Upcoming In-Store Happenings
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us!
FUTURE ELEVATORS - Monday, May 9th @ 6PM
Michael Shackelford first wrote down the words ''FUTURE'' and ''ELEVATORS'' a few years ago on a rough instrumental demo. It's an apt phrase for one of Birmingham, Alabama's most original musical acts. Shackelford the group's founder, mainstay, and guiding creative force is something of a pop confectioner who thinks up impossible sounds and makes them a reality. His self-titled debut as Future Elevators expertly mixes whimsy and gravity, the fantastical with the everyday. Even as he grounds his lyrics in real-world issues, he fills his songs with new and improbable combinations of familiar sounds: the jagged pastoral folk of ''Alabama Song,'' the Rube Goldberg blues riffs of ''Machine Maker,'' the retro-futuristic r&b of ''Modern World,'' the warm drone of the ten-minute instrumental closer ''Aphrodite.'' Shackelford spent a year piecing his debut album together. Recording with him was Lynn Bridges (Devendra Banhart/ Dexateens) and the album was mixed by Darrell Thorp (Radiohead/Beck). Join us in welcoming this fine Birmingham band to Grimey's for an in-store performance.
DARRELL SCOTT - Tuesday, May 10th @ 6PM
Darrell Scott has a new album, "Couchville Sessions", out May 13th. The material on the album is comprised of mostly Darrell Scott originals, mixed with a few carefully chosen nods to "the masters" including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Townes Van Zandt. Scott tackles profound issues - demise of relationships in "Time To Go Away", mortality "It's Another Day To Live And Die" and depression in "Another Grey Morning" (James Taylor), but delivers them in such a way that there's a sense and light and comfort in this collection. The musicians gathered together for this recording are a hand-picked group of virtuosos including acclaimed English musician Danny Thompson on bass, percussionist Kenny Malone, steel guitar wiz Dan Dugmore, and Bill Payne (Little Feat/The Doobie Brothers) on piano and organ. Special guest appearances include vocals by Peter Rowan, John Cowan, and a rare narration by Guy Clark. Scott has penned hit songs and has had songs covered by over 70 others spanning from from Keb Mo' to Mary Gauthier. In 2012 Scott recorded and toured as part of Robert Plant's brilliant Band Of Joy, gaining him even more respect and admiration from a wider range of musicians in broader genres. Join us for an intimate in-store performance 3 days before the album's release date. Not only will you get a free show from Darrell Scott, you'll be able to get your hands on his new album a few days early!
Grateful Dead 'Live At Red Rocks' Listening Party - Friday, May 13th @ 5PM
There's a new vault release coming from the Grateful Dead - their first show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 7/8/78. We're throwing a hippie party to celebrate! We'll be spinning the new discs plus we'll have live Dead music curated by our own resident deadhead (and stellar guitarist) Larry Vaughn. We'll also have local craft brews and a special pizza made by Two Boots that they're calling Shakedown Slice. We'll have some sweet GD swag to give away too so hit up Grimey's after work (this party starts at 5pm) and help us shine that ball. Then head next door to Howlin' Books at Grimey's Too and meet actress Illeana Douglas, who's signing copies of her new book...
ILLEANA DOUGLAS Book Signing at Howlin' Books - Friday, May 13th @ 6PM
Illeana Douglas is known for playing funny and fearless characters in films such as To Die For, Goodfellas, and Cape Fear, and in television shows like Six Feet Under and Ugly Betty. Illeana will be stopping by Howlin' Books at Grimey's Too on Friday May 13th at 6PM, to read and sign copies of her new book I Blame Dennis Hopper, out now via Flat Iron press. "Illeana Douglas takes you through her years in Hollywood and beyond the same way she experienced them - by happy, hilarious accident. The revelations that fly off the pages of this book are cringe-inducing, gut-busting, and terrifying, usually all at once." - PATTON OSWALT.
