Y'all in the mood for a Christmas carol? (No, not Christmas Carol.) Here's Heypenny doing "What Child Is This" with a drum and a guitar and a house full of friends, some of them clad in red because red is festive.
We’ll just get it out of the way — the show was PHENOMENAL. While that’s certainly not a spoiler, this review is full of them. So if you’re holding tickets to any of this week’s remaining seven shows, consider yourselves alerted. Really, this show felt like it was as much about us as it was about Garth Brooks. The experience of raising double-fisted tall boys, digesting chicken fingers and grinding from side to side while belting out the "ooooo-WAYYYY-sis" high notes of “Friends in Low Places” as part of a deafening crowd of thousands wasn’t just a highlight of last night, but maybe even a highlight of our life — and one that made us proud to be American.
As the boys from CCTV themselves put it, it’s “the moment that no one's been waiting for.” Tonight at Open Lot, Cobra Cheetah Tiger Viper will be releasing their brand-new EP, 2 Precious. Openers include Renard Hirsch and Big Sir — not that Big Surr; this Big Sir. Find my Critic’s Pick, along with an MP3 of “Feelings Over” (the song partially featured in the above teaser), after the jeezy.
In case you haven't been aware of the hype, William Tyler released the soundtrack to your winter last week. Behold the Spirit is Willy T's first record under his own name and is the kind of out-of-this-world incredible guitar playing we've come to expect from the artist formerly known as Paper Hats.
He played solo in the Grimey's vinyl room earlier this week, which he described as being like that dream where you're on an operating table with all of your friends and family staring at you — except in the middle of a record store. Here's a hot video from that show, care of my sudden realization that my camera does video. Excuse the amateurish cinematography and my fascination with his cool Freddy Krueger-like picking hand. You can peep a second video (minus pedal steel) on YouTube.
If you missed recent shows by the Royal Court of China and the immortal Jason & the Scorchers, you have another chance to reconnect with the Rock Block scene of the 1980s tonight at The End. Rumble Circus is performing with the original lineup of former Black Crowes lead guitarist Jeff Cease, Erich Hubner, Alan Johnstone and Jeffrey Van Williams, and we hear at least 80 percent of the contemporaneous Music City power-pop act Swing will be opening (as Swung).
In our googling, we ran across one of the Scene's most popular cover stories of the past decade: Tracy Moore's overview of Nashville's ’80s rock scene. (We tried to fix the formatting, but if it appears as one big block of text, we'll keep working on it.)
Oh — and happy birthday, Beth Hubner!
OK, here's Jack White talking about some new things. First, the new Wanda Jackson album, The Party Ain't Over, the "greeting card gatefold" edition of which will apparently play part of the first song when you open it up, just like those, well, greeting cards that do that. Second, the new Third Man Monkey Band machine? Which will play parts of new unreleased songs — at the moment, those Dungen and First Aid Kit singles we told you about — for a quarter? With a bunch of mechanical toy monkeys jamming away inside? I might have to go eat some Hot Diggity Dogs and then do some research on this one, considering that the third item is the new uber-limited-edition "hair record" from Reggie Watts, which, uh, might require a special stylus.
* Speaking of everybody snapping up things, the news out of New Zealand is that JEFF the Brotherhood sold out of their entire supply of tour merch on the first night of their tour with Those Darlins and had to have more stuff overnighted from Australia. Meanwhile, the art department at Spin magazine thinks they are "cute and bored and completely rock 'n' roll."
* Speaking of the snapping up of merch by Nashville bands, you can snap up your own personal copy of Zut Alors' Boygirl Party for half price ($5) Sunday night at Gold Rush. What's that? You want to hear the record before you buy it? Well, it's a listening party, so you can. The needle hits the record at 9 p.m., in the smaller, darker part of the Rush that's off to the right as you come in the door. I bet it has liner notes.
Aside from Brooks' philanthropic week-long run at Bridgestone, there's also a grip of impressive — be they more modest — rock shows on the books. Tonight, there's CCTV's EP release at Open Lot, Brian Ritchie and Flesh Vehicle at The 5 Spot, The Ornaments playing A Charlie Brown Christmas at Family Wash, Yacht Rock Revue at Mercy Lounge and more. Tomorrow we'll see the likes of Hans Condor releasing an LP at The 5 Spot with The Alcohol Stuntband in tow, the annual Beatles vs. Stones show at The Basement (minus The Beatles this year) — although Beatles tribute outfit FAB will be playing at 3rd & Lindsley that night — Long Players doing Bridge Over Troubled Water at Mercy Lounge, Arpetrio at The End and more. Have a look after the jump to see all the goods, compiled yet again by trusty music listings editor and Garth enthusiast Adam Gold. Let us know what we missed, and have a safe one.
Twenty years after playing valedictorian to country’s famed “Class of ’89,” Garth Brooks hasn’t forgotten his friends in low places … like Nashville. Brooks has never been a “cool” artist, but if raising $3.5 million in funds for Middle Tennessee flood relief isn’t cool, then what is? That’s how much the sympathetic singer raised when he sold out this nine-show residency at Bridgestone Arena — doubling down on a statewide single-day sales record set years ago by Michael Jackson. Not only is Garth stepping up — maybe even flying — to help out Nashvillians in their hour of need, he’s essentially coming out of retirement to do it. Brooks took an indefinite furlough from the road to focus on family life and hasn’t performed a proper concert in Music City since 1998. While he has spent the last year putting on a one-man show to crowds in Vegas, the singer has promised this Nashville nine-off will be a full-fledged return to the full-band, stadium-sized spectacle of Copperfield-worthy acrobatics, KISS-trumping pyrotechnics and heart-stopping victory lap of hits, hats and headset mics that made him the Springsteen of cross-over country. Since stadium country is the house that Brooks built — and since this is the only such extravaganza on Brooks’ books for the foreseeable future — keep your fingers crossed promoters release more tickets. Don’t forget to tuck in your two-toned button-down!
I'm too sexy for my human, as I do my little turn on the manwalk.
Nope, still listed on his Ticketmaster page...
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