City Winery Nashville — which will feature a music venue, will focus on "concert dining" and is just around the corner from both Third Man Records and Music City Center — has just sent out their "initial calendar of events," and there are some big names in the bunch. For starters, the winery will play host to a handful of Americana Music Association Fest events — freshly announced AmericanaFest performers Sturgill Simpson and Cory Chisel's Soul Obscura are in the mix, among others.
But that's not all by a long shot. Also playing City Winery Nashville in the coming months will be: Bobby Bare Sr. and Bobby Bare Jr. (Sept. 26); Elvis Costello pianist Steve Nieve doing a bunch of Elvis tunes (Sept. 27); Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys (Oct. 13 and 14); Sandra Bernhard (Oct. 17); Macy Gray (Oct. 20); Los Lobos (Oct. 22); The Wood Brothers (Oct. 23 and 24); Daniel Lanois (Nov. 13); Sinéad O'Connor (Nov. 14 and 15); Leon Russell (Nov. 18 and 19); The Kinks' Dave Davies (Nov. 30); Arlo Guthrie (Feb. 17 and 18); and a whole lot more.
Visit City Winery's website for more details and ticketing info, or head after the jump to see all of the venue's scheduled performances.
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Plus Critics’ Picks on Lettuce at Nashville Dancin’, Bluegrass Nights with Earls of Leicester, the KDSML Revue, DJ Godfather, R. Stevie Moore with Attempt and Faux Ferocious, Diarrhea Planet with Blank Range and Music Band, FMRL feat. Jeremy Bible and others, We Are Hex with Watcher, The Boxcars, Bollywood Dance Party, Yes, Bob Log III, Sarah McLachlan, Hard Working Americans and more
You heard it here first: The FULL lineup (at press time) of AmericanaFest 2014 performers.
Sturgill Simpson, Robert Ellis, Bobby Bare Jr., Elizabeth Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim Carroll and The Haden Triplets, along with Cream faves such as Steelism and Promised Land Sound, are just a few of the 74 artists that have been added to the music festival, awards show and conference, which takes to Riverfront Park, the Ryman and various Music City clubs Sept. 17-21. Those artists join already announced AMA Fest lineup-toppers like The Avett Brothers, Lee Ann Womack, Sarah Jarosz and Marty Stuart.
“We got a challenge when [Scene Editor in Chief Jim Ridley] tweeted [his] prediction for huge growth for Americana’s Festival & Conference in 2014, and we didn’t want to let [him] down!” AMA Executive Director Jed Hilly tells the Scene. “We couldn't be more excited with this year’s lineup. We anticipate over 160 official showcases by the time September rolls around. … We've added 40 more artists than we had last year, and we are thrilled to add on five more venues to the festival.”
Among those venues are singer-songwriter haunt The Listening Room Cafe and, perhaps most notably, Jack White’s Third Man Records. Get tickets and more info at Americana Fest’s official site. And peep the full list of newly announced performers after the jump.
The festival's focus is "bringing you the best bands you haven’t heard yet, from around the region and nation," and there are quite a few interesting new-to-me bands on the bill (quite a bit of underground hip-hop in there, you might notice — very cool). But we bet you've heard of several Nashville-based Scene/Cream favorites who will perform, to wit: Electro/experimental troupe Body of Light, country rockin' ensemble Promised Land Sound, heavy blues-breakers All Them Witches, smoldering rock songstress Adia Victoria (check out her new single "Stuck In the South" if you missed it), philoso-punx PUJOL, dreamy psych poppers Keeps and rockers Willie and the Giant.
There are also several other frequent or recent Music City visitors that you'll probably recognize — Memphis' Ex Cult and John Paul Keith, and Birmingham's own hip-hop troupe The Green Seed, to name a couple.
If you need a little more arm-twisting, this one's very friendly on the pocket. Standard full-weekend passes are only $25; VIP passes, which include food, drinks and access to the secret-sets-only venue The Parthenon are $75. All the details are here. Check out the full lineup after the jump, or on this handy, re-organizable platform.
"Baseball has become a nice new thing to include in my whole tour this year whenever we could possibly do it," Jack White told me when I interviewed him at the outset of his Lazaretto Tour just last month. And he wasn't just yanking my chain — he's been spotted at at Cardinals games and, well before that, Sounds games. But the above shot of the former White Stripes frontman is the one that's making the rounds today.
You see, last night White (and his bassist Dominic Davis) watched the Cubs beat the pants off the Padres at Chicago's famed Wrigley Field. And as you can see in the shot above, White looked to be having a rotten time when he appeared on
the jumbo screen. In all honesty, the clip of White you can see after the jump shows that he clearly was doing just fine (is that his daughter Scarlett at his side?), but that doesn't stop the momentum of this glowering, scowling screen-grab. It's already making the rounds on sites like Boing Boing, The AV Club and Consequence of Sound, with some folks turning the shot into an image macro (like this one, or this one). Go, little meme, go!
