Archive for January, 2014

Beth Marie Anderson releases impressive “Let It Go”

January 24, 2014

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by Dave Carew

Beth Marie Anderson is a Canadian country/pop singer-songwriter who has recorded both her albums (Open Road and Let it Go) in Nashville. Her most recent album, Let It Go, is a full-flowering of her undeniable talent, an album of deeply-felt, perfectly chiseled songs that attest to Beth Marie’s assured place in the future of authentic North American music.

Underground Nashville recently caught up with Beth Marie Anderson for this brief interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Why did you create Let It Go at this time in your career?  What are you trying to communicate through this particular album?

BETH MARIE ANDERSON:  I have been writing for three years—since my first album—and I finally felt like I had captured my growth as a songwriter and vocalist in these songs.  This album is all about songwriting, for me.  This collection of songs is my way of showcasing how my musical style and approach to both songwriting and vocals are changing.

UN: Why do you feel compelled to write, sing, and record music?

BMA: There is some creative spark that flows through my veins, I can’t help but do something with it.  At first it was piano, then flute, then piano again, then singing, now songwriting and recording.  It’s an evolving process that never ends and I can’t seem to get enough.  I live for creating music and love it when folks can identify with my songs.

UN: What are your deepest hopes for Let It Go?

BMA: My deepest hopes for this album would be that the songs would touch as many lives as possible with the words and music.  Sure, I’d love to sell a bunch of copies or have my songs on the radio. But my desire is to be a part of someone else’s life through my music, and help create and capture memories through the lyrics.

For more about Beth Marie Anderson and to view the “Open Road” video, please visit:
http://bethanderson.ca/

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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Book Review by Roy E. Perry: T.R. Pearson’s “Glad News of the Natural World”

January 15, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY:

T. R. Pearson’s first novel, A Short History of a Small Place (1985), marked the appearance of a comic masterpiece. Featuring a young man named Louis Benfield, it celebrated the quirky denizens of Neely, North Carolina.

Now, in the follow-up Glad News of the Natural World (2005), an older but no wiser Louis Benfield leaves his hometown and ventures to the Big Apple, where he encounters shifty characters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

For a while, Louis works as a wretchedly paid trainee at Meridian Life and Casualty insurance firm, working his way down the corporate ladder, when finally his lack of ambition gets him canned.

Louis finds temporary jobs: driving a sort of glorified cab; doing spot commercials as a quasi-professional actor; restoring malfunctioning merchandise for a shady mobster whose Frigidaire contains body parts. “Clearly the stuff was stolen,” Louis muses, “and with every repair I was leaving myself exposed to some sort of facilitation or accessory indictment.”

Strangely enough, the mob boss believes the feckless Louis would make an excellent husband for his daughter Rachel, a comely and willowy beauty with copper hair and green eyes. Sounds good to Louis, for he has become helplessly (and hopelessly) smitten by the charms of this high-priced call girl.

When tragedy strikes in Neely, Louis returns to his hometown in an effort to tie up the tattered loose ends of his life. Will Louis cease being a loser? Will he find love, fulfillment, and happiness?

Alas, there’s no satisfying resolution here. Meandering to an uneventful end, Glad News of the Natural World is not one of Pearson’s best—unless one relishes sad, depressing satire that contains less zany burlesque and hilarious slapstick than the author’s previous works.

If this novel has a moral, it’s that our lives follow a checkered, unpredictable course. One thing leads to another and, small, seemingly insignificant decisions cause us to arrive at unplanned destinations.

Here’s a sample of Pearson’s prose: “There are people who thrill to the reach and wonder of a clear night sky, who take for beatific the variety in nature and elect to feel in every breeze the hot breath of their Savior. My father was more a devotee of human vice and folly, an outright connoisseur of foolishness. He nursed an abiding faith (I’ll call it) in the proposition that some people are just too [expletive deleted] peculiar for words, which became his unofficial motto and prevailing sentiment.”

