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.
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 noon.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Award-winning guitar virtuoso Molly Tuttle was crowned "Instrumentalist of the Year" at the 2018 Americana Music Awards as well as the Folk Alliance International Song of the Year honor (for "You Didn't Call My Name") and the International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year. She is also an insightful, gifted songwriter who just released her debut full-length When You're Ready, on Nashville imprint Compass Records. Graced with a clear, true voice and a keen melodic sense, the 25-year-old seems poised for a long and exciting career. When You're Ready, produced by Ryan Hewitt (The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers), showcases her astonishing range and versatility and shows that she is more than simply an jaw-dropping instrumentalist. Rarely has an artist won as many awards as Tuttle without releasing a record but, as American Songwriter notes, "Molly Tuttle was right to take time before releasing her first complete album. The production, playing and songwriting coalesce into a striking statement that shows an already developed artist well on her way to the next level of her still nascent career." Molly Tuttle will join us for a free, all ages in-store performance on Tuesday, April 30th, at 6PM!
For over a decade, guitarist/vocalist Steve Gunn has been one of American music's most pivotal figures - conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes both live and on record, releasing revered solo albums ranking high on in-the-know end of year lists, alongside exploratory collaborations with artists as diverse as Mike Cooper, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman (whose most recent studio album he produced). Gunn is known for telling other people's stories, but on his breakthrough fourth album, The Unseen In Between, he explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date. Produced by frequent collaborator James Elkington and engineered by Daniel Schlett, the immaculately recorded Unseen forces a reassessment of Gunn's standing in the pantheon of the era's great songwriters. Join us for a free, all ages live performance by Steve Gunn at Grimey's on Monday, April 29th, at 3PM. Please note the earlier than usual time. We'll have free Lagunitas beers for 21+ types and free snacks for everyone!
Teddy & the Rough Riders have a brand new single out and we're stoked to welcome them to Grimey's to burn up the stage in celebration! With roots deep in psychedelia, the group stripped back all the trimmings to a Velvets rhythm section and steeped it in a Music Row dive bar for their own brand of country rock with pop smarts that is precise, well-educated and completely self-aware. The Teddys' sound is country that, somewhat paradoxically, lives and breathes in the city. So, it is fitting that their A-side single "I Found Somethin'" throws down a strong psych card, with bassist Ryan Jennings' vocals leading us through a vibrant and playfully painted scene filled with a can of worms, desk drugs and big wet dogs. The second track "Neon Cowboy", guided this time by guitarist Jack Quiggins, dives down a rabbit hole of self-reflection and social questioning, with Luke Schneider's atmospheric pedal steel and Nick Swafford's always-tasteful drums giving it real backbone. For fans of The Byrds, Link Wray and CCR. You don't want to miss this one folks.
Josh Ritter's new album 'Fever Breaks' was produced by Jason Isbell and features Jason, Amanda Shires and contributions from the 400 Unit. Sounds like a match made in heaven, doesn't it?! Rolling Stone calls the collaboration "...classic Ritter on Muscle Shoals-bred steroids." The album was recorded by engineer-of-the-moment Matt Ross-Spang (Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine, Anderson East) and will be out on Friday, April 26th. Josh Ritter will perform a live set at Grimey's in celebration on release day!
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th, at 10AM, stop in Grimey's to preorder your copy of 'Fever Breaks' and you'll receive a wristband guaranteeing you get in for Ritter's live performance at 6PM on Friday, April 26th. The CD is $10.99 and the indie exclusive coke bottle clear vinyl is $18.99. We will take preorders in person at Grimey's on Wednesday and Thursday, then this Friday, April 12th, at 10AM you can preorder online at https://www.grimeys.com/preorders/josh-ritter to lock in your spot.
Josh Ritter and Jason Isbell toured together in 2016 and discovered a special musical connection. That led to Ritter asking Isbell to produce this new record. Isbell said yes, but having not produced an album in a few years, he had doubts that he could pull off the project "without dropping the ball." After some thought (and a conversation with Shires, who is a long-time fan of Josh's), he told Ritter he'd come onboard if they could record in Nashville with the 400 Unit and the engineer of his choice, terms to which Ritter readily agreed. And we get this stellar new album as a result! Don't miss your chance to see Josh Ritter perform an intimate set at Grimey's. The performance will be followed by a signing and you will need a wristband to go through the signing line.
We are over the moon to announce that Steve Earle will perform at Grimey's in celebration of his new album GUY - Earle's tribute to one of his mentors and heroes and one of the greatest songwriters ever - Guy Clark. We've always wanted to have Steve Earle play at Grimey's and it's finally happening! Stop in now at Grimey's to buy GUY on Indie Exclusive blue vinyl ($23.99) or CD ($13.99) to get your wristband guaranteeing you'll get in for the live performance on Thursday, April 25th, at 6PM, and get your record or CD signed! The super limited TX To TN pressing is now sold out.
