Archive for July, 2012

Gram Parsons concert coming to 12th & Porter

July 27, 2012

by Dave Carew

In a FaceBook posting sent this morning, Will James announced that 12th & Porter will be the scene of this year’s “Gram International,” the popular concert and “one-night mini-festival” publicizing the international effort to induct the legendary Gram Parsons into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Mr. James, Executive Director of the Gram Parsons Petition Project, is the concert’s founder and coordinator.

In his posting, Mr. James also announced, “Bands this year include James Scott Bullard & the Late Night Sweethearts w/ guest vocalist Rebecca Morning, Harmondale, The Burritos with Walter Egan, Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels, Donna Frost, The Devious Angels, the Cosmic American Derelicts, and The Gram Band.”

Special guest for the evening will be Bob Kealing, author of the forthcoming book Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock, which will be published in September.  Underground Nashville will be requesting an interview with Mr. Kealing, to be posted in conjunction with the publication of his book.

This year’s Gram InterNational V Nashville will be held on Saturday, November 3, starting at 8 pm.

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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

New bookstore—“East Side Story”—opening soon

July 24, 2012

by Dave Carew

Major kudos to Chuck Beard, the local good guy who plans to open a new indie bookstore, East Side Story, in East Nashville by Saturday, August 11.

To be located beside Art & Invention at Five Points, East Side Story will, according to The Tennessean, be “the home for local writers. It will promote and sell published and self-published books of all sizes and genres. The only rule is that a local author—one who lives or works in Nashville and the surrounding area—must write the work.”

Not to whine, but to let you know the score: When I published my novels Voice from the Gutter and Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville—both of which were written and set in Nashville—the novels received very positive reviews, yet no local bookstore showed the slightest interest in carrying the books or having a book signing.  Here’s hoping East Side Story will dramatically reverse that experience for local authors.

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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

ParkLife concert for the homeless announces musicians line-up

July 19, 2012

by Dave Carew

ParkLife—the annual benefit concert for Lambscroft and Nashville’s homeless—has announced its musicians line-up for this year’s festival-concert, which will be held on Saturday, August 18 in Sevier Park (12South), starting at 3 p.m.

Lambscroft is the local nonprofit covered by the Associated Press, The Tennessean, and other media that helps the homeless of Nashville. Proceeds from the ParkLife concert will go toward completion of The Cookery, a training facility under construction on 12th Avenue South that will offer culinary arts (cooking) training to the homeless as a safe, effective pathway off the streets.

Among the popular bands and singer-songwriters performing at this year’s ParkLife will be:

Yes Dear

Lane Terzieff

Poppy

Dakota Bradley

Oaklynn

Steve Moakler

All Sons and Daughters

The Weeks

Wavorly

Update:  Contrary to a previous post on ‘Underground Nashville,’ Sara Beck and The Gram Band will not be able to perform at this year’s ParkLife.

For more information about Lambscroft, please visit Lambscroft.org.

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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

“Hometown Prophet”

July 18, 2012

by Dave Carew

I’d be lying if I said Christian fiction was my “thing.” Back in the 1990s, I handled nearly 100 freelance copywriting projects for Thomas Nelson Publishers. Many assignments included reading works of Christian fiction, then writing the dust jacket copy for the books. I’d cringe every time I had to do it, simply because the novels typically were so second-rate; so devoid of any real, probing exploration of faith and its meaning within the average person’s life.

That’s why I was delighted to be contacted by Jeff Fulmer, the Tennessee-based author of Hometown Prophet. Here, at last, is a Christian novel that makes demands on the reader (that he or she think) and that lovingly but assertively makes anyone who calls himself a Christian step up to what that should mean.  In this exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, Jeff Fulmer talks about his latest novel:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: You have said that Hometown Prophet was born of a frustration you were feeling regarding “how Christianity [is] misrepresented for personal and political gain.”  What, in your opinion, is the specific nature of that misrepresentation?

JEFF FULMER:  I was tired of seeing politicians pick and choose certain Bible verses to rile up their bases.  Often, they are preying on pre-existing prejudices and fears (homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny), so they are actually causing people to act in direct opposition to Jesus’s second greatest command: to “love our neighbors as ourselves.”  (Matthew 22: 39).

UN: You ask a very intriguing question in your promotional literature:  “If God spoke through a prophet today, would you really want to hear what he has to say?”  What do you believe would be the most important things he WOULD say?

JF:  God has a plan of redemption for each person and it doesn’t end with an altar call or saying the right words during a prayer; it involves making the world a better place in the here and now.   Hometown Prophet reflects how I believe the scriptures speak to the real-life issues we are confronting today in Tennessee.   With God’s help, each person can find their own way to make a positive impact on the people around them.  The most important thing is to listen and obey the call.

UN:  Why did you construct protagonist Peter Quill the way you did?  What do you hope his specific situation and character illuminate for the reader?

JF:  God can use anyone, even someone who is down-and-out, like Peter.   In fact, because Peter is unemployed, he has more time than most to be of service to God.  He’s also been humbled, which is usually when we’re most willing to try something new, even if it sounds crazy, like being a prophet.

For more information, please visit HometownProphetBook.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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

“The Producer’s Chair”

July 13, 2012

by Dave Carew

Back in the day, the talk show could be one of the better forums for ideas and insight. Before the format experienced a massive dumbing down (sorry Jay, sorry Dave), talk show hosts such as Dick Cavett and Jack Paar offered experiences that actually—at least on occasion—delivered the “take away” of intelligent reflection and conversation on cultural and/or artistic issues.

