See, folks often send us emails suggesting the type of coverage we can give them — emails that kind of say, “Hey, we never read your music section online OR in print, but you should write about us.” Real example: “Any chance we could get a FEATURE in your paper re: this . . . something about how, "If you want to hear some of the best songwriters around, [event organizer redacted] is consistently bringing them in to [venue redacted] every other [day of the week redacted].” Now there’s a lead that really pops!
Fact is, it’s a small town that happens to be over-saturated with six-string-toting would-be stars. There aren’t a lot of avenues via which your band can be covered, so why not hit up the local rag? It’s a completely understandable practice, but it’s one that leaves us with 907 unread emails in our inboxes and plenty of songwriters pissed that we "ignore" them. After the jump, see some releases from bands, venues and event organizers that threatened to fester in my inbox until my monthly mass-deletion purge. I’m letting them out for air in hopes that someone within our readership will be piqued … or at least I’ll have done my journalistic mitzvah for the week.
This first one was addressed to our food critic, Carrington Fox. Carrington didn’t seem to know what they were talking about, so she forwarded it along to me. They are “pretty unique and really REALLY good.”
You wrote some nice things about us a while back, (actually you wrote that the parking lot was so full no one else could get in which is great press!) Anyways, we have an all ages show this Sunday night at the Rutledge. We go on at 7 pm so it’s an early show. I don’t know if it’s too late to write anything leading up to the show or not but that’s not why I’m emailing you. I’d just like for you to see us. We are pretty unique and really REALLY good!
Simple and to the point.
Like Candy Red at the Rutledge. Sunday 4/25/10, doors at 6, show at 7.
This next guy is awfully earnest and nice, and an admitted “ska junkie.” His band is clearly a hardworking batch of dudes who are just trying to play as much as they can. I omitted the bit where he goes into their bios, but their upcoming dates are listed at the bottom.
I wanted to get in touch with you guys about an opportunity for a great story about a new band here in town. The band I am performing with here in Nashville is caleld The Beat Officers. We are currently filling up our summer dates, and filling them fast. We have some great shows scheduled here in town and regionally.
To give you a bit of background on me and The Beat Officers. Our band is a lot of musicians from all over the country with very different backgrounds. I play trumpet and used to own and operate the largest ska festival in the US, Ska Weekend, in Knoxville from 2002-2008. Also played in over 50 cities across the country with my old band Perfect Orange. Ska Weekend was a benefit for Second Harvest Foodbank of East Tennessee and raised over 12,000 pounds of food and an estimated $75,000 in donations for the non-profit. It also featured some of the best ska and reggae bands from all over there world. The show ended in 2008 after it became too big to operate while living here in Nashville and working for Wells Fargo. But I am strictly the business and brass part of this band. The real star is our singer Danielle Casler.
April 28 - Nashville, TN - Pope's Place
May 5 - Nashville, TN - The Muse w/ Chase Long Beach
May 22 - Nashville, TN - French Quarter Cafe w/ AKA Rudie
June 18 - Nashville, TN - French Quarter Cafe
July 6 - Nashville, TN - The Muse w/ Send out Scuds
July 10 - Clarksville, TN - The Coup w/ The Taj Motel Trio *tenative*
July 31 - Knoxville, TN - Patrick Sullivan's w/ Kelsey's Woods and The Hotshot Freight Train
August 7 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - MASS SKA RAID Fest
Now this next one certainly has plenty of merit. Roy Orbison is the goddamn bomb, and he deserves to be honored. And hey, Rodney Crowell’s on the bill, and it's for a good cause. However, I received this one pretty late in the game. Also, I haven’t been to a Hard Rock Cafe since my fifth-grade class trip to Washington, DC … or was that a Planet Hollywood?