PAUL BURCH - Saturday, May 14th @ 5PM
For more than two decades, Nashvillian Paul Burch has combined an indie rock ethos with a personal vision of roots music that has attracted a mix of equally ineffable collaborators including Lambchop, Mark Knopfler, Vic Chesnutt, Candi Staton, the Waco Brothers, and Ralph Stanley. His latest album "Meridian Rising" (out now on Plowboy Records) is a song-cycle that loosely tells the story of "Blue Yodeler" Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music, delving into how Burch imagines the Yodeler might have felt at various points throughout his all-too-brief career. The album goes into the bones of its subject while remaining joyful at the mere fact that this music and Rodgers's story exists to be explored. With collaborators like Jon Langford of the Mekons and the Waco Brothers, Billy Bragg, Gary Tallent of the E Street Band, and fiddling Nashville treasure Fats Kaplin, Burch creates a rich environment through which his Jimmie Rodgers freely wanders, speaking in ways that jump the decades lost. "It's the rare living musician who does the extra work to comprehend the past she or he pursues in its entirety, from the flashiest trends of the time to the notes in the margins. Paul Burch is that extra-hard worker who also happens to be gifted with an easeful way of getting his messages across..." --NPR 'Songs We Love'. As a long-time admirer of Paul Burch's work, I think this may be his finest hour. Don't miss this chance to see Paul bring these songs to life in an intimate live setting with some special guests.
JENIFER JACKSON - Monday, May 16th @ 6PM
Jenifer Jackson is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist known for crafting intimate, understated pop songs. Her songs have appeared on television and film soundtracks and been covered by a wide variety of artists, including country artist Laura Cantrell, lounge-pop band Swandive and alternative rocker Chris Brokaw. Jackson currently makes her home in Austin, Texas but has lived and performed in Boston and Manhattan, in Sicily, where she became fluent in Italian, in France, where her first recordings were produced by new wave iconoclast Wreckless Eric, and in Nashville, where she recorded with Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule). In her career, Jenifer has released 11 solo records that have taken her around the world, landed her on broadcasts such as NPR All Songs Considered, World Café and Mountain Stage, and enabled collaborations with notable musicians including Pat Sansone (Wilco), Greg Wiczoreck (Norah Jones), Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann), Oren Bloedow (Meshell Ndegeocello) and Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes). Her latest album is called 'Texas Sunrise' which nods to early influences Hank Williams, George Jones, Buck Owens and Gram Parsons, supported by a band of Austin gentlemen Jackson has dubbed The Denim Bridge. Join us in welcoming Jenifer Jackson back to Nashville for an intimate in-store performance.
CAR SEAT HEADREST - Tuesday, May 17th @ 5:30PM
With 'Teens of Denial', his first real studio album with an actual band, Will Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. 'Teens of Denial' refracts Toledo's particular, personal story of one difficult year through cultural touchstones such as the biography of Frank Sinatra, the evolution of the Me Generation as seen in Mad Men and elsewhere, plus elements of eastern and western theology. The whole thing flaunts a kind of conceptual, lyrical, and musical ambition that has been missing from far too much 21st-century music. Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy. The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood. The album was produced by Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Beat Happening, Soundgarden) at his studio in Seattle, July-September 2015. This is the first full album of new music from Car Seat Headrest released on Matador. 'Teens of Denial' is released on Friday, May 20th. Join us for a free, in-store performance by Car Seat Headrest on the Tuesday prior and you can get your copy a few days early!
TOMMY WOMACK - Friday, May 20th @ 6PM
As both an artist and a person, Tommy Womack has been called everything from "Tom Lehrer with a Telecaster" to "Nashville's best loved musical eccentric," and he might blushingly, but proudly, accept both titles. That's because separating Womack the man and Womack the artist is impossible, as they're both the same guy. An award-winning recording artist and a published author, Womack writes songs as honest as anything Hank Williams or Steve Earle ever recorded, and has attracted the attention of the national press while accumulating a loyal following. Womack came to Nashville from Kentucky, where he led the legendary post-punk band Government Cheese. Then came the short-lived bis-quits, who made one great record for John Prine's Oh Boy! Label and brought Tommy and Will Kimbrough together for the first time of what has become a long, fruitful partnership. Over the years since, Womack has released 5 solo albums and 2 records with DADDY, his band with Will Kimbrough. Last year, Tommy was in a horrendous car accident, suffering major injuries. With the help of friends and family he has slowly recovered and recorded a new album titled "Namaste" ('the spirit in me salutes the spirit in you') which will be released on Friday, May 20th. Welcome Tommy back from the bed and join us to celebrate the release of "Namaste" with an intimate in-store performance by Tommy Womack on the day his new album is released.