From Jon Burr:
'Round eight o'clock, I will be playing all of your favorite songs on Vanderbilt's WRVU 91.1. Be forewarned: when I say all of your favorite songs, I really mean all of my favorite songs. Luckily, my associate and bass player Ricky Bizness, AKA The College of Pig Knowledge, will be alongside to spin some discs as well. Brace yourself for the hits and the deep cuts.
If you missed the Birdster's show at Mercy Lounge in April, the folks at Cable & Tweed are hosting the audio for your listening pleasure.
Make your Monday that much more Memorial with Scenecast Epsisode 81 featuring Johnny Bush, The Dusters, The Nobility (formerly Jetpack UK), Herbie Hancock, Kylie Harris, Johnette Napolitano, Ozomatli, Cursive, These Arms Are Snakes, Cripple Beaters, The Laws, Girls & Boys, Deftones, Tim Finn and Leon Russell.
Leon Russell - "Master of Time and Space"
Cursive - "Dorothy At Forty"
Ozomatli - "Can't Stop"
In honor of tonight's Dusters reunion show and DVD taping at Gibson Showcase, here's more of the band history compiled in this week's Scene from interviews with band members L. David Barnette, Ken McMahan and Jeffrey Perkins. After the jump.
A giant venue with a non-corporate name—you knew it wouldn't last. The Nashville Arena is now The Sommet Center. The huh? It's apparently pronounced so-may. Aside from being home to the athletic strivings of our local Preds and Kats, the [insert shortened nickname here] will host John Mayer, The Fray and Kelly Clarkson this summer. (Cream sources tell us that +/- drummer Chris Deaner will percuss for Ms. Clarkson on that tour.)
Anyway, after whom has the center been named? Good question. According to the email sent to the Scene: "Sommet Group is an established, family-owned collection of companies that makes life better for businesses across the United States." Yay. And what are they doing for everyday folk? Well, they're bringing Sanjaya to Nashville.
This Ain't No Jukebox: Even if you don't remember Nashville blues-rock trio The Dusters, it's refreshing to hear that scoring the back booth at the Gold Rush used to actually mean something. Jim Ridley compiled the band's history to celebrate their reunion show this week. (Playing Thursday, 24th at Gibson Showcase.)
Texas State of Mind: Johnny Bush could have been bigger than Texas, if he'd just had the right Nashville song. Edd Hurt explores. (Interview and performance 2 p.m. Saturday, 26th, Ford Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.)
Sweet Riffs: After six years, local bands Jetpack UK and Thornton have changed their names. But is it really that big of a deal? (The Nobility, formerly Jetpack UK, play Saturday, 26th at 3 Crow Bar.)
Tower of Power: John Pitcher reviews Joan Tower's Made in America, plus notes on New Yorker classical critic Alex Ross' visit to the Schermerhorn.
The Spin: The return of the '90s Jack White, plus Bright Eyes and the women who love him.
Local electronic dance-masters Jensen Sportag sure have been up to something:
Under new management (Michael Madrid of Buddytown fame), the band is set to release a new EP in July that fans can download for free on their website. Also, the duo has a track remixed by Max Tundra coming out on Domino Records. (Another E.P. is slated for release on AI records in London in the near future.)
As if that wasn't enough, the artwork for the forthcoming EP's album cover was designed by none other than lo-fi lothario Ariel Pink.
The band is also hosting a song poem contest in June, where fans can enter their song ideas / poetry and Jensen will produce an entire track around the winning entry.
We got hold of one of their newest unreleased tracks, "Power Sergio," a smokin' hot tribute to their dead raver friend Sergio. Check it out, and try to keep up!
MP3 Download: Jensen Sportag - "Power Sergio"
There's a benefit/memorial show for country singer Buck Jones at Exit/In starting at 6 p.m. tonight. Jones, a much-loved member of Nashville's music community, was killed by a drunk driver in March. The Tennessean's Peter Cooper wrote a terrific piece about Jones a few days after the accident. Tonight's lineup features many of Jones' friends and peers, including Jim Lauderdale, Jon Byrd (who was with Jones the night of the accident), Walt Wilkins, Davis Raines, Jubal Lee Young, The Big Happy and much more. Suggested minimum donation is $10, and all proceeds go to Jones' wife and 7-month-old son.
Also, singer-songwriter Danny Flowers, who penned Eric Clapton's hit "Tulsa Time," celebrates the release of his new CD Tools for the Soul tonight. The show was originally scheduled for 12th & Porter, but the tax man came and padlocked the club's doors yesterday while Flowers' crew was setting up equipment, locking some of the gear inside. But as the saying goes, the show must go on—to that end, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum stepped up and offered its Ford Theater for the occasion. Scheduled to perform with Flowers are Emmylou Harris, John Cowan, Darrell Scott and Bekka Bramlett. The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater. Doors open at 7:30.
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