Anne McCue is an Aquarian. The Cubists are Gemini. Anne is a guitar slinger from Sydney, Australia who has called Nashville home for many years now. She has produced other artists such as Emma Swift, Ellen Starski and Scott Miller and has played guitar on albums by such artists as Robyn Hitchcock and Michelle Shocked. She has a new album coming later this year, inspired by the Bowie song "The Man Who Sold The World", but first there's a new 7" single - "Sister Of The Mainline" b/w "Remembory." Join us for a free, all ages in-store performance by Anne McCue & The Cubists in celebration of the new single, on Saturday, July 20th, at 5PM. We'll have the records for sale and free beer for all 21+ peeps. You can also catch her at the Basement on Friday, August 2nd. Check out Anne's show on WXNA - Songs on the Wire, which airs Tuesdays 10-noon.
Ian Ferguson can do it all. No, really - the Nashville musician played all the instruments and did all the engineering for his debut album State Of Gold, due out July 26th. According to Paste magazine, "Ferguson is part of a troupe of retro raconteurs with a taste for the strange sonics of the '70s, young punks who grew up digging Bowie, Wire and Bolan in equal measure. Artists like The Lemon Twigs, The Nude Party, and Ferguson's tour-mate Ron Gallo are amongst Ferguson's contemporaries, and 'State of Gold' is proof of that." Ian Ferguson will celebrate his album with a free, all ages, in-store performance at Grimey's on the day it's released!
We're super stoked to announce that Baroness will perform an acoustic set at Grimey's on Tuesday, July 30th, at 4PM. We just hosted a sweet listening party for the new album Gold & Grey and we couldn't be more pleased to now have the band come in for a live acoustic set! Please note the earlier than usual start time - 4PM. Entry for the show is free but if you'd like to meet the band and get a record signed you'll need a wristband to go through the signing line. You can get a wristband by purchasing Gold & Grey at Grimey's on vinyl or CD. If you already bought the record here, just come in and see us and we'll hook you up. We also have tickets to for sale to their performance that night at The Cannery Ballroom with Pallbearer. And when you're in the shop next, why not enter to win a pair of tickets we're giving away?
Gold & Grey is the fifth studio album release from the Grammy-nominated, Philadelphia-based band. As with previous releases, the album's artwork was designed by frontman and lead singer John Dyer Baizley. It is the band's first to feature new guitarist Gina Gleason and was mastered by frequent Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann.
Imagine Jodorowsky and Morricone meet up in rural Tennessee. What you'd get is Holy Mountain Top Removers - an eclectic mix of delicate melodies, spacious interludes, and crushing devastation. The Nashville band is set to release its 2nd album, Tonight The Machete Dreams, on local indie label Centripetal Force, run by WXNA DJ and host of Psych Out!, Mike Mannix. Together since their days in Hellbender, the trio of Mikey Allred (keys/bass/trombone), Edmond Villa (drums) and Anthony Ford (guitar/vocals) have developed into a band that defies categorization. Their strength is the ability to combine elements of style from a variety of genres, ranging from soundtrack-like interludes to thundering outbursts and even moments of meditative ambience. The new album also sees Holy Mountain Top Removers retire their all-instrumental approach and incorporate vocals on two tracks. Come out for a free, all ages in-store performance to celebrate the new album! Holy Mountain Top Removers will also play at Drkmttr on August 3rd.
Beginning with 2013's Tenboom, the staunchly DIY pair Penny & Sparrow released a series of critically lauded records that garnered comparisons to the hushed intimacy of Iron & Wine and the adventurous beauty of James Blake, building up a devoted fanbase along the way through relentless touring and word-of-mouth buzz. NPR praised the band's songwriting as a delicate dance between heartache and resolve, while The World Café raved that they've steadily built a sound as attentive to detail as Simon & Garfunkel and as open to the present day as Bon Iver. Penny & Sparrow's new album, their sixth, is entitled 'Finch', a nod to Charles Darwin, who developed his theory of evolution in part by studying the changes that manifested over time in groups of birds that moved to different islands across the Galapagos, and it s easy to see the connection. The new album finds the band reckoning with a prolonged period of intense personal transformation, a profound awakening that altered their perceptions of masculinity, sex, religion, divorce, friendship, vanity, purpose, and, perhaps most importantly, self. Deeply vulnerable and boldly cinematic, the resulting songs blur the lines between indie-folk and alt-pop, with dense string arrangements and atmospheric production underpinning soaring melodies and airtight harmonies. It's a revelatory collection, both for the listener and the performers, one that s been a lifetime in the making. Join us for an intimate live in-store performance by Penny & Sparrow on the day their new album is released! They will return to Nashville in September to perform at Americana Fest.
