Neal Francis has released one of our favorite soul-inflected records of this year. His album Changes is a gift that keeps on giving. Francis has created an inspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms, Chicago blues, and early '70s rock n' roll. There is a deep connection between Francis's childhood - his obsession with boogie woogie piano, his father's gift of a dusty Dr. John LP - and the songs he's created. The result is an astonishing collection of material without parallel in the contemporary funk and soul scene. The influences are unmistakable: the vocal stylings of Allen Toussaint and Leon Russell; the second line rhythms of The Meters and Dr. John; the barroom rock 'n' roll of The Rolling Stones; the gospel soul of Billy Preston; the roots music of The Band. Francis pays tribute to the masters but has his own story to tell. "It's the life I've lived so far. I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story," muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living-consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction, such sincerity is jarring from the 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a self-destructive past and born anew in sobriety, Neal Francis has delivered an album for the ages. We couldn't be more excited to welcome him to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store appearance.
We're very excited to welcome Grace Potter back to Grimey's for an in-store performance, presented by Lightning 100, in celebration of her new album Daylight. Grace will meet fans and sign copies of her new album following the performance. You'll need a wristband to go through the signing line and you can get one of those by purchasing Daylight on vinyl or CD at Grimey's. Those with wristbands will also get priority entrance to the performance. You can stop by Grimey's and purchase a record or CD now & get your wristband or you can order it on our website and we'll hook you up when you get here next Tuesday. Please note the earlier-than-usual time for this event, which is happening at 12pm noon. And if you want to just completely fill your day with Grace Potter action, tickets are still available for her first ever Opry appearance at the Ryman later that very same day at 7:00PM!
Can’t make it to the event? Well, don’t fret, cause you can still tune in to Lightning 100, be it on the internet, via their mobile app available for both iPhone and Android, or at 100.1 FM on your radio dial, and listen to the live broadcast of the event in real time as it’s happening at Grimey’s.
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Grace Potter has carved out a flourishing yet unconventional place among the best songwriters and singers in rock and roll. The Waitsfield, Vermont native has released six albums, guested with everyone from Kenny Chesney to The Rolling Stones, created her own music festival (Burlington's Grand Point North) and become one of the most admired live performers in contemporary music. Now, after a four-year hiatus, Grace returns withDaylight, her second solo LP (seventh overall) and first for Fantasy Records.
The McCrary Sisters are sharing the spirit of the holiday season with A Very McCrary Christmas, a sacred collection that embraces the quartet's soulful Southern roots. Produced by Grammy award-winner Scott Billington, A Very McCrary Christmas is the McCrary Sisters' first album for Rounder Records. Southern gospel, traditional hymns, R&B, pop, jazz... all of these influences find their way into this special Christmas album, beautifully wrapped in surprising new arrangements and featuring an array of special guests including Pastor Shirley Caesar, Steve Crawford, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, and Keb' Mo'. Though the McCrary Sisters can be heard individually throughout the album, it's the power of all four voices together that makes the album shine. And you'll get a chance to hear those four voices raise the rafters here at Grimey's when the McCrary Sisters join us for a special in-store performance on the day their new album is released. And not only that, but the McCrarys are cooking chili for everyone! I hope you'll join us for this holiday-themed live performance and chili cookout.
Formed in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids swiftly emerged as a major force in the continuing American folk tradition, blending ethereal, oscillating harmonies and intricate, inventive musicianship with a uniquely powerful brand of contemporary song craft. 2013's ANTI-debut, The Ash & Clay, became their national breakthrough, earning The Milk Carton Kids their first Grammy nomination for "Best Folk Album." A second Grammy nod for "Best American Roots Performance" followed in 2015, honoring "The City of Our Lady," from The Milk Carton Kids' acclaimed third studio album, Monterey. In June 2018, they released their fourth album titled All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do, which was their first album that featured a full band. Their new release is a 10-inch vinyl EP called The Only Ones, on Thirty Tigers/Milk Carton Records. Coming off the heels of their full-band album, this brings them back to their roots and the quintessential Milk Carton Kids sound. Ultimately, The Only Ones is for their fans and speaks to the core of what The Milk Carton Kids are about musically: the duo. We're stoked to welcome The Milk Carton Kids to Grimey's for their first in-store performance! The Only Ones is out December 6th on 10" vinyl and the 'Kids will perform at Grimey's on Sunday, November 24th, at 1PM. We'll have the vinyl available on that day so you get it early as well. They'll meet fans and sign records following the performance. You'll need a wristband to go through the signing line and you can lock that in by preordering the vinyl EP at Grimey's, either online or in person. Online preorders are up now and we're offering a limited quantity of the special milky clear vinyl version. Once those are gone we'll have standard black.