Something of that is now going on at Douglas Corner once a month, thanks to host James Rea’s popular live talk show The Producer’s Chair, which places in the spotlight the thoughts, ideas, and advice of some of Nashville’s premier music producers.  James Rea recently granted this exclusive interview to Underground Nashville.

UNDERGROUND NASHVLLE: In your own words, what is The Producer’s Chair ?

JAMES REA:  The Producer’s Chair is the first live “all music” talk show that puts a behind-the-scenes spotlight on the inner workings of the music industry through the eyes of the guys who run the show: the most celebrated producers in the music industry.

I created The Producer’s Chair for every[one] who ever aspired to be a singer, songwriter, musician, music publisher, song plugger, producer, engineer, studio owner, or music business professional.

UN:  What is the particular value of the show to your targeted audience?

JR:One must first comprehend the knowledge and power that major producers, alone, possess. They are in charge of every aspect of music production—from concept to completion—at the very highest level. They find the hit songs, oversee the musical arrangements, decide on the instrumentation for each song, select the musicians and back-up vocalists, choose the studios and are responsible for  scheduling, budgets, and delivery of the finished album to the label. In addition, producers are the talent scouts responsible for discovering and developing new talent.

How the whole process works—from artist and songwriter development, acquiring record deals, publishing deals and project funding, to the never-ending struggle between the creative and corporate sides of the industry—are only a few of the never-before exposed topics, openly disclosed by the producers, as they share their knowledge and the history of the biggest songs, artists, musicians, songwriters, and music execs on the planet. The Producer’s Chair is the highest and most credible source of that education.

UN: What accolades has the show garnered thus far?

JR:  Since The Producer’s Chair monthly series began six years ago, over 60 of Nashville’s A-List producers have appeared on the show. I have received countless testimonials from those who have attended the live show. SPIKE TV calls The Producer’s Chair “The best show in Nashville, if you want to know how to get a record deal.”  In 2010, The Producer’s Chair was the recipient of the Tennessee Songwriters Association International “Hallman Award” for “The most outstanding contribution to the songwriting community.” And for the past year Music Row Magazine has featured my monthly column “The Producer’s Chair” in ROWFAX.

UN: What is your dream for the show?

JR:My dream at this point would be to identify a corporate sponsor, so that I can format The Producer’s Chair for radio, TV, and the Internet. This would also allow me to archive the historical significance of The Producer’s Chair.

For more information, please visit theproducerschair.com and/or    Facebook.com/theproducerschair

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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

The Next Big Thing? Meet The DeLearys

July 10, 2012

by Dave Carew

Last month I presented my seminar “5 Secrets for Getting Publicity” to singer-songwriters at Indie Connect in Nashville.  Two of the participants in my seminar were The Delearys, a fantastic, up-and-coming duo comprised of two sisters who later sang their touching song “Voiceless” for us. (Their mother—who billed herself as their “mom-ager”—also participated.)

This, for me, was one of those classic Nashville moments.  Where else would you present a seminar, then have two of the member of your audience get up and sing a song that knocks everyone dead?  It had a wonderful, affirming spirit about it. Like: thank you for sharing your publicity information, now we’ll return the favor by sharing an amazing song.

Raised in North Carolina, The DeLearys—Lauren and Brooke— have been writing in Nashville with hit songwriters like Kirsti Manna, who penned Blake Shelton’s smash hit “Austin.” The DeLearys also are performing at Nashville venues. Already with the four-song EP I’m Out to their credit, they now are working on their first full-length album with producer/engineer Bill Warner.

I’m not going out on a limb to say this: These girls are immensely talented, have that “X Factor” that separates potential stars from also-rans, and have the dedication and work ethic to make their dreams of musical stardom come true. Over the years, I’ve had several friends tell me “I saw So-and-So before he was famous.”  I feel I now can say that about The DeLearys.

To get a “virtual personal introduction” to The DeLearys and their music visit TheDelearys.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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

 

 

Sara Beck, Yes Dear, Gram Band to play ParkLife Concert

July 5, 2012

by Dave Carew

This year’s ParkLife Concert—the annual benefit for Lambscroft and the homeless—will feature performances from Sara Beck, Yes Dear, The Gram Band, and other artists and bands TBA.

Sara Beck is the premier Nashville-based singer-songwriter who has toured extensively for the past two years with Academy Award-winning actor/director Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West.  She opened for Costner at his sold-out show at the legendary Exit/In in Nashville on April 14.

Yes Dear is the highly popular acoustic cover band (Eagles, Beatles, James Taylor, Plain White T’s) fronted by Josh Jackson, whose Josh Jackson Band regularly packed Nashville clubs during the 2000’s.

The Gram Band, based in Nashville, is one of the nation’s top Gram Parsons cover bands.  It is fronted by Chris James of The Burritos, whose magazine Shake! has had a profound and extensive impact in keeping the music and memory of Gram Parsons alive.

The ParkLife Concert will benefit Lambscroft, the local charitable organization covered by the Associated Press, The Tennessean, and other media that helps the homeless in Nashville.  Proceeds from the concert will go toward completion of The Cookery, a training facility under construction on 12th Avenue South that will offer culinary arts (cooking) training to the homeless as a safe, effective pathway off the streets.

As more concert details are determined, they will be posted on the ParkLife web site at ParkLifeConcerts.org.

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, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

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Do you want to help homeless people in Nashville learn culinary arts and other employment skills that provide a specific, effective path off the streets? Please visit Lambscroft.org.  Please also consider coming to ParkLife, the benefit concert for Lambscroft, to be held in Sevier Park in 12South on Saturday, August 18. Thank you.

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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, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew