Grammy winner Rodney Crowell has a new album out on August 16th featuring an all-star cast. The album is called TEXAS and it features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more. the 11 tracks on TEXAS represent not just a fresh batch of weathered poetry from one of Americana's finest craftsmen, but also an iconic singer-songwriter letting loose with his friends.
"For the last few years, I'd been writing Texas-centric songs and revisiting some of my tunes from as far back as the mid-seventies," Crowell explains. "Last year, I started referring to the collection of songs as the TEXAS album."
Crowell had it in mind to record one of the album's tracks with Texas native Steve Earle, he says, and had also intended to work with fellow Houstonian and ZZ Top front man Billy F Gibbons for years. But after finally setting dates to get those projects done, the list of guest performers grew ... and grew. Twangy two steppers stand alongside hard-driving blues rockers and dusty cowboy ballads, sharing time with windblown prairie gems, quirky spoken-word compositions and historically-charged singalongs. Each one is defined by Crowell's famously sharp, vivid storytelling and authentic vernacular, with collaborators like Rogers counting themselves lucky to be along for the ride.
Rodney Crowell will join us for an in-store performance at Grimey's on Tuesday, September 17th, at 6PM to celebrate. Starting now you can purchase a copy of TEXAS on vinyl ($15.99) or CD ($9.99) at the shop or on the Grimey's website to secure your wristband guaranteeing you get in for the in-store and a spot in the post-performance signing line. The web order link is live and right here. Please note - we are not mailing out wristbands. If you order online you have secured your spot and you'll get your wristband and your record or CD when you come to Grimey's anytime! Or you can wait until the day of the event (Sept 17) and get your wristband and records when you arrive for the show.
Grammy winner Rodney Crowell has a new album out on August 16th featuring an all-star cast. The album is called TEXAS and it features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Ronnie Dunn, Billy F Gibbons, Randy Rogers, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Ringo Starr and more. the 11 tracks on TEXAS represent not just a fresh batch of weathered poetry from one of Americana's finest craftsmen, but also an iconic singer-songwriter letting loose with his friends.
The Minks are Nashville's "psychedelic-bloos" band, heavy on the rock and roll. We're talking low-down, all the way, purse-lipped, eyes-shut, head-whirling kind of rock and roll. The band's palpable sound has roots in every music fan's top ten-from Lou to Patti to Creedence to Hank. Mixed with raw, jangly instrumentation and soulful saccharine vocals, it's as much a throwback as it is an answer to the often overlooked underbelly of Nashville's rock and roll scene. Frontwoman Nikki Barber hightailed it to Music City a few years back in hopes of pursuing her musical birthright. With just a guitar and a dream, she created The Minks because she had to. It was this "create or combust" determination, and a little help from her friends, that made her vision a reality. With a few hundred miles, a couple of EPs, some new faces, and a slew of local buzz under their belts, the band sets out to release their first full-length record, Light and Sweet, this Fall and tour for forever. We're excited to welcome The Minks to Grimey's for a free, all ages live performance on Wednesday, September 19th, at 6PM. They play at the High Watt the following night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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+
September is here and twang is in the air as we enjoy the annual Americana Fest in Nashville! This is our 12th year hosting Americanarama, our annual day party on the Saturday of the festival. We'll have live music inside and out, plus our friends at Living Waters Brewery and Anaconda Vintage will join us in creating a fun vibe over the whole campus. Here's the lineup of free live performances:
2PM - Orville Peck
3PM - Paul Cauthen
4PM - The Caldwell Singers
5PM - Kacy & Clayton
1:30PM - Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert
2:30PM - Them Coulee Boys
3:30PM - The Shootouts
4:30PM - Judy Blank
In addition to the kick-ass live music, we'll have the Smoke Et Al gourmet BBQ food truck, plus community partners Headcount, The Nashville Public Library & YEAH! will all join us. Our neighbors Anaconda Vintage and Living Waters Brewing are getting in the on the act as well so make sure to check out their fine establishments right here on the Grimey's campus. I'd also like to thank Mountain Valley Spring Water for supplying all the free water you can drink (it's gonna be hot!) and Lagunitas Brewing for providing free beer for all 21+ attendees! Americanarama is free and all ages. No wristband or badge required so come on out and enjoy a fun day of live music and beer drinking and good eats. And thanks to the Americana Music Association for creating such a great festival!