Over the last decade, Drew Holcomb has established himself as one of Americana's freshest upstarts, building his following and critical appeal with every release, show, and entrepreneurial undertaking (like his curated Moon River Music Festival and Magnolia Record Club). For Holcomb, music is what helps us try to understand our place in a world full of equal parts chaos, confusion, love, and community, and Dragonsis his reminder to all of us to keep fighting the good fight and to never give up. Produced by Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michelson, American Authors) Dragons features collaborations with Lori McKenna, Natalie Hemby, Sean McConnell, and Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow. We're very excited to welcome Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors back for another in-store performance at Grimey's to celebrate the new album. This will be the first performance by them at our new spot! Preorder Dragons at Grimey's on vinyl ($18.99) or CD ($10.99) to receive your wristband for the signing following the performance. You must have a wristband to meet the band and get the new album signed. Preorders are now live on the Grimey's website. Drew & the Neighbors will also play the Ryman on Saturday, September 14th. A few tickets still remain.
If you've listened to an album recorded in Nashville any time in the last 30 years, there's a good chance you've heard the work of Jim Hoke. Known best for his saxophone chops, Hoke is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist who has played sessions for artists like Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle, among many, many others. Hoke released his solo album The Floating Zone. The collection of original material is built on melodies, lyrics and arrangements Hoke conceived while dreaming, hence the phantasmagoric title. Dreaminess aside, the songs are sturdy and thoughtful, showcasing longtime sideman Hoke as a vocalist for the first time in recorded form. It's worth noting, too, that Hoke plays every instrument on the album with the exception of strings and some guest contributions: Duane Eddy and John Oates also lend their talents to The Floating Zone. But it's ultimately Hoke's own vision and influences, including The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Eddy himself, that make for an intriguing album from a musical voice we're fortunate to finally hear so much more directly. The Floating Zone is a delicious concoction of psychedelic folk and omnipop by an ubiquitous studio wiz & arranger. We're psyched to welcome Jim Hoke to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance. I hope you can join us. We'll have free beer for all 21+ attendees as well!
We're honored to host the Saturday, day show for Nameless Fest V, which kicks off tonight at DRKMTTR. With almost 20 bands participating, this year's Nameless Fest primarily takes place at DRKMTTR, the all-ages DIY show space that recently re-opened in their new home at 1111 Dickerson Pike. Nameless Fest sees punk rock, hardcore, thrash and indie rock bands co-mingled on each night's bills. Performing here Saturday afternoon are Sallow--a Nashville based three-piece, Bulging--post-rockers from Birmingham, AL, Nectar--Champaign, Illinois' poppy four-piece that played our 2018 Record Store Day celebration & released their album, Knocking at the Door, via Infinity Cat Recordings / Rat King Records, and Shell of a Shell--a local group that began as the bedroom project of Chappy Hull, of Gnarwhal and Pile, that now includes Nick Swafford (Teddy and the Rough Riders), Noel Richards (Watcher), & Dylan Liverman.
Her are the set times for this Saturday's free show at Grimey's.
1:00 - Sallow
1:45 - Bulging (AL)
2:30 - Nectar (IL)
3:15 - Shell of a Shell
Join Us for the Echo in the Canyon Documentary Film Soundtrack CD Release Party at Grimey's! Jakob Dylan, Jade Castrinos & The Echo In The Canyon band will be performing the music of The Mamas and The Papas, The Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. The performance will be followed by a CD signing with Jakob and Jade. The signing is reserved for fans who purchase the soundtrack CD at Grimey's. You can preorder the CD from the Grimey's website ($14.99) or place a preorder in person to receive a wristband to go through the signing line and be sure that you get in for the performance. The show is at 7PM on Wednesday, June 26th.