Black Friday is coming up and once again we'll have the full slate of exclusive Record Store Day releases. Check the list if you haven't already and make plans to join us for some holiday themed fun. DJs from WXNA will be spinning live in the store from 10AM-6PM, from when we open through BEER:30. If you intend to arrive early and get in line, the line will form at the back door of Grimey's, directly across from the entrance to Anaconda Vintage. We're looking forward to helping you get your holiday shopping season started!
Hey, fans of Josh Rouse AND fans of Christmas music. Josh Rouse has recorded an album of original holiday songs, which all feel like a classic 60s jazz-influenced holiday album (think Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas). The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse features beautiful harmonies and gentle, bright melodies wrapped in the lush, folk/pop soundscapes that have become his signature. The album illustrates themes of childhood nostalgia and holidays spent away from home, with lighthearted, upbeat instrumentals that make these songs enjoyable year-round. From the rollicking "Sleigh Brother Bill" to the reflective "Letters In The Mailbox" and the dreamy closing track, "Christmas Songs", Josh Rouse is redefining what holiday music can be. The album is produced by Brad Jones and Josh Rouse. We're full of holiday cheer here at Grimey's and we're excited to welcome our old friend Josh Rouse back for a holiday-themed in-store performance! We will also be having our annual storewide holiday sale on December 7th. Stay tuned for details.
Nashville's Rusty Shipp is on a mission to keep rock music relevant in an era where the mainstream culture has seemed to give up on rock bands. Frontman Russ T. Shipp (yep the band name is his actual name) says the group's music is "meticulously crafted to get stuck in a human being's brain." "Imagine Nirvana trying to play a Beach Boys song right after hearing Dark Side of the Moon." Their new album Liquid Exorcist is a concept album about sea mine terrorism. Lead single "Breaking Waves", which describes the war between technology and nature, is out now. Check out the video and join us when Rusty Shipp rocks the shop at Grimey's on Saturday, November 9th, at 5PM. We'll have free beer for all 21+ attendees who'd like one!
Soulful vanguard Allen Stone's forthcoming record Building Balance will be released November 8th on ATO Records. Taking his soul-stirring R&B and funk to the next artistic level, Allen continues to draw inspiration from '70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D'Angelo in its sultrier moments, and Stevie Wonder at its most melodic. Partially inspired by becoming a husband and father, the album features the most personal, lushly produced and gorgeously performed songs of Allen's career. Building Balance was largely written in a cabin in the woods of Washington state and partially recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with three producers: the acclaimed British artist/producer Jaime Lidell, Grammy-winning producer Nasri, and Jeremy Most (Emily King). It's a textured amalgam of R&B and soul, a result of several personal co-writing sessions, collaborations with Emily King, Mike Posner & Theo Katzman / Joey Dosik of Vulfpeck, and lyrics by Allen. Equal parts sentimental ("Brown Eyed Lover", "Consider Me") and replete with nostalgic funk ("Back to the Swing", "Sweaters"). Allen Stone will be in town on release day and will perform a stripped down solo set at Grimey's at 6PM on Friday, November 8th. Preorder Building Balance from Grimey's on vinyl or CD for your wristband to go through the signing line and get your record autographed following the performance. You can place your preorder online or in person at Grimey's.
Out October 25th via Autotelic Records/Thirty Tigers, Blood is the first solo album in four years from acclaimed singer/songwriter Allison Moorer. The album is a ten track song cycle containing the award-winning musician's most personal and revealing work to date. While Blood stands on its own as a complete work, the album also serves as a companion piece to her autobiography, Blood: A Memoir, released on October 29th through Da Capo Press, an imprint of Hachette Books. In this haunting and vivid memoir, Moorer uses her lyrical storytelling powers to share the story of an unthinkable act of violence and ultimate healing through art. Allison Moorer will take the stage at Grimey's to perform songs from Blood on Tuesday, November 5th at 6PM, with signing to follow.
