Archive for October, 2012

Gram Parsons concert and “mini-festival” coming this Friday

October 31, 2012

by Dave Carew

Gram InterNational V Nashville—the event devoted to Gram Parsons’ legacy and which advocates for his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame—is coming this Friday, November 2, to Douglas Corner. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a cover of $10.

Again this year, Gram InterNational will feature an exciting lineup of bands considered to be in Gram Parsons’ lineage, including:

* The Burrito Brothers with Walter Egan

* Harmondale

* Chris James & the Gram Band

* Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels

* The Devious Angels

* Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes

* Donna Frost

* James Scott Bullard & the Late Night Sweethearts

Special guest Bob Buchanan—Gram Parsons’ former band-mate, a New Christy Minstrel, and co-author with Gram of the beloved song “Hickory Wind”—will play a few songs with Casey James Prestwood’s band.

And Emmy Award-winning journalist Bob Kealing will be on hand to sign copies of his just-released book, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons & the Roots of Country Rock.

This is always one of the most fun, most memorable concerts and “mini-festivals” of the year. We hope to see you there!

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave 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 and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. 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

 

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Gram Parsons biographer to sign copies of new book at Country Music Hall of Fame

October 29, 2012

by Dave Carew

This will be a busy week in Nashville for Bob Kealing, author of the acclaimed new book Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock. On Friday night, Mr. Kealing will be signing copies of his book at Gram InterNational, the big Gram Parsons concert coming to Douglas Corner. Then, the following day, Mr. Kealing gets out the pen again, to sign copies of Calling Me Home at the Country Music Hall of Fame museum store. That signing will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

In his new book, Mr. Kealing traces the entire arc of Gram Parsons’ musically formative years, fully exploring Gram’s legacy and musical/cultural contribution. The book offers new information that even GP’s most ardent fans will find fresh and revealing.

Bob Kealing, an Edward R. Murrow and three-time Emmy Award-winning reporter for NBC’s WESHTV in Orlando, Florida, is also the author of Kerouac in Florida and Tupperware Unsealed.

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave 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 and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. 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

 

Alt-politics, Nashville-style: The Libertarian Party of Tennessee

October 26, 2012

by Dave Carew

If you’ve already early-voted, as I have, you’ve noticed there are LOTS of candidates on the Nashville-area ballot who aren’t Democrats or Republicans. Unfortunately, alternative candidates in Tennessee are nearly always branded “I” (Independent) on the ballot (unless they jump through nearly prohibitive election-law hurdles), so the public ends up, typically, with little or no information as to how these candidates present an alternative to the status quo.

To partially remedy this situation, I invited Jay Polk, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee, to engage in an email interview with Underground Nashville. Here’s how it went:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  What does the Libertarian Party stand for? Why should people in greater Nashville consider voting for Libertarian candidates?

JAY POLK: The Libertarian Party stands for the same thing as America’s Founding Fathers: freedom. We believe people should be free to exercise their rights as long as they do not interfere with the equal right of others to practice theirs.

We’re at a tipping point in American politics. Republicans controlled the Federal government for six years; Are you better off? Democrats controlled it more recently for two years; Are you better off?  Members of both these parties need to ask themselves these questions. If the answer is “no,” then please consider a new approach to the problems which face our nation.

UN: Who are the Libertarian candidates for whom people in the Nashville area might vote?

JP: Daniel Lewis, TN House , District 52 (running against incumbent Michael Stewart (R)); Gary Johnson, U.S. president (running against incumbent Barack Obama (D)); Shaun Crowell, U.S. Senate (running against incumbent Bob Corker (R)).

UN: What do you think of the local media coverage of Libertarian candidates? Has it been fair and sufficient?

JP: While there has been limited coverage of our candidates, most of what is published is due to the Libertarian Party asking to be covered. It seems that if Republicans or Democrats sneeze, the press is there to cover them. However, anyone outside the two-party system has to do the journalistic work for the journalists. I see this as a failing of journalistic integrity. It seems that any individual who is concerned about providing a factual outlook on a situation would do research and cover all their bases. Unfortunately too many times agendas supersede equity of coverage.

