Archive for November, 2013

Susan Toney to perform at Save The Music America benefit tonight at Douglas Corner

November 18, 2013

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by Dave Carew

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Susan Toney will perform tonight at the Save The Music America (STMA) benefit to be held at Douglas Corner Café. The benefit begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free, with donations to STMA greatly appreciated.

The mission of STMA is to change the perception and commonplace practice of downloading and sharing music illegally. A Nashville-based 501(c)(3) charity organization, STMA was founded as a national initiative to protect copyrighted music- work product and to educate the public about responsible and legal music downloading.

Asked by Underground Nashville why she believes so passionately in this cause, Ms. Toney responded, “Writing music is not only a passion for many ‘creatives,’ like myself, but we give our heart and soul to our livelihood. Writing music is how we make our living. Much like the art in museums and galleries, the paintings enjoyed by those visiting are not free—artists are paid for their work. Music in its art form is not free; it’s a worldwide treasure that has monetary value. Music on CD’s and vinyl are purchased and support the writers’ and artists’ livelihood and careers . . . . The best way you can support a musician or songwriter today is to buy our music, not borrow it. I have faith in mankind—that when they understand the SAVE THE MUSIC mission, they too will return the gesture in giving back to artists and writers, for the rich, timeless treasure received in their music.”

Joining Ms. Toney for tonight’s benefit performance will be singer-songwriters Jimmy Charles, Mark Dreyer, AJ Engstrom, Dave Gibson, Lucas Hoge, Shawn Mayer, Nolan Neal, Bernie Nelson, and Jeff Williams.

For more information about STMA, please visit:
http://savethemusicamerica.org

For more about Susan Toney, please visit:
http://www.susantoney.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,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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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“Artlightenment” Art and Film Festival coming this Thursday – Saturday

November 13, 2013

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“Artlightenment”—the annual multi-media art show and film festival that showcases more than 50 visual artists, painters, sculptors, and filmmakers—will run this Thursday through Saturday at The Celebrity Centre (Old Fall School Building), 1130 8th Ave. South in Nashville, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Created by painter, sculptor, and film producer Robyn Morshead in 2009, this three-day event also features workshops, live music, and a fashion show, making it a vital force in Nashville’s creative community.

This year’s festival will highlight the work of landmark photographer Raeanne Rubenstein, whose work has graced the pages of publication such as People magazine and The New York Times. Rarely seen images of iconic celebrities whose lives scan four decades of American pop culture—including Andy Warhol, John and Yoko, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, and Dustin Hoffman—will be available for viewing throughout the festival. In addition, attendees can hear Ms. Rubenstein speak on the topic “My Life as a Celebrity Photographer” on Friday, November 15 at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, November 16 from 4 – 6 p.m., Greg Simms—award-winning composer, arranger, and producer of music for film, television, and album projects—will be the featured speaker for the two-hour workshop “Film Composing 101: Making Your Movie With Music.” As the composer of the closing theme for Oprah’s first prime-time special, Legends Ball, and the CGI animated film The Lion of Judah, Mr. Simms will discuss his work and host a Q & A session with the audience.

In addition, the festival will feature The MTSU Florence Project, three films produced by well-known documentary filmmaker Tom Neff and shot by student filmmakers from MTSU. The films center on the unlikely cross-cultural exchange between Florence, Italy, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The young MTSU filmmakers traveled to Florence to make these extraordinary films about contemporary Italian artists, their work, and methodology.

Kicking off the festivities on Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. will be Sherry Carlisle and the Impalers. The band is comprised of veteran touring and session musicians who have played with such notable acts as James Taylor, Cream, and The Jordanaires.

Tickets for this groundbreaking event are $10. Ticket holders have access to all exhibits and workshops, as well as to the film festival and closing-night awards and fashion shows.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, please visit:
http://www.artlightenment.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,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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 / festival returns to Douglas Corner Friday & Saturday

November 7, 2013

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Event: Gram InterNational VI Nashville: 40 Years Gone
Venue: Douglas Corner Café
Date: November 8 and 9, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Door: $10/Friday; $5/Saturday w/ tkt from Friday, otherwise $10
Event page: http://grambash.us

The popular annual Gram Parsons tribute concert/festival—officially known this year as Gram InterNational VI Nashville: 40 Years Gone—returns to Douglas Corner Café this Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9. The event recognizes the genre-bending musical contributions of a man who died 40 years ago this year, but who seems to have more fans with each new generation.

Consistently listed in Rolling Stones’ “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” Gram Parsons seems to grow in artistic stature with each new generation. Among the noteworthy performers scheduled to pay tribute to him Friday and Saturday night are:

Friday (bands):

Jock Bartley (of Firefall and Gram Parsons’ Fallen Angel tour);
Natalie Noone & the Maybes;
The Burrito Brothers®;
Walter Egan;
Donna Frost;
Charlie Pate & Band;
Rich Mahan & the Cocktail Heroes;
Don Pedigo & Grand Persons

Saturday (“Gram Unplugged” acoustic show):

Jon Byrd;
Donna Frost;
The Devious Angels;
Ray Harris & the BSOBs;
Trevor McSpadden;
Aaron Raitiere;
B.J. O’Malley;
Jerry Mincey

For more about Gram InterNational, please visit:
http://grambash.us

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 Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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

 

 

Advance CD Review: Shantell Ogden’s “Better at Goodbye”

November 6, 2013

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Retail Release Date: December 17, 2013

By Dave Carew / Photo by Christal Anderson

This album is about a search and yearning as wide as womanhood and as specific as the heart of one gifted songwriter—the search for deep, sustained, and sustaining love. In eight of the most emotionally genuine, finely-crafted songs released on any singer/songwriter album this year, Shantell Ogden explores the joys, shades, and shadows of love, taking us on a confessional journey of the heart that is as rich as it is poignant and open-eyed.