Steve Earle was nineteen and had just hitchhiked from San Antonio to Nashville in 1974. Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were you had to be in there. Guy Clark had moved to Nashville and if you were from Texas, Guy Clark was king. Flash forward more than forty years. In the fall of 2018, Steve and The Dukes went into House Of Blues studio in Nashville and recorded GUY in six days. 'I wanted it to sound live...When you've got a catalog like Guy's and you're only doing sixteen tracks, you know each one is going to be strong.' Earle and his current, perhaps best-ever Dukes lineup, take on these songs with a spirit of reverent glee and invention. But in the end Guy leads the listener back to its beginning, namely Guy Clark, which is what any good 'tribute' should do. Guy is a saga of friendship, its ups and downs, what endures. We are lucky that Earle remembers and honors these things, because like old friends, Guy is a diamond.
Steve Earle will sign copies of GUY after his performance on April 25th. You must have a wristband to go through the signing line. We are taking orders at Grimey's now and you can place an order from our website One wristband per piece (1 LP = 1 wristband/1 CD = 1 wristband). This is gonna be awesome so don't delay.
I know he's been an East Nashville fixture for a while and he's been in the new shop several times but I'm still OVER THE MOON that Robyn Hitchcock is going to play the new Grimey's stage in celebration of his new double A side 7-inch release on Tiny Ghost Records! About the recordings: After carefully scanning wider Tennessee for local Beatles freaks, Hitchcock found Buddy Hughen, Patrick Sansone and Ryan Brewer to back him on these new tracks, which we were recorded in Nashville in December 2018. "Sunday Never Comes" was written for the feature film 'Juliet Naked' and has previously only been heard as a demo. "Take Off Your Bandages" is a psychedelic manifesto for the current era, inspired by the activism of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School. And to make this even sweeter Robyn will be joined by the Nashville Fabs - Buddy Hughen, Pat Sansone and Jon Radford! Join us for this rare, full-band in-store performance by Robyn Hitchcock at Grimey's.
Our good friends from Bowling Green have a new album out this Friday called Social Cues and you could get your copy signed by Cage The Elephant and get a chance to meet the band at Grimey's this Saturday!
Starting this Friday, April 19th, at 10AM, stop in Grimey's and buy Social Cues on vinyl ($22.99) or CD ($11.99) and you'll receive a wristband that guarantees you get to go through the signing line on Saturday. You must have a wristband to meet the band and get your records and CDs autographed. Please keep it to no more than 2 items to be signed and only records or CDs (i.e. please do not bring musical instruments, t-shirts, etc.). Sorry but no selfies with the band. You may take pictures of the signing in general but time does not allow for individual photos with band members.
To make it easier for folks from outside Nashville, you may also buy Social Cues online to lock in your wristband here but only on release day - Friday, April 19th (starting at 10am). You can also purchase an LP or CD on Friday or Saturday on site at Grimey's to get your wristband.
Social Cues is the fifth studio album from Cage The Elephant. Recording took place in both Nashville (Battle Tapes Recording, Blackbird Studio) and Los Angeles (The Village Recording Studio), and production was handled by John Hill, known for his work with Florence and the Machine and Portugal. The Man. Social Cues was written while frontman Matt Shultz was grappling with the dissolution of a relationship. In an effort to better sort through everything, he "explored the hidden recesses of his psyche, creating characters to tell different parts of his personal story," according to a statement. The new album follows Cage The Elephant's Grammy-winning Tell Me I'm Pretty from 2015, and live album Unpeeled from 2017. Rolling Stone is already saying Social Cues is the band's best yet. Check out the new video for “Ready to Let Go”.
Born in the heart of the New Mexico desert, Buffalo Blood is an international collaboration with Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens joining forces with three acclaimed US musicians - Grammy-nominated Neilson Hubbard and his fellow Neighborhoods Apart Productions/ Orphan Brigade members, Johsua Britt and Audrey Spillman. A powerful, self-titled debut album is out on UK label Eel Pie Records, with songs of displacement, immigration and refugees, bound by a belief in the power of art and the human spirit to connect us all. Buffalo Blood will be available on translucent red double vinyl with gatefold at Grimey's for the in-store, a US exclusive! Join us to catch what Paul Sexton of the BBC calls "an Americana supergroup for 2019."