Like the outlaw he defines himself as, Chris Gantry doesn't really fit into any of the classic country singer identities and 50-plus years since he wrote his first and biggest hit, he's still writing and singing, having lived to tell the tale of his serpentine but ultimately joyful path, a Life Well Lived. Now in his mid-70s, Gantry is still a consummate performer and an inveterate writer; in performance he is a lusty, genial man, grateful to have drunk of his experiences, transcendent and ebullient in the moment of singing it. Recorded in Nashville with the legendary engineer Rob Galbraith, Gantry's new album Nashlantis features 11 mesmerizing Gantry performances (a séance with the Human Spirit as the producer puts it) forming a reflection on his long and winding path through this world but the vitality of the songwriting allows the music to rise above simple elegy or denouement. Chris Gantry will join us for a free live performance on the Grimey's stage on Friday, November 1st, at 6PM.
Powerhouse acoustic duo Rob Ickes (dobro) and Trey Hensley (guitar) move beyond the acoustic-centric sound of their previous two releases on new album World Full Of Blues. Working with Grammy-winning producer Brent Maher, the topical album juices up their sound with Hammond B3 and a horn section, along with plenty of grit and a nod to the rootsy side of Americana. The album was recorded live with minimal overdubs; guests include blues great Taj Mahal, who provides his unmistakable mojo to the title track, and country music legend Vince Gill, who joins the Grammy-nominated duo on an inspired rendition of The Grateful Dead's moonshiner song, "Brown-Eyed Women." We're very excited to welcome Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley to Grimey's for a free, all ages in-store performance in celebration of their new album!
Hard to Handle: The Life & Death of the Black Crowes, the first insider biography of this great American rock band, is out now via Da Capo Press. Written by drummer and cofounder Steve Gorman with Steven Hyden, Hard to Handle chronicles the band's history over two decades as it topped the charts and reigned supreme over radio waves with hits like "Hard to Handle", "She Talks to Angels" and "Remedy". Steve Gorman was there for all of it - the drug-filled tours, the tumultuous recording sessions, and the backstage hangs with rock legends. Grimey's is excited to welcome Steve Gorman to the store to read and sign books on Tuesday, October 29, at 6PM, with a discussion to follow, delving into the crazy history of this brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and ultimately legendary band. Grimey himself says "This book is so f*cking good, I can't put it down!!" Don't miss this one, fellow rockers.
Hey GBV heads, we're hosting a listening party for the new album Sweating The Plague this Thursday, October 24th, at 7PM, and it will be hosted by none other than band member Bobby Bare Jr! As you well know, Robert Pollard and his merry men are on a hot streak, one of the hottest tears of their entire 35 year history! Already this year Guided By Voices have released the epic, heavy and rockin' Zeppelin Over China and the tight and concise pure pop masterpiece that is Warp & Woof. Now they are treating us to Sweating The Plague, an album that promises the full realization of Uncle Bob's beloved four P's (pop, punk, psych, prog) over 12 tracks gleaming with goodness. Rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Bobby Bare Jr will bring a couple of cases of beer and a test pressing of the new record, signed by Bob! We'll spin that sucker on the turntable, marvel at the wonder of it all while hoisting cold brews and one lucky attendee will take home the prize - an autographed test pressing of Sweating The Plague signed by Robert Pollard. Be there or be square.
Slider is a rock band from Nashville, TN. Founded in 2014, the band consists of vocalist and guitarist Mariah Schneider, guitarist Marcus Wanner, bassist Kyle Hanson, and drummer Caleb Powell. This powerful four-piece introduces a new sound to rock music, with an enormous variety of influences from driving alternative and punk rock to progressive rock, and stretching as far as jazz and pop. They list as influences a diverse array of artists from Paramore, Brandi Carlile and Halestorm to Rush, Dream Theater, Primus and John Coltrane. In fact Lzzy & Joe of Halestorm are special guest performers at Sliders' official album release show at The Basement on Saturday, October 26th. The new album is called Gravity Waves and will be available on CD and a limited run of vinyl. It's officially out October 25th so get a sneak preview of the album and take home a copy a day early at this free, all ages in-store acoustic performance by Slider on Thursday, October 24th, at 6PM.
Jesse Jarnow is a writer and a DJ on seminal free-form community radio station WFMU in New Jersey. His latest book, Wasn't That a Time: The Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the American Soul came out on Election Day 2018 via Da Capo Press. Recent liner note projects include Grateful Dead LPs of 2/28/69 at the Fillmore East, as well as the Dead at Giants Stadium (both the big box and the standalone release of 6/17/91), the 2019 Woodstock box sets, and the forthcoming Garcia Peoples album. Jarnow also wrote Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America & Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, both of which have been best-sellers here at Grimey's. Jesse Jarnow will join us to discuss his book about the Weavers and how the US government cracked down on progressive voices, blacklisting Pete Seeger and others from mainstream TV and other outlets. He's also happy to discuss the Grateful Dead, about which he is certainly an expert, and Yo La Tengo and indie rock as well, so come out for what's sure to be a fascinating book event at Grimey's. We'll have copies of Jesse's books on hand and he'll sign following the discussion.