For more information about the Libertarian Party of Tennessee, visit LPTN.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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave 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 and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. 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 releases much-anticipated “A Simple Thing”

October 19, 2012

by Dave Carew

I’ve said many times in this blog that I think Sara Beck is one of our most supremely gifted singer-songwriters. Sara’s 2011 pop-gem Technicolor was easily one of the finest albums released by anyone that year.

That’s why it was so cool to learn yesterday—via an email sent out by Sara to her many friends and fans—that she has just released her new, eagerly awaited record A Simple Thing.

Sara’s email read, in part, “I am so excited to announce that my new album is available as of October 15th at online retailers like Itunes and Rhapsody, as well as CDBaby.com. The project was a labor of love . . . I love these songs, and I recorded them at my home studio with the love of my life, Park Chisolm. The album is very stripped down, and I hope those of you who have been asking me to make an acoustic album will be pleased.”

Three songs from A Simple Thing now are streaming at SaraBeck.net.

In Sara’s email, she also made this huge announcement: “The release of this album coincides with an amazing time of transition for me; Park and I are expecting a little girl in about three weeks!”

So congratulations are due to Sara and Park, all around. Now, do yourself a huge favor, and go buy this record pronto!

Editor’s Note:  Be looking for a review of ‘A Simple Thing’ in an upcoming ‘Underground Nashville’ post.

For more information, visit SaraBeck.net.

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave 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 and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. 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

 

Listening Room Café to re-open soon on 2nd Avenue

October 11, 2012

by Dave Carew

Great news for fans of one of Nashville’s coolest live-music venues!  The Listening Room Café—which temporarily has been closed while it re-locates—is about to re-open in the heart of Music City, at 217 2nd Avenue South.

In an email sent out this morning, owner Chris Blair said: “We have worked so hard to make this move happen, and we are finally with keys in hand and are beginning to build out what we plan to be the best music venue in Nashville . . . . Not only will the Listening Room have all of the things you have come to love (best sound, great food, etc), but we are also adding the elements of audio/video recording, live streaming, video music videos, and more.”

Chris added: “If you want to help us in our journey, there is a way you can do that too.”

A PERSONAL NOTE: When my (wonderful) singer-songwriter friends Lynda Lucas and Brendan Priestley visited last December from Dublin, Ireland, the Listening Room Café graciously gave them a performance slot, even though they had no following in Nashville.  We rewarded the Listening Room by bringing in (according to their booker) the largest crowd they’d ever had for a 4 p.m. show.  I was grateful to all my friends who came out—and grateful to The Listening Room.  These are REALLY good people.  Be sure to support them in the future!

To contact the Listening Room, visit ListeningRoomCafe.com and/or follow them on Twitter @listeningroom.

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,” both now available at XLibris.com. Dave 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 and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. 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

 

Gram Parsons concert switches back to Douglas Corner

October 8, 2012

by Dave Carew

In a previous Underground Nashville post, we reported that 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—was to be presented at 12th & Porter.  That now has changed, according to Will James, Executive Director of the Gram Parsons Petition Project and the concert’s founder and coordinator.

The new date and venue for Gram InterNational V Nashville will be Friday, November 2 at Douglas Corner.

This is the fifth year in a row that the concert has been presented in Nashville, with each show attracting larger crowds and more media attention.  And the goal of electing Gram Parsons to the Country Music Hall of Fame? How is that going?

Let’s put it this way: When Will James first started these concerts in 2008, virtually no one (except Will) was talking about inducting Gram into the Hall. And now?  Even such mainstream web sites as CMT.com mention Gram Parsons as someone who MUST be considered.  I’d say Will and his concerts are having a pretty decent impact.

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,” both now available from XLibris. 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 and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. 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