Monday, June 29, 2015

Kacey Musgraves Dedicates Tiny Desk Concerts 'Follow Your Arrow' Performance to Marriage Equality

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 3:59 PM

"Now that it's all legal, I don't have anything to sing about." That's how breakthrough country songstress Kacey Musgraves jokingly introduced her tune "Follow Your Arrow" when she played it for a recently recorded installment of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts. The song — a single from Musgraves' critically acclaimed 2013 debut LP Same Trailer Different Park — is a progressive anthem of individualism and acceptance, and it's one lyric in particular the young singer-songwriter seems to be referring to: "Make lots of noise / Kiss lots of boys / Or kiss lots of girls / If that's something you're into." Watch the clip above.

According to the Tiny Desk folks, the full Musgraves session — featuring "four charming songs from her new album, Pageant Material" — will be online soon, but because the performance was filmed the same day that SCOTUS' marriage-equality ruling came down (speaking of which, see our report on Nashville's very first same sex marriages over at our news blog, Pith in the Wind), the "Follow Your Arrow" dedication got the rush treatment. "I think it's appropriate," says Musgraves in the clip.

Musgraves recently added a second night to her run at the Ryman in September, and tickets for that are on sale now.

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Mike Floss Flows for Equality at Third Man Records

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

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After Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, a triumphant spirit pervaded local music and culture mecca Third Man Records, where fans of rising Nashville MC Mike Floss celebrated local hip-hop and equal rights in one fell, spirited swoop.

The vibe was indeed unlike any other night we’ve spent in the Blue Room. We walked in and were immediately greeted with more delightful news of the day: The first round of beers was on the house, making for an incredibly grueling line at the bar, not that we're complaining. Noticeably absent from the crowd was the usual gaggle of TMR devotees that fill up the room any time the doors are open, regardless of who’s playing. Not only was it a pleasure to share the space with folks who’d actually heard of Floss, but also many friends of the MC  and other local hip-hop scenesters and aficionados. 

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The Week in Fresh Tracks [Steelism, Quichenight, Slanted, Supermelt & more]

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 11:52 AM

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Greetings, Cream readers! Are you in the mood to get your stream on? Here's a virtual buffet of fresh tracks from some of your favorite local artists — time to put on the ol' lobster bib and dig in! Make sure to wait an hour before you go swimming.

In recent weeks, there's been a flood of new tracks from nationally-known acts for us to check out; this time out, we've got a couple more of those, alongside a ton of emerging local players. There's a wide range of styles and sounds on display here: classic pop, heavy rock, folk- and country-tinged Americana, instrumentals, sing-talking, sounds from the garage and sounds from the bedroom — even some tunes that'll take you to straight to the beach. 

As always, send submissions to cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com, and look back at past weeks in fresh tracks here.

Steelism, "The Serge"

On July 10, your favorite contemporary instrumental country-surf-funk outfit is back with a new EP, The Drawing Room Vol. 1, and here's our first taste of it. "The Serge" is a propulsive, slinky number co-written by Telecaster-slinger Jeremy Fetzer, man of (pedal) steel Spencer Cullum and pop maestro/Raconteur Brendan Benson. Keep your ears peeled for a little extra keyboard sweetening in the mix, as synths and pianos dance along the melody line.

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Dolly Parton to Play Two Dates at the Ryman [Update]

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:43 AM

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She has over 40 studio albums, literally dozens of charting singles (many of them No. 1s), eight Grammy wins (she's tied with Beyoncé for most Grammy noms for a female performer), two Oscar nominations, a history of philanthropy, some secret tattoos and a damn heart of gold. She's spoken out in support of gay rights, she claims to have written "at least 3,000 songs" (sounds about right), and — if you'll forgive the TMI — she was my first crush. 

Dolly Rebecca Parton is a living icon, a beam of heavenly light come to earth to show us the way, and a remarkably entertaining performer, and in July, she'll play the Mother Church of Country Music. On Friday, July 31, Parton will play the Ryman as part of The Dustin Wells Foundation’s seventh annual Gift of Music concert to benefit the W.O. Smith School of Music.* The event is named Dolly Parton: Pure & Simple, and tickets for that will run you either $55 or $85. Those go on sale this Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. via this link.