Girl to City is a new memoir from songwriter, musician and former Nashville resident Amy Rigby. The book follows Rigby's progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to Manhattan art student; from punk show habitué to fledgling musician to cult singer-songwriter who caused a sensation with 1996 debut solo album Diary Of A Mod Housewife. Set in a ramshackle twentieth century New York world of homemade clubs and bands, through love affairs, temp jobs and motherhood, Girl To City describes the screw-ups and charmed moments it took for a girl in the crowd at CBGB to pick up a guitar and sing her truth on stage. Recommended for anyone who ever imagined trying to make a life out of what they love. Amy Rigby will be on hand at Grimey's to read from Girl To City, play songs and sign books on Tuesday, October 22 at 6PM.
Whoa. We haven't stopped pinching ourselves over Jeff Tweedy coming to Grimey's to play for fans on his recent solo tour where he was also promoting his book. And now he's coming back with the whole gang to play at Grimey's prior to Wilco's show at the Grand Ol' Opry House Sunday night! Wilco are touring in support of their brand new record Ode To Joy, their 11th album overall. The new record is like a salve, a balm for these turbulent times. It's stripped-down and hushed and features some of Tweedy's most direct lyrics. Jeff's worn and weary voice perfectly suits the material and arrangements. It's meant to be taken as a whole, not as individual tunes, and it's another excellent release from camp Wilco.
Wilco will perform at Grimey's at 1:15PM this Sunday, October 20th. A brief signing will follow the performance. Sorry but no photos during the signing. The band is on a tight schedule and we want as many people as possible to get through the line. You will need a wristband to go through the signing line which you can get by buying Ode To Joy on vinyl or CD at Grimey's. Due to the fact that we sold as many wristbands as we have capacity in the store, the wristband is more or less a requirement to get into the show as well. We have completely sold to capacity on these wristbands - we are no longer giving them out with purchase! If you already bought the new Wilco album at Grimey's, please call us (615-226-3811) and we'll sort it out to get you a wristband.
Parking Deets - We have on-site parking available alongside and behind the shop in our parking lot, but there are only so many spaces. We strongly encourage ride sharing, carpooling, walking, biking, or using a scooter, if those are options for you. If you are driving, please be aware that there is an inexpensive pay lot located just behind Waldon Bar/Mickey's Tavern, right around the corner from Grimey's on Gallatin Road. It's a very short walk from that paid parking lot to the store. Additional parking is available on the city streets near the shop, but please note that many of these streets are narrow and become literally impassable when there are cars parked on both sides. We do not want to inconvenience our neighbors, so please be conscious of this by not blocking the street or driveways.
We can't wait to see you this Sunday for what's sure to be an incredible experience with one of our favorite bands!
Droneroom is a drone/experimental project with Blake Conley as the sole member. The project originated in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, where Conley recorded two EPs and two albums under the Droneroom name. Upon moving to Louisville in 2016, Droneroom began performing live and working on new material, eventually leading up to Jesus Year in 2018 to positive reviews. Now signed to Somewherecold Records, Droneroom is releasing a new album called I'll Make It Up To You, I Swear... With special guest Rachel Thode (Slow Glows) showing up on a few tracks with her masterful percussion work, the album is a sonic ride that centers on guitars and guitar loops as only Droneroom can present. Join us for a free, all ages in-store set at Grimey's on Saturday, October 19th, at 5PM, and let's welcome Conley back to Nashville!
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons and Those Damn Crows before them, Nashville power trio Goodbye June are the latest rock'n'roll signing to Earache Records. Fusing hard rock licks with deep South blues and gospel swing, the three cousins (namely Landon Milbourn [vocals], Brandon Qualkenbush [rhythm guitar, backing vocals] and Tyler Baker [lead guitar]) are fuelled by their desire to craft timeless, catchy and anthemic rock songs. The band formed after the death of Tyler's brother in June (hence the band name), vowing to honour his memory with their soulful and life-affirming sound. With two EPs and the well-received debut LP Magic Valleyalready under their belts, the three-piece are releasing their latest LP, entitledCommunity Inn, on October 25th. Goodbye June will play a free, all ages set at Grimey's on Friday, October 18th, at 6PM. We'll have copies of the new album available for sale at the in-store one week before release date.
