We have made it through 3 years of this thing! And on to Year 4! It’s pretty exciting, really. Four’s a good number. You got the Fantastic 4. The 4 major food groups. 4 leaf clovers. 4 seasons. 4 $250,000s in $1,000,000. 4 sides to a square. 4 Beatles. 4 strings on a violin. 4 suits in a card deck. 4 years between World Cups. 4 elements (earth, air, wind, fire). 4 directions. 4 virtues. 4 letters in the word four. I could go on. But I won’t. We’re moving in to our 4th year. We asked you what you wanted in this 4th year. You want everything! Things to do, events, restaurants, family activities, music, I could go on. But I won’t. We’re going to give you what you want: everything. 365 Days of Nashville. But you have to promise to use it. And do these things. Go to these events. Eat at these restaurants. Experience all that Music City has to offer. Deal?
Category Archives: February
Keith Urban and Vince Gill are ALL for the Hall – the Country Music HALL of Fame and Museum, that is. Each year, the musicians invite some of their musician friends to perform at a concert in Nashville to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s event is at the Bridgestone Arena on April 16. And this year, they’re bringing some VERY special friends. Along with Keith and Vince, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Billy Joe Shaver, and Hank Williams, Jr. will take the stage that night. All of those stars in one night. And tickets start at just $35. That’s pretty cheap to see even ONE of these guys. Of course, you can pay a lot more than $35 if you want to get one of the super-special VIP packages. Either way – they all go on sale tomorrow morning, Friday, March 1 at 10am Central time. So, get ready.
The Boot recently sat down with Sam Palladio, “Gunnar” on “Nashville,” to talk Music City and the show. He’s from England but is now living in Nashville. And is impressed with the musical talent that permeates the city. Aren’t we all?
“The talent here is ridiculous,” says the singer-songwriter. “It does cross your mind, in terms of playing [in front of a Nashville audience].”
Yeah, you never know who’s in that audience. Quite often, some of the best musicians in the world could be sitting there listening to you play. No pressure, though!
He went on to talk about how the show really tried to keep the music portrayed in the show more like the music in the actual Nashville:
“But the music here is so diverse and we wanted to touch on that. The music could have gone one way, if we had bigwigs in L.A. making the shots.”
And maybe that’s why so many people actually like the show. Because the people that make real music in Nashville are the people that are making the music on “Nashville”.
Read the full piece at http://www.theboot.com/2013/02/21/sam-palladio-nashville/.
Grimey’s is one of the best record stores around. They actually sell records. Along with CDs and DVDs, too. They have in-store performances. They throw events every now and then out back. They even have a music venue in the basement. It’s called The Basement. Well, Grimey’s is growing. They’ve expanded and have opened Grimey’s Too, just two doors down from the original store, which will remain open. Grimey’s Too also houses Frothy Monkey, a popular coffeeshop in 12South and Franklin, and Howlin’ Books, a new independent bookstore. Grimey’s Too is all about “Tangible Musical Artyfacts,” so says their logo. So, now we have music, coffee, and books, just doors down from music, music, and music. Sounds like heaven, right? It’s not! It’s just 8th Avenue!
Every year about this time, Country Radio Seminar takes over Music City. Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention put on by Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. It’s really only fitting that it happen in Nashville, right? From their website: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Parties, seminars, speeches, workshops, networking, concerts, dinners, ceremonies, and more fill the week’s activities. This is when people meet people, when new artists are shown and discovered, and when established artists get to entertain those that play their music on the radio. The list of artists and panelists is VERY long, so I won’t go into that here. You’ll have to check out the website. There will be a LOT of country music people in town this week. More than usual. They come from all over for this event each year. Thousands of them. It’s a big deal. At the Nashville Convention Center Feb. 27-March 1.
The CMA Foundation hosts the CMA Music Festival each year. And each year at that festival, hundreds of artists perform for FREE. Absolutely true. They perform for free. And the CMA turns around and donates half of the net proceeds from the huge 4-day music festival to a program called Keep the Music Playing. Keep the Music Playing benefits music education in Nashville’s public schools. The CMA Foundation likes to help causes they think are important. Music and arts education are most definitely important causes. And from the 2012 CMA Fest, the CMA has recently donated a whopping $1.2 million to help music education programs for Nashville’s 81,000 public school students in 144 Metro Nashville Public Schools. That donation brings the grand total of CMA’s Keep the Music Playing donation support to more than $6.5 million. Pretty great if you ask me. All students should have the opportunity of a music education. I may not be a very good singer, but I bet I can remember how to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on a recorder! And I will always have that. You know what I’m talking about. Way to go, CMA. Admirable gesture.