Nashville-based performer Jeremy Ivey has operated in the background for years, initially performing in bands like Secret Handshake and country-soul group Buffalo Clover with his wife, celebrated country-rock luminary Margo Price. But now Ivey is ready to take a much-deserved step into the spotlight with a debut LP, The Dream and the Dreamer, on venerable indie label Anti- Records. Recorded in a "little bitty house studio" in Nashville and produced by Price, the nine-song album hosts a collection of homespun, deeply introspective tracks. Ivey, who writes prolifically and cites everyone from the Beatles to Neil Young to Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan as influences. Unlike his country-soul aesthetic in Buffalo Clover, which disbanded in 2013, Ivey's solo material is much more straightforward yet still travels through a wide spectrum of classic folk, gently frayed psychedelia, pop, and yes, even a bit of Southern rock and Americana. Ivey is invested in his own version of the American Dream-specifically, offering up a melting pot of genres, ideas, and stories. "The best thing I could say is that I'm trying to fill the holes that I can see in the scene," he says. "Whether it be Americana or country or rock or whatever. There's a certain type of song that isn't being written."
Jeremy Ivey and band will play a live set at Grimey's on the day his new record is released - Friday, September 13th, at 6PM. Preorder the vinyl ($18.99) or CD ($10.99) for your wristband to go through the signing line after the performance and get your record autographed. You can place your preorder in person at Grimey's and get your wristband right away or you can preorder online and pick up your wristband and records on Friday the 13th, when the album is released.
Who doesn't like free tacos?!?! On Friday, September 13th, at noon, our pals at Yep Roc Records are providing the Florinda’s Cocina taco truck at Grimey's with free tacos for everyone, while supplies last! Yep Roc recording artist Mapache will perform live at the taco truck for your entertainment. Florinda's will start serving tacos at noon. Mapache will play around 12:10pm and will perform a 30-minute set. Free lunch and a free live show during Americana Fest? Hell yeah!
We're so excited to have Shawn Colvin play her first-ever in-store at Grimey's during Americana Fest week! She has a brand new acoustic recording of her 1989 debut Steady On coming out September 13th and will perform songs and meet fans the day before - Thursday, September 12th, at 6PM. You need to purchase the new Steady On 30th Anniversary Acoustic Edition on vinyl or CD at Grimey's for your wristband to go through the signing line after the live performance. No purchase necessary to come in and watch the show, only to meet Shawn Colvin.
Three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin stopped the industry in its tracks with her arresting 1989 debut, Steady On, a stunning introduction to an artist who quickly established herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. The album was lauded for its confessional songwriting and delicate, provocative vocals. Steady On was awarded the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and Colvin swiftly amassed a dedicated and passionate fanbase. To mark the album's 30th anniversary, Colvin has re-recorded it with just her voice and guitar, stripping each song to the core, her songwriting masterclass on full display. She brings a 30-year lens to her treasured songs, casting new light on the stories she first told as a young artist. Colvin has always been hailed as an exemplary solo acoustic performer and these new recordings are a brilliant showcase for her enduring artistry.
Rediscovered Texas singer-songwriter Will Beeley will be interviewed by Nashville music journalist Edd Hurt, followed by a brief live performance. Here's why you should be here for this historic event.
Released in 1979 on a tiny imprint of a storied Southern-soul label, Will Beeley’s album Passing Dream disappeared without a trace in the era of disco, Elvis Costello and The Clash. These days you hear about a lot of obscure records getting the reissue treatment from labels that tout them as neglected classics. In the case of Will Beeley’s Passing Dream and its 1971 precursor, Gallivantin’, the claims for classic status are justified. Gallivantin’, which appeared on a Texas label called North Park Records, was an auspicious debut from a very skillful, very original Texas singer-songwriter--born in California, raised in San Antonio--who played his Guild guitar as precisely as he delivered his warm, understated vocals. Beeley showed off his roots in folkiedom on the record’s covers of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” and Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Little Wheel Spin and Spin” and “Co’dine.” Meanwhile, Beeley’s originals were the work of a keen student of songwriting who had soaked up the techniques of the masters: Dylan, Guy Clark, Jack Clement, Wayne Carson, Fred Neil, Mickey Newbury, Dallas Frazier, and many others. Passing Dream, which was cut in 1974 and 1977 at Malaco Records in Jackson, Miss., with a crack band of session cats, is one of the great lost outlaw-country albums. But it’s more than that. With its nods to Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, soul music and big-sky country music, Passing Dream evokes everyone from Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham to Guy Clark and Don Williams. At least one song on this perfect album, “I Saw Jesus Peekin’ thru a Hole in the Sky,” should have been a major hit.
