of Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison by Gary Tillery.

The enormous value of Tillery’s work is that it provides a concise (156 pages, minus end-notes) look at Harrison’s entire life, and does so through the prism of what mattered most to the ex-Beatle: mystical spirituality and God consciousness, or what Harrison termed in one of his songs “the inner light.”

As a Beatles fan(atic) who has read ten times more about “the Fabs” than has been written, I particularly appreciated that Working Class Mystic time and again revealed facts and insights about George Harrison I’d never previously encountered. I also benefited greatly (as I believe others will) from Tillery’s clear illumination of core aspects of Hindu philosophy and spirituality, keys to unlocking the secret of Harrison’s inner life.

All in all, I’d place this biography in the “must-read” category not only for every Beatles fan (read: virtually every person on earth), but, as importantly, for everyone who enjoys contemplating and seeking after spiritual revelation.

GARY TILLERY is also the author of the acclaimed John Lennon: The Cynical Idealist.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=george+harrison+working+class+ 

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the acclaimed 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

 

 

Indie Connect empowers musicians through one-on-one coaching

May 28, 2015

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by Dave Carew

If you’re an aspiring musician or music manager, there are plenty of books, videos, etc. you can watch on “How to Make it in the Music Biz.” But—explains Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect—those resources only go so far. In the following exclusive interview, Mr. Ribas explains the extra value offered by one-on-one coaching, and reveals why musicians and their managers can especially benefit from it.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did Indie Connect decide to offer one-on-one coaching, specifically? 

VINNY RIBAS: In the past seven years we’ve amassed a huge library of over 400 video and audio workshops, articles, and tools. But a library that size can be overwhelming for a lot of people, especially when you don’t know exactly what you need next.  Also, what an artist needs can’t always be learned from a video because it’s more personal and individualized than that. For example, a video can tell someone repeatedly they need to brand their website and their act. But if they don’t know what that means, what their brand is or what it should be, it’s a useless piece of information. So this program is designed such that I can listen to someone’s story, assess their needs, point them in the right direction, give them advice and some action steps to take and then point them to the video or article, if needed, that goes into the detail they need.

Also, I have been fortunate to build a lot of great music industry relationships at all levels. Through this program I can make connections and open doors for people when they are absolutely ready, and have complete confidence that they will not embarrass themselves or me.

UN: Over the years, what type of artist/musician/manager has particularly benefited from your one-on-one coaching, and why? 

VR: I have helped everyone from former #1 artists and songwriters all the way to the parents of young musicians. But the ones that benefit the most are those that have some experience in the industry, have a lot of positive things in place, but have gone as far as they can with what they know and who they know. So for instance, I helped one unique and extremely talented artist move from performing mostly benefit concerts to getting paid well over $2,000 per show (after the band was paid) in a matter of four months. I did it by helping him develop and tighten his show and then introduced him to the right booking agency. Then we had him participate in a couple of prominent showcases for larger theaters.

Of course, not everyone is going to move that fast. But the bottom line is that he only needed a few tweaks to go from where he was to where he wanted to be. He just didn’t know that he needed to make those changes and he didn’t know the right agency.

UN: Musicians often encounter the following Catch 22: You can’t get a gig if you have no following, and you can’t get a following if you have no gigs. How does your coaching help musicians (or their managers) break through that impasse?

VR: That’s a great question. Musicians need to realize that there are two kinds of gigs. “Hard ticket” gigs are the ones you described—where you have to have a large fan base and draw a crowd. But there are also “soft ticket” gigs. Those are venues that have people coming to them already and just need a great entertainer. These include hotel lounges, fairs and festivals, clubs in tourist areas, theme parks, cruise ships, working as an opening act, clubs with little or no competition in their areas, conventions, private parties, and the list goes on. Wise musicians start off playing in the soft ticket venues and build their fan bases there. Once it’s large enough they can move into the hard ticket venues where the pay is often higher.

UN: How can someone receive more information about your one-on-one coaching services? 

VR: The information is on our website at http://www.indieconnect.com. They can also email me directly at info@indieconnect.com. 

