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 Coming to Nashville on November 5
By Dave Carew
Our friends at “Gram National”—the annual Gram Parsons Tribute Concert that advocates for Gram’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame—have sent word to me that there WILL, in fact, be a Gram Parsons Tribute Concert in Nashville this year. (Previously there had been some confusion about this.)
An e-mail I received a few days ago reads, in part:
“Just to note that Gram National will be in Nashville again this year at The 5 Spot on Gram Parsons’ birthday, Nov 5. Included in the lineup are Walter Egan & Chris James (as the Burrito Brothers), Derek Hoke, Don Gallardo & How Far West, Jennifer Brantley (who played our first Gram National and recently was chosen to record the only unrecorded Hank Williams, Sr. song), American Aquarium, The Coal Men, and more. Please join us once again at The 5 Spot for a very special evening.”
As someone who attended both previous “Gram Nationals” in Nashville, I can personally vouch for the quality of this great annual concert. So mark your calendar, and prepare to be part of the celebration of Gram Parsons’ life and indelible contribution to American music and culture.
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.