Tompkins Square, an American label noted for its good taste in old records they reissue with loving care, put out new editions of Beeley’s two ‘70s albums in 2017, to universal acclaim. In particular, Passing Dream is a pleasantly addictive record--very easy to take, but tough stuff. The first time I heard Passing Dream I knew it was a masterpiece, but its release, on the Malaco imprint Southern Biscuit, failed to make Will Beeley a star. As usual, there’s a complex backstory. Will retired from the music business in the 1980s, put down his guitar, became a long-haul trucker, worked the wide-open American road with his wife by his side. After the reissues hit, he began cutting his first new album in 40 years in Texas with producer Jerry David DeCicca. Released by Tompkins Square in June 2019, Highways & Heart Attacks follows up from where Passing Dream made a temporary stop. It’s one of the finest comeback albums I know, and a deeply American experience. I’m honored to be the guest of the folks at Grimey’s in Nashville on Thurs., Sept. 12, during AmericanaFest week, when I’ll sit down with Will Beeley and talk to him about his remarkable career. Will also says he’ll play us a few songs on his Guild, which he’s picked up again. I hope you’ll join us. --Edd Hurt.
On his new album, Ideal Man, Andrew Combs worked with producer/engineer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker) to achieve a more raw, direct sound. The collection was captured live in Cohen's Brooklyn studio, with compact arrangements fueled by taut, elastic grooves. While Combs may be best known as a singer/songwriter in the classic 1970s Laurel Canyon sense, he proves the true versatility of his work here, often setting his acoustic aside in favor of atmospheric synthesizers and distorted electric guitars. Combs worked with some of his favorite writers on the album, including Dylan LeBlanc, Jeff Trott, Joe Henry, and Kenny Childers, but the stories he tells here are deeply personal and remarkably vulnerable. A sense of danger and violence underlies the entire record, much as it does the entire country, but it only serves to make the moments of beauty and connection here that much more poignant. Life is short and the clock is ticking. Andrew Combs doesn't plan to waste a second.
Join us during Americana Fest week when Andrew Combs will play his new songs live at Grimey's and you'll be able to get the new record a week early! Ideal Man is officially out September 20th but we'll have the indie-only color vinyl and CDs available at the in-store on September 11th. You'll need to purchase the new album at Grimey's to go through the signing line after the performance. You can go ahead and lock that in now if you like by preordering online on our website.
Fred Neil influenced, inspired, and mentored a generation of musicians and songwriters whose names echo in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was considered the King of the MacDougal Street/ Greenwich Village folksingers. But who was Fred Neil? Of all his contemporaries, Neil was the most mysterious and misunderstood. He's probably best known for his song "Everybody's Talkin'", a big hit for Harry Nilsson when it was featured in the movie Midnight Cowboy. After "Everybody's Talkin'", Neil's best-known songs are "Other Side of this Life" and "The Dolphins", which were later recorded by several artists, including Linda Ronstadt, It's a Beautiful Day, The The, Billy Bragg, Beth Orton, and Tim Buckley, and The Jefferson Airplane for whom Neil was a major influence. Neil was a frequent visitor to The Jefferson Airplane's Haight Ashbury House at 2400 Fulton Street. Neil reminded Grace Slick of Winnie the Pooh, her name for him was "Poohneil" The Airplane song "The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil" was written for Fred Neil. Though highly regarded by contemporary folk singers, Neil was reluctant to tour and spent much of the last 30 years of his life assisting with the preservation of dolphins.
Author Peter Lee Neff was a musician for twenty-five years, growing up in South Florida, where he followed the burgeoning folk music scene in the mid-'60s, saw Fred Neil perform, and eventually played on the same stages that Fred did. Moving to Nashville in 1979, Peter continued playing music while writing movie reviews and presenting them as an on-air personality for WPLN, the NPR affiliate in Music City. Neff has written the definitive book on Fred Neil - That's The Bag I'm In - and he'll join us to discuss the book and Fred Neil's career. We'll have music journalist Edd Hurt on hand to interview Neff as well and the author will sign books following the Q&A.
Daniel Tashian has been a Nashville treasure for years. From his T-Bone Burnett-produced solo debut on Elektra to his long-running band the Silver Seas (originally known as The Bees), he's been making incredible music for decades. He co-wrote the number one song "Hometown Girl" for Josh Turner and garnered cuts with Billy Currington, Martina McBride, Charles Kelley, Sara Evans, and Tenille Townes. His latest and greatest achievement is co-producing Kacey Musgraves' award-winning album Golden Hour, the Grammy-winning Album Of The Year, which was also the CMA Album Of The Year.
