Small Business Saturday, Nov 24, is almost here! It's the annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities everywhere out in support of their favorite small businesses. Because when they thrive, we all thrive. Read more about Small Business Saturday here!
There's a killer new series of books called the RPM Series on the history of classic record labels and the first two to be released are books on Sub Pop Records and Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story, a history of the Nashville-based label that released the electrifying sounds of groovin' jump blues, Southern-fried rock & roll, fervent black gospel and simmering Louisiana swamp blues straight outta Music City USA in the '50s & '60s. Operating out of Ernie's Record Mart, Excello forged a partnership with 50,000 watt radio station WLAC which broadcast a clear-channel signal from dusk till dawn, captivating millions of teenagers and crossing racial boundary lines. Some of the artists who released records on Excello include Slim Harpo, Arthur Gunther, Lightnin' Slim and Lazy Lester. Some of the artists who covered their songs include Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton and more.
Through extensive research and interviews, author Randy Fox chronicles the tale of one of the most unusual record labels to emerge from the 1950s, while shedding new light on Nashville's rich history as much more than a country music town. Randy Fox will regale us with tales from his book about this inimitable label and Ron Wynn will conduct a Q & A, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Local DJ and avid record collector Paul Glavin (host of Eargasm on WXNA) will spin some of his copies of the original Excello records being discussed. This will be fun as all get-out and a wonderful opportunity to find out so much more about our great Music City. Don't miss. Oh yeah, we'll have #FreeBeer for those 21 and over.
You know how much we love John Prine! In addition to his considerable gifts as a songwriter, his beautiful mug is plastered on the side of our building, his wonderful new album is one of our very best-sellers of this year and he already played an exclusive free show for 600 lucky, astute fans who preordered 'The Tree Of Forgiveness' at Grimey's. One thing we didn't get to do with that Basement East show was offer you a chance to meet the man himself. I'm very pleased to be able to do that now!
John Prine will meet fans and answer your questions at Grimey's on Monday, November 26th, at 5:30. To submit a question for John, stop by Grimey's starting today through Saturday, November 24th. We'll provide an index card for your use, you'll just need to write out your question and note your first name, last initial and your email address. John will answer questions before signing albums in the shop. Grimey's Staffer Tyler Glaser will serve as interviewer, reading the customer questions to John on stage.
Following the Q&A, Prine will sign one item per customer. So bring your favorite John Prine record or artifact or pick one up at Grimey's. We'll have extra stock on his catalog and his book for you. Also there will be no time for photos with John but fans are welcome to take pictures (no flash) throughout the Q&A and signing.
Whether you are a conventioneer, a vacationer, or a new transplant, 100 Things To Do in Nashville Before You Die delivers a trove of adventures, diversions, tasty meals, and top-notch music. Even natives will have unexpected discoveries. Travel writer and Nashville resident Tom Adkinson shows you special places for live music, introduces you to surprising restaurants, offers quiet places for nature retreats right in the city, and much more. Celebrate and learn more about Music City with author Tom Adkinson on Sauturday, December 1st at 11AM at Grimey's.
Will Hoge didn't really need to release a new album in 2018. His most recent, Anchors, came out last August, reaching No. 6 on Billboard Heatseekers and the Top 20 on the Indie Chart. He'd toured the United States and Europe, and could've settled in from there. But there was something he couldn't stop thinking about: his children. Border police. Political corruption. Anti-intellectualism. Poverty. Gun control. A broken education system. Indifference to others' suffering. Each of these things weighed on Hoge, and he confronts them all head-on in My American Dream, a focused and angry protest album for our current times. Will Hoge will join us to celebrate his new release with a free, live set on the Grimey's stage. He'll meet fans and sign records after. And this event is also a charity drive for Give A Little Christmas. We encourage you to bring a new toy or stocking stuffer to donate to kids, from infants to high schoolers.
For eighteen years, the Philadelphia band Mewithoutyou has been a banner name for fans across genres because of their kinetic and truly original style. On their latest [Untitled] Album, the band continues to create the same intensity that has captivated fans for almost two decades. The album was produced by Will Yip at nearby Studio 4, the same place where 2015's epic Pale Horses was tracked. The intense two year writing process included a stay at a 150 year old barn in Western Pennsylvania. This process has proven to create some of the band's finest work to date - while elements of the band's signature sound still remain, there are new aspects at work. Lead single "Julia (or, 'Holy To the LORD' on the Bells of Horses)" is an explosive slow-burner. Marked by a soaring guitar refrain that echoes throughout the first verse, vocalist Aaron Weiss' other-worldly lyrics are sung rather than shouted through his renown spoken-word style. As a whole the record moves like seasons - songs shift between chaos and intimacy, frailty and strength, cacophony and harmony with expert navigation. MewithoutYou is in town to play at Mercy Lounge and will rock the record shop earlier in the day, at noon. Come rock with us!