The Brook & The Bluff is a Birmingham-born, Nashville-based band that has quickly become known for its evocative blend of vocal harmony, soulful air and groovitational pull. These elements are readily apparent in the group's early releases, which have helped spur the band forward. What began as a duo of Joseph Settine and Alec Bolton transformed into the dynamic 4-piece lineup that's become such a dynamic live act with John Canada and Fred Lankford filling out the band. The quartet's first EP was widely successful - from charting on Spotify's US and Canadian Viral 50 playlists to selling out shows across the country. Now the Brook & The Bluff are ready to release their debut album and they'll be heading back out on tour nationwide to support it. The band will celebrate its new album, called First Place, with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's!
Betcha is a new 4-piece rock band out of Nashville with a new EP out now digitally calledFalling. Vinyl is officially out October 25th but we'll have it on hand when Betcha rocks the shop at Grimey's with a free, all ages performance on Monday, October 14th, at 6PM. Irreplaceable chemistry transpires between four musicians. The tried-and-true configuration of a four-piece rock band unlocks an endless array of possibilities. Nashville-based Betcha not only recognizes such limitlessness, but they also leverage it. Ultimately, the quartet breathe new life into this traditional ideal. On their 2019 debut for Atlantic Records, expansive vibes encompass sweetly stoned rock, electronic-backed alternative, and punchy anthems, evoking the power of four.
We're psyched to partner once again with Banana Tapes on their curation of Cassette Store Day in Nashville! We'll have a bunch of exclusive cassettes out on October 12th and we'll feature live music in the shop from 1-5PM. It's all free and all ages. There will also be a slate of live performances at The Groove & The East Room and an after-party dance party at Drkmttr at 8PM. Performing at Grimey's are Lava Gulls, Flesh Eater, Peppermint Boys, BRNDA, Calliope Musicals and pineapple tours. See details about the whole shebang at the Facebook event page and join us for this fun day in celebration of the venerable cassette!
We're thrilled to announce an acoustic performance + signing with Bayside on Wednesday, October 9th. Interrobang, the band's new full-length album, is being released by Hopeless Records on Friday, October 4th, on CD and opaque blue vinyl (Update 10/3: the vinyl has been delayed but should arrive by Wednesday, 10/9 for our event.) Bayside worked with famed producer Cameron Webb (NOFX, Motorhead, Alkaline Trio) to capture the band as they pushed the boundaries of their sound. Lead localist / guitarist Anthony Raneri explains, "we wanted the record to feel exciting and new, but also sound like a natural progression for the band. We just wanted to keep the listener on their toes - there is a ton of information being thrown out - and if you want to take it all in - you can’t stop paying attention for a second.” The result is the heaviest rock album of the band’s career juxtaposed with the most catchy, melodic hooks the band has ever created. Raneri will be joined at Grimey's with lead guitarist Jack O'Shea for a special in-store performance celebrating the release of Interrobang, after which they'll meet fans and sign albums. You can preorder your copy of Interrobang from our website or you can stop by starting on October 4th, to pick up your copy of the album and score a wristband for their post-performance signing.
Kendell Marvel wrote and recorded his new album Solid Gold Sounds in a matter of days, but it took a lifetime in country music to get there. Over the past two decades, Kendell Marvel has become one of the great legendary songwriters in Nashville. For years, he's quietly written massive hits for Country royalty - from George Strait to Jake Owen, Gary Allan to Chris Stapleton - but now has stepped from behind the pen and paper into the studio and spotlight. The result is Solid Gold Sounds - a stellar album that weaves a rich tapestry of deep southern songwriting with the unique gravity and talent Marvel brings as a one-of-a-kind performer. The new project is Marvel's first release for Easy Eye Sound, the Nashville label launched by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Rather than dipping into their own catalogs, Marvel and Auerbach co-wrote nine of the album's 10 songs, rounding out the collection with a lush rendering of the Bee Gees classic, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You." Auerbach co-produced the album with Dave Ferguson (Johnny Cash's American Recordings). As one of the first people to discover Marvel's new creative direction, Ferguson made the necessary introductions that led to creating Solid Gold Sounds. "It was very easy and collaborative," Auerbach says. "These songs had to tell the story about Kendell and his life as a songwriter because I wanted that to be a focus, too. He's not craving the stage or craving the spotlight. This record comes from a humble place, which I really love." Join us to help Kendell Marvel celebrate the release of his new album with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's. The album is officially out October 11th, so you can get the record a few days early at the in-store.
