Upcoming In-Store Happenings
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us!
BRETT HARRIS - Thursday, June 2nd @ 6PM
Brett Harris is an acclaimed musician who has collaborated with the dB's and plays in the current band performing Big Star's Third, along with Chris Stamey, Mitch Easter, Mike Mills, Jody Stephens and others. He just released a brilliant new power-poppy album called 'End Of The Rope.' "From the moment the Revolver-esque riff and harmonies kick in on 'End Of The Rope,' it's just chills of delight and melody - completely sing-along and ripe with subtle keyboard touches; 'Don't Look Back' has no less than a fine melody, but the wonderful contradiction is that there is an air of melancholy in the song - a little slower but still filled with sweetness ('...I'd trade all my yesterdays at a chance for one tomorrow...') and 'Lies' sounds like something that would easily fit in on side two of Radio City - tight, tense and yet packing a groove. And 'Out Of The Blue' wouldn't seem out of place in the more subdued style of Big Star's Third, with its somber and semi-soul/gospel feel and full-bodied arrangements (simply glorious)." -- Popdose. Join us for a rare Nashville performance by Brett Harris at Grimey's!
KANSAS BIBLE COMPANY - Saturday, June 4th @ 5PM
Kansas Bible Company have a new album, "Paper Moon", recorded last year with producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Andrew Combs, Steelism) at Brown Owl Studio in Berry Hill, TN. The band has started their own label, Hotel Records, to release it. With this new album Kansas Bible Company tightens its approach (and slims down its lineup), adding pop hooks and sharply focused songwriting to their experimental, Zappa-influenced approach. "We were listening to pop music by bands like The Beatles and Wilco," says bassist Nathan Morrow. "We wanted to focus on good pop writing, then make those songs a little bit weird and interesting by adding different textures. Whereas before, we'd start with the textures and then figure out the song, we decided to do the opposite here. We wanted to make sure we could play the song on an acoustic guitar first." KBC will celebrate the release of "Paper Moon" with an album release show at The Basement East on Friday, June 3rd, and a free in-store performance at Grimey's on Saturday, June 4th, at 5PM.
WILLIAM TYLER - Tuesday, June 7th @ 6PM
"Modern Country" (out June 3rd) is the fourth full-length album by guitarist and composer William Tyler and his first recorded outside of his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. It features an ensemble backing group consisting of multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook (Hiss Golden Messenger, Blind Boys of Alabama), bassist Darin Gray (Tweedy, Jim O'Rourke), and percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco). The album was tracked at April Base Studios in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and finished in Nashville, recorded and mixed by Jon Ashley, and produced by Tyler and Brad Cook. While there is never a comfort zone in instrumental music, Tyler attempts to leave any perceived one behind with "Modern Country." His first album for Merge, 2013's "Impossible Truth", found Tyler exploring the boundaries of composition for solo guitar in a manner that paid homage to everyone from Leo Kottke to Brian Wilson. It was an epic song cycle that veered from cathedral-like psychedelic hymns to pastoral folk melodies. In contrast, Modern Country finds Tyler exploring more focused melodic themes rather than ethereal wanderings. These aren't pop songs, per se, but they are closer in spirit to Neu!, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and Bill Frisell. Primarily written while Tyler was on sabbatical in Oxford, Mississippi, where he stayed at the cabin of a family friend within a stone's throw of William Faulkner's house, Modern Country is a collection of songs about the vanishing America that still exists on back roads, in small towns, on AM radio stations. In an election year when so many certainties and assurances have vanished, Tyler doesn't offer optimism or pessimism but rather a calm and measured commentary in our age of anxiety. We're super stoked to have William back to perform at Grimey's again. We're working on making this in-store as cool as possible. More details to emerge next week!
BAND Of HORSES - Live in The Basement at Grimey's! Friday, June 10th @ 5PM *sold out*
Band of Horses will play a free show in the Basement at Grimey's on the day their new album "Why Are You Ok" is released! This show is now completely sold out.
It's been four years since the last Band Of Horses studio album "Mirage Rock" but the band and singer-songwriter Ben Bridwell have remained busy, releasing the "Acoustic At The Ryman" album in 2014 and Bridwell's collaboration with Iron & Wine "Sing Into My Mouth" last year. New songs were germinating and demos recorded along the way, many influenced by Bridwell's new focus on family life and his kids. After encouragement from Rick Rubin, which boosted his confidence, Ben brought in Grandaddy's Jason Lytle to co-produce and "Why Are You Ok" began to take shape. The new album will please longtime fans of the band. "I didn't want to just pander to our previous records or maybe even our most fruitful period, but at the same time I definitely attempted to tap into a lot of that stuff throughout," says Bridwell.
We couldn't be more excited to offer this cool opportunity to see such an intimate show by Band Of Horses. The band will play Bonnaroo the following day, on June 11th but you can see them up close and personal, on a small stage in an air-conditioned club, just by choosing to buy their new album at Grimey's. We are taking pre-orders in the shop now. Vinyl is $21.99 and the CD is $10.99. One wristband for the Basement show with each copy sold. Sorry but all slots are now SOLD OUT.
LERA LYNN - Tuesday, June 28th @ 6PM
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lera Lynn just released her new album 'Resistor' (out now on CD, coming June 10 on vinyl). The new record finds the Nashville transplant embellishing her Americana roots with a mix of spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noire. Ten new tracks written by Lera and co-produced by Joshua Grange. Resistor at once embraces the darker and more provocative sides of Lynn's songwriting. From the percussive pulse of 'Shape Shifter' to the greasy, slow-motion strut of 'Little Ruby,' Resistor finds Lynn in the captain's chair, confidently steering her ship into uncharted waters. Following the 2014 release of her critically-acclaimed sophomore release, The Avenues, Lynn spent 2015 touring relentlessly and appearing on the late night TV shows while racking up accolades from NPR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and numerous "best albums of the year lists." Along the way, she also played a role in shaping the dark direction of True Detective's second season, both appearing in the popular HBO series as a barroom singer and contributing a handful of original songs to the show's soundtrack. The response was overwhelming. True Detective's teaser trailer, which featured a clip of Lynn's "The Only Thing Worth Fighting For" (co-written with Rosanne Cash and T Bone Burnett), racked up more than 35 million views in a matter of months, giving Lynn the assurance that a wide audience did, indeed, exist for her brand of otherworldly music. "[Resistor is] evocative of everything from Nineties girl-band alt-rock like Veruca Salt and the Breeders to modern artists like St. Vincent and Fiona Apple, who approach composition with a sense of fearless play while never forgetting a good pop melody's undeniable pull." --Rolling Stone. Join us for an intimate in-store performance from this up-and-coming star.