t's been a treat to host such a wide variety of live music so far at the new Grimey's. We've had full-on rock bands, soul music, electronica, hip hop, Americana and bluegrass just in our first 6 weeks on Trinity. Now I'm super stoked to announce that our first jazz act will grace the Grimey's stage this Friday, November 16th, at 3PM! Marcus Tenney, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison are Butcher Brown. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA, Butcher Brown takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians. The band settles into nuanced grooves with an innate respect for the past, a reverence for the Headhunters, Stevie Wonder, the Meters and the voodoo of the tape machine on their new direct-to-disc album, 'Camden Session.' Recorded at Mark Ronson's Zelig Studios and cut live to disc at Gearbox Records in London using their legendary all-analogue signal path. This in-store is a little earlier in the day than usual, due to the band's load-in at Marathon Music Works, where they will open for Kamasi Washington later that night. Don't miss this one, folks.
Austin-based singer/songwriter Darden Smith has released fifteen critically-acclaimed albums across a career that spans thirty years. His latest project is The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living), a book that serves as a personal manifesto on the value and art of creativity. A collection of short stories looking at the mindset of working artists, The Habit Of Noticing is also a useful guidebook for those seeking to bring more creativity into their daily life. Darden Smith will be on hand to read and perform at Grimey's on Wednesday, November 14 at 6PM.
We're very excited to welcome Maggie Rose to perform at Grimey's in celebration of her recent release Change The Whole Thing. Rose is a versatile singer/songwriter and a powerhouse vocalist. The new album is a blend of American music encompassing Rock, Soul, R&B, Country and Gospel. It was recorded with a 13-piece band of ringers and all tracks were laid down live in one take, like they used to do down in Muscle Shoals. Rolling Stone raves, "Maggie Rose has come into her own with this current earth-conscious, trippy country-soul stage of her ever-evolving musical persona… Rose's performances [CMA Fest & Bonnaroo] showed her embracing her inner soul diva, belting with fire on 'It's You' and the pulverizing 'Pull You Through.' Just to drive the point home, Rose and her band even stretched out on a swinging cover of 'The Letter,' doing a more-than-respectable impression of the funky Mad Dogs & Englishmen arrangement originally sung by Joe Cocker." Join us for this sure-to-be-exciting free live performance by Maggie Rose and her crack band!
The Gibson Brothers, a bluegrass duo comprised of siblings Eric and Leigh Gibson, have received numerous awards throughout their long career, including International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Album of the Year. But nothing has prepared us for their exciting new album Mockingbird, an effortless blend of classic 70’s-infused rock and timeless country, a modern twist on their traditional bluegrass sound, and harmonies that will keep you wishing for more. The new album was co-produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson for Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label. Check out their reimagining of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" and join us for a free, all ages in-store performance by The Gibson Brothers on the day their new album is released - Friday, November 9th, at 6PM!
Crease Reader is Kyle Buckner (vocals/guitar/engineer), Gerilyn Lemons (bass), Mike Ford (guitar/keys), Brent Lafever (drums) and Alex Hatcher (guitar/lap steel). All previous residents of Cookeville, TN, the members of Crease Reader trickled into Nashville in 2013 and 2014. Originally a fun, casual project for the first couple of years, Kyle, Mike, Gerilyn and Brent gradually began jamming less and switching their focus to songwriting. Alex later joined them in 2016 on slide guitar after moving back to Nashville from Cincinnati. As the played shows around Nashville, they developed their sound, a blend of psych-pop, western, indie rock and soul. Enough songs were coming together that they decided it was time to record an album. The band began recording in Kyle's home studio, Big Beige, in Fall of 2016. The group chose to record to an 8-track tape machine in order to get as close as they could to the sonic qualities of their favorite records of the 60's and 70's. This method proved to be a challenge, however, as the tape machine malfunctioned and had to be in the shop for over six months. Instead of getting down, Crease Reader decided to use the time to further refine their sound and arrange new songs so they could be ready when the time came to press "record" again. After the tape machine was back in the studio they immediately began recording what would become their first full-length album, "Lush Button." Opting for a DIY approach, the album was written, recorded, and produced by the band. The first run of LPs was pressed at Palomino Records in Shepardsville, KY, a small family-owned pressing facility. Join us to help Crease Reader celebrate the release of their debut album 'Lush Button' with a free, all ages live performance at Grimey's!
It's another Grimey's listening party for a new release! You know the drill, we open at 10AM, we'll start banging our heads to this new reissue of Metallica's classic 'And Justice For All' LP as soon as we open. Did they boost the bass this time? Find that out, plus we'll have free coffee and treats, the usual array of swag with purchase and a cool prize for a lucky winner!
Saves The Day have been putting out records and rocking crowds since the late '90s, injecting power pop and post-punk into the emo scene. They really broke through in 2001 with their album 'Stay What You Are'. The band will release '9', their first new album since 2013, on October 26th and will perform at Grimey's on the same day, at 6PM.