Back in March, local psychedelic groove warrior Graham Fitzpenn (aka Majestico) released his When Kingdom Come via ATO Records. As our own Seth Graves put it, all the album's tracks "are awash in generous heaps of reverb, lyrics praise the primitive and the mystical, and love is more or less all you need." "Gimme Love," the album's second track, is certainly no exception, and you can see the rock 'n' roller's brand-new video for that tune above.
The Schuyler Howie- and Joshua Shoemaker-directed video features Fitzpenn and his band — members of fellow psych-rock outfit Fly Golden Eagle — jamming along to "Love" before all going into psychedelic freak-out costume changes. Give it a look, and get your hands on a copy of When Kingdom Come right here.
I’m of two minds about this show. On one hand, you’ve got the Supersuckers, the clown princes of belligerent rock ’n’ roll, who are always amazing live. Get the Hell, the ’Suckers 2013 return to form, was one of my favorites of the year — a scum-drenched demolition derby that harkens back to their heyday as Sub Pop’s token Satan-worshipping garage rockers. So, The Supersuckers’ return to town is a reason to celebrate — preferably with tons of booze and maybe some “party favors” for good measure. But on the other hand, this is the last Stallion show, which is a reason to be very, very sad. Stallion’s scummy, sleazy garage punk has been a welcome relief from the city’s constant move to become a more respectable, presentable yuppie mecca, and when we lose them we’ll be one step closer to the boring, bland commodity the condo developers wish we were. Needless to say, I’m getting sloppy drunk either way.
Tonight's show at Exit/In starts at 9 p.m. and costs $15 at the door.
It's been a pretty good day for a Tuesday, what with all the ice cream and cat videos and killer book announcements going on around here. But every sundae needs a cherry on top, and we've got a super sweet one. Last we heard from locally based singer-songstress Natalie Prass, she was touring as part of Jenny Lewis' band, with more news about her full-length record, due this fall, to come at a later date. The first single from Prass' album is now available from Spacebomb, the studio/label/house band endeavor headed by Richmond, Virginia's Matthew E. White. His name will ring a bell for fans of Mountain Goats (the multi-talented White did brass arrangements for Transcendental Youth and opened for the 'Goats while promoting his own Big Inner) and produced James Wallace and the Naked Light's More Strange News From Another Star.
This inaugural single from Prass' forthcoming LP is "Bird of Prey," a dramatic re-arrangement of one of the strongest songs from her 2011 EP Sense of Transcendence. This take trades in the synth drones for a '70s-R&B-flavored production with brass, strings and winds that's full but still several shades shy of full-on MFSB, using the sparseness to keep things nimble and loose. In the above video (directed by Tony Forgey), you'll see Prass, White and a bunch of performers (and one boxer pup, aww) getting ready to play, though no one's actually playing the song. If you pause the clip at a couple key points — which is the kind of thing I do because I'm a nerd — you'll see sheet music for a few other tunes, bearing lovelorn titles like "Your Fool," "Never Over You" and "If You Believe Me." If you're familiar with Prass, you'll know these aren't likely run-of-the-mill heartache songs; she's always got something odd and maybe even a little sinister up her sleeve (slow down and ruminate on the lyrics to "Bird of Prey" for a second: "You don't leave me no choice but to run away / You're a bird of prey / With a heart like midnight").
You can grab the new single and its B-side, a supple cover of Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place" which also takes some cues from the '70s, over on iTunes. While we wait for more news on Prass' album and ponder making a road trip to Indianapolis for Lewis' show next week (the closest the tour will come to us, not counting the Forecastle gig last weekend), check out a stripped-down, live-in-studio version of "Bird of Prey" we posted a few years back, or stream the synth-enhanced EP version below or via Prass' Bandcamp page.
Today Victoria unveiled her debut single, "Stuck in the South," via Rookie. The tune is a heavy, tense, languid, slow-burning rock 'n' roll number that reveals Victoria's knack for setting a scene with her lyrics and vocal delivery. Stream the track below or via her Soundcloud page.
Adia Victoria's next slated in-town gig is Aug. 17 at 3rd & Lindsley, where she'll open for Cream faves Those Darlins and Tristen. Speaking of Those Darlins, Adia Victoria and Tristen, remember when they (and Caitlin Rose) all played a rendition of the Darlins' "That Man" for our "Live in the Morgue" performance series? That was great. Watch it again here.
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