Upcoming In-Store Happenings
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us!
The WAR & TREATY - Wednesday, August 22nd @ 5PM
As The War and Treaty, Michael and Tanya Trotter serve up healing with freewheeling joy on their new full-length album, Healing Tide. Funky bass lines, keys, lap steel, acoustic strings, and stripped-down percussion create a swampy Southern soul bed for the couple's transcendent vocals. A tour-de-force produced by Buddy Miller, the collection swaggers with confidence only gained by artists who are wholly, proudly, themselves. Michael is a wounded warrior who found his voice while serving in Iraq, when he was pulled from the frontlines to write songs for the fallen. Tanya is a lifelong artist, drawn to singing's power to take another's pain away. "You have to have a deep place of love within yourself to be vulnerable," Tanya says. "With The War and Treaty, we allow people to see two people that are not perfect. We get on stage. We sweat. We're overweight. We yell. We get ugly, we scream! My hair comes loose. We're vulnerable -- naked -- in front of people, and it's a chain reaction. It allows them to be vulnerable, too." The War and Treaty's music and stories bring tears and goosebumps, but ultimately, more is at work. "I want people to feel like we care," Michael says. "When you think about artists, you don't think about that." He pauses and grins broadly. "But that's the way I want the world to feel about The War and Treaty." Healing Tide is out August 10th and The War & Treaty will join us for a free, all ages live set at Grimey's on Wednesday, August 22nd, at 5PM.
LUCIE SILVAS - Friday, August 24th @ 5PM
British singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas is making a triumphant return with her fourth album, E.G.O. Set to be released Aug. 24, the LP kicks off with an uplifting track titled "Kite." Combining her poignant songwriting with her love of girl power, Silvas felt the best way to help listeners feel her personal strength was through a high-flying metaphor. "Kite" is both the lead single and opening song of the 12-song E.G.O., all of which Silvas co-penned. The album -- whose title is an acronym for Everybody Gets Off -- sees Silvas explore both her influences and her vulnerability while maintaining a soul-funk, country-tinged vibe, making for a diverse collection of thoughtful tunes. Though she decided to name the album after the track that addresses the conceited tendencies of fame, Silvas felt quite liberated during the entire creation process of E.G.O. "I had the musical freedom to go where I wanted, and that's what made me happy," she asserts. "It felt nostalgic to relive my childhood influences in some of these songs, and it's empowering to put my own spin on them." Lucie Silvas will celebrate the release of E.G.O. with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's on the day it's released!
ZAC CLARK - Friday, August 31st @ 5PM
Zac Clark is releasing his self-titled album on Aug 31, co-produced with Joe Pisapia and Sam Smith (Ben Folds). For the last several years Zac has been a part of Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness, and is currently on his first-ever headlining tour ahead of his album release. This summer tour (with Smith on drums!) kicked off at the Basement and comes off the heels of the Pen & Piano Tour with Andrew McMahon and friends, where Zac debuted his new singles "Love You Later" and "Mountains", both of which are out now along with three others rolling out in advance of the record release. Zac Clark will join us at Grimey's to celebrate the release of his new solo album with a free, live performance on release day!
WILL STEWART - Saturday, September 1st @ 5PM
After a decade spent in Nashville earning his stripes as a songwriter, frontman and lead guitarist, Will Stewart returned home to Alabama. Back in Birmingham, he rediscovered his muse: the Modern South, whose characters, complexities, open spaces, and strange beauty are all channeled into Stewart's full-length solo debut, County Seat. County Seat is a guitar-fueled Americana record, caught somewhere between the worlds of country and electrified rock. Co-produced with Les Nuby (St. Paul & The Broken Bones) and recorded in a series of live takes, County Seat nods to a number of songwriters who sing about the beauty of their homeland without glossing over its imperfections. There are electrified moments influenced by Neil Young, guitar arpeggios suited for R.E.M., turns-of-phrase worthy of Bob Dylan, and the modern-day folksy charm of Hiss Golden Messenger. On an album that evokes some heavy starpower, though, Will Stewart shines the brightest. This is his first full-length release as a solo artist: a rallying cry from a Son of the South who, having returned home after a long trip, looks at his birthplace with renewed eyes.
ST PAUL & The BROKEN BONES Live at The Basement East - Sunday, Sept 9th @ 2PM
Our super soulful pals from Birmingham, Alabama, St. Paul & The Broken Bones are about to unleash their 3rd LP, Young Sick Camellia, coming September 7th. Starting NOW preorder your copy at Grimey's and you will be on the list for an exclusive show by St. Paul & The Broken Bones at The Basement East on Sunday, September 9th at 2:00pm. The band will also meet fans and sign copies of their new album before the show at 1:00pm. Preorder the indie-exclusive root beer brown vinyl or standard black vinyl ($21.99 each) or the CD ($9.99) at Grimey's now and you're in!
We are now taking preorders for the St Paul event over the phone (615-254-4801).
Birmingham, Ala. octet St. Paul & The Broken Bones have announced their third album, Young Sick Camellia, out September 7th. The new album comprises nine tracks that Paul Janeway and company laid down alongside R&B/hip-hop/dance producer Jack Splash, who has worked with the likes of Solange, Kendrick Lamar, Diplo, Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green and Mayer Hawthorne, among others.
"Lead single "Apollo," a slinky dance floor disco strutter that leads with funky guitar strums, spacey atmospherics and a relentless bass line, finds the band moving ever further from the ragged, gospel-infused Southern rock they made their name on, up and out of the pews, and into the cosmos. St. Paul & The Broken Bones' signature soul-courtesy of Janeway (vocals), Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Al Gamble (keys), Andrew Lee (drums), Allen Bransetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone) and Jeronne Ansari (sax)-sounds slicker than ever on the new song, in which Janeway proclaims his love to the heavens, "telling all the stars her name." "Captain, can you hear me?" he later croons-we sure can, Major Paul." -Paste magazine.