The British singer-songwriter - born Yolanda Quartey, then known as Yola Carter, and now simply as Yola - grew up in Bristol, performed with Massive Attack and played with a band of her own called Phantom Limb, before releasing an EP as Yola in 2016. She is now poised to release her debut album, Walk Through Fire, produced by Dan Auerbach. "The moment I met Yola I was impressed," says Auerbach. "Her spirit fills the room, just like her voice ... she has the ability to sing in a full roar or barely a whisper and that is a true gift. She made everyone in the studio an instant believer." The album was recorded at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound in Nashville and features appearances by Vince Gill and Johnny Cash's bassist Dave Roe, plus Gene Chrisman, Bobby Wood, and Molly Tuttle (the Easy Eye 'wrecking crew'). Walk Through Fire establishes Yola as the queen of country soul from the first note. The album is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. Yola previously performed with Massive Attack, and also played with a band of her own, Phantom Limb, but WalkThroughFire is a career-defining and genre-bending release from one of the most exciting emerging British artists in music today.
In music as in love, one + one can add up to not two but a new and greater one. On Heart Songs two of the world's greatest guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles, make this clear. Both are masters of their instrument, honored by the iconic Chet Atkins with the rare designation of CGP (Certified Guitar Player). Their early journeys were dissimilar. Emmanuel began his in Australia, grew up on the road with his family's band, settled as a teenager in Sydney and left his rock band to launch a spectacular solo career. Knowles followed a more academic path, eventually earning a PH.D. in physics from Texas Christian University but then electing to pursue his true love of music. Inevitably they would cross paths, become friends and perform on stages and clinics around the world. Their styles are distinctive but for that very reason they mesh seamlessly, with Knowles generally creating sophisticated but compelling foundations over which Emmanuel's guitar soars in astonishing yet always musical flights. Tommy Emmanuel & John Knowles will honor us with what's sure to be a stunning live performance in celebration of their new collaboration! Heart Songs is released on January 11th and the free, all ages live performance is Saturday, February 23rd, at 1PM. Please note the earlier-than-usual in-store time and join us!
We're very excited to welcome SUSTO back to Grimey's for the release of their third album and debut for Rounder Records - Ever Since I Lost My Mind. The new album is the creative musical persona of charismatic frontman Justin Osborne. It's is a resounding triumph: a mix of new partnerships and collaborations with old friends, all anchored by Osborne's perceptive songs that explore connection, loss, and transience--and the pain and joy each brings. With their rock-rooted sound, SUSTO keeps listeners engaged by refusing to occupy an easily defined space. Produced by Ian Fitchuck (Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly) and featuring key input from Osborne's longtime creative sounding board Wolfgang Zimmerman, Ever Since I Lost My Mind defiantly experiments with synth embellishments, Latin heart, guileless folk, and more. The new album is out February 22nd and we've got SUSTO rockin' the Grimey's stage the following Tuesday, February 26th, at 6PM for a free, all ages in-store performance in celebration of its release. Be sure to catch SUSTO when they return to Nashville on April 12th, to rock the Basement East stage. Tickets for that show are available here.
Nashville's Ttotals have been rocking Nashville and beyond for near a decade now. The outer blues brothers create dynamic psychedelia that seeps through minimal grooves and expands as revelatory croons. Last year they released their latest 'Skyview Drive' and The Vinyl District raves, "Don't think blooze or Jon Spencer-esque Bah-Luuze, think of neo-psych with a dark thrust and a non-toxic Morrison-esque vibe. Their best one yet." The trio is headed out on tour and down to SXSW and want to kick off their road trip with an in-store set at Grimey's. Join us for this free, all ages live performance and help send Ttotals out on the road with a big Nashville bang! We'll also have free beer for all you 21+ rockers.
Glomus is a Cookeville-based trio that plays what you might call old school math rock. Some would peg them as a post-rock band as well, from those heady days back in the '90s when bands explored experimental textures and timbre rather than traditional song forms, often employing complicated time signatures, lots of effects pedals and minimal or no vocals. Glomus do all this while never losing sight of compositional structure on their debut album 'Circle.' The band manages to make all that complexity sound accessible while rocking like nobody's business. It's a compelling and epic sound and I can't wait to hear them create it live at Grimey's when Glomus celebrates the release of their album with a free, all ages in-store performance. This one's on a Saturday during BEER:30 so expect free beers if you're 21 or over.