Echo In The Canyon is the illuminating new documentary film directed by Andrew Slater that explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene (1965-1967) through the stories of those who lived it, and the artists who carry its influence to this day. The film is accompanied by a soundtrack celebrating the music of that era. The soundtrack features new studio recordings of timeless songs by The Byrds, The Mamas & The Papas and more, as interpreted by Jakob Dylan along with artists from the film including Fiona Apple, Beck, Jade Castrinos, Cat Power, Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young. The Belcourt Theatre is hosting two special screenings of the film on Thursday, June 27th including post-screening discussions with Slater and Dylan and performances by Dylan, Castrinos & the Echo In The Canyon Band (a few tickets still remain for the 10:15 showing). The documentary will open at the Belcourt in July for a regular run and opening date will be announced soon. More info here.
Please note when attending events at Grimey's that limited parking is available on site, so please consider carpooling, walking, biking or ride sharing. Additional parking is available in the inexpensive pay lot behind Walden Bar and Mickey's Tavern and on nearby streets, though please use your best judgement as not to block the somewhat narrow city streets found in our neighborhood.
The Shootouts debut album "Quick Draw" is an effortless blend of high-energy honky-tonk and traditional country music mixed with touches of Americana and western swing. The band marries a blend of Roy Orbison and Bob Wills with the barn-burning sounds of Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives and Dwight Yoakam. The combination offers a welcome throwback to sounds that flowed out of Nashville, Texas and California in country music's golden years. Quick Draw was recorded and produced in Brooklyn with guitarist Jim Campilongo (Norah Jones, Little Willies, Zephaniah Ohora). The album is out now and The Shootouts will be in Nashville for the week to play Dee's Country Lounge, $2 Tuesday at the Five Spot and 3rd and Lindsley for WMOT. They will stop in at Grimey's on Monday, June 24th, for a free set in the shop at 6PM! "Getting Western swing and Bakersfield twang mixed together properly takes dedication, musicianship, and spark. The Shootouts do it right. Tight harmonies with tight guitar and steel all on the same record? Count me in, folks." -Radney Foster
Neo-traditional honky tonker Chuck Mead has a new album, a Memphis-spiced hardcore country platter called Close to Home, out June 21st. The 11-track collection was recorded at the historic Sam Phillips Recording Studios in Memphis & was produced by Grammy-winning Memphis engineer and producer Matt Toss-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell, Margo Price). Mead has been upending expectations and walking the line between hardcore country music and raucous rock'n'roll for the better part of 25 years. As a member of the authentic country music quintet BR5-49 in the 1990s, Mead fused rock'n'roll excitement with the soul of the Music City's honky tonk heritage, sparking the rebirth of Nashville's Lower Broadway music scene. Over the course of the late 90's and the early 21st century, he recorded seven albums with BR5-49 and spread the gospel of neo-traditional country music around the world, garnering the band a CMA Award for Best International Touring Act and three Grammy nominations. He currently serves as the Musical Director/Supervisor/Producer of the hit Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, as well as the companion CMT dramatic series, Sun Records. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Chuck Mead to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance as part of his Nashville honky tonk tour in celebration of his new album!
Two-time Grammy winning Americana icon Jim Lauderdale returns with his 32nd studio album From Another World, a twelve-song collection of empathy, love, forgiveness and humility, an antidote to the anger and divisiveness of todays world. The album includes collaborations with such like-minded co-writers as country legend Melba Montgomery, award-winning producer-songwriter Buddy Cannon, and emerging Americana star Logan Ledger. McCartney-esque melodies, Dylan-esque lyrics, bluegrass, and twangy psychedelia collide on From Another World. Jim has once again opened his heart wide and delivered a beautiful record where country music still cries with the sound of pedal steel guitar and beautiful lyrics flow through aching indelible melodies. Join us for a free, all ages in-store performance by Jim Lauderdale on the Grimey's stage on the day after his new album is released!
More than 30 years after the 1986 release of their debut album, Scarred but Smarter, Drivin N Cryin are gearing up to release their ninth studio album, Live the Love Beautiful, on Friday, June 21st. In its current form, Drivin N Cryin is a four-piece that includes founding members Kevn Kinney on guitar and vocals and Tim Nielsen on bass, plus Dave Johnson on drums, and Laur Joamets on lead guitar. Joamets played in Sturgill Simpson's band back when the breakout Metamodern Sounds in Country Music was released, and he joined Drivin N Cryin shortly after parting ways with Sturgill back in 2017. Live The Love Beautiful was produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan - who played guitar for the group for two years before launching his own successful solo career - the 11-track album highlights the quality mix of Southern rock, country and folk that Drivin N Cryin have been perfecting since forming in the mid-Eighties. We're stoked to welcome Drivin N Cryin to Grimey's for an in-store performance in celebration of their new album on the day it's released! See you at 4PM, June 21st. Please note, this in-store is earlier than usual for a Friday due to Drivin N Cryin needing to get to the Exit/In for load-in for the show later in the evening. If you don't have tickets for their Exit/In show on June 21st, you can enter to win a pair right now at Grimey's!
Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic '60s soul. Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding's classic soul and Jellyfish's cult power pop recordings. His new EP "In the Meantime", once again recorded with his band the Rusted Hearts, is a collection of songs recorded at various studios on days off between the band's extensive tour dates. Sessions were hosted at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini, Shangri La in Lexington, KY with Duane Lundy, and The Midwest Sound in Rockford, IL. Following the release of 2016's Heavy Metal, and with a full-length album on the way later this year, the band figured "in the meantime" they should release some new music. We're stoked to welcome Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts to Grimey's to celebrate their new release with a free, all ages live performance!
Stop by on Friday, June 14th at 11:00 to listen to the new Baroness record, Gold & Grey, out that day on Abraxan Hymns. Not only will we be spinning the album in shop but we'll also be giving away some cool Baroness swag and one lucky attendee will win a signed drum head! Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Baroness when they perform on July 30th at Cannery Ballroom.
A true musical iconoclast, Steve Poltz has done it all. He was born in Nova Scotia but first made his mark during his years in San Diego with cowpunk cult faves The Rugburns. Poltz co-wrote an iconic, multiplatinum single ('You Were Meant For Me' with then girlfriend Jewel), signed to a major label (he chafed under the restrictions) and created a career as a songwriter, humorist and and collaborator with a fervid following. Now based in Nashville; Poltz has, for the first time in two decades, decided to partner with a label, Compass Records. Bookended by songs inspired as a response to a mass shooting, Shine On, produced by Will Kimbrough, is Poltz at his most searching and insightful, with the wry, slightly skewed world-view that has endeared him to so many.
Ida Mae is a British duo with elements of blue-eyed soul, acoustic Americana and a modern, minimalist approach. Ida Mae's magic lies in the sensuous dovetailing of two voices and the intimacy of their songs. Their chemistry on stage isn't just a dramatic pose and is a truly captivating sight to behold. Hailing from Norwich and born out of Kill It Kid, who established their credentials in the British Music indie Rock world, Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean present themselves as a sensual version of White Stripes meets Civil Wars meets the XX. Singing together, the couple have an unusual which-is-which? dynamic, blurring gender lines in the process. Their new album Chasing Lights was produced by (Laura Marling, Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams) who also plays drums on the record. It's out June 7th and Ida Mae will join us for a free, all ages in-store performance on June 10th, at 6PM, to celebrate.
Jason Ringenberg is a bonafide Nashville legend and we couldn't be more excited to welcome him for his first-ever in-store performance at Grimey's! Born and raised on an Illinois hog farm, Ringenberg made his way to Nashville in 1981 and immediately formed cow-punk pioneers Jason & The Nashville Scorchers. Throughout the '80s and '90s the Scorchers (forced to drop 'Nashville' from their name by the suits at their major label) tore up venues across the planet and became known as one of the most exciting live bands of their era. Their instinctive ability to combine traditional country music with high-energy punk rock has not been surpassed to this day. In 2008 they were awarded the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance. Never one to rest on his laurels, in 1999 the "Godfather of Americana" (Mojo) went solo. To date, he has released five Jason Ringenberg solo albums, with everyone from the BBC to USA Today lauding his songwriting. In 2002 he created a children's music character called Farmer Jason, winning numerous awards including an Emmy for his PBS program. His latest album Stand Tall was written whilst participating in the Artist in Residence Program for the National Park Service at Sequoia National Park. It is not hard to imagine him writing songs whilst climbing a 10000 foot Sierra Nevada mountain! That restless spirit will not be stilled. Don't miss this chance to see Jason Ringenberg play a free, all ages set on the Grimey's stage!
