Archive for March, 2014

East Nashville Radio showcases “music from the other side and beyond”

March 27, 2014

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Richard Carpenter of ENR

Post by Dave Carew

Some call it “the musical gumbo” . . . others “the coolest music scene in Music City.” No matter how you describe it, the musical landscape in East Nashville is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting, most “happening” in the entire world—a David rivaling the Goliaths of Austin, New York, and L.A. in sheer diversity and talent-depth.

Each day, East Nashville Radio delivers that incredible music scene to listeners around the world. In this exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, founder and on-air host Richard Carpenter talks about his unique radio station:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: Specifically, how does East Nashville Radio differ from other radio stations in Nashville?

RICHARD CARPENTER: East Nashville Radio is a state of mind, a vibe created by the music of the artists it showcases. We are Internet-driven, with free mobile apps reaching audiences worldwide. ENR is an artist’s co-op of sorts, featuring hourly shows by various artists throughout the week. We specialize in a wide range of Americana, blues, and rock, but with no boxes or walls and no ceiling. The sky’s the limit!

UN: Why did you feel there was such a huge artistic/musical need for East Nashville Radio?

RC: East Nashville Radio was created to present to the world the East Nashville music scene; the up-and-coming artists that are flying under the radar, and the multitude of indie artists. Hence our slogan “Music from the Other Side and Beyond.”

UN: What is the most important impact the station has had to date?

RC: Gaining respect from artists Tommy Womack, Doug and Telisha Williams, Chelle Rose, and Marshall Chapman made us realize we had something unique and exciting. Doug and Telisha’s weekly show, Whiskey Wednesday, was our first 60-minute segment. [Last week was] their 74th episode. Chelle Rose soon followed with her show Appalachian Rock ‘n Roll. Her sassy banter has garnered a vast following. Our latest weekly shows are Anne McCue’s Songs on the Wire, Tommy Womack’s Friday Happiness Hour, Americana Music Show, Country Fried Rock, and Nashville Underground Radio.

For more information and to listen to East Nashville Radio, please visit:
http://www.eastnashvilleradio.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 and ghostwriter, 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

 

Book Review by Roy E. Perry: T.R. Pearson’s “Warwolf”

March 19, 2014

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Editor’s Note: Roy E. Perry, the self-described “amateur philosopher of Nolensville,” wrote book reviews for “The Tennessean” and “Nashville Banner” for thirty years. In this new review, he continues his extensive look at the work of Southern literary artist T. R. Pearson.

BOOK REVIEW BY ROY E. PERRY:

After writing a clunker, Red Scare (2008), T. R. Pearson returns to excellent form with Warwolf (2011). No, it’s not a werewolf horror story, but it’s a horror novel just the same—a chilling tale of blood and gore, mayhem and murder, in which a coven of homicidal maniacs terrorize a Virginia county some twenty miles west of Charlottesville.

While searching for a lost dog, Deputy Delray “Ray” Tatum discovers a body lodged high in the limbs of a black oak tree. Later, he discovers this murder is but the latest in a crime spree of “peripatetic butchery” begun many years earlier in the Western states, and with more carnage yet to come.

“Warwolf” was the name of a trebuchet, a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles. It was used in the Scottish Wars of Independence, and believed to be the largest such catapult ever made. A similar trebuchet had thrown the body from a nearby rock quarry into the black oak tree.

Desperate for clues to solve the mystery, Deputy Tatum, joined by Kate LeComte, a Special FBI Agent (herself somewhat of a loose cannon), scour the mountains and ridges, hills and hollows, of Appalachia, searching for leads to identify and apprehend the killer or killers.

As in other T. R. Pearson novels, Warwolf humorously describes the quirky inhabitants of backwoods Virginia. Tatum muses, “I was stunned by the sheer magnitude of the squalor, and this in a part of the world where living in squalor is a kind of local avocation. If it had been up to me to write the county motto, I would have made it the Latin version of ‘Aim Low.’”

Most of the local “citizens” are trifling ne’er-do-wells whose chief offenses are misdemeanors (stealing anything and everything that isn’t locked up or nailed down). As Tatum and LeComte painstakingly and persistently investigate the local familial clans, they slowly but surely whittle down the list of suspects.

In this police procedural, Tatum and LeComte, along with fellow law-enforcement officers Verle (the local sheriff), and deputies Ronnie and Doug—aided by forensics from Richmond and Quantico—eventually unravel the identities of these bizarre serial killers, who cut open their victims, take out their vital organs, and put them in jars.

A grisly read requiring readers with strong stomachs, Warwolf is a tense and gripping whodunit.

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

 

Shantell Ogden cracks U.S., European record charts

March 13, 2014

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Photo by Erica O’Rock

Story By Dave Carew

In one of the year’s most remarkable indie / DIY stories, singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden has launched her new album Better at Goodbye onto both U.S. Americana and European record charts.

During the past week, the album hit #93 on the Americana charts and # 38 on the Roots/Americana Album Chart. A single from the album, “The Lie I Tell Myself,” hit # 15 on the Roots/Americana Song chart.

At the same time, the single “Looking for My Last”—just released to European radio and promoted by CMR Nashville—debuted at #28 on the European HotDisc Chart.

What is particularly remarkable about all this is that Ms. Ogden essentially served as her own promoter to the U.S. market, conducting a professional album- and song-plugging campaign that involved calling hundreds of reporting radio stations coast-to-coast. (“Reporting” stations are those that report airplay information to the various record charts. Phone calls to those stations were made by Ms. Ogden plus many of her fans.)

It is extremely rare that an independently-promoted album, by a relatively unknown artist, should crack the Top 100—especially in the artist’s first attempt. In an email, Ms. Ogden expressed sincere thanks and appreciation:

“I’m so grateful to my friends and fans for requesting songs from Better at Goodbye, and to the DJs who are playing it,” said Ms. Ogden. “It really takes a village to have any kind of success—and I know I didn’t do any of this alone.”

For more information please visit:
http://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 and ghostwriter, 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

 

Indie Connect’s Music Industry Luncheon moves to SOUTH

March 5, 2014

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By Dave Carew

For my money, the single most valuable music-related networking opportunity in Nashville is the monthly Music Industry Luncheon sponsored by Indie Connect. For the past year or so, these luncheons have been held at Belcourt Taps. But that’s about to change.

Still to be held on the final Thursday of every month (except in November and December), the event will be held this month and hereafter in the back room at SOUTH (bar and restaurant), located at 5124 Demonbreun Street.

According to Vinny Ribas, CEO of Indie Connect, the move was made for two principal reasons. Mr. Ribas said that he had been looking for a larger venue to accommodate the growing attendance at the monthly meetings, and he likes that SOUTH is so close to Music Row, making mid-day attendance even easier for people who work on or near the Row.

The guest speaker at the Thursday, March 27 luncheon (to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will be Greg Seneff Sr. Esq., addressing the topic “Legal Issues Most Artists and Songwriters Don’t Know About.”  Mr. Seneff, a solo-practitioner, served as Director of Legal Affairs at Benson Music Group, and as the Director of Business Affairs at EMI Christian Music Group.

For more information and/or to register, please visit:

https://indieconnect.com/events/music-industry-luncheon-03-27-14/

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 and ghostwriter, 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