So what does Tashian do next? Release a wonderful album of songs for children called I Love Rainy Days! The album is inspired by his three daughters Tigerlily, Matilda and Tinkerbell, who make appearances on each track throughout the album. Daniel will grace us with a special "juice:30" live performance of these fun kids' songs on Saturday, September 7th, at 11AM. It's totally free and family-friendly. We'll have free juice boxes for the kiddos and fun, feel-good vibes for everyone. We'll have vinyl copies of I Love Rainy Days for sale and Daniel Tashian will perform selections from the album with a full band in public for the first time! Grab the kids and join us, won't you?
Since coming together in 2015, Nashville four-piece The Medium have crafted melodic, intricate pop rock tailor-made for summer nights and sweaty house shows. Comprising Sam Silva, Shane Perry, Michael Brudi and Jared Hicks, The Medium met by happenstance in and around Nashville, and have spent the intervening years playing live and honing their sound, which pulls from the best of '60s pop and psychedelia, '70s rock and current day lo-fi and DIY. The Medium are set to release their debut LP Get It While It's Hot and they're coming to rock the house at Grimey's with a free, all ages live performance on release day - Friday, September 6ht, at 6PM. The band wrote the songs for the album in 2016 at their shared home, the Chapel House, and finished recording the tracks in the summer of 2018 in a buddy's garage and at their own home, with production from friend and frequent collaborator Jake Davis, another Nashvillian known for his work with Rainsticks, Teddy and the Rough Riders, Skyway Man, and others.
Powerhouse Texas singer-songwriter Kimberly Kelly is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her EP Don't Blame It On Me with a special release of the EP on 10" vinyl and she'll be hitting the Grimey's stage for a free, all ages in-store performance on Thursday, August 26th, at 6PM to celebrate! Songs from the EP were debuted on WSM and featured on CMT Next Women Of Country as well as in Rolling Stone Country's 10 Best Songs of the Week. Things are happening for Kelly. She recently signed to Nashville's Thirty Tigers for her upcoming new full length album and other artists from Radney Foster to Billy Joe Shaver are fans. Join us and catch this up and coming artist live and score a limited 10" vinyl of the EP that got her here.
Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin' American roots and rock band founded by Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas/banjo) and Caitlin Doyle-Smith (vocals/percussion). Established in 2012, and based in East Nashville, TN, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and syncopated tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral: a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints. Smooth Hound Smith have a new album out on August 9th called Dog In A Manger. Join us on Wednesday, August 28th, at 6PM, to celebrate with a free, all ages live performance at Grimey's! Smooth Hound Smith will also perform at Live On The Green on Sept 1st and will be back in town for Americana Fest Sept 10-15.
Hardcore merchants Knocked Loose are set to release their 2nd full-length album A Different Shade Of Blue on August 23rd. The Kentucky band made a big splash with their 2016 debut album, Laugh Tracks, packing a powerful punch thanks to a combination of hardcore, metal, and punk. Fit for an Autopsy guitarist Will Putney, who produced Laugh Tracks, is back at the helm for A Different Shade of Blue. The album contains 12 songs, including first offering "...And Still I Wander South." In a press release, singer Bryan Garris said the single "is about wanting to move on, or better yourself for whatever reason, but you keep going back to the same old thing. Whether that be depression or whatever you may be going through. You always wander back to the same mindset." We're stoked to welcome Knocked Loose to Grimey's for their first in-store performance with us, in celebration of their new album on the day after it's released! Starting Friday, August 23rd, when we open at 10AM, you can stop in Grimey's and get your wristband when you purchase either the vinyl or CD for the Knocked Loose album and you'll be set for the show on Saturday. Purchase of the record is required to go through the signing line after the performance. One wristband per LP or CD purchased. The band will also sign other items but you must buy their new album at Grimey's to meet the band. Thanks.
We'll be spinning Tanya Tucker's new record While I'm Livin' in the shop and enjoying tasty pizzas and cold beer (for those 21+ w/ valid ID). Plus we'll also be giving away signed copies of the new album on vinyl and CD, as well as a Fantasy Records t-shirt and a 3'x3' Tanya Tucker art board. Everyone who purchases the record in the shop will also receive a signed copy of the CD sleeve (while supplies last). While I'm Livin' was produced by Brandi Carlile & Shooter Jennings. It's Tanya Tucker's first album of all new music in 17 years and signals the return of this country music icon. "This album is a musical biography of sorts narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash. When the kids heard Cash stripped down on "American Recordings" they knew where their outlaw country music came from. When they hear Tanya stripped down on "While I'm Livin'", they'll know it again." - Brandi Carlile
Tanya Tucker is playing a sold out show at the Exit/In the night before release (Thursday, August 22nd) and Grimey's will be hanging out at the show selling copies of her brand new album, While I'm Livin', the day before its official release. Customers who purchase the album on CD or vinyl at the Exit/In show will also receive a special souvenir, stamped & dated photo card. We'll be located right next to the wall of flowers, so if you'll be at the performance, make sure to look for us!