We're excited about Dylan LeBlanc's new album Renegade, produced by Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson). It's out Friday, June 7th, and LeBlanc will celebrate with a free, all ages performance at Grimey's on release day, at 6PM! Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville, the 10-song album feature LeBlanc and his longtime band, The Pollies. Of the album, LeBlanc shares, "I wanted to write the same type of songs that matched the atmosphere the band and I were bringing live. So, I started with 'Renegade,' which was fitting since I felt myself going in a new, more intense direction with this record. In the studio, I let go almost absolutely and let Dave Cobb do his work. It was a different experience for me-how focused Cobb was and how quickly we would get live takes down. Mostly in one or two takes. Never more than three. It left me spinning at how quickly it all came together. Over the course of ten days Renegade was complete and ready for mastering. And I couldn't be more excited to share it with you." We couldn't be more excited to welcome Dylan LeBlanc back to Grimey's. We'll also have a sweet exclusive poster for you with purchase!
Since their inception in 2002, As Cities Burn have garnered tremendous respect for their progressive take on the post-hardcore genre. Upon the release of their 2005 full-length debut, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest, fans and critics alike fell in love with the balanced dynamic of TJ Bonnette's visceral screams and the clean vocals of his brother, Cody, who also serves as the primary songwriter in the band. In 2006, TJ's new marriage saw him leave As Cities Burn for a new life in Mississippi. The remaining members forged ahead, undergoing several lineup and stylistic changes over the next three years and releasing two more acclaimed full lengths - Come Now Sleep (2007) and Hell or High Water (2009) - before disbanding in 2009.This, however, is not where their story ends.In the time since, As Cities Burn would occasionally play one-off shows, but no plans for a proper reunion were discussed until a few years ago when TJ moved to Nashville where his brother and the rest of the band were living. Casual jam sessions commenced and, before long, a concrete plan fo a new record began to take shape. Two years later, As Cities Burn are ready to unveil Scream Through The Walls - their first album in ten years and the first with the Bonnette brothers collaborating since the band's seminal debut. Recorded with producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, Meg & Dia, The Chariot), Scream Through The Walls is out June 7th. As Cities Burn will celebrate with a free, all ages live performance on the Grimey's stage 2 days before release day - Wednesday, June 5th, at 6PM. You will be able to get the album early, at the in-store. The band will meet fans and sign records following the performance.
Former construction worker turned singer-songwriter Rod Picott has released nine albums since his debut Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues in 2000. Born in New Hampshire and raised in South Berwick, Maine, Picott has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 1994. His poetry debut, God in His Slippers, was published by Mezcalita Press in 2017. Bestselling author Nicholson Baker praised the collection as "Life-loving poems that tell you what you need to know." Out Past the Wires is Rod Picott's first work of fiction. It accompanies the album of the same title and expands on the characters in that album's songs in finer detail. Fans of Picott’s music know the craft and the beauty in his vignettes of working-class life and love. They will hear a similar voice in this collection of twelve short stories, the insight and honesty of which will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. Rod Picott will be on hand for a performance and reading on Thursday, May 30, at 6PM.
The musical duo of Shane Butler & Caity Shaffer released their debut album as Olden Yolk last year, an alluring concoction of hypnotic folk & kosmiche rhythms, expanding & refining Butler's work in his former band Quilt toward a more focused direction. The songs on new album Living Theatre (out May 17th) were written & recorded during a heavy time of transition & upheaval for the duo, with personal tragedies and a big move from their NYC home to a warmer climate in Los Angeles coloring the album's inception. Musically, the duo's songwriting has gelled into a unified front, relying more on the subtle shifts of melody & rhythm than a barrage of chord changes; Living Theatre's hooks lap at your feet like a babbling brook, rather than bowl you over like violent waves, pointing to a new frontier for the group; soaring skyward toward the emotionally textural plateaus of trailblazers like The Go-Betweens or Yo La Tengo. We're very excited to welcome Olden Yolk to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance on Tuesday, May 28th, at 12 noon. Please note the earlier than usual time for this event. Olden Yolk will also perform at Soft Junk the previous evening, Monday, May 27th, with Rainsticks, Ry Jennings and Lawndry.