Record Store Day 2019 will be held on April 13, 2019!!! There is some confusion with the Google listing for Record Store Day, as it says that it will be held on the 20th, but it will in fact be held on April 13, 2019!!!!!
Stay tuned for more info for Grimey’s RSD 2019 festivities, and until then check out the Record Store Day website for more info!
Jonathan Wilson is a musician's musician. He's an in-demand producer (Father John Misty, Dawes, Conor Oberst) and accompanist, playing lead guitar in Roger Waters' touring band as well as lending his talents to records by Jenny Lewis, Bonnie Prince Billy, Erykah Badu, Roy Harper, Chris Robinson and more. Wilson is also an astounding artist with three terrific solo albums that evoke classic rock touchstones from Neil Young and Pink Floyd to the Grateful Dead and the halcyon days of the Laurel Canyon scene. Even with all the well-placed sonic references, Wilson's music is not derivative. His latest album, 2018's 'Rare Birds', features a lush sound that recalls The War On Drugs or Wilco but "uses familiar sounds to take you on a totally new journey - and it's an album in the classic sense, where the songs add up to more than the sum of their parts" according to Variety. I'm such a big fan myself that I begged him to play at Grimey's several years back (which he did!) so I'm very excited to announce that Jonathan Wilson will return to Grimey's this coming Monday, February 18th, at 6pm for a free in-store performance. He's playing 3rd & Lindsley the evening prior, for the Lightning 100 Sunday night live broadcast. This is a very last-minute booking so please help us spread the word and join us for this special, intimate show.
His dramatic southern sound will draw you in, his voice will have you hanging on every lyric and his songs will stick with you like a good friend does. Boo Ray is a southern troubadour who has forged & honed his sound in South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast jukes, Nashville nightclubs & Los Angeles songwriter joints. Hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina and now spending equal parts time in Nashville, Tennessee; Los Angeles, California; and Athens, Georgia; Boo Ray is set to release his new album Tennessee Alabama Fireworks on Friday, February 15th. We're stoked to host him for a free, all ages live performance at Grimey's on the day his new album is released!
Abigail is a singer-songwriter who fronted the hard rock band City Asleep several years back. After an EP release the group disbanded. Abigail released an EP called 'Avalanche' in 2017 and followed that up with a full-length titled 'Jackal Fever.' The new album is a dark and introspective album full of heavy riffs, sweeping ballads and deep musings on life, sanity, personal identity and our ever-changing place in the universe.
It's hard to express how excited we are for this event. We, as wards of the record store, are unaccustomed to perishable goods, but nonetheless look forward to these baked treats in our shop every year. Somehow these cookies seem to improve upon the typical combination of sugar, flour, milk, and butter, the exotic and sought-after chocolate or coconut. Are they more precise in measuring these mystical elements? Is there a sorcery us commoners have yet to learn or achieve in our everyday baking? When their scarcity in the free market is briefly abated, it can sometimes feel like a magic trick, a dopamine rush in the brain. Then again, it could be the sugar. Come find out for yourself!
Drop by at noon to check out Cass McCombs' new album, Tip of the Sphere, on ANTI Records. We'll be giving away a pair of tickets to see McCombs when he returns to Nashville to play Exit/In on March 14th. We also have a sweet limited edition deluxe LP pressing of the new record that one lucky attendee will win. This special version features 3 bonus tracks, a lyric sheet, a castle topper ("Castillo de la Esfera") , and a double sided laser-cut alternate cover that enables you to see right through it.
This is anti-racist, and anti-fear. This is pro-solidarity, pro-unity, and pro-inclusion. This is a public service announcement with GUITARS! Join us as we celebrate the only band that matters - The Clash. February 7th is International Clash Day and we've cooked up a worthy tribute for you. We'll have Tommy Womack's kick-ass tribute band Tommy Gun rocking the Grimey's stage. We'll have Leanne and Ed from WXNA dropping science and rocking the DJ booth with Clash classics and inspirational jams. And it's all free.
Frances Cone is a soulful indie band based in Nashville. For someone with deep familial roots in opera and classical music, founder Christina Cone seems preternaturally capable of writing songs focused on capturing the insane, unthinking fireworks of the human heart. The band consists of Christina and Andrew Doherty and is named after Christina's father and great-grandfather, both musicians themselves in South Carolina. After releasing their full-length debut in 2013, followed by an EP, Paste magazine featured them in their "Best of What's Next" series stating, "You'll hear everything from folk inspired harmonies, to driving bass drums, to grungy synths, all culminating in an arena anthem, where Cone's roof-lifting vocals shine." Frances Cone has just released their latest album 'Late Riser' and will perform a free, all ages live set at Grimey's in celebration on Tuesday, February 5th, at 6PM.