Grammy Award-winning modern American roots band Old Crow Medicine Show spin traditional folk and bluegrass yarns with a rock & roll attitude. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the band may specialize in rags, hollers, and pre-World War II blues, but they were weaned on Nirvana and Public Enemy. Since forming in the late '90s, the band has released six acclaimed studio albums, including 2014's Remedy, which took home the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. They have been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame, toured with Merle Haggard and Marty Stuart, played on NPR's Prairie Home Companion, and logged multiple appearances at high-profile festivals like Bonnaroo, MerleFest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Newport Folk Festival.
For their latest release, OCMS present Live From The Ryman. Honoring the history and traditions of the legendary Ryman Auditorium, Live From The Ryman captures the raucous energy of Old Crow Medicine Show's performances, recorded throughout their many headlining shows on the hallowed ground of Nashville's Mother Church. Margo Price and new Old Crow Medicine Show collaborator Charlie Worsham appear on Live at the Ryman, with Price duetting with the group's Ketch Secor on "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man," the 1973 Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn hit. Join us for a free, all ages in-store performance by Old Crow at the other church - Grimey's! - on Sunday, October 6th, at 1PM.
Live At The Ryman is out October 4th on CD. The vinyl is due out November 22nd. You'll need a wristband to go through the signing line following the live performance. You can purchase a CD to receive a wristband, but if you prefer the vinyl, you can preorder a vinyl copy to receive later and we'll have a special poster you can get signed at the in-store. Either way, preorders are up now if you want to lock it in.
*Note: Wristbands are not required for children 12 years of age or younger if accompanied by a wristbanded adult.
Desert Dove is the new album from Michaela Anne and her first on Yep Roc Records. It was recorded in LA and produced by Sam Outlaw and Kelly Winrich (Delta Spirit). Michaela has been lauded for her timeless voice and narrative depth and this record takes that to the next level. The songwriting is confessional and unforgettable without being saccharin or self-indulgent; the tracks call to mind Michaela's diverse influences - everything from Stevie Nick's powerful voice and Fleetwood Mac's vibey arrangements to the Dixie Chick's incredible balance of conviction and catchiness - all showcasing her stellar voice and distinct vision. Desert Dove is out September 27th and Michaela Anne will stop in Grimey's for a free live performance on Saturday, October 5th, at 5PM. We'll have free beer courtesy of Tennessee Brew Works for those 21+
On the evening of Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00, we're hosting a listening party for the upcoming Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album! Ghosteen will be available as a 2 CD or 2 LP set and is essentially two albums coming at you at once. The songs on the first album are the children. The songs on the second album are their parents. Ghosteen is a migrating spirit. The album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 at Woodshed in Malibu, Nightbird in Los Angeles, Retreat in Brighton and Candybomber in Berlin. It was mixed by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Lance Powell and Andrew Dominik at Conway in Los Angeles. Stop by for a first listen of the album and preorder it while you're here for a Ghosteen postcard and oversized poster. We love Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and cannot wait to give the new album a listen with all of you!
The Dead South, a four-piece acoustic band from Saskatchewan, infuse the traditional trappings of the bluegrass genre with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship. Their sound, build on a taut configuration of cello, mandolin, banjo and guitar, speeds like a train past polite definitions of acoustic music into the grittier, rowdier spaces of the bluegrass world. Currently one of the hottest tickets on both sides of the Atlantic, The Dead South have doubled their draw with each subsequent tour since 2018. 2019 will see the band make their debut at iconic venues and festivals in the USA and UK, Red Rocks and Glastonbury. The story behind their incredibly robust worldwide fanbase is both a modern music biz fairytale and a timeless tale of a band that built their audience show by show, delivering a relentlessly great, high-energy frenzy.
Since their last release, 2016's JUNO Award winning Illusion & Doubt, The Dead South have maintained a formidable touring pace while also finding time to pop up in fitting and meaningful ways, from a contribution to the star-studded bluegrass and Americana Roger Miller tribute album to sweet duets with fellow prairie boy Colter Wall. Their new album Sugar & Joy will be out via Six Shooter Records on October 11th, 2019. Since The Dead South are in Nashville so far in advance of the release, we won't have copies of the new record at their in-store. We will have some of their previous releases and for fans that preorder Sugar & Joy, you'll get an exclusive Grimey's art print, hand-screened with silver foil on heavy stock AND a beer koozie branded just for this event! Preorder link is up now at the Grimey's website. Sorry but we can't ship the posters. These cool items are for those who come to the show.