All of our orders for the exclusive Record Store Day releases are in! Check the list of what's coming out on April 13th here and make your plans to join us at Grimey's for the big day. We are excited to welcome Anderson East and Alanna Royale to perform here in the afternoon for Record Store Day! Both have RSD releases and will celebrate with us at Grimey's. Just added to the bill: SUSTO, who will be fresh off of their show at the Basement East on Friday, April 12! Live performances will begin at 3PM. We'll have the Smoke Et Al gourmet BBQ food truck on site and free beer(!) for all 21+ attendees, plus our usual outdoor sale full of ridiculously cheap records & CDs, our friends and community partners like WXNA and our new neighbors Anaconda Vintage will be in the mix and more! Grimey's will open at 9AM. Stay tuned for more details about the big day.
Formed in 2015, Nashville based rock band The Prescriptions have quickly become a "must see" act in the southeastern regional music scene. Following the release of their EP 'Either Side' in 2016, they has maintained a healthy performance schedule while continuing to move forward musically. On April 5th, 2019 the band will be releasing their first full length LP "Hollywood Gold" on Single Lock Records.
"Hollywood Gold, which is due out April 5th, 2019, demonstrates a considerable breadth in Hays Ragsdale Ragsdale's writing, ranging from Laurel Canyon folk rock and Americana to echoes of vibey new wave and power pop." --Billboard Magazine.
Kyle Hamlett has fronted Nashville art-rock band lylas for nearly 15 years. On Nowhere Far, his first proper solo album, he invokes the strange chamber of acoustic textures present in early lylas material, yet charged with his current sense of sonic adventure. Acousti-kraut chugs sidle up to fingerstyle drone poems and half remembered reveries. Throughout, Hamlett keeps one eye on the human experience and one eye deeply inward. Mysterious and inquisitive, questions are answered with even stranger questions. Recorded in tandem with Jeremy Ferguson at Battletapes Studios and Jake Davis at Sweetblood Sound, Nowhere Far suggests that sometimes to get the farthest out, one simply has to look inside. We're excited to welcome Kyle Hamlett back to Grimey's for an in-store performance in celebration of his new solo album. Our old pal and former Grimey's staffer Sam Fuller-Smith aka Whisperer will also be joining Kyle for this performance. Kyle Hamlett Uno will perform at Halcyon Bike shop the following day, Saturday, March 30th.
John Paul White has a new album out April 12th called The Hurting Kind. We're excited to announce that he'll perform an acoustic set at Grimey's on Tuesday, March 26th, at 6PM! To make sure you get in for this intimate live performance, we'll begin taking preorders for the new record starting Thursday, March 7th, at 10AM. With each preorder, you'll receive a wristband guaranteeing you get in for the performance. All customers who preorder The Hurting Kind will also receive a limited edition poster which you'll be able to get signed after the performance on March 26th. You must have a wristband to go through the signing line. We are taking preorders in person at Grimey's through the weekend. If slots are still available we will begin taking preorders over the phone on Monday, March 11th, at 10AM (615-226-3811), as well as via our webstore. Space is limited so preorder today to guarantee you get in & get to meet John Paul White!
The Hurting Kind, White’s third solo record, follows The Long Goodbye and Beulah. His music has drawn audiences deep, with fans of indie rock, folk, and Americana, now able, once again, to get together under one (vaulted) roof here at the record shop to enjoy his songcraft. The Hurting Kind pulls from “the lush, orchestrated” sound prevalent in Nashville’s country music from decades past but still has an urgency in contemplating such matters as “overwhelming love, unraveling relationships, or the fading memory of a loved one.”
Since the album is released in mid-April, we will not have stock available at the in-store on March 26th. You will receive a special, limited edition poster at the in-store to get signed by John Paul White. He will also sign copies of his other solo LPs. Starting April 12th, you can pick up your vinyl and CDs of The Hurting Kind at Grimey's at your convenience. We're very excited to welcome John Paul White back to Grimey's!
Our old pals Lambchop are back with a brand new album called This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You), out this Friday, March 22nd. They've freshened up the band's lineup and process yet again, yielding a groovy, relaxed and even soothing recording. As with 2012's engrossing Mr. M and 2016's staggering Flotus, Kurt Wagner's openness to unexpected collaborators to give his thoughts and feelings the shape they need was central to the creation of This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You). In the summer of 2017, Wagner re-met Matthew McCaughan, who has spent the last decade drumming for the likes of Bon Iver and Hiss Golden Messenger. McCaughan told Wagner he had been adventuring inside the world of rack-mounted analogue synthesizers and asked if Wagner might send some vocals to which he could compose. They became instant musical pen pals, with Wagner sending him a cappella takes of new song ideas and McCaughan dispatching long-form synthesizer pieces for inspiration. McCaughan eventually headed to Nashville, where, together, they put the band behind the songs, using pedal steel and piano and the harmonica of Nashville legend Charlie McCoy to color in the spaces of these black-and-white sketches. It's an intoxicating brew that's got us all tingling with excitement about the fact that Kurt and the boys will join us this Sunday, March 24th, for an intimate in-store performance at 1PM. You don't want to miss this one, folks.
