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After closing over three years ago to make room for the Music City Center, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum reopens today. In a reception last night, founder and CEO Joe Chambers thanked the many supporters in the room, especially for their assistance in restoring many instruments that were damaged in the 2010 flood.
Chambers said that this is the first phase of the museum, and the exhibits aren't quite completed. "It will keep growing every week, every day," Chambers said from a stage filled with Hall of Fame members, several of whom are pictured in the photo above. Representing high points in 20th century pop music from "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" and "That'll Be the Day" to Blonde on Blonde and Born to Run, they included Duane Eddy, Steve Cropper, Sonny Curtis, J.I. Allison, Garry Tallent, Bobby Wood, Reggie Young, Charlie McCoy, Ray Edenton, Will McFarlane, Gordon Kennedy, Brian Ahern, Bruce Bouton, Pete Finney, Chuck Mead and Jay McDowell.
The original location of the museum, which opened in 2006, was at 301 6th Avenue South, displayed music memorabilia and instruments played by well-known artists and their more under-the-radar session-musician colleagues. Inductees to the Hall of Fame are nominated by industry professionals and members of the American Federation of Musicians.
Many of the museum's instruments — including one of Jimi Hendrix's guitars — were stored in Soundcheck and submerged in floodwater, but nearly all were restored and will be on display at the museum. While much of the area is still being renovated, the museum features the various epicenters of American recorded music — Detroit, Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City — with replicas of landmarks like Sun Studios and the Ryman Auditorium.
It will be interesting to watch the museum's evolution as more instruments and artifacts are added, as the organization has the luxury of space compared to its previous home. One glaring absence that Chambers noted was the relative lack of women in the museum, apart from pioneers like the great Wrecking Crew session bassist Carol Kaye; he promised that they'd make sure more female musicians were recognized. Currently, a wall near the entrance showcases photos of recipients of the Source Foundation Award, which is presented to women who have contributed to the music industry. That's a start.
The Museum is located in Municipal Auditorium at 417 4th Ave. N. and will be open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $18.95 for adults, $15.95 for senior citizens/AAA members/military/groups of 10 or more, $10.95 for ages 7-17 and free for ages 5 and under. Below, some highlights from last night's walkthrough.
To that end, I put out a call to several artists for their own lists of books they think ought to be required reading. Tim Kerr, the Austin-based artist and musician who recently showed his work at Third Man Records, submitted a few of his picks for must-have knowledge.
• Bright Moments: The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, by John Kruth
(This one's been out of print for a while, so if you see a copy snatch it up.)
From Library Journal:
Using dozens of interviews and a just-unearthed audio autobiography narrated by Kirk, Kruth traces Kirk's life from his childhood in Columbus, Ohio, to his mid-career vocal black-power stance, to his debilitating stroke and premature death in the mid-1970s. Throughout, Kruth highlights Kirk's pioneering efforts—such as his reintroduction of the stritch and manzello saxophones and his innovative circular breathing that enabled him to play several instruments simultaneously.
Design*Sponge, curator of all things pretty and one of the most popular design blogs in the world, just updated their Nashville City Guide with the assistance of Elise Joseph, stylist/creative consultant/mastermind behind Pennyweight/former Imogene+Willie media director. Funny, we were just missing Ms. Joseph as she is currently spending some time in Los Angeles.
If you're not familiar with Elise, at the risk of making her blush, she's known for her incredible style and impeccable taste, which explains why she has a massive Pinterest following and why the handpicked items in her Pennyweight Goods e-shop keep selling out. You should really read the whole city guide here, but if you're just sneaking a peek at work right now I'll tell you that some of her citywide picks — which are helpfully organized by neighborhood — include awesome things like Robert's, Crema, Husk, Corsair Distillery, Station Inn, Rolf & Daughters, Marche, 3 Crow Bar, Lockeland Table, Sky Blue Cafe, Old Made Good, Savarino's, Belcourt Theatre, Burger Up, Imogene + Willie, Grimey's, The Basement, Parnassus Books, Bobbie's Dairy Dip, Baja Burrito and Gas Lamp Antiques. Wow, that barely scratched the surface, and I just realized that my list was heavy on restaurants ... so, I'm hungry.