To be able to mine the depths and complexity of human love—and do so within the framework of songs that ring with melodicism and courageous vulnerability—is a gift rarely seen among songwriters, even the best and most famous. Yet it is a gift Shantell Ogden has come to embody in her writing. This album feels like one of those deep, rare conversations you can only have with those who know and love you best—those who tell you the truth about their journey in order to invite you to an even deeper level of love. In songs like the title track (“Better at Goodbye”), “The Lie I Tell Myself,” and “Where You’re Not,” Ms. Ogden paints the complex hues of love in a way that is inviting to the ear and stunning in its emotional honesty.

What sets this album apart is not only its elegant craftsmanship (Ms. Ogden teamed with producer John Willis and some of Nashville’s finest session musicians) but the spirit of its songs. There is a real courage necessary to create an album this open, honest, and vulnerable. John Lennon once wrote, “Love is . . . needing love.”  It’s in that spirit that this remarkable new album has come to be.  Highly recommended.

Shantell Ogden’s CD Release concert will be held at Douglas Corner Café on Saturday, November 16 at 6 p.m. The cover charge is $10, for which you’ll receive an advance copy of Better at Goodbye. The event will benefit local non-profit The Next Door and help women in crisis.

For more about Shantell Ogden, please visit:

http://www.shantellogden.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,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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

 

Exclusive Interview: Natalie Noone of Natalie Noone & the Maybes

November 4, 2013

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By Dave Carew

This Friday evening Natalie Noone & the Maybes will be featured performers at Nashville’s annual Gram Parsons tribute concert/ festival (Gram InterNational VI Nashville: 40 Years Gone), scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at Douglas Corner.

In this exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, Ms. Noone, who is the daughter of lead singer Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, reflects on Americana music, her personal artistic influences, and the effect her famous dad has had on her new music career:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  As an artist and a person, what draws you to Americana music?

NATALIE NOONE: Americana music, for me, is the best example of a kind of musical acculturation. It is a unifying thread weaving many different influences and backgrounds and I am drawn to its truth and authenticity. I try to be transparent and vulnerable, while not apologizing for the ways in which I don’t fit the “mold.” I am pleased to be paying tribute to Gram Parsons, as he was a true pioneer. I’ll never forget the first time I heard “A Song For You.”

UN: What do you MOST want people to understand about you and your music?

NN:  I want my audience to understand or relate to the fact that I just don’t understand. It is in my complete confusion that I write songs and try to make sense of great mysteries like romance and finance.

UN: In what specific ways has your dad helped you become the artist you are today?  What advice did he offer you?

NN: My father is one of the hardest-working men in show business. There isn’t much leisure involved in an operation like his, and his road-warrior wisdom is absolutely priceless. I sometimes try to apply the model in which he entered the music business to my career and he always corrects me by saying, “You are a true artist, it is going to take you longer to make it.”

For more about Natalie Noone & the Maybes, please visit:
http://www.natalienooneandthemaybes.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,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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

 

 

Cotton Wine releases impressive debut album

November 1, 2013

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By Dave Carew

We’re living in an age in which Gram Parsons’ vision of “Cosmic American Music”—what one writer described as “the American musical gumbo”—has been elevated to the highest tiers of musical consciousness and acceptance. In this highly creative landscape, artists are unleashing fascinating musical hybrids and synergisms—taking one form of music, marrying it to another, and creating something unprecedented.

One of the more interesting hybrids—not originated by Cotton Wine, but richly explored in their eponymous debut album—is that formed by the integration of mountain (Appalachian) music with a pop melodic sense. In songs like “Murder Song” and “Corn in a Cotton Field” (a wonderful affirmation of the beauty and worth of each human being), it is as if we are listening to the spectral sounds and spirit of Civil War musicians braided to the melodic sense of a Sara Bareilles.

One of the most distinct and intriguing facets of this six-song debut is its nuanced exploration and embrace of human duality, even darkness. Songs like “Murder Song,” “Bloody Mary,” and “Warning” touch on the shadow in the human condition in a way that emanates musically as accepting and mysteriously redemptive. For that reason—among many—this album signals the arrival of an Americana band well worth watching.

To view Cotton Wine’s Halloween Day-released new video for “Bloody Mary,” please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbQHmz-y6no

For more about Cotton Wine, please visit:
http://www.cottonwine.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,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/191-4818370-7728230?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=David+M.+Carew

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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 (link below) and consider making a financial contribution. Any amount is very helpful and appreciated. Thank you.

http://www.epiclifecreative.net/LambsCroft/

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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