Interview with “Shake!” (music) magazine editor/publisher Chris James– Part II

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. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience. “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Interview with “Shake!” (music) Magazine Publisher and
Lost Sideshow frontman Chris James – – Part II

by Dave Carew

One of most under-appreciated music magazines in the U.S. is the Nashville-area-based Shake!, edited and published by session and performing singer/keyboardist Chris James. (Some of you may know Chris as “the Jim Morrison guy” in the outstanding Doors tribute, The Lost Sideshow.) Recently, Underground Nashville caught up with Chris for this interview. (Part II follows. Please see below for Part I.)

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What else would you like readers to know about Shake?

CHRIS JAMES: I’d like them to know we barely get by most of the time. It’s not easy to raise enough money to get the thing printed when I’m not really that interested in being a high-powered salesman. My interest is my deep love of music. I love to write about it, to tell others things I believe are interesting. I wish it wasn’t so hard to get ads sold. Maybe somebody would like to help?

UN: Within the past year, you formed a new band called The Gram Band. What is the artistic purpose of the band? Do you have any dates scheduled for the coming months?

CJ: The idea behind The Gram Band is to have a vehicle for performing Gram Parsons’ material live. I’ve been a huge fan of GP all the way back to when he was still alive. I’ve played in many tributes and recorded some of his songs. I wanted the chance to sing his songs at the last tribute back in September in Nashville. I’ve always before been in somebody’s supporting cast—back-up singer and keyboards. With this band I’m the lead singer. I love it. We don’t have any dates for performing scheduled right now. That’ll change. But we have started putting together plans for recording. That’s exciting.

UN: What other new or ongoing musical projects are you working on?

CJ: I’m always in The Lost Sideshow, which is Nashville’s tribute to The Doors. We’re real good and people love it whenever we play, which is only once or twice a year. We’re scheduled to do that Friday, February 12 at Kimbro’s in Franklin. I’m also in a cool Native American group with John Lone Eagle (full blooded Apache pow-wow drummer) called Red Hand/White Hand. We’ve recorded two CDs. I think we’ll do a lot more there. I love the group. I’m also a member of Walter Egan’s Walternative Band. Fantastic group. I do a fair amount of studio sessions as a singer and keyboardist. And I get to play every few months or so with Bill Lloyd’s Long Players. Man, they’re a hoot. Great band! I’m just trying to stay busy and creative as best I can. Thanks for your interest.

To visit “Shake” magazine online and/or contact Chris James , please visit  Shakenashville.com.

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.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

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