Upcoming In-Store Happenings
In-Stores are all free and all ages, always. Come rock with us!
Lloyd Sachs Book signing w/ Joe Henry at Howlin' Books - Thurs, Sept 22nd @ 12:45PM
Join us at Howlin' Books, inside Grimey's Too for a special Americana week book event featuring author Lloyd Sachs. Sachs will discuss his book T Bone Burnett: A Life In Pursuit and sign copies, accompanied by a live musical performance including Joe Henry. Lloyd Sachs, former longtime jazz critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has written about music for many publications including No Depression, where he was a senior editor; the Washington Post; Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, DownBeat, the Village Voice and JazzTimes. He reviews crime fiction for the Chicago Tribune and a variety of fiction for Kirkus Reviews and is remembered as the voice of Sachs and the Cinema on WXRT.
Greg Vandy Book signing w/ Tim Easton & Birger Olsen at Howlin' Books - Fri, Sept 23rd @ 12:30PM
Author Greg Vandy will read from his book 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest and sign copies. Tim Easton & Birger Olsen will perform some of Woody's songs. In 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs in 30 days--including classics like "Roll On Columbia" and "Pastures of Plenty"--when he was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to promote the benefits of cheap hydroelectric power, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Timed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his employment by the federal government, KEXP DJ Greg Vandy takes readers inside the unusual partnership between one of America's great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the first American folk revival of the 1930's was a response to hard times.
BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD @ 5:30PM
Billy Bragg was the leading figure of the anti-folk movement in the '80s, finding inspiration in the righteous anger of punk rock and the socially-conscious folk tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. Joe Henry is a gifted singer-songwriter and well-respected producer, helming projects by Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Allen Toussaint and many more. They have teamed up to explore America's rails and musical heritage on 'Shine A Light: Field Recordings From the Great American Railroad.' Recorded while traveling by train, 'Shine A Light' features songs originally made famous by Hank Williams, Lead Belly, the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glenn Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot and more. Join us on Friday, September 23rd @ 5:30pm for an intimate, free live performance by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry on the day 'Shine A Light' is released!
AMERICANARAMA in the Basement - Saturday, September 24th @ Noon-6PM
We are taking Americanarama IX back inside The Basement where it all began nine years ago. Bands and drinks downstairs, Grimey's discount all day for AMA wristband and badge holders and Lucinda serenading us in the store at 5pm. Pure and simple. The fun starts at noon. FREE!
Megan Jean and the KFB
Lucinda Williams (5pm upstairs at Grimey's)
LUCINDA WILLIAMS - Saturday, September 24th @ 5PM (purchase any Lucinda record for your wristband guaranteeing entry)
Update: We are now offering wristbands with purchase of any Lucinda Williams title in stock that will allow you to get in the meet & greet line to have your record signed by Lucinda following her performance. If all available slots sell out, you will need the wristband for entry into the in-store.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and Americana icon Lucinda Williams will perform a stripped-down acoustic set at Grimey's on Saturday afternoon, September 24th at 5PM, as part of Americanarama XI. Lucinda released her latest album 'The Ghosts of Highway 20' earlier this year. We've all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who've spent their lives traversing it. Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping 'The Ghosts of Highway 20', she brings those stories to life and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs. It's nominated for Americana album of the year and Williams is nominated for artist of the year. Join us for this momentous event, our first-ever in-store performance by Lucinda Williams!
AMANDA SHIRES - Tuesday, September 27th @ 6PM
Amanda Shires has a new record out on September 16th and will return to Grimey's for an intimate in-store performance on Tuesday, September 27th at 6PM! 'My Piece of Land' is Amanda's third record and follows up 2013's 'Down Fell the Doves' and was primarily written while pregnant with her first child with husband Jason Isbell. The record was produced by Dave Cobb, who worked with Isbell on his 'Southeastern' and 'Something More Than Free' record as well as albums by Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and many others. Isbell provides guitars, piano and harmony vocals, as well as co-writing a few tunes. Producer Cobb is behind the board and also contributes guitar. The rhythm section of Paul Slivka (bass) and Paul Griffith (drums) are veterans of the Nashville scene. With such a stellar team behind her, Shires delivers the songs. "These songs would be impressive regardless of the supporting cast. But the class and respect the players display on Shires' work elevates this album and helps bring the singer-songwriter's pensive, sympathetic and poignant visions into full bloom." --American Songwriter. Join us for a sure-to-be-packed performance at Grimey's to celebrate Amanda Shire's new album.
CODY JINKS - Monday, October 3rd @ 6PM
Cody Jinks may have started out as a singer in a thrash-metal band, but it's his appreciation for Johnny Cash and outlaw country that informs his new album 'I'm Not the Devil'. Jinks' credible grit and meaningful tattoos are no fad. They define exactly who he really is: someone who was raised on the sounds of country music and metal. Ultimately, Jinks found himself back to where it all began. His father loved the outlaw country icons: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and The Hag. That never ending consistency of incredible music growing up laid some very deep seeds and those early influences shine through on I'm Not The Devil. It is his deepest, darkest and most provocative album to date, with a common denominator, the apocalypse, running throughout. Join us as we welcome Cody Jinks to Grimey's for an in-store set in celebration of the vinyl release of 'I'm Not The Devil'.
Cassette Store Day & Grimey's Sidewalk Sale - Saturday, October 8th @ 12noon
Join us Saturday, October 8th for Cassette Store Day and a Grimey's Sidewalk Sale! We're working with Designer Medium to curate a fantastic line-up of musicians and DJs who'll be performing on the deck outside of Grimey's Too & the Frothy Monkey. And in addition to all the fab Cassette Store Day releases, we'll have super cheap music and books available for sale in our back parking lot, and we're holding a store-wide sale (that's at both Grimey's & Grimey's Too / Howlin Books). More details and a schedule for day will be announced next week!
BRENT COBB - Tuesday, October 18th @ 6PM
One of Nashville's most promising singer-songwriters would have been content if his music had never been heard beyond the Georgia state line. Brent Cobb was perfectly happy in Ellaville, Georgia, writing songs and playing on the weekends. A chance encounter with cousin & producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) at a family funeral led to cuts of Brent's songs by Luke Bryan, David Nail, Kellie Pickler and the Eli Young Band. After appearing on cousin Cobb's 'Southern Family' project, Brent Cobb now has his own Dave Cobb-produced album 'Shine On Rainy Day', due out October 7th. Already receiving acclaim, NPR Music's Ann Powers praises, "'Solving Problems' is emblematic of the calm insights Cobb offers on 'Shine On Rainy Day', an album genuinely worthy of comparisons to often-invoked names like Jesse Winchester and Kris Kristofferson." The album was recorded live over 4 days in Nashville. Brent Cobb will play a live, in-store set at Grimey's on October 18th at 6PM.