John and Judy Rodman unveil outstanding new album on Music Row

March 25, 2015

Rodmans

By Dave Carew

It took quite a while to get to this moment. Twenty-nine years, to be precise. That—as Judy Rodman reminded her audience last Tuesday night at the Nashville Musicians Association on Music Row—was the last time she had released a new album.

“The first time in twenty-nine years . . . and the first time ever with John,” Judy said, looking affectionately at her drummer/songwriter husband, as she and John hosted a private CD Listening Party for friends and music-industry professionals.

“We just wanted to play again,” John Rodman told the large crowd.

The album the Rodmans unveiled is entitled Here We Are, a richly varied collection of seven songs, ranging from radio-ready contemporary country (“Something Like That,” “Still Breathing”) to Deep-South soul and R & B (“When the Day is Over,” “Something Bad”) to the dream-like instrumental “Sweet Dreams,” the album’s final track.

“Amazing album,” said Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect, as the last strains of “Sweet Dreams” faded away.

“Killer,” I replied, as loud, sustained applause filled the room.

For my part, I kept thinking about the gift this album represents. The word “gift” resonated in my head throughout the CD Listening Party and all through my half-hour drive home afterward. You don’t’ earn the “Best New Artist” Award from the Academy of Country Music—as Judy Rodman once did—without being an extraordinarily gifted artist. You don’t write #1 hit songs—as Judy Rodman has done—without being a very gifted songwriter. But the greatest gift that night—to me—had to do not with what was unveiled, but in how: before a large group of people who deeply appreciate the musical art form, and who were curious to see what new richness two of Nashville’s most respected and beloved artists could place before them.

When it was over, the audience knew they’d heard something very special—and been part of something special.

And it was well worth the wait.

To order Here We Are or for more information please visit:

http://www.johnandjudyrodman.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 from 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.

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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

 

Interview with Connie Smith, author of “Never Lose Heart”

March 10, 2015

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by Dave Carew

One of the greatest gifts a friend can give you is hope—a sense that the world and your life matter and have meaning. That your struggles and suffering will pass, and that you are loved and valued amid them.

That is the gift given by Connie Smith to her friends—known and unknown—in the wonderful new inspirational giftbook Never Lose Heart.

After a particularly difficult, searching time in her life, Connie came to a life-changing illumination about God and His endless, faithful love for us. Her illumination unfolded in a particularly powerful, beautiful way—through her observation of random heart shapes around her. She began seeing them everywhere—perceiving each as a distinctive manifestation of God’s abiding presence and unconditional love. The heart shapes—as captured by Connie’s iPhone camera—now have been joined with a beautiful, illuminating, hope-filled text to form the core of Never Lose Heart. We recently interviewed Connie about her book:

DAVE CAREW: How did the idea of Never Lose Heart first come to you?

CONNIE SMITH: After I found close to sixty heart images, the idea crossed my mind that perhaps these inspirational images should be shared in a book. However, I kept dismissing the idea because I didn’t exactly consider myself a writer. Two months later, as I was out on a walk talking to God about it, the concept of the book dropped into me so quickly I could barely get my phone out of my pocket fast enough to jot down notes. Needless to say, I knew at that point God was prompting me to write Never Lose Heart. When I finally sat down to begin what I imagined would be a monumental project, especially for a rookie, to my surprise, I wrote the book in that one day. All credit to God for His divine inspiration.

DC: What is the single greatest insight or epiphany you’ve ever had about God?

CS: Through my journey in the “desert,” I came to the realization that true transformation is not found in striving harder to change behaviors or trying to please God with our efforts. More than anything, God desires for us to be still and simply “be” with Him. To be with Him is to know Him. To know Him is to know His incredible love and grace. To know His love and grace is to know true freedom, joy, and the fullness of life. It’s not about what we do for God. It’s about receiving what He’s done for us—with no strings attached. There’s no greater power.

DC: What is your deepest hope for the person who reads Never Lose Heart?

CS: First, I suggest finding a quiet place and reading Never Lose Heart like a devotional, taking time to meditate on the simple yet profound messages. My hope is that the book will provide comfort, encouragement, and hope, especially for those facing life’s hardships, disappointments, and challenges. We are never alone. God is faithful and promises to be with us no matter what, even in the midst of our failures. Moreover, I hope the book will inspire people to look and listen for God’s voice around them. God longs to make His unconditional, relentless love known to us on a personal level. It is everywhere—if we choose to open our hearts and see it.