For more information about the wide range of products and services available from Indie Connect, please visit:
http://indieconnect.com/ 

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the acclaimed 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. ************

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/ ***********

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chakra Bleu releases humorous “Love Me Like My Guitar” video

May 22, 2015

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By Dave Carew

What? Are you kidding me? Some chick would rather romance her guitar than her man?

That’s the all-in-good-fun premise of Chakra Bleu’s latest video, “Love Me Like My Guitar.” (See YouTube link below.)

The video release coincides with some monster activity by the beloved, Nashville-based Americana/rock/pop artist. Her recent single “The Shadow” reached number four on New Music Weekly‘s mainstream Top 40 chart. And last week WBHC-FM in South Carolina reported that Chakra Blue’s “All of Me” single had hit their #1 position, garnering more spins than the latest releases from such hit artists as Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran.

Put all this together, and you create some pretty joyous times for Chakra Bleu.

“I’m having a fantastic time,” she said last week, particularly highlighting the joy she felt in making her new video. “My guitar is my constant, loving companion…the true love of my life. So, why not make a unique play on something that’s close to my musical heart and soul?”

The “Love Me Like My Guitar” video, co-starring Pal Sheldon, was shot in Franklin, Tennessee, and produced by Ray Boone of Music City Video.

To check out the video, please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvs05GYuARc

For more information about Chakra Bleu, please visit:
http://chakrableu.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, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer. ************

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: “The Last Full Measure” by Jeff Shaara

May 21, 2015

Last Full Measure

Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry reviewed books for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to post Mr. Perry’s latest review.

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY

The Last Full Measure is an engrossing novel of the last two years of the Civil War. The story begins on July 13, 1863, nine days after Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg (both on July 4). On Palm Sunday, April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Five days later, on Good Friday, April 14—the annual observance of Jesus’ crucifixion—Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth and died the next morning, April 15, at 7:22 a.m. After Lincoln’s assassination, Robert E. Lee said, “I surrendered as much to Lincoln’s goodness, as I did to Grant’s Army.”

But what happened in the two years preceding Lee’s surrender? In vivid detail, Jeff Shaara describes the bloody conflict between the armies commanded by Grant and Lee: the battles of the Wilderness and Cold Harbor; the nine-month-long siege of Petersburg; and the battles of the Crater, Five Forks, and Saylor’s Creek. In this “war of attrition,” time was on the side of the Union army, as Grant’s forces, like a boa constrictor, slowly squeezed the life out of Lee’s exhausted and starving troops.

In his prefatory remarks, Shaara writes: “It is the job of the historian to tell us what happened, to provide the dates and places and numbers, all the necessary ingredients of textbooks. It is the job of the storyteller to bring out the thoughts, the words, the souls of these fascinating characters, to tell us why they should be remembered and respected and even enjoyed. While this is a novel, it is not false history. The time line, the events, and the language are as accurate as I could make them. It has been my great privilege to become close enough to these marvelous characters to tell their story, and so, to bring them to you.”

Mr. Shaara has succeeded admirably in combining the best qualities of the historian and the storyteller. He privileges us with revealing “interior views” of the main characters involved, especially Lee and Grant. The fifty-eight chapter titles alternate (mainly) between “Lee” and “Grant,” permitting us to eavesdrop, as it were, on the thinking and feeling, hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, of these two commanders. (Several chapters are also titled “Chamberlain,” referring to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the hero of Gettysburg’s Little Round Top.)

Shaara is surely the most talented and entertaining contemporary writer of Civil War novels. The Last Full Measure is another of his excellent entries into this genre. I recommend it highly.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

For many years Jeff Shaara was a dealer in rare coins, but sold his Tampa, Florida, business in 1988 upon the death of his father, Michael Shaara, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels, on which the movie Gettysburg was based. Jeff “took up the torch” passed to him by his father; his other Civil War novels include Gods and Generals; A Chain of Thunder; A Blaze of Glory; The Smoke at Dawn; and The Fateful Lightning.

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. ************

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

 

 


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