For other book reviews by Roy E. Perry, please visit:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2MVUWT453QH61/ref=cm_cr_auth/002-6294896-4602409?%5Fencoding=UTF8

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

 

 

Michelle Bailey releases funky new single “Words in My Mouth”

January 13, 2014

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by Dave Carew

One of the coolest, most fun, most energetic new singles to come across my desk in a long time, Michelle Bailey’s “Words in My Mouth” is destined to be a live club favorite for years to come. Wrapping itself around a funky bass/percussion groove designed to get foots tapping and hands rhythmically tapping on bar counters and club tables, “Words in My Mouth” is the kind of instant jolt you need to help make your night out way-beyond-worthwhile.

The lyrical hook of the song is sung straight-ahead-and-slyly-sexy by Michelle to the guy she’s into. “You put words in my mouth, baby / Like . . . ‘I love you’”).  It’s all a lot of fun, and another funky gem from a performer who has been delighting Nashville audiences for more than fifteen years.

ABOUT MICHELLE BAILEY:

Michelle Bailey is a vocalist and fiddler, born and raised in the mountain West. L.A.-based producer and arranger Jamie Glaser has hailed her as “an expressively captivating artist.” Among the top-tier acts she has opened for are Miranda Lambert, Bo Bice, Phil Vassar, Suzy Bogguss, Restless Heart, and Sawyer Brown.

For more about Michelle Bailey and to hear and download “You Put Words in My Mouth,” please visit:
http://www.reverbnation.com/michellebailey

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

 

Record Review: Jennifer Brantley’s “It’s All Good”

January 9, 2014

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by Dave Carew

Here’s a recipe for a musical treat: Take the echo of Patsy Cline . . . sprinkle it liberally with the ghost of Gram Parsons . . . blend it with a passionate desire to make real-deal Americana music, circa 2014 . . . and you’ve got Jennifer Brantley’s It’s All Good.

Written and recorded in the hip musical gumbo of East Nashville, this album—with its genuine, heartfelt lyrics and close-to-earth production—simply puts to shame 90 percent of the offerings of today’s Music Row. Ms. Brantley doesn’t create music to try to dazzle listeners with pseudo-clever lyrical hooks or put-downs of old boyfriends. She seems to write out of a genuine love of the art and heritage of Americana music . . . and because she feels she has something worthy to contribute. This album proves her absolutely right.

From the opening track “I’m Right Here” (which—if there is a God in heaven—ought to become a staple at Time Jumpers shows . . . Are you listening, Vince?) to the gorgeous country ballad “I’d Rather Have a Lonely Heart” to the poignant ode to loneliness and yearning “Somebody’s Somebody,” this record stands out from front-to-back—largely by revealing what country and Americana music can be at their best. When Jennifer Brantley sings “It’s All Good,” she’s offering a reflective song of gratitude amid struggle. But the phrase could be used to encapsulate this album, too.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.jenniferbrantley.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

 

Record Review: Tom Shinness’s “Escape, Volume 2”

January 3, 2014

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by Dave Carew

Anyone who has seen Tom Shinness play live in Nashville understands he is one of the city’s great undiscovered treasures. A virtuoso on guitar, harp-guitar, mandolin, and other stringed instruments, Shinness explores the sonic landscape of everything from New Age to Beatles-played-as-jazz to myriad realms in between. It is his special gift to weave music that transports the listener to a kind of sonic dreamland.

Just as dreams are the mind-soul’s form of escape to an ethereal state, this album—aptly entitled Escape, Vol. 2—explores similar mystic ground. Through the force of Shinness’s haunting artistry and his personal, experimental vision as a songwriter, we experience music that feels like a dream—hypnotic, ethereal, transporting.

On several tracks, most notably “Widespread Picnic,” “Progressive Awakening” and “Fountains of Toi,” the inspiration of nature—its joy, its darkness, its mystery, its rhythms—is profoundly evident here. It’s as if Shinness has captured a human-musical alternative to the music of a running brook or the lonely, undulating sound of wind through trees.

All of it adds up to a unique, comforting, relaxing sonic journey. And that was Tom Shinness’s intent. “Much of [this album] was created during a very difficult season in my life, out of a quest to bring personal comfort,” he writes in the liner notes. As with many other fine pieces of art, the comfort brought to the artist has been brought to the listener as well.

For more information, please visit:

http://tomshinness.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