The band Twen was born and bred in the Boston DIY punk scene, where lead vocalist Jane Fitzsimmons and guitarist Ian Jones met before moving to Nashville. They recorded a live cassette of their first ever show in a Boston basement, called Twen Live, and though it wasn't intended for release, the band have toured the EP nonstop for the last two years. Not only does it document the band's sonic evolution since forming in 2017, but it shows how far they've come. Twen are set to release their debut album, Awestruck, on September 20 via Frenchkiss. We've been hearing the buzz about Twen around town and we're excited to welcome them to Grimey's for a free, all ages performance in celebration of their new album one week after it's released!
We're super stoked to welcome Kelsey Waldon to Grimey's to celebrate her new album
White Noise/White Lines with a free, all ages, in-store performance & album signing! Waldon is the first new artist signed to John Prine's Oh Boy! Records in 15 years.
On her new album Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Kelsey is native of Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky (true story!) She took an interest in singing, songwriting and playing guitar as a child and after moving to Nashville, she earned a college degree and began a slow-burning career, playing opening gigs for fellow Kentuckians like Tyler Childers and touring across the country. That persistence paid off with performance slots on the Grand Ole Opry, an appearance at Bonnaroo, and an invitation to open shows for John Prine in 2018. And now, freshly signed to Oh Boy! Records, Waldon delivers White Noise/White Lines, co-produced by Kelsey and producer/engineer Dan Knobler (Rodney Crowell, Erin Rae, Caroline Spence, Lake Street Dive). "On the record, Waldon stuns with classic country arrangements and blue-collar tales. It's easily the best songwriting of her career." --Paste Magazine.
The new album is officially out October 4th, but we'll have copies of the vinyl & CD for sale at the in-store a week earlier - September 27th, at 6PM. The performance is free and open to all. To go through the signing line following the performance you'll need a wristband, which you can get by buying a record or CD at the in-store or preordering it here. One wristband for each LP or CD purchased. Don't miss this chance to see Kelsey Waldon in the intimate environs of Grimey's record store and get your record personally signed by the artist!
Ride just released their 6th studio album, called This Is Not A Safe Place. It's their second since reforming in 2015. As with their previous album, the highly acclaimed Weather Diaries, Erol Alkan was in the producers chair, whilst career-long collaborator Alan Moulder (with Caesar Edmunds) mixed the album. The album title was inspired by one of the hobo code symbols once used by those who travelled the railroads of the US, and then found in the early artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The phrase clearly resonates with the current state of the world politically and environmentally. This Is Not A Safe Place is arguably the Ride album with the broadest sonic palette thus far. You can hear sounds and styles that span their entire catalogue but, both musically and lyrically, this is clearly an album made by a band who love being back together and who are at the very top of their game. We love the new album and couldn't be more excited to welcome legendary UK band Ride to Grimey's for their first-ever in-store performance with us!
Stone Jack Jones has always been moving. After his family discouraged him from becoming a 5th generation coal miner in West Virginia - then getting out of the Vietnam War due to his epilepsy - Jones basically became a vagabond: A travelling musician with no particular place to go, Jones spent time in Ft. Worth, Baltimore, New York City, and Atlanta before settling in Nashville sometime in the early 90s to take a job with a railroad and raise a family. He kept making music, too, and formed a tight bond with a core group of fellow Music City outsiders, including Lambchop mastermind Kurt Wagner, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, and, crucially, producer-engineer Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney, Bob Dylan). Now, at 70 years old, splitting his time between Paris and Nashville, Black Snake, Jones' fifth album, finds the musician still on the move. Recorded by Moutenot and featuring with a host of Jones' longtime collaborators - including Kyle Hamlett (lylas), Rodrigo Avendano (Coupler, Sun Seeker, Soccer Mommy), Luke Schneider (Margo Price, William Tyler), Lambchop drummer Scott Martin, and producer-musician-songwriter Patrick Damphier - these songs reflect on specific ailments of our times: police brutality, the immigrant crisis, and the general weariness of the human condition, among them. In total, there are three songs of death, two of madness, two of love, and a journey.