Jimbo Mathus has blazed a singular path as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and shaman for 40 years, recording and releasing more than 300 songs that are a testament to his hoodoo craftsmanship and to the sounds, sights and spirits of his inspirations in the deep South. His new album, Incinerator, out April 5 via Mississippi's Big Legal Mess Records, is the epitome of that art - an incendiary reflection of his world in music. The new album was recorded in a burst of inspiration, with all but overdubs cut in just two days in Water Valley, Mississippi's Dial Back Sound. Surprisingly, Mathus, who has produced dozens of albums, decided to hand the controls to Bronson Tew and Drive-By Truckers bassist Matt Patterson, who co-own Dial Back, and opted to play piano instead of his trademark guitar. Rising Americana star Lilly Hiatt guests on the album, as does violinist Andrew Bird, who also plays in Squirrel Nut Zippers with Mathus. We're stoked to welcome Jimbo Mathus back to Grimey's for an in-store performance on May 22nd, at 6PM.
Patrick Damphier's debut album, Say I'm Pretty, has been described as "dreamy and gorgeous", harkening to "peak era Rough Trade Records" guitar pop, perfect for fans of Real Estate, Beach Fossils, and the like. The ten intricately layered songs feature appearances from the likes of Richard Swift, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Molly Parden and Nicole Atkins. Damphier is proud to present selections from the release at a special Grimey's in-store live performance, bringing a full band which features members of Sun Seeker, Lambchop, Okey Dokey, Rayland Baxter, Jenny Lewis and The Features to recreate the intricately layered affair. We'll have the limited edition red vinyl on hand for purchase.
Amanda Palmer is known for announcing last-minute pop-up shows by messaging directly to her fans on social media. Well she's in town this weekend for a show at the Ryman this Saturday, May 18th, and she's popping up at Grimey's earlier in the afternoon at 2PM! Palmer will meet fans and sign records. She's on tour behind There Will Be No Intermission, the 3rd solo album proper from the uncompromising Dresden Dolls frontwoman, her most powerful & personal collection to date. We'll have plenty of copies of the new record on vinyl & CD on hand so don't miss this chance to meet Amanda Palmer! Tickets for her Ryman show are still available here.
"Dream Within a Dream" is the new 7-inch single from pop savant Tristen, out this May via Louisville's This Man Records. Crafted from Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem, the single - like the mononymous singer-songwriter and musician known for her "knack for penning an infectious hook" (Entertainment Weekly) - marries complex, introspective lyrics with rollicking, jangly guitars. Hailing from Nashville's underground rock scene, Tristen has established herself as a prolific, versatile musician over the past decade, whether touring in Jenny Lewis's Voyager band, collaborating and touring with artists like Vanessa Carlton and Robyn Hitchcock, or releasing three solo albums to critical acclaim. Her folk-oriented debut Charlatans at the Garden Gate (2011) earned her praise as "Nashville's best-kept secret" (The Boston Globe), while 2013's CAVES, co-produced by Stephen Hague, recast her as a "synth pop siren" (SPIN). Her most recent album, Sneaker Waves, was described by Rolling Stone as having "Nilsson-worthy power balladry," while NPR's Ann Powers called it "bursting with great melodies and hooky arrangements that tickle the ear and won't leave your brain alone." Join us for this free, all ages in-store performance by Tristen and her band in celebration of her new single release!
Cate Le Bon's upcoming album, Reward, is her fifth full-length record, her first for Mexican Summer. Leading up to Reward, Le Bon spent much time in solitude, honing her wood-working skills and writing songs on piano. "The result is an album every bit as stylistically varied, surrealistically-inclined and tactile as those in this enduring outsider’s back catalogue, but one that is also intensely introspective and profound; her most personal to date." Join us as we listen to Reward in the record shop, more than a week before its release, where one lucky attendee will win a limited edition test-pressing of the album! Reward is due out May 24th and will be available on CD and limited edition red vinyl.
By 1985 Tom Petty had already obtained legendary status. He had fame. He had money. But he was restless, hoping to stretch his artistry beyond the confining format of songs like "The Waiting" and "Refugee." Petty's response to his restlessness was Southern Accents. Initially conceived as a concept album about the American South, Southern Accents's marathon recording sessions were marred by aesthetic and narcotic excess. Then, while touring for the album, Petty made extensive use of the iconography of the American Confederacy, something he soon came to regret. Despite its artistic failure and public controversy, Southern Accents was a pivot point for Petty. Reeling from the defeat, Petty reimagined himself as deeply, almost mythically, Californian, obtaining his biggest success with Full Moon Fever. Michael Washburn explores the history of Southern Accents and how it sparked Petty's reinvention, while also examining how the record both grew out of and reinforced enduring but flawed assumptions about Southern culture and the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Washburn will be on hand at Grimey's to discuss his entry in the 33 1/3rd book series with Nashville musician and author Andrew Leahey on Tuesday, May 14th at 6PM.
