The WannaBeatles, Tom Shinness, and other local singer-songwriters to present celebratory evening of Fab Four music

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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The WannaBeatles, Tom Shinness, and other local singer-songwriters to present celebratory evening of Fab Four music

By Dave Carew

This promises to be a pretty sensational week for local fans of Beatles tribute shows. On Thursday night, November 3, the WannaBeatles bring their acclaimed show to Casablanca Coffee in The Gulch, as part of Celebrating The Beatles: An Evening of Music and Stories.  In addition to the acclaimed Beatles tribute band, the evening will feature local stand-out Tom Shinness, one of the city’s premier instrumentalists /singer-songwriters.

In the liner notes to his album Escape, Tom Shinness describes his music as “a unique sonic journey.”  As one who caught two of Tom’s performances at Bicyclette over the past year, I can vouch for the aptness for that self-description.

One thing that sets Tom apart as a musician is his gift for playing instruments in highly distinctive ways.  For the Beatles show on Thursday night, Tom will be performing his rendition of George Harrison’s “Something” … but in a very unusual way. He will sing the song as he plays the cello—like a guitar!

Asked how he was first turned on to the music of the Beatles, Tom responded: “I became a huge fan about the time The White Album came out in 1968. My older brother got the album for Christmas, and I was so intrigued that it had a plain white cover and cost twice as much (double album) as a normal album. I saw rows and rows of plain white sitting in the record bins at J.C. Penny. I instinctively knew that the music inside had to be really good if so many people were going crazy over a plain white cover. To this day, it is my favorite album of all time. I think I could probably play every song from it.”

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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 advertising/marketing/public relations writer.



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