We're very excited that Lillie Mae has a new album out this Friday, August 16th. It's called Other Girls and once again it's on Third Man Records. Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb helped Lillie Mae craft and record the album here in Nashville at Historic RCA Studio A along with a small cast of trusted musicians, including siblings Frank Rische (guitar), Scarlett Rische (mandolin), and other long-time family collaborators. The pre-release singles are creating serious buzz and we're super stoked to have Lillie Mae come play a live set at Grimey's this Sunday, August 18th, at 1PM to celebrate the release of her new album! The show is free and all ages. We'll have copies of Other Girls on sale, and if you want to meet Lillie Mae and have her sign your records, just pick up a copy of her new album & we'll hook you up with a wristband. We'll have copies of Other Girls on starting Friday, the 16th, as well as tickets to Lillie Mae's upcoming Lightning 100 show at 3rd & Lindsley on October 13th (tickets are cash only but we do have an ATM).
Here's just some of the great press the new record is getting:
“Lillie Mae is possessed of an amazing facility, grounded in bluegrass, old timey and stringed instrument music, but this project surpasses any expectations. The first single, "You've Got Other Girls for That" soars and rips through one's psyche and takes you to a land of mystery and grace,” says NPR. Brooklyn Vegan describes the track "A Golden Year" as‘[having] hints of anything from the psychedelic folk rock of Fairport Convention to the darker early ’70s Cher songs to the kinds of songs Stevie Nicks was writing in her early Fleetwood Mac years, but it’s all seen through a modern, countrified lens...it’s clear that Lillie is turning into a force of her own and “A Golden Year” strikes a perfect balance between the familiar and something new.’
I hope to see y'all this Sunday at 1PM!
We've heard from many of y'all about just how much David Berman's writings and music have influenced your lives and your art. We'd like to spin some of our favorite Silver Jews and Purple Mountains tunes in the shop and commune with all of you. Come on out this Saturday at 5:00 and please bring your records, bring your books, bring your memories. Free beer for 21+ We'll also have the tip jar out with all proceeds going to Music Cares. Check out the remembrances of Berman's friends and bandmates in the Nashville Scene.
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.
Stop by the shop to give a first listen to Bon Iver's new record, i,i, due out August 30th on Jagjaguwar Records. We'll be spinning an exclusive test-pressing of the album, that you can enter to win while you're here, and we'll launch our i,i preorder at this event. While supplies last customers who place preorders at our listening event will also receive an exclusive flexidisc! Don't miss out on this cool opportunity to hang with fellow Bon Iver fans and to secure your copy of the new record.
The Ascent of Everest is metaphor for ambitious goals. Partly the synthesis of genre and fusion of musical traditions but also to articulate abstract emotional places and states of being. Some will be quick to pick out bits that could be called post-rock, doom metal, electronic, shoegaze, neoclassical, post-minimalist, etc. but shy from saying what the ultimate result is - this is about the journey into unknown, fiercely new territories. Is Not Defeated, the ascent of Everest's first release in nine years, is an album from a tight-knit community of musicians who assembled, lived together, and wrote music together in non-traditional ways. it's an album of intricate compositions and sincere passion, culminating in an emotional and cathartic zenith. Ascent Of Everest will preview their new album with a free, all ages live performance at Grimey's a couple of weeks before the new album is released. We'll have stock on hand for Is Not Defeated so you'll be able to get the new record early as well as get it signed by the band!
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.
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.
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.
As a founding member of The E Street Band, Garry Tallent has spent a considerable portion of his life touring the world and playing for legions of fans. But in between working with the Boss, Tallent makes music inspired by the music he grew up listening to. "I learned how to play music by ear, and just haven't learned how to read music since," says Tallent. "I would listen to the popular music of the day back then. My favorite was Buddy Holly. And I would mimic what he played on my cheap guitar." Step forward a few years and Garry becomes a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. It wasn't until 2016 that Tallent decided to step out of his comfort zone and finally become his own boss with the release of his first solo album, Break Time, at age 65. Since that release in 2016, Garry has been working on his second solo album, More Like Me. The new album is Garry's homage to the sound of the mid-60s - the sounds he grew up and learned by ear on his cheap guitar. He hopes you like it. And I know you will. Don't miss this chance to see a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer take the Grimey's stage and play his new songs for us all. More Like Me is officially out August 2nd, but we'll have copies on hand for this preview event - a live performance by Garry Tallent and his crack band a week before the album release. You'll be able to get the new record early and get it signed by Garry!
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!
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.
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!