Lives on the Line 

Musicians fight suicide

Musicians fight suicide

When Jock Bartley was asked to provide a song for a compilation album benefiting the Suicide Prevention Hotline, the album’s sponsors expected something along the lines of ”We Are the World.“ But that’s not what he wanted to write. ”Once it started coming out, it wasn’t some ålet’s hold hands, brother’-type lyric,“ says Bartley, lead guitarist for the hit-making ’70s act Firefall (”You Are the Woman“). ”It was just the kind of thing I wish somebody had said to me 20 years ago that might’ve eased my path.“

The album is scheduled for release in May. However, the resulting song, ”Call on Me,“ will be unveiled Thursday night at a Bluebird Cafe benefit show. All proceeds will benefit the Suicide Prevention Hotline and the Oasis Center, which provides counseling for troubled teens. Joining Bartley will be several luminaries of light ’70s rock, including former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, Poco’s Rusty Young, and Russell Smith of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, along with Victoria Shaw and other surprise guests. Show time is 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call 383-1461.

The latest addition to Nashville’s crowded coffeehouse scene is Sam & Zoe’s, 525 Heather Place, located in a cozy room adjacent to the Calypso Cafe on Thompson Lane across from 100 Oaks. Named for owner Troy Smith’s two cats, Sam & Zoe’s will serve veggie sandwiches, fresh bagels, and organic java, and manager David Gehrke says the coffeehouse will book performers for acoustic sets at least once a week. Saturday’s show brings together former Bis-quits Tommy Womack and Will Kimbrough, and Monday features a rare acoustic performance by Neilson Hubbard with Josh Rouse opening. For show times and other information, call 385-2676.

Bill Monroe. AC/DC. Duke Ellington. Fugazi. The Mambo Kings. The CD jukebox at The Board Room has them all. Sorry, no Waffle House songs. But if you’ve ever wanted to shoot pool and throw darts to ”Beautiful Maria of My Soul“ followed by ”Back in Black,“ by all means visit the new dart bar at 43 Hermitage Ave., brought to you by the owners of the Villager Tavern in Hillsboro Village. Come for the four dart boards, stay for the jukebox, the draft brews, and the steamed sandwiches—a Knoxville specialty, says co-owner Michael Currie, who founded the bar with Anne and Henry Piarrot and Dan Brabson. Currie also says the room may start live music and a writer’s night soon; sensitive singer-songwriters are encouraged to wear a helmet and a target pattern. Located next door to the Hermitage Cafe, The Board Room stays open 7 days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can call ’em at 742-DART.

Nashville metal quartet Piranah strips bare the bones of rock ’n’ roll in two upcoming hometown gigs, one Thursday night at the Ace of Clubs, the other Friday the 13th at the Cannery. The band’s new CD, Peeping Through the Keyhole of a Galactic Superdome, is the first release on producer/engineer Jeff Hawkins’ independent label Waxing Records, which plans to issue more heavy music from local bands. On CD, Piranah wins more points for energy than for its reheated Metallica riffs, but the group has an answer already prepared for critics: ”I Don’t Give a Shit About You.“ Check ’em out on 91 Rock, or send $12 to Waxing Records, 1230 17th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

The makers of a short film called ”The Adventures of Vic Futois“ found a novel way to finance their project: They convinced a half-dozen local bands, including Stella, Dreaming in English, The Hurricane Mills Revival, and members of Vagantis, to play a benefit show Jan. 6 at the Exit/In. More than 250 people showed up, and director Dee Nichols and coauthor/star John Zdeb came away with some cash to help complete their 10-minute 16mm film, a comic genre pastiche about a super-cool jewel thief.

The film will be part of the upcoming feature Nashville Filmmakers Anthology, segments of which are being shot around town for completion later this year. The project is intended to spotlight short subjects by a variety of Nashville filmmakers, including Jonathan Shockley, James Brown, Pamela Hamilton, Greg Hallmark, Flick Wiltshire, Drew Langer, Brent Stewart, Harold Jarboe, and Armanda Costanza. For more information, call executive producer Andy van Roon at 851-1711.

For years Nashvillians have lamented the lack of a community-access radio station—something along the lines of Memphis’ amazing WEVL-FM, whose deejays spin anything from jump blues to cowboy music to opera. Now a group of people united under the banner Radio Free Nashville are trying to organize just such a station. Talks are extremely preliminary at this point, but if you’re interested in the idea of radio without formats or programmers—or if you have experience in broadcasting, licensing, fund-raising, or other useful areas—call Beau Hunter at 356-3900.—Jim Ridley

Vance Gilbert’s third album, Shaking Off Gravity, offers such sumptuous, sweetly tempered delights that we’re tempted to say it will lift him from cult status to stardom, at least within acoustic-music circles. It’s a thoroughly outstanding collection, made all the more glorious by how delicately and humanely Gilbert reflects upon himself and the world around him. His original songs confront plenty of difficult situations, but they do so with a huge heart, an unusual sense of melody, and a beautifully expressive voice. The man is ready to fly.

Alas, his local appearance this coming week will be somewhat limited, as he’s participating in the first of two special nights billed as ”The Nashville Folk Festival.“ During the Bluebird Cafe’s Tuesday-night installment, Gilbert will be joined by more than a dozen other folk performers, including Chuck Pyle, Garnet Rogers, Jack Williams, and Caroline Aiken. The similarly full Wednesday show features The Burns Sisters, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Karen Pernick, Chuck Brodsky, Richard Berman, and several others.—Michael McCall

Elliptical dispatches: Mike Seeger, the performer and folklorist who helped spark the folk revival of the 1950s and ’60s, will perform a free all-ages show 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Williamson County Public Library, 611 W. Main St., in Franklin. Seeger was a founder of the New Lost City Ramblers in 1958, and he helped revive the careers of Dock Boggs and other seminal folk artists. If you’ve been digging that Anthology of American Folk Music reissue, don’t miss him....

Lively up yourself at the sixth annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute, hosted by Mystic Meditations Sunday night at the Exit/In. Mystic Meditations will also be celebrating the imminent release of its live CD, recorded last year in Nashville. Tickets are $10 at the door, and ages 18 and over are admitted....

High Times magazine’s Feb. 1997 ”Stoner Band of the Month,“ Zuba, fronted by lead singer/guitarist Legaliza, rolls into the Exit/In 9 p.m. Thursday. The Colorado group’s horn-based psychedelic funk was previously featured in the movie Kingpin. Share them with a bud....

Relocated California country-rockers Ginger Sands & the Sandtones finish recording their upcoming live album 7 p.m. Sunday at the Gibson Cafe. The group has been holding down steady gigs Saturday nights at the Lower Broadway coffeehouse; they’ve got two years’ worth of original material from which to draw....

Meanwhile, The Spot, which normally occupies the Gibson Cafe every other Sunday night, has moved to the Sankofa Gardens inside the new Sankofa Heritage Museum, 101 French Landing Dr., in MetroCenter. This Sunday’s lineup includes performance poet Swain, a Spot open-mic veteran, and hip-hop ensemble Utopia State. Show time is 7 p.m.; be thinking of a name for the house band....

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