For more information please visit:
http://neverloseheart.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 from 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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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: “Wild Harmonies: A Life of Music and Wolves” by Hélène Grimaud

February 27, 2015

Helene

Hélène Grimaud, the forty-five-year-old, world-famous classical pianist, has written in Wild Harmonies an intelligent, heart-warming memoir. Hélène confesses to being an “un” child—uncontrollable, unmanageable, unsatisfied, undisciplined, unadaptable, and unpredictable—and a restless person subject to sudden passions. Her parents enrolled her in martial arts (judo), tennis, and dance, but she was unfit for all. And school bored her to tears. “[There was] something in me,” she writes, “that wanted to get out, to express itself, to escape.”

One day her father formed an hypothesis, “Perhaps it’s an excess of mental rather than physical energy,” he said. “What if we were to enroll Hélène in a music class?” Later, as her music teacher played a piece by Schumann, Hélène, age seven, encountered the piano and the kind of music that would change her life. The rest, as they say, is history: Ms. Grimaud went on to win international fame, playing concerts in the major cities of Europe and the United States.

”The Romantic repertoire [e.g., Brahms, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, and Liszt],” she writes, “has always enchanted me.” Her other favorite composers include Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Strauss, Gershwin, Bartok, Berg, and Shostakovich.

Ms. Grimaud experienced a personal epiphany when Alawa—a she-wolf with glowing eyes—crossed her path on a road in Florida. With this barely domesticated animal she immediately bonded. Thus began the second great passion of her life, a love that led her to found the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York.

This memoir is the engaging story of a stunningly talented young woman who is inhabited by the spirit of wolves. A wild vitality, a ferocious passion, animates her life and music. What a remarkable human being is Hélène Grimaud!

Editor’s Note: Many of Ms. Grimaud’s performances can be enjoyed at YouTube.com. Mr. Perry especially recommends her renditions of these piano concertos: Brahms First, Rachmaninoff’s Second, and Beethoven’s Fifth. DC

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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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

 

Yes Dear delivers excellent debut album

February 16, 2015

Yes Dear Album Cover

by Dave Carew

Back in the day—the early 2000’s to be exact—one of the coolest Saturday nights you could come up with in Nashville was catching The Josh Jackson Band at the old Sutler. The “JJB” regularly packed the joint, and gave its big fan base a musical treat time after time after time.

Now Yes Dear—featuring the same Josh Jackson—follows that “musical treat” tradition by releasing its outstanding debut album. Distinctly more country-nuanced than the old JJB—but staying safely clear of Music Row—Yes Dear is a deeply satisfying album you easily could place beside stand-outs from Poco or Pure Prairie League. Brimming with smart, strong songs, electric harmonies, and excellent production, Yes Dear is, in fact, the record you wish the bright lights of country-rock were making today.

In a collection of eight songs featuring no weak link, the two MOST stand-out tracks, for my money, are “Things That Little Girls Do,” and the reworked (from the Josh Jackson Band) “Rosa.” Upon first hearing “Things That Little Girls Do,” I thought “That’s got ‘hit’ written all over it.” Perhaps I might revise that to “instant classic.” Like this entire album, the song demonstrates what gifted people can do when they are serious-minded about music as an art form—but refuse to leave the fun behind.

For more information please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/yesdeartheband/info?tab=page_info

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 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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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 – “Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything” by Amanda Gefter

February 12, 2015

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Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry wrote book reviews for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for more than thirty years. “Underground Nashville” is always proud to present Mr. Perry’s latest book review for our readers.

In Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, Amanda Gefter has written a wise and witty narrative of the current state of theoretical physics and cosmology, the latter being “the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and especially of its characteristics as space, time, causality, and freedom; the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe.”

The basic problem explored by Ms. Geftner’s narrative is the conceptual gulf between Einstein’s general theory of relativity (which he later regretted not calling his “general theory of invariance”) and quantum mechanics. The “holy grail” for physics would be to find a synthesis (reconciliation) of these two theories—a viable theory of quantum gravity. The thorny question is: Does ultimate reality demand invariance, that is, is the universe observer-independent? Does the universe exist prior to, and apart from, anyone observing it?

Here’s where “weird” gets “weirder than weird.” According to quantum mechanics, time, space, and—yes, even the universe itself—are relative to the observer’s perspective; in other words, ultimate reality is radically observer-dependent. Each person’s universe is different from any every other person’s universe, an astonishing claim reminiscent of the position articulated by 18th-century Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley, who asserted “To be is to be perceived”—a subjective idealism haunted by the specter of solipsism.