This April 23, 2010 in celebration of Roy Orbison’s 74th birthday, the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville will host a benefit bash for the wonderful charity Musicians On Call. Barbara Orbison will be joined by family, friends and fans as musicians including Harold Bradley & Mallary Hope, Rodney Crowell, Chris Rodriguez & Eden's Edge, Jeffrey Steele, JD Souther, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, plus Surprise Guests perform songs spanning Roy's 5 decade career. The acclaimed Texan was a pioneer of rock and roll and is one of the very few artists to have been accepted by the world in all forms of popular music. Roy is also one of the exceptional artists to have won Grammys in pop, rock and roll and country categories. His Hits, including Ooby Dooby, Oh Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely, Blue Bayou, Crying, It’s Over, In Dreams, You Got It and Handle with Care (as a Traveling Wilbury with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne) is woven into the fabric of our global psyche, forever living in our hearts and our minds and capturing the imagination of new fans daily. Funds raised through the event will create a dedicated "Roy Orbison" program at the Bordeaux Long Term Care Facility. 2 free tickets will be given away on RoyOrbison.com every day from April 15-22. Fans can enter by following this link: http://www.royorbison.com/
I’ll be honest with you: I have no idea what this next one says. I tuned out when I saw “hit blues singer-songwriter.”
"Tunesmithing on Music Row", a monthly show spotlighting emerging and hit songwriters, will occur from 6:30-9 p.m. on May 5 (Wednesday) at Edgehill Studios Cafe, 1201 Villa Place on Music Row. The headliner for the evening will be hit blues singer-songwriter Janey Street ("Under the Clock"/Top-20 AC hit). Also performing will be singer-songwriter Timothy R. Flynn, professional singer-songwriter Deborah Bishop, and professional singer-songwriter Susan Shann. Performers will do individual sets, presenting 25 minutes of original music. The evening will begin with an "open mic" for emerging songwriters from 6:30-7 p.m. Writers may sign up on a first-come, first-served basis, performing up to two original songs. Publicist/author/composer Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Admission is free.
Janey Street has recorded albums for Warner Brothers/Reprise, Capitol Records and Arista Records (under the guidance of legendary music mogul Clive Davis). Her single "Under the Clock" was a top 20 AC hit, and its accompanying music video received frequent airplay on VH-1. Her single "Say Hello To Ronnie" climbed the Billboard pop chart. Street has performed across the nation, opening for major acts such as the Bee Gees, Melanie, Richie Havens, John Hammond Jr., Livingston Taylor, Janis Ian and Odetta. The blues artist's most recent album, "The Street Less Traveled", was produced by Fred Mollin and climbed various blues charts. Street's songs have been recorded by artists such as the legendary Ruth Brown (on the Grammy-nominated CD "A Good Day For The Blues"), Janis Ian (a track Street produced and also co-wrote with Ian), Eric Anderson, Dutch artist Judith, Japanese artist Maria, and many others. Two of Street’s songs were featured in the motion picture "Food Fight", an animated movie starring Charlie Sheen, Hilary Duff and Eva Longoria. Her music has also been featured in TV shows such as "The Young & The Restless", "One Life to Live", "Rock & Roll Evening News", and "Street Shadows", as well as the films "Promised Land" (performed by James Newton Howard) and "White Winter Heat".
This stuff could quite possibly be great, but I wasn't sure what else to do with it:
I've uploaded eight live performances from last month's Slow Cooker show at Norm's River Road House, and you can listen to them right now if you like, or do it later...
1) Tell Me That You Love Me Too ~ Norm
2) Bottom Dollar ~ Panama Red
3) A Good Place to Start ~ Jon Jackson
4) The Mighty King of Love ~ Phil Lee
5) I Went to Heaven in a Dream Last Night ~ Tommy Womack
6) Rockabilly Baby ~ Jeff & Vida
7) The Man on the Phone (poem) & Shallow Water ~ Tom Kimmel
8) Tulip in the Snow ~ Warren Wilken
Also, by clicking on 'Pics' you can see an assortment of new pictures from the show, as well as pictures from past Slow Cooker shows at Norm's.
COMING THIS SUMMER: More Slow Cooker shows at Norm's River Road House.
Meanwhile, support Norm when you can — here's the link to his website, where you can find out who's playing when...
...I'm telling ya, Norm's so organized he's even got his 2011 New Year's Eve show listed already.
And now here's your DOUBLE reward for reading this to the very end...
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