Thoughts from the shadows of a great American city


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  Thank you.


Lynda Lucas wows the crowd at Gram Parsons Tribute Concert

by Dave Carew

One of the true stand-outs at the recent Gram Parsons Tribute Night concert in East Nashville was singer/songwriter Lynda Lucas. To participate, Lynda had come all the way from Dublin (yes, THAT Dublin), and it was good news for the packed house at The 5 Spot that she had.

In a town whose surface can all-too-often offer up “plastic country” (to riff off of one of Gram Parsons’ famous rants), Lynda Lucas delivered the kind of soulful, poetic, evocative music that is country music at its best. Covering several well-known tunes by Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Lynda delved to the soul of each song, offering it indelibly with just her pure, poignant voice and guitar. I have rarely heard a more memorable set.

To learn more about Dublin, Ireland-based singer/songwriter Lynda Lucas, and to hear her music, visit

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.”



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