We're very pleased to welcome Stone Jack Jones back to Grimey's for a free, live performance in celebration of Black Snake on Wednesday, September 25th, at 6PM.
Black Pumas have been described by radio station KCRW as "Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown", and by one our our store managers as "some real smokin' hot s***"! Though they're just a duo of Adrian Quesada and Eric Burton, they bring more energy and groovy vibes than two mere mortal men should ever be able to deliver. Black Pumas' sound is one that is simultaneously indebted to groovemasters of years past, drawing on influences from Stax to afrobeat and more, but is also forward-thinking and innovative in a way that doesn't make the band at all feel derivative or unoriginal. Black Pumas is one of the best albums released this year. It's been in rotation at Grimey's since its release and we're psyched to welcome this exciting new group out of Austin, TX, onto our Grimey's stage - come by the store and jam to their jams with us on Tuesday, September 24 at 6PM! This event is free and all ages.
We’re so stoked to welcome John Doe of seminal punk band X to Grimey's to talk about his new book More Fun In The New World: The Unmaking & Legacy of LA Punk and sign copies for fans! This book is the sequel to Doe's Grammy-nominated bestseller Under The Big Black Sun. Picking up where that book left off, More Fun in the New World explores the years 1982 to 1987, covering the dizzying pinnacle of L.A.'s punk rock movement as its stars took to the national -- and often international -- stage. Detailing the eventual splintering of punk into various sub-genres, the second volume of John Doe and Tom DeSavia's west coast punk history portrays the rich cultural diversity of the movement and its characters, the legacy of the scene, how it affected other art forms, and ultimately influenced mainstream pop culture. The book also pays tribute to many of the fallen soldiers of punk rock, the pioneers who left the world much too early but whose influence hasn't faded. Along with many returning voices, More Fun in the New World weaves in the perspectives of musicians Henry Rollins, Fishbone, Billy Zoom, Mike Ness, Jane Weidlin, Keith Morris, Dave Alvin, Louis Pérez, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, and Jack Grisham, among others. And renowned artist/illustrator Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Allison Anders, actor Tim Robbins, and pro-skater Tony Hawk each contribute chapters on punk's indelible influence on the artistic spirit. John Doe will talk about his book & read selections followed by a signing. You will need to purchase More Fun In The New World to meet the author and get your book signed.
Music journalist and WXNA honcho Randy Fox will conduct a Q&A with John Doe, who will also talk about his life and his books and will take questions from the audience, followed by the book signing.
As Randy Fox from the East Nashvillian puts it, "Five girls busy killin' it with attitude to burn" Queens of Noise is "estrogen-powered post punk." Queens Of Noise began in a basement as the best rock bands do, trying to work out how to play the song "Queens of Noise" by the teenaged band's heroes The Runaways. The girls thought that a fitting name for a tribute band and they were on their way. Now the covers just pepper their sets of original material that channel the angst and rage, as well as the hopes and dreams of modern life today. We're super stoked to welcome the Queens of Noise back to Grimey's for an in-store performance in celebration of the reissue on vinyl of the Runaways' first two groundbreaking albums (out July 26) as well as the birthdays of founding Runaways members Lita Ford (born on Sept. 19) and Joan Jett (born Sept. 22)! We'll have free beers for those 21+ and free cherry colas, you know, for kids. Don't miss this one, folks. I'll let our friends at the Nashville Scene convince you why - "There's just something about watching a group of teenagers smiling and ripping through a set of classic covers like The Runaways' 'Dead End Justice' that convinces you there's still good in the world." --The Nashville Scene.
Darrin Bradbury writes about the way things really are in America - a singular perspective shaped by a natural gift for storytelling and a sly sense of humor. A self-described folk satirist who has toured the country for more than a decade, Bradbury collects his oddball observations in his newest album, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs. Bradbury grew up in New Jersey with an early interest in performing, partly because of his mother's career as a circus clown. At the age of 7, he felt certain that he would either become a songwriter or a cartoonist. He learned to play guitar as a vessel to tell his stories. By the age of 18, he'd discovered Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and Paul Simon, and decided to hit the road. At 25, he moved to Nashville, to try making it as a songwriter. For three months, he slept in his car in a Walmart parking lot, and developed a local following by playing open mic nights. With a handful of self-funded EPs and albums, Bradbury steadily cultivated a national audience by touring constantly. Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs is Bradbury's first release for ANTI- Records. We're stoked to welcome Darrin Bradbury to Grimey's for an in-store performance on the day his new album is released - Friday, September 20th, at 6PM.