Will Kimbrough plays a lot of music. As an Alabama native living in Nashville, he zig zags the world singing songs and playing guitars, often solo, but also in many other collaborations. When not touring Will spends his days writing songs, producing artists, recording music in a studio, being creative with band members and spending time with his family. As 2019 unfolds, Will unveils a new studio recording 'I Like It Down Here,' a musical love letter to the American South - the good people, the great culture and food, but also its cruel, tragic history. Kimbrough's credits are stellar - Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year; his songs have been recorded by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider, Little Feat, Hard Working Americans, Jack Ingram and many others throughout the years; and Will's guitar and multi-instrumental prowess makes him an in-demand producer and session musician. Some of his latest productions include Doug Seegers, Shemekia Copeland, Radney Foster and Jimmy Buffett. During his years as a touring guitar slinger, Will has performed with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, among other notable artists. Full disclosure: Will's wife Jessica has been the long time business manager for Grimey's and his daughters have worked here so a Will Kimbrough in-store is a family affair for us. Please join us for this special celebration of Will's new album! This in-store is during BEER:30 so free beer for all 21+ attendees, courtesy of Tennessee Brew Works.
Shana Cleveland has been beguiling listeners for years in her role as the superlative frontwoman for elastic surf rockers La Luz. Now Cleveland is evolving her sound on the new solo full-length Night of the Worm Moon, a serene album that flows like a warm current while simultaneously wresting open a portal to another dimension. As much a work of California sci-fi as Octavia Butler's Parable novels, Night of the Worm Moon incorporates everything from alternate realities to divine celestial bodies. Inspired in part by one of her musical idols, the Afro-futurist visionary Sun Ra (the album's title is a tip of the hat to his 1970 release Night of the Purple Moon), the record blends pastoral folk with cosmic concerns. We're excited to welcome Shana Cleveland to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store live performance.
Australian songwriter Jo Schornikow (who is also keyboardist in Phosphorescent) has a stunning new album coming out on May 10th called Secret Weapon. It's a devastatingly beautiful indie-pop album that eddies into dreamy nooks, while staying firmly rooted in strong melodies. It's a quiet record, adorned with subtle swells of synths and shimmering washes of guitars. Jo's calm, assured voice is that of a touring musician who's spent much of the past 10 years on the road in Phosphorescent and The Shivers and is now very much at home in this world. She's been the secret weapon to other songwriters, but now she's stepping out and sharing these gorgeous songs. While her partner Matthew Houck's band Phosphorescent carves a wide swath through cosmic country, Jo's songs thrive in a dusk-lit territory neighboring pop, shoegaze, and ambient experimental music. These are very much folk songs, but translated through the tools Jo Schornikow has at hand. We're pumped to welcom Jo Schornikow to Grimey's for a free, all ages live performance the day before her new album is released - Thursday, May 9th, at 6PM. We'll have copies of Secret Weapon for sale at the in-store so not only do you get a free show, but you'll get the new record a day early.
British troubadour John Smith has toured the world for almost fifteen years with a guitar and suitcase. He has independently released five albums and won critical acclaim in the UK and abroad, as well as playing as a session guitarist and singer for the likes of Joan Baez, Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson. John is released his new album 'Hummingbird' on his own imprint, Commoner Records, via Nashville's Thirty Tigers imprint. The plan for the new album was to touch on traditional folk songs that were part of Smith's creative makeup, but he wanted to refer to his present as well. “I didn't want to give it a title that belonged to something someone else wrote 100 years ago. So when I sat down to write, 'Hummingbird' came out of me really quickly, within an hour. It's the rare song that tumbled out, and I was lucky to capture all the pieces. As soon as it arrived I thought, 'This is the glue that's gonna hold the whole thing together'." In addition to the title tune a few other originals, the bulk of the album finds him playing hand-me-down folk tunes going as far back as the 15th Century. The record is surprisingly current, revealing the affirming consistency of the human condition. We're excited to welcome John Smith to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance to celebrate the release of Hummingbird.