"This album is the story of Saves The Day and my own personal journey through life, which all unfolded as my relationship with music progressed," frontman Chris Conley said in a statement. That sentiment is apparent in the album's lead single, "Rendezvous", which finds Conley juxtaposing the "basements and backyards" of the band's earliest shows with their international exploits. "By 'Rendezvous', I've gone through all the reflecting and growing and come to a place where I'm so grateful and so satisfied and living the life I want to live," Conley explained. "I was just a kid that got lucky and I got pulled into this amazing dream. And it's still going."
We're very excited to welcome Saves The Day to the new Grimey's to play a free, all ages live set on the day '9' is released - Friday, October 26th, at 6PM, followed by a Q&A and signing with fans.
Bill Eberle has just released a gem of an album called Soft Light. It serves as a balm, a salve for the state of the world today. Not your typical protest songs, these tunes attempt to find solace in the fragility of the world and assert the healing power of music during darker times. Lightning 100 has added 2 of the songs to their rotation and Rolling Stone highlights the track "Groceries" thusly, "A modern-day, first-rate folkie on his 2016 debut, Matter and Time, Bill Eberle gets weird, woozy and topical with this off-kilter pop song about the violence of the 21st century. "I can't get used to this," he insists during the song's chorus, refusing to grow nonchalant. Behind him, psychedelic surf-rockers the Beech Benders serve as his backup musicians, layering the song with Beatles-worthy harmonies and pillowy keyboards. Like the rest of Eberle's upcoming LP, Soft Light, "Groceries" contrasts the simple pleasures of everyday life - including a trip to the market alongside your partner - with a modern age punctuated by xenophobia, a gun epidemic and other byproducts of Trump's America. Call it repurposed protest music." Join us on Saturday, October 20th, when we host Bill Eberle for an afternoon in-store performance during BEER:30 at 5PM!
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In conjunction with the theatrical release of Halloween (2018) Sacred Bones Records is releasing John Carpenter's score to the film, which he composed with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. Join us for a special Halloween listening party with in-store trick-or-treating for candy & other Halloween goodies, plus your chance to win a limited edition colored vinyl copy of the album as well as a copy of the upcoming limited edition "Halloween" theme 12" single by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (due out 10/26).
Join us for a Q&A with music journalists Jessica Hopper and Ann Powers, as they discuss Hopper's new book Night Moves, "an edgy, exhilarating tribute to Chicago, friendship, and the music that ultimately formed her voice," with a signing to follow.
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Man are we stoked to have John Hiatt break in our new performance space as our first marquee in-store artist! He's got a new album out on October 12th called The Eclipse Sessions and will perform a live set at the new Grimey's at 6PM on that day. Starting on the day we open on Trinity Lane - Friday, September 28th - stop in the new Grimey's and preorder the new John Hiatt album on vinyl or CD and you'll receive a wristband guaranteeing you get in for this special event. We can fit a lot more people inside the new place but space is still limited. We will take preorders in person only from Friday, Sept 28th until Monday morning, October 1st, when we'll open up the phones. You can reach us at (615) 226-3811.
The Eclipse Sessions offers up John Hiatt's strongest set of songs in years. Long celebrated as a skilled storyteller and keen observer of life's twists and turns, Hiatt can get at the heart of a knotty emotion or a moment in time with just a sharp, incisive lyric or witty turn of phrase. The 11 tracks presented in The Eclipse Sessions demonstrate that the singer-songwriter, now 66, is only getting better with age, his guitar playing more rugged and rootsy, his words wiser and more wry. Hiatt goes all in with The Eclipse Sessions. There's a grit to these songs' a craggy, perfectly-imperfect quality that colors every aspect of the performances, right down to Hiatt's vocals, which are quite possibly his most raw and expressive to date.
We're long time supporters of Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band. They play damn good stomp-the-floor bluesy roots music and they work their asses off. They also love record stores so the love flows both ways. We've had them in for an in-store performance for just about every record they've ever released and we're stoked that they will be our very first in-store performers in our swanky new digs on the East side! Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world's foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band's latest offering, Poor Until Payday, a country blues record that was made the right way -- two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.
Anderson East had already released a couple of records prior to his Dave Cobb-produced 'Delilah' but it's that record, from 2015, that really put him on the map. 'Delilah' hit number 2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and introduced him to AAA radio listeners. NPR called the album "an eclectic, fully formed debut." 'Encore' will be East's second release for Cobb's Low Country Sound imprint through Elektra Records. Once again produced by Dave Cobb and recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A, as well as at the House of Blues and Farmland studios, the new album features contributions and collaborations with Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane, Ed Sheeran and others as well as covers by Ted Hawkins and Willie Nelson. Anderson East will celebrate the release of 'Encore' with an intimate in-store performance at Grimey's on Thursday, January 18th, at 6PM!
Starting Wednesday, December 13th, when we open at 11AM, stop by Grimey's and preorder 'Encore' on vinyl or CD to receive your wristband guaranteeing you entry to this in-store event. Space is limited so don't delay. If we still have slots available, we will begin taking orders over the phone on Monday, December 18th, at 11AM.