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 again to Nashville
By Dave Carew
Good news for Gram Parsons fans! Will James, Executive Director of the Gram Parsons Petition Project and Tribute Night, has confirmed for Underground Nashville he again will be hosting the popular annual Gram Parsons tribute concert (Gram InterNational V) in Nashville this year. And Will is offering this tantalizing tidbit: the concert MAY be held—for the first time ever—at a particularly legendary Nashville venue, although its identity, for the time being, must remain a secret.
The concert date is not yet finalized, although Will is strongly leaning toward Friday, November 2, because of that date’s proximity to November 5, Gram Parsons’ birthday.
This will be the fifth year in a row that Gram International will be held in Nashville, as a means of publicizing the international movement to induct Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The other primary instrument of the induction-advocacy movement is the petition Will James spearheaded and oversees, located online at GramParsonsPetition.com.
Asked how the induct-Gram-into-the-Hall process is going, Will said, “The concerts have brought attention to the Petition to Induct, by getting mention in both local and national press. For example, Paste Magazine noticed and highlighted the petition, and locally we’ve been a “Critic’s Pick” in the Nashville Scene several years, as well as receiving coverage in The Tennessean and Shake! Magazine. Combined with constant social media mention, I feel we’ve made some headway toward our goal of induction. Incidentally, we’re closing in on 7,300 [signatures], with a goal of 10,000 by the 40th year since Gram’s death, which will be Sepember 19 next year.”
An exclusive, full-length interview with Will James will appear later this week in ‘Underground Nashville.’
To sign the online petition to induct Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit GramParsonsPetition.com.
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.