Pep Talks is the new album from Judah & The Lion. The band's Judah Akers has said of releasing their new record, "Up to this point, the band's message has mostly been: 'Live your best life! Pursue your dreams! Follow your heart!' We had to start this record with broken-ness, with this cry that says, 'I don't want to hide this from anyone anymore. I'm going through something. I need help.'" Pep Talks is out May 3rd and we're very excited to welcome Judah & The Lion back to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance to celebrate! They will perform on the new Grimey's stage at 1PM on Sunday, May 5th. Starting Wednesday, April 24th, customers can drop by Grimey's to preorder Pep Talks on CD or vinyl, for a wristband, which guarantees entrance to the in-store performance and a spot in the signing line. On Friday, April 26th, starting at 10AM, customers can also visit our webstore to reserve a copy of the album & wristband that will be available to pick up in the shop starting on Friday, May 3rd.
Gifted Nashville-based singer-songwriter Caroline Spence has two previous albums under her belt, but it's her new full-length, Mint Condition, her debut for venerable roots label Rounder Records, that's set to really put her on the musical map. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival, Spence has long been regarded as a best-kept secret in her scene, earning admiration from esteemed artists like Miranda Lambert and from her own fellow writers in the Nashville underground. Mint Condition follows 'Spades and Roses' - a 2017 release praised by American Songwriter as "an album of stunning beauty and lasting impact." In bringing the new album to life, Spence worked with producer Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Erin Rae) and recorded at his Nashville studio Goosehead Palace, landing a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris and enlisting musicians from Spence's previous projects and live band.
Mint Condition is an album narrated by people in various states of searching: alone on faraway highways, restless on rooftops in glamorous cities, stubbornly chasing their deepest dreams against all better judgment. With her poetic clarity and precision of detail, Spence reveals the risk in setting out on an unconventional path, and subtly makes the case for living your own truth without compromise or fear. Throughout the new album, she shows the ever-expanding depth of her musicality, with the album encompassing everything from the full-tilt jangle-pop of "What You Don't Know" to the stark atmospherics of "Sometimes a Woman Is an Island" to the ghostly folk of "Who Are You." And on the heart-walloping "Wait on the Wine," her tender vocals take on an entirely new power. "I wrote that one a few years ago, not ever thinking my voice could pull it off," says Spence. "But the voice is a muscle, and I've put this muscle to work singing all around the country. Now I have that confidence and strength to belt the way I don't think I could have when I was 23."
Mint Condition is out May 3rd and Caroline Spence will celebrate its release with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's the next day - Saturday, May 4th, at 5PM!
We're big fans of Feels at Grimey's. Their second album 'Post Earth' was just released and it's been on regular rotation in the shop ever since. Feels are one of the best-kept secrets on the indie scene. The new album is the follow-up to their Ty Segall-produced debut for Castle Face. It sees the band capturing their legendary live show on record, with their signature crunchy riffs and dynamic vocal harmonies in full effect. Feels are in town to open for Ex Hex at Exit/In on Friday, May 3rd, and will stop by Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store set earlier in the evening, at 6PM. We LOVE this band and you will too!
Years before she toured the world alongside Alicia Keys, wrote songs with John Legend, belted the Southern rhythm and blues with Muddy Magnolias, Jessy Wilson grew up in Brooklyn, listening to the diverse sounds that filled her family's apartment. Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield were on the stereo. Lauryn Hill and Biggie were on the radio. It was a mix of soul and hip-hop, and she expanded that soundtrack after moving to Nashville, where she discovered an equal love for rock & roll, blues, and roots music. Those influences come together on Phase, the Grammy-nominated songwriter's first release as a solo artist. Written and recorded with producer Patrick Carney - drummer for the Black Keys - Phase brews up its own storm of soulful sound. It's a modern album rooted in everything that made the old stuff good: the R&B melodies of the late 1960s and '70s; the pulsatinggrooves of hip-hop; the urban commentary and subtlety of Curtis Mayfield; fuzz guitar inspired by the crème de la crème of pyschedelic rock; the irresistible genre-bending of artists like The Beatles. Gritty and progressive, the album reintroduces Jessy Wilson as we've never heard her before: undiluted, unaccompanied and unleashed. Phase is out May 3rd and Wilson will join us the day before, on Thursday, May 2nd, at 6PM, to celebrate its release with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's. We will have copies of Phase on vinyl and CD for sale at the in-store. Get a free show and get Jessy's new album a day early!