If you crack open this week's dead-tree edition of the Scene, you'll find the feature I penned on the history of local venue complex Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom/The High Watt. The Mercy folks will of course celebrate their 10th anniversary with a pair of very stacked shows tomorrow and Friday night.
But newbies and youngsters may not recall that, before the big building on Cannery Row operated under the "Mercy" banner, it was home to clubs like Rooster's, Junkman's Attic and The Cannery. The latter, as a matter of fact, served as the setting for several televised performances that aired on The Nashville Network a couple decades back. (As current Mercy GM Drew Mischke explained to me when I interviewed him for this week's feature, the odd placement of Cannery Ballroom's stage is the result of the TNNsters wanting the venue to be filming-friendly. The more you know!) One such TNN performance, featuring local guitar-pickin' legend and country music historian Marty Stuart in his pre-Fabulous Superlative days, aired in 1986. Watch above to see Stuart and his crack band — featuring old-school players Jody Maphis and Barry Chance, among others — doing "Arlene," and follow me after the jump to see the honky-tonkers playing "Honky Tonker" and "The Shape I'm In." A big ol' hat-tip to YouTube user Leo Grass for uploading the clips — the guy's channel is a goldmine.