For the first time in a very long time, CMA Fest and Bonnaroo are on different weekends! Yay for Nashville residents! Yay for music fans that want to go to both! Bonnaroo will be held, just down the road from Nashville in Manchester, TN, June 13-16. They announced their lineup this week. It’s big. It’s Bonnaroo. Of course it’s big. Just a sampling: Paul McCartney. Mumford & Sons. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Bjork. Wu-Tang Clan. Yes, Wu-Tang Clan. The National. David Byrne & St. Vincent. ZZ Top. Yeah, that’s right: ZZ Top. Jim James, “Weird Al” Yankovic, The Gaslight Anthem, Dwight Yoakam, Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Wilco, Passion Pit, Nas, Grizzly Bear, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Divine Fits, and – wait for it – Billy Idol. Uh huh. There are many more acts than that. But I had to entice you. I think we covered every genre and every age group there, right? And it’s kind of cool how many are from Nashville, record in Nashville, and have played here recently or are playing here soon. And at Bonnaroo, you can see them all just a short drive down the interstate. But I digress.
TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY. AT 11AM. CENTRAL TIME.
Each year, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum partners with Ford Motor Company Fund to say thank you. And how do they say thank you? With FREE admission! That’s right. This Saturday, February 23, from 9am to 5pm, you can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame for free. So, if you’ve never been – you must go tomorrow. If you have been – you must go tomorrow. They have some great exhibits going on right now highlighting The Bakersfield Sound (Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, etc. ) and Patsy Cline. Both very cool exhibits. But beyond the music exhibits, they’re doing some special events tomorrow, too. A fiddle and banjo demonstration, songwriter session, letterpress demonstration with Hatch Show Print, performance and signing with Josh Turner, Poets & Prophets program with Red Simpson, performance and signing with Lauren Alaina, and a musical petting zoo (pretty much what you think it is). AND Ford drivers that can show their Ford key get 10% off at the Museum Store and Two Twenty-Two Grill and they get 30% off membership to the Museum! Seriously. Drop your other plans for the weekend. Go to the Hall of Fame. Regardless of your preferred music genre, you will be surprised (and a better person) to learn how deep today’s music is rooted and influenced by country music. It’s a very cool place.
Larry Olmsted wrote a piece about Nashville today for Forbes. It’s titled “Great Urban Weekend Escapes: Nashville, TN” and it talks about all the great things to do in Nashville over a weekend. And why it makes the perfect weekend getaway. He starts the article by saying this:
“Today we visit Music City, home to some excellent Southern cuisine, surprisingly great hotels and of course, music, music, music. For reasons I will elaborate on, Nashville is an absolutely perfect pick for a weekend getaway.”
music, music, music. Yep. That’s us.
The article goes on to the mention the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, saying
“A visit to the museum is a reminder how much more connection most music lovers have to country than they know.”
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is highlighted, along with the Music City Walk of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, our pro sports teams, delectable culinary scene, and fabulous hotel options.
But the most standout part to us is this:
“What makes Nashville and its Honky Tonks really unique and different from New Orleans’ French Quarter, Beale Street in Memphis, or Austin, the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the Country,” is that in Nashville they go all day long.”
We do. We go all day long. And we go all night long. All the time. Beat that, New Orleans, Memphis, and Austin!
Anthem has moved in across from 12th & Porter and the new music venue is now open. Anthem’s the main space for live music. And there’s a bar, Revelry, that offers a more intimate kinds of hangout. They call it a “boutique dive bar”. After dancing your stuff off in Anthem and getting a drink at Revelry, you’ll surely be hungry. And they have a kitchen to satisfy. You can take to the dance floor or get a VIP table. In the middle of the crowd or in the dark corner. Anthem has it all. Including a dress code. No open-toed shoes, gentlemen! Anthem just opened this past weekend. Mindub, Keno, and Paul van Dyk are already on the books. The party’s starting.