The heart and soul of Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn are the interviews and correspondences conducted by Ms. Geftner with some of today’s most brilliant theoretical physicists, including Stephen Hawking, Joseph Wheeler, and David Gross (among numerous others).

The author writes: “I was fifteen at the time, and my father had taken me out for dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant . . . . I was pushing a cashew around my plate with a chopstick when [my father] looked at me intently and asked, ‘How would you define nothing?’“ “How would you define nothing?” Thus began the author’s all-consuming hunt for ultimate reality, as explored in this book. Along the way, Ms. Gefter earns her credentials in spades, proving herself a gifted science writer who often explains physicists’ ideas better than they do. By all means, read this engaging, intelligent, and funny book, and learn about the weird, bizarre world of quantum mechanics.

ABOUT AMANDA GEFTER

Amanda Gefter is a writer specializing in fundamental physics and cosmology and a consultant for New Scientist magazine. She previously served as books and arts editor for New Scientist magazine, and founded “CultureLab,” New Scientist’s books and arts blog. This is her first book.

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 ***********

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

 

 

John and Judy Rodman to Release New Americana Album

February 4, 2015

Rodmans

By Dave Carew

Judy Rodman—the Academy of Country Music Award-winning artist and hit songwriter—and her husband John will release Here We Are, their debut album as a duo, on Tuesday, March 24. John Rodman is an acclaimed drummer/songwriter with thousands of performing credits, from the symphony to amphitheaters to the recording studio to television.

Produced by Judy and John at Mainframe Studios, the album will offer an eclectic mix of Americana sounds, from Memphis blues to pop-infused tunes to funk, culminating with the artful instrumental “Sweet Dreams.”

“This album is bringing us back full circle to who we have been from the beginning, making music together,” says Judy. “At the same time it’s new! We’re doing things we have never done before—writing, recording, and performing as a duo.”

An exclusive listening party will be held at the Nashville Musician’s Union on March 17 at 7:00 p.m. The album will be released worldwide on CD Baby and iTunes one week later.

For more information please visit:

http://www.johnandjudyrodman.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 from 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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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.”

BCMA award-winning Pete Kennedy to headline in Ireland

January 27, 2015

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by Dave Carew

Pete Kennedy gained international recognition when he won “Album of the Year” at the British Country Music Awards in 2012 for his outstanding The Nashville Session, Vol.1.

Now based in Nashville, Pete has spent the past year honing his songwriting chops with some of Music City’s top-shelf songsmiths, including Earl Budd Lee (Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton), Jan Buckingham (Lee Greenwood, Whitney Houston), Beau Fuller (Kristy Lee Cook, Jesse Keith Whitley), and American Idol and Grand Ole Opry star Ayla Brown.

For the first time ever, Pete is about to embark on a headlining tour of his native Ireland. Before he hopped on the plane, Underground Nashville caught up with Pete for this exclusive interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you decide to tour your native Ireland, starting in February?

PETE KENNEDY: I’ve performed all throughout the country, but I have never had the opportunity to tour until now. I am so excited to kick off my first headlining tour in Ireland! I feel like the timing is right. I’ve received tremendous support from radio, TV, and the media. Also, I have some incredible fans and I think this will be a great opportunity to connect with them. I’m even more excited to share what I have been working on over these past few months.

UN: Why did you decide to move to Nashville?

PK: From a very young age, I have always dreamed of moving to Nashville, to pursue my career in the music industry. Some of my very first memories of Nashville were from watching Music City USA, a TV show hosted by Shay Healy that featured the top country music videos of the week. I remember watching all the greats—Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Alan Jackson. I knew that if I was going to make it in this business, I needed to be in Nashville. I’ve been living in Nashville for over a year now, and I absolutely love it here. I’ve met some really amazing people and have had some incredible experiences. I truly believe this is where I am meant to be. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in Music City.

UN: What has been your greatest musical thrill to date?

PK: I’ve had a lot of incredible experiences throughout my musical career; however, one of the most memorable and exciting times was immediately following the release of my first U.S. studio album, I Am the One on May 16th, 2014. I received an email from my manager with the news that the album was being featured as “New & Noteworthy” on the iTunes country store! To see my name amongst great talents, such as Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Hunter Hayes, was an immense honor. That was definitely a moment that I will never forget!

