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.”
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Gram Parsons Tribute Concert Moves from Nashville to Boston Area (Somerville)
By Dave Carew
After my recent posting about the Gram Parsons Tribute Concert likely skipping Nashville this year, I received confirmation about this from one of my readers. She told me the concert this year will be held in the Boston area, and that the connection (as even some Gram Parsons fans may not realize) is that Gram attended Harvard for a year.
A quick check of the event’s web site—myspace.com/myster_jones (note underscore between “myster” and “jones”)—offers more detail. The event will be held in the Precinct Bar in Union Square, Somerville, Massachusetts (adjacent to Boston), at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 5, Gram Parsons’ birthday.
Once again, the concert seems to be featuring artists and bands from all over the country and, indeed, the world. Particularly noteworthy is that Lynda Lucas from Dublin, Ireland—who dazzled us at The 5 Spot in East Nashville last year with her evocative, heart-felt renditions of some of Gram’s songs—is scheduled to play the Boston-area event.
Let me repeat my “memo” from my last posting to Nashville club owners and bookers: If you want a sure-fire-hit night at your club, pick up the pieces of this idea and put on your own Gram Parsons Tribute Concert on or around September 19 (the anniversary of Gram’s death) or November 5. More than any other city on earth, Nashville boasts people who “get” Gram Parsons . . . and, trust me, you’ll have a crowd there.
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 book editor, publicist, and copywriter.