Archive for June, 2011

Attend My New Workshop: “Gigs Galore: How to ‘Tour Nashville’ . . . Even If You Have No Following”

June 27, 2011

“Gigs Galore:
How to ‘Tour
Nashville’ . . . Even If You Have No Following”

WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 12 p.m.

WHERE:  Indie Connect, Inc. /  2720 Old Lebanon Road / Suite 108 / Nashville, TN 37214

COST:  $10 (just $5 for Indie Connect members)

Do you want to “play out” more often in Nashville?  Are you confused about how to get career-boosting gigs and slots at high-visibility writers’ nights? Do you worry that “I can’t get many gigs in Nashville, because I don’t have a following.”?

Let this high-impact workshop be your solution. In one hour, you’ll learn the specific, real-world secrets of “cracking Nashville” that otherwise could take you years to learn.  Discover how to:

  • Play writers’ nights at The Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café, The Commodore Lounge, The Listening Room Café, and other important, career-boosting venues . . . even if you have no (or next-to-no) following;
  • Get considered for Internet TV appearances seen in 192 countries around the world;
  • Put together a week-long “Nashville Tour” for yourself that will allow you to play before Music City audiences up to five times in just seven days;
  • Maximize the odds that you’ll get REPEATED invitations to play at the club of your choice.

Every piece of information you get in this workshop is specific, real-world, and potentially career-changing.  You’ll learn exactly how to make things start happening for your performing career in Nashville—exactly which venues to contact, specifically who to contact at those venues, and more.

As time allows, a Q & A session afterwards will allow you to get all your specific question answered.


Dave Carew has effectively booked and publicized performing songwriters and bands in Nashville for more than a decade. Dave is Editor / Writer of the blog 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, book editor, journalist, and marketing/advertising/public relations writer.


Book Review: “Music City’s Defining Decade: Stories, Stars, Songwriters & Scoundrels of the 1970s” by Dennis Glaser

June 10, 2011

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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Book Review: “Music City’s Defining Decade: Stories, Stars, Songwriters & Scoundrels of the 1970s” by Dennis Glaser

By Dave Carew

Dennis Glaser (Tompall’s cousin and former manager) had, in his words, “a front row seat” during the seminal decade of the 1970s when “outlaws” like Waylon Jennings led a transformation of country music sound and culture from ‘hillbilly’ to today’s more modern sound.

Now, Glaser offers YOU that front-row seat in his new book Music City’s Defining Decade, a colorful, insightful, sometimes wickedly funny look at Glaser’s own experiences on Music Row in the ‘70s.  Between the covers of one highly enjoyable and engaging book, Glaser gives us an “up close and personal” look at the stars, songwriters, and scoundrels whose talent, personalities, achievements, and foibles made the 1970s country music’s most transformative and indelible decade.

From Waylon Jennings to John Hartford to Shel Silverstein to the Glaser Brothers to Alabama to dozens of others, Glaser reveals what it was like to know, hang with, and sometimes work for oh-so-human artists and biz wizzes now often viewed as musical icons.

For anyone fascinated by country music history and who desires a street-level, “you are there” perspective on Nashville in the 1970, this book is an absolute must.

Music City’s Defining Decade: Stories, Stars, Songwriters & Scoundrels is now available from

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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.


Newly launched band “The Burritos” to carry on the musical tradition of Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers

June 3, 2011

By Dave Carew

A new Nashville-based band including local musician Chris James and Walter “Magnet and Steel” Egan, calling itself The Burritos, has been signed by SPV Records in England, and will release its first album in July.  The new record will feature all original songs, written in the musical tradition of the legendary Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

The Burritos played a set at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville last week, and will be a featured act on Monday (June 6) at the RiverFest in Wichita, Kansas.

Chris James was kind enough to share some of the band’s back story with Underground Nashville:

“I was contacted by SPV Records in England about a year ago and asked if I might be able to put together a new version of The Flying Burrito Brothers for their label,” James says. “Their requirements were that we cleared each proposed member’s resume with them . . . .  The other determining factor with the record label was that we had to make a real strong album. I agreed that our best defense against those who might claim we have no business calling ourselves The Burritos is to be so darn good at it that it’s hard to knock. If the record wasn’t great, SPV wasn’t going to put it out.

“Fortunately they (and certainly we) feel that we delivered an excellent album.”

The band’s line-up is Chris James (keys & vocals), Walter Egan (guitars & vocals), Rick Lonow (drums & vocals) and Fred James (Chris James’ brother, pedal steel guitar, guitars & vocals).  It is the first time that a band in lineage with The Flying Burrito Brothers actually has real brothers playing in it.

The band is so new its web site is still under construction.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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.