For more information, including tour cities and dates, please visit:
http://www.petekennedy.net/

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.

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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

 

David Brooks invites us to “The David Motel”

January 21, 2015

DAVID-MOTEL

by Dave Carew

What do you do when you’re an Americana singer-songwriter named “Dave” . . . whose guitar player is named “Dave” . . . and whose drummer is named “Dave”?

If you’re David (“Dave”) Brooks, you call your project The David Motel.

During my career as a reviewer and interviewer, I’ve been fascinated by the question, Why did this artist release this particular album at this particular time? David Brooks answers that question about The David Motel: People, Places, Things in particularly revealing detail:

The David Motel offers tales of weariness originating from too many nights spent in hotel rooms, too much heartbreak, the inevitable passage of time, and the unceasing struggle to keep up,” Brooks says. “These songs embody the roller coaster of emotions I’ve experienced over the last several years. There have been highs and lows. And this collection really puts that journey into perspective.”

Working with acclaimed producer/songwriter David Coleman (The Coal Men), David Brooks has created an album that is—like the best of Americana music—revelatory and artful in a decidedly simple—or seemingly simple—way. From boot-stomping rockers like “Green Eyes” and “Ain’t That How It Goes” to wistful ballads like “Sing Me to Sleep” and “Little Girl From Natchez”, The David Motel memorably paints not only the state of one man’s soul in early 2015, but an arresting pathway for those who cherish what the most authentic Americana music can offer.

When reviewers at Rolling Stone especially like a new album, they spotlight it under the headline “Buy This Now.” I’d slap that label on The David Motel. You’ll be glad you’ve punched this Cosmic American Music ticket.

For more information please visit:
http://TheDavidMotel.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.

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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.

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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

 

Michael Hinckley releases outstanding “Hang a Black Cloth”

January 8, 2015

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by Dave Carew

Several years ago, when I reviewed the eponymous album by Engines of Commotion (of which Michael Hinckley was a member), I wrote that Michael’s Americana music is “rendered with a loving artfulness that speaks of [his] deep devotion to this most mystical of American musical expressions.”

That devotion is newly evident in Hang a Black Cloth, Michael’s outstanding solo debut. In 11 masterfully chiseled songs, the Nebraska-born singer-songwriter again reveals his intense personal commitment to musical authenticity and a simple-yet-profound poetry.

Right from its first track, this album aims for the heart and finds its mark. Michael’s uniquely compelling voice takes us across mystic landscapes previously sanctified by real-deal artists like Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, and the Avett Brothers. But while Michael’s artistic journey may echo those artists, it does so squarely on its own terms. As listeners we feel we’ve been invited to the heart of something very precious and vulnerable here—to a region intensely human and uniquely compelling, accessible to anyone who cherishes the quiet, burning illumination manifest in the best of Americana music. Highly recommended.

For more information please visit:
http://michaelhinckley.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.

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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

 

 

Markéta Irglová dazzles at The City Winery

January 6, 2015

Marketa

by Dave Carew

The incredible rags-to-riches dance of the film (and now Broadway show) Once is a story of incredible human passion, talent, and love. Made on a tiny budget of $100,000 and seemingly destined to find a small audience at best, the independent, 2007 film went on to be hailed by (as they say), “theatre-goers everywhere,” culminating with a Best Song win at the Oscars for the film’s stand-out “Falling Slowly.”

One of the wondrous elements of Once and its music was that it brought the previously obscure Markéta Irglová out of the shadows of the Czech Republic and Ireland to the world stage. The world is much the richer for that, as evidenced in—among other works—the singer/songwriter’s new album Muna, which she was touring behind when she performed at Nashville’s City Winery in late 2014.

“Ethereal” . . . “very moving and beautiful” . . . “sacred” . . . these are some of the phrases I remember hearing from concert-goers after the show had ended. In a performance that consisted of most of the tracks from Muna along with a couple from Once and The Swell Season (Markéta’s project with fellow Once singer/songwriter/actor Glen Hansard), Markéta took the audience to a beautiful emotional plane where pop music intersects with holiness and a noble, church-like beauty. If her contributions to Once proved Markéta Irglová a prodigious musical talent, Muna is further proof of that gift—a gift we now all can unwrap and cherish.

Stand-Out Tracks:

“Without a Map”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dFp4SIMlbs

“The Leading Bird”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaTsGAtT_sw

For more information please visit:
http://2014.marketairglova.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.

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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:

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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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