Sorry yesterday was quiet: just moved in to a new place and have some friends in town. We checked out no less than five bands at three different venues. Continuing the tradition tonight, trying to hit at least that number including 5 Spot’s Old Timey Jam, Greg Garing over at Mad Donnas, and more. And now, newsy things in Nashtown:
– Will Hoge will be joining Dierks Bentley and Eli Young Band on tour this spring, kicking off with a show in Los Angeles. Solo, he’ll be hitting Nashville on May 19 at Backstage @ The Tin Roof. You can also check him out on CMT’s “Concrete Country.” “I really love Nashville,” says Will. “It’s such an important part of who I am musically and as a person.” Nashville loves you too, Will.
– Yesterday, Grimey’s had a couple copies of the new Alabama Shakes record, Boys & Girls. The record promptly sold out, but don’t be too sad – no bells and whistles on it, just a simple pressing in an envelope with no liner notes. And don’t call it a record-breaking event: the folks at Grimey’s told us that only 500 copies were distributed, and an even smaller three landed at the Nashville store. However, they’ll have plenty of copies of the proper release next week. Speaking of Grimey’s: keep checking in on their news page in the coming weeks for Record Store Day announcements.
– 8 off 8th is having its 1st annual reunion.
– The Nashville Film Festival will show some of music-related docs, including a firm directed by Emmett Malloy (“Out Cold,” “The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights”). It documents Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Nashville’s Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons as they boarded an antique train in California bound for Louisiana. Watch the trailer here.
– Morally Good Vinyl will be selling old time, bluegrass, folk and country records at the square dance at Mercy Lounge on 4.12th. Head over, stock up.
– John Fogerty has a new record out in the fall with a bunch of Nashville artists, including Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, My Morning Jacket (well, Carl Broemel lives in East Nashville) and more. It’s called Wrote a Song for Everyone, and as a personal note, Creedence is my father’s all time favorite band. This one’s for you, dad.
– Shawn Colvin is releasing a new LP titled All Fall Down on June 5th (Nonesuch Records). The record was recorded in Nashville and features such small, up-and-coming musicians as Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Jakob Dylan, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Frisell, Viktor Krauss, Brian Blade, Stuart Duncan, and Julie Miller and more. On the same day, Colvin’s Memoir Diamond in the Rough will be published.
– The Cave Singers have a Nashville gig on April 17 at The High Watt with recently ex-Nashvillian Madi Diaz (9pm). Watch their video for “Black Leaf” here. This is the band’s first gig back in town since they opened for Fleet Foxes at The Ryman, and their first headlining gig here.