Get pumped, the nominees for the 102.9 the Buzz "Local Buzz Rock Awards" 2006 (the Buzzy Awards) have been announced, check 'em out after the jump!
Many people know Ann Tiley from sight: she's often seen around town behind an easel, painting Hillsboro Village cityscapes and other landmarks. But for two decades the Nashville artist and singer-songwriter has issued tapes of homespun recordings that function almost as newsletters—updates about her travels and where and how she's living now. She's an integral part of the bohemian folk scene that coalesced around Springwater in the late 1970s, when artists like her hero Townes Van Zandt were still regulars: she's performed for more than 20 years in Springwater's fabled "Working Stiff Jamboree" alongside talents such as Tom House and her Cherry Blossoms comrades John Allingham and Peggy Snow.
Tiley has just released her 31st album, You're the One For Me, and like the others it's a collection of plain-spoken back-porch songs that commemorate milestones in her life at the moment—as large and public as Hurricane Katrina and the death of Rosa Parks, as small and private as the trip she took last year to Scotland, from which she emerged with newfound appreciation for Tennessee sun. She performs 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Bobby's Idle Hour on Music Row with her friends and collaborators Carole Edwards, Tim Jones, Al Wiseman, Dean Goodsell and Ted Stevenson.
Here's a taste of Tiley: a menu sampling of MP3s. (Previously posted on Pith in the Wind.)
What happens when you mix Scott Carney of Cream-favs Wax Fang with tourmate, fellow Louisvillian and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James? High levels of silliness apparently. Here's an interview Carney did with James from Leo, a Louisville Alt-weekly. Oh so irreverent!
Michelle Branch moves to Nashville.
Taking bets on who's next.
Two recent stories point to Hispanics as the new country music demographic.
Whittier Daily News:
Country-western music has tried in recent years to broaden the image of its audience as white people in rural, red-state America - an effort symbolized by the CMA holding its annual awards ceremony in New York, instead of Nashville, last year.And a few weeks ago in the International Herald Tribune:
When country music acts started noticing more Hispanic fans at their concerts, it did not take long for Music Row to start dreaming of its next big audience.
After all, many Hispanics in the U.S., especially Mexicans, already love norteno, a traditional Mexican sound based in the rural experience of cowboy boots and pickup trucks.
But could these norteno fans also be interested in the fiddles and steel guitars of country music? Right now no one knows the answer.
Finally, local bloggers can stop being outblogged by the sensationalist mystery blogger who blogged his way into our hearts and onto their blog shit lists. Where else could I have worked a variant of blog into that sentence? A moment of blog silence, anyone?
Hello everyone, my name is Kate and I figured it was time to let everyone in on a big secret. "Nemesisboy" and the website (including all written and visual content) was a project for my Interpreting Media class at Volunteer State University. I set out to show my professor the power of the internet to entertain, inform, misinform, persuade, and so on. Needless to say, I got an A! I started out using the local music scene to reach out and write about (and enrage at times), and the idea of using a persona that seemed nearly illiterate and downright stupid was part of the study. It provided a buffer for the reasons behind some of the posts. I moved on to local news because I realized the importance and power of local media (including local papers) to the blog readers. All of the data that was collected is quite staggering (links, referrers, hit counts, search results, IP traces)! It also showed my professor the power of the internet and the power to persuade and falsly inform even Nashville's most "intelligent" web surfers. So......thanks for enjoying my project. I appreciate the hit counts! If you have any questions or further interest (or if you'd like a copy of my A+ paper via email) send an email to the contact address on the website. Thanks again!
Strangely hot New Jersey troubadour Pete Yorn is rolling into town, opening for the Dixie Chicks. It's a strange bill—check out the interview with Yorn in the Scene this week to hear how it all came about—and also a bit of a bummer for Yorn fans who don't want to fork over $45 for a trip to the Gaylord. Fortunately, Yorn will be playing later Friday night at Mercy Lounge for a mere $20 (Jeremy Lister is opening). For my two cents, Yorn is a consistently underrated singer-songwriter who releases consistently good records. His live show is even more rockin' than his literate, pop-tinged studio work would indicate—a Springsteen cover would be no surprise.
Here is a track off Yorn's recently released Nightcrawler featuring his tourmates on backing vocals.
Pete Yorn — "The Man" (3244k m4a file)
Sylvain Sylvain hates the word comeback: Jason Bennett on the New York Dolls', um, return
Why is Pete Yorn opening for the Dixie Chicks? Mikael Wood finds out.
Composer Charles Ives: musical messiah or wacky charlatan? John Pitcher takes a look.
In The Spin: Who put on their best Tom Waits at The Basement tribute night? What MTSU prof got down at the Ghostfinger show? Why won't the Hold Steady play in Nashville? Did you keep your yap shut for Joanna Newsom?
As we rush headlong into the season that keeps the wheels of capitalism greased, consider this gift suggestion of a lovely Scenecast Episode 57 virtual party tray laden with varities of cold cuts annd exotic cheeses from The Dixie Chicks, Pete Yorn, Kenny Barron, Billy Nayer Show, Mofro, Ray LaMontagne, Joe Jack Talcum, Felix Wang with the Blair String Quartet, Juan Gabriel, Skeleton Key, GWAR, New York Dolls, Martina McBride and a tribute to some musical greats who recently passed on.
Spread The Love.
GWAR on Joan Rivers
"Keep East Nashville Weird"
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Damn Sean! Brutal.... Might wanna watch out for Nate around town. Haha. Shit! -Jaren