One thing to note: Dolly's performance at the Ryman goes down the very same night as fellow blockbuster country artist Shania Twain's appearance at Bridgestone Arena. While that appearance will be part of Shania's first tour in 11 years, this Ryman show is Dolly's first Nashville concert in 12 years. Decisions, you guys. Decisions.

* Update, June 29: Parton has announced a second night at the Ryman. She'll also play Saturday, Aug. 1, and proceeds from that one will benefit the Opry Trust Fund. Tickets for Dolly's second Ryman appearance go on sale Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m. via this link, and those will run you between $55 and $100.

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Buddy Guy Tonight at the Schermerhorn

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 8:14 AM

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Nearly two weeks later and Nashville is still high on The Rolling Stones, who turned in a balls-out rock show at LP Field June 17 and shut down naysayers who doubted the band of 60- and 70-somethings still had it in them. Now, if you think that’s impressive (and it is), you really owe it to yourself to catch Chi-Town blues legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Kennedy Center honoree and Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton influencer Buddy Guy at the Schermerhorn tonight.

At 78, the Guitar God to the Guitar Gods still sings with piercing pang in his voice and still plays spine-needling licks with a touch that makes every note sing. And he still puts on a two-hour show rife with classic tunes, busting at the seams with witty stage banter and fully chocked with call-and-response crowd interaction. Recommended if you like badassery.

Tickets for tonight's show are $44-$99 and you can get 'em here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tom Hambridge opens.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Local Musicians React to SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling on Twitter

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 6:29 PM

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From country singers like Chely Wright and Kacey Musgraves, to indie punks like PUJOL and Jawws, pop stars like Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift and rock stars like Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill, Nashville-residing or -associated musicians of all stripes are reacting to today's historic supreme court ruling federally legalizing same-sex marriage and rolling back bans on same-sex marriage in 14 states, including Tennessee.

As you'd maybe guess (and probably hope), most Nashville musicians are ecstatic over the ruling, while (as you'd also maybe guess) a handful of conservative country singers aren't as thrilled. Like Ray Scott, who congratulated divorce lawyers on a potential uptick in business. Or Oak Ridge Boys singer Joe Bonsall, who called this a sad day for spirituality, but then later gave blessings and best wishes to Chely Wright during a subsequent exchange with the singer, who is openly gay.

See what folks had to tweet after the jump!

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Spread a Little Love: Three Nashville Rock Fixtures Need Your Help

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 5:39 PM

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It's been a damn good week, what with two landmark SCOTUS decisions (1, 2) that make it feel like we're living in the future — or at least a little closer. Times aren't quite as rosy for three familiar faces from the local rock scene: Beloved players Allen Thompson and Tommy Womack and longtime Exit/In doorman Kenny Highers are all facing tough situations. But there's good news yet: They've received an outpouring of support from friends in the community. Even better, you can help too.

East Nashville fixture Allen Thompson is the working man's bandleader, playing gig after gig after gig with his eponymous Band- and Grateful Dead-inspired group, as well as ace Dead tribute act The Stolen Faces (alongside Scene contributing editor Jack Silverman) — all while working a string of restaurant and bar jobs. After emergency surgery to repair a broken vertebra, Thompson faces a lengthy recovery, during which he can neither work nor play. Concerned friends have offered an outpouring of support. A who's-who of local musicians played a benefit show at The Basement East last Friday night, and he'll also receive proceeds from drink and food specials this Sunday, June 28, at his workplace, Five Points restaurant Tenn Sixteen. Watch the Facebook event for updates. If you can't make it out, Alanna Royale's Alanna Quinn-Broadus has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help offset Thompson's expenses. It's exceeded its goal, but donations are still welcome.

Tommy Womack made his way from Bowling Green to Music City with Government Cheese back when the fashion in Weekend at Bernie's seemed somewhat normal. In the decades since, the writer/sideman/frontman has become an institution, known for his wry songs and his ability to find the common ground in material as diverse as Tom Waits and The Clash. Last month, Government Cheese staged an outstanding reunion and released their first new album in 20 years; earlier this month, Womack's mother passed away. Not long after, Womack's car was hit by a truck, shattering his pelvis and rendering him immobile for many months to come. The campaign to help him through his time of need is going strong, but you can still contribute.