Design*Sponge obviously thinks that Elise is pretty amazing, too: In addition to asking her to curate the Nashville City Guide update, her beautiful Nashville home is also featured on the site, which we hope is making her homesick, because we are selfish and want her to come back ASAP. Here are some photos of what Design*Sponge calls "a Nashville home that is an exercise in calm and relaxing design."
Sure, he's no royal baby, but Alexander Calder had his own style. The man most famous for inventing the mobile was born on this day in 1898 — the same day as the Prince of Cambridge, of course — and surprise, mobiles make the best baby gifts. Somebody get MoMA on the phone!
Watch a video of Calder and his many mobiles after the jump, and let's start pooling our funds.
From Sesame Street to Downton Abbey, many of us share a lifelong love affair with PBS. As a kid, Sesame Street was one of the only shows that I was allowed to watch (oddly enough, the super sexist Smurfs cartoon was one of the others, but that's totally irrelevant). Years later, as a broke recent college grad with no disposable income for cable, I became addicted to PBS-aired BBC sitcoms like As Time Goes By, Keeping Up Appearances, and — my favorite — Are You Being Served?
So, I knew my love affair would continue with the launch of You Ought To Know Nashville, which we we told you about last week. The You Ought To Know Nashville series is a new collaboration between Nashville Public Television (NPT), our local PBS affiliate, and Under the Guise's Heidi Jewell. Yesterday, PBS hosted a launch party for the new series at the Stone Fox. We tagged along to get a first look at the episode, featuring Nashville legend Prince's Hot Chicken and new Nashville hotspot Husk.
A few things I learned while attending last Saturday's Metropolitan Pogonotrophy Society beard and mustache competition at The Rutledge:
• Dudes come from all over to compete in these contests. The overall winner was Nate, pictured below, who said he was a Nashville native but traveled all the way from L.A. for the competition. His chops were outstanding.
• Serious competitors come up with characters to go along with their facial hair. There was a Pai Mei, a satanic Elvis, several hillbillies and at least one extra from Dallas.
• The women's categories aren't throwaways — these ladies are serious. There were hot-pink beards, beards made from a tangle of guitar picks, and a few Cousin It replicas in the bunch.
A few more (extremely low-quality — sorry) photos after the jump.
Nashville photog Asher Moss recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund his latest project, Models in the Morning. Remember the ’90s softcore Suicide Girls site and how it touted “alternative beauty” when what it really meant was traditional beauty, but with tattoos? Models in the Morning is kind of like that, but for contemporary hipsters:
I've spent the last year shooting a mostly analog photography series with women in little to no clothing or makeup. It's about posing women in natural light with the very bare essentials so as to capture them in their most beautiful and vulnerable moments.
Gorgeous women posing in silk kimonos on vintage pickups and deer-hide rugs ain’t exactly groundbreaking, but you can’t blame a guy for trying to carve out a budget to travel cross-country and take nudie-cuties.
Check out more of his work here, and watch the campaign video after the jump. There are 31 days left, and a lifetime of pretty girls to stare at to gain. A win-win, for sure.
Fort Houston's rough patch this spring and the zoning hearing success that followed gave us a preview of future growing pains and a testament to the city's willingness to solve them. This morning, the folks at the Southside arts education collective, which shares a building at 500 Houston St. with moped garage/erstwhile venue The Zombie Shop and Grand Palace Silkscreen, announced a boatload of exciting news, including their first gallery show and a slew of new classes.
First things first: Abstract painter Dustin Hedrick's work will be on display at the space this Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. Hedrick offered the following description of his work, quoted in the release:
The latest from the Nashville Musicians Association, regarding contract negotiations between the Nashville Symphony and its musicians:
Negotiations have begun between the Nashville Symphony Association and the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257. It is our mutual desire to conduct these negotiations in a confidential manner.
Accordingly, both sides have agreed to a media blackout.
Please respect that all authorized spokespersons are at the bargaining table and we request that all media outlets refrain from contacting the musicians and staff of the Nashville Symphony and officials of AFM Local 257. Compliance with this request is appreciated.
Meanwhile, in this week's Scene cover story, John Pitcher examines the Symphony's dire financial situation. Citing sources familiar with the negotiations, he reports that indications are the Symphony and its banks are working out the terms of a settlement.
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