Random thoughts from the underground

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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Random thoughts from the underground

by Dave Carew

  • Ku-DOS to FYE for actually knowing in which category to place albums by The Flying Burrito Brothers.  The Burritos were a hippie country band—not a rock band—although you’d never know it from any other record store on planet Earth;
  • Every famous venue in Nashville (e.g. The Bluebird Café) is smaller than you think it’s going to be.  Add Jack White’s Third Man Records store to the list . . . although small certainly doesn’t mean “not cool,” in this case;
  • Speaking of which . . . If you haven’t bought a 45 in about 45 years (like me), a decent place to start is with Laura Marling’s “Blues Run the Game,” backed by (Neil Young’s) “The Needle and the Damage Done,” available in the storefront at Third Man Records;
  • The CBFB (cheeseburger on French bread) at Rotier’s soon will be declared the eighth Wonder of the World (asserted the mostly-vegetarian);
  • The next time you go slumming at Waffle House and the waitress tells you they serve breakfast any time, say, “Great. I’ll take scrambled eggs during the French Revolution.” Then send his commission to Steven Wright.

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.


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