David Mead just released his first new solo album in 8 years(!) called COBRA PUMPS. Although he's remained busy with projects like Elle Macho, his collaboration with Butterfly Boucher and Lindsay Jamieson, and Davey Ukelele & The Gag Time Gang, a supergroup masquerading as a merry kids band (in addition to Mead, the lineup includes Swan Dive's Bill DeMain, Brother Henry's David Henry and The Mavericks' Paul Deakin), there's nothing like the catchy pop-rock and mature songwriting of his solo records. According to David - "When it came time to figure how to release COBRA PUMPS, I needed money and, out of habit, approached a few different music business people for help. After a few slightly bizarre meetings in which algorithmically-induced metrics and social media compliance were discussed with a ferocity once reserved for killer hooks and Led Zeppelin, I deduced that I simply don't fit into the industry anymore, if I ever did. It now requires very different skill sets than the ones I have spent my life attempting to master. And that is OK with me..." Mead needn't worry. His new album is packed with great lyrics, melodies and hooks. It's vintage David Mead. We're excited to welcome David back to Grimey's to play his new songs on our new stage! It's been too long so I hope you'll join us in welcoming David Mead back.
Mumford & Sons are coming to Nashville on Friday, March 22nd, to play Bridgestone Arena with the most ambitious show they've yet mounted. Do you miss the stripped-down presentation of old? Well you'll get your chance to see Mumford & Sons do their thing on the intimate Grimey's stage earlier in the afternoon on March 22nd, at 3PM! This is the 2nd time the guys have graced us with a live performance for Grimey's customers and we couldn't be more stoked (and grateful). This is a free performance and no purchase is required but space is limited. While supplies last, stop by Grimey's starting tomorrow, Friday, March 1st, at 10AM, to pick up your wristband guaranteeing you entry to the Mumford & Sons in-store.
UPDATE: All wristbands for Mumford & Sons at Grimey’s are GONE. This event is SOLD OUT.
Oh man are we excited to announce that Jeff Tweedy will stop in the shop for a solo performance on the Grimey's stage! He's in town to play the James K. Polk Theater at TPAC on Wednesday, March 20th (some tickets to that show are still available here) and will also perform a solo set at Grimey's earlier that same day, at 12noon. Tweedy is on tour to promote his recent solo album WARM and his book Let's Go (So We Can Get Back). To ensure you get in for this intimate performance, you can buy Jeff's album on vinyl or CD at Grimey's, or pick up a copy of his book here. For each CD, LP or book purchased, you will receive a wristband that guarantees you'll get in for the performance. We will begin giving out wristbands with purchase on Friday, March 15th, at 10AM. Initially, you must come to Grimey's in person to get a wristband. Starting Sunday, March 17th, at Noon, you'll be able to secure a wristband by ordering the album or book online via our web store! Space is limited so don't delay!
As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco, and before that the cofounder of the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music's most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994, Jeff has written original songs for ten Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. In 2014, he released Sukierae, a musical collaboration with his son, drummer Spencer Tweedy. He has produced a trio of albums for iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples. And now he has written a compelling memoir that chronicles his (mostly) musical endeavors and lessons learned while capturing his personality so well you can't help but hear the author's warm, familiar voice leaping off the page. Tweedy also recently released his first-ever solo album WARM, containing his most personal songs yet. It's kind of audio companion to the book. WARM was produced and recorded entirely by Jeff at Chicago's now legendary studio, The Loft (with help from some of his usual collaborators - Spencer Tweedy, Glenn Kotche and Tom Schick). Don't miss this chance to see one of America's greatest artists in the intimate environs of Grimey's Records.
Halfnoise is the project of Paramore drummer Zac Farro. He developed the trippy synth/psych-pop sound of Halfnoise after his departure from Paramore in 2010. Halfnoise mixes dance-ready indie rock with sunny, '60s-style melodies and swirling instrumentals, drawing up a wide array of influences from the Beach Boys to Tame Impala, Sigur Ros, and U2. After releasing two albums and an EP, Farro reconnected with his old pals in Paramore and re-joined the band, releasing a new Halfnoise EP "Flowerss" in 2018. Zac now performs some Halfnoise songs during Paramore's live sets as well as continuing to record and tour as Halfnoise. He's bringing his live show to town to play the Basement East on Friday, March 15th, and will grace us with a free, all ages live set at Grimey's the following day, Saturday, March 16th, at 5PM.