Thoughts from the shadows of a great American city

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As we move toward the Thanksgiving season, please do not forget those less fortunate than you. For decades, homeless, lonely people have been able to find warmth, shelter, and a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at the Nashville Rescue Mission. In a letter I just received, the mission writes, “About 5,000 people will find their way here on Thanksgiving Day alone.” To make sure they receive love, friendship, and a nice meal, please call (615) 255-2475 or visit Nashvillerescuemission.org.  Thank you.

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Gram Parsons… Hall of Fame bound?

The recent Gram Parsons Tribute Night concert at The 5 Spot in East Nashville was a rousing success. Before the event, The Nashville Scene, using our press release, selected the event as a “Critic’s Pick.” (It was one of only two musical events that week so spotlighted.)  The Scene wrote, “Why is it that an essential member of The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds (not to mention the man who launched the career of Emmylou Harris) still hasn’t been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame? That isn’t exactly clear.”

That acknowledgement alone was a major breakthrough—an acknowledgement from a major media outlet in Nashville that Parsons’ induction is at least something that should be seriously debated and weighed.

Anyone wishing to sign the online petition urging induction of Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame is asked to visit Gramparsonspetition.com.

Coming on Tuesday: Film critic Vince Gaetano reviews the 2004 documentary “Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel.”

 

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