We've all dealt with the grouchy-ass doorman whose bark is as bad as his breath. If there's anyone who exemplifies his opposite, it's Exit/In's doorman Kenny Highers, who's gone out of his way to be downright nice to a never-ending parade of heshers, punks and tweaking EDM kids. Due to complications from diabetes, Highers has lost a portion of one of his legs. An update to a fundraising campaign organized by a friend indicates that he's doing well, but the road to recovery is long. If you have ever been, or claimed to have been, on a guest list at venerable Elliston venue, now's the time to give a little back. 

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74-year-old From Funny or Die Video Tells us About Her First Bonnaroo

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 3:47 PM

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Earlier this week, we posted a video in which Funny or Die assembled a gang of four folks over the age of 70 and took them to Bonnaroo. They all seemed to have a swell time, taking the strange mini-universe that pops up around the festival in stride.

We reached out to one of the intrepid souls, 74-year-old Isolde Pearson, to ask she had a good time.

Pearson was born in the southern part of Germany during WWII and has lived in Manchester, Tenn. since immigrating to the U.S. in 1963, but she'd never considered going to Bonnaroo until this year. Seeing it up close, Pearson wasn't all that wowed by the music (like that of "this Lamar Kendrick" guy), the heat (Who is?) or especially the late hours, but she tells us she was heartened by all the friendly folks she encountered at the festival

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Morrissey Changes Date, Location of Upcoming Nashville Show

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 1:07 PM

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Morrissey's relationship with Nashville — particularly in recent years — is a storied and complicated one. The former Smiths frontman was once slated to play the Ryman on Jan. 29, 2013, but canceled due to a grisly-sounding "bleeding ulcer." He rescheduled for March 29, but canceled that appearance, citing a "series of medical mishaps." Morrissey finally actually played the Ryman in May of 2014, and according to The Spin, he "mostly used his ego for good, and the couple thousand people spilling out into the aisles of the Ryman couldn't have been happier."

In April, it was announced that the Pope of Mope would return to Music City, this time playing the Grand Ole Opry House on July 2. "Not so fast," Nashvillian fans of Moz surely stated to themselves with one eyebrow raised. "Are we sure he'll be there?"

Well. Dubious Morrissey fans' misgivings were, naturally, warranted. It looks as though the singer has once again changed plans on us, if only a little bit this time. According to a statement sent the Scene's way today, "Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the Morrissey concert on Thursday, July 2, at the Grand Ole Opry House is being moved to Ryman Auditorium on Friday, July 3."

So, the Ryman — for a time, home to the Opry before the Grand Ole Opry House was built — will once again host this charming man*. And on a Friday rather than a Thursday (although every day is like Sunday, as far as Morrissey is concerned*). Generally sounds like a win-win, right? Although one thing is worth noting: Capacity at the Ryman Auditorium is roughly 2,400, while the Opry House seats about 4,400. Do with that information what you please. Find ticketing and refund information after the jump.

*I hope that you see what I did there.

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Kacey Musgraves to Headline the Ryman [Update: Second Night Added]

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM

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From the Department of the Inevitable: Queen of Critically Respected Contemporary Country Music Kacey Musgraves will make her headlining debut at the Ryman this fall. The show, set for Sept. 23, is one of a dozen on a just-announced theater tour for the singer, who just today dropped Pageant Material, the highly anticipated follow-up to her Grammy-winning 2013 LP Same Trailer Different Park.

Come Thursday, you can read our review of Pageant Material in this week's forthcoming issue of the Scene. And right now you can revisit The Spin's take on Musgraves' crowd-slaying set at Bonnaroo earlier this month. Or you can venture after the jump and peep the Hee Haw-esque video for Pageant's lead-off single "Biscuits." Do all these things and more as you wait for reasonably priced $25-$45 KM Ryman tickets to go on sale, a thing that's happening this Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m., right here

Update: Due to obvious demand (Sept. 23 tickets went on sale and sold out within an hour this morning), Musgraves is making it a two-night stand at the Ryman. Tickets for the second show, set for Sept. 24, are on sale now.

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