Join us on Thursday, January 31st at 6PM when we spin Mandolin Orange's new record, Tides of a Teardrop, in the record shop. We'll also be giving away awesome M.O. prizes while we sip delicious local brews and feast upon tasty Five Points Pizza and Mandarin Oranges.
The Mute Group perform songs composed in the spirit of Laurie Anderson, The Philip Glass Ensemble, Dirty Projectors, Black Moses-era Isaac Hayes, and the haunted, medieval folk songs unearthed by Thomas Ravenscroft. This is theater music for strange, unwritten operas; chants for undiscovered liturgies; ballads for forgotten minstrels. This is music that skews less vintage than ancient, medieval, geologic. These are songs that might just as easily ward off the Evil Eye as entertain. The Mute Group met and live in Nashville, Tennessee. The band is a collaborative project between a Byzantine chanter, a classical organist, a NOLA-trained jazz drummer, and a utility man of hitherto inexhaustible potential. Their debut album Sinister Hand is officially out January 31st. Join us on Saturday, January 26th, at 5PM, for a free and all ages live performance by The Mute Group in celebration of their new album! You'll be able to get the record a few days early and we'll have #FREEBEER courtesy of Tennessee Brew Works for all 21+ attendees.
Sheffield, England based rockers Bring Me The Horizon are releasing their long-awaited new album amo on Friday, January 25th. It just so happens that they're in town to play Municipal Auditorium on January 23rd and we got 'em for a meet & greet/signing the day after their gig - Thursday, January 24th, at 5PM! Starting tomorrow, Friday, January 18th, when Grimey's opens at 10am, come on in and preorder amo on vinyl ($25.99) or CD (13.99) for your wristband to go through the signing line and meet Bring Me The Horizon and get your copy of amo signed! You'll also get the new record a day early. Preorders are only available in person at Grimey's initially. We will begin taking preorders over the phone (615-226-3811) on Monday, January 21st, at 10AM.
amo is the band's sixth studio album. They spent time writing and recording in Los Angeles, with members Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish handling production. What has transpired is one of their most exhilarating, genre crossing albums to date. Says Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes, "amo is a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion. It deals with the good the bad and the ugly, and as a result we've created an album that's more experimental, more varied, weird, and wonderful than anything we've done before." While amo has some surprises, it very much sticks to the band's successful style of massive stadium-bouncing rock songs with huge singalong choruses. Bring Me The Horizon have been on a rocket of a journey over the last few years, selling over 4 Million albums globally to date, playing sell out shows in over 40 countries.
With four full-length albums under their belt and three European tours, The Vegabonds are ready for prime time with their fifth release appropriately titled 'V'. The Alabama-born, Nashville-bred quintet are forging into their second decade spreading the gospel of pure New South Rock. Known for sensational live performances, powerhouse guitar riffs and impactful songwriting, The Vegabonds are a rock band with tinges of Country and Americana. The new album was produced by Tom Tapley (Blackberry Smoke, Surgarland, Mastodon) and The Vegabonds will hit the stage at Grimey's for a free, live performance in celebration of its release on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 6PM.
For the past 8 years, Neyla Pekarek was one of the distinctive voices of The Lumineers. Now the cellist and classically trained vocalist has struck out on her own with a solo album inspired by a legendary frontierswoman named Rattlesnake Kate, who singlehandedly killed 140 snakes as they encroached on her and her son and then made a flapper-style dress, necklace and shoes out of their skins. Pretty badass, eh?! “It was one of the weirdest things I’d ever heard,” says Neyla, admiringly. Still beguiled by the legend, the musician turned to Kate as muse for her solo debut, 'Rattlesnake' (out January 11 on S-Curve Records/BMG). “She lived outside from what women were expected to be,” Neyla says. The album is at turns rollicking and moving, journeying from Americana to blues and even doo-wop, the latter an extension of her previous stints in award-winning barbershop quartets. Produced by M. Ward (She & Him, Monsters of Folk), 'Rattlesnake' is, in her words, “a song cycle with storytelling.” Neyla Pekarek will join us for an intimate in-store performance on Sunday, January 20th, at 2PM. She will sign copies of 'Rattlesnake' following the performance.
Many know Bill Lloyd from his hit-making days as half of country duo Foster & Lloyd. Many know him as one of the founders of The Long Players, one of the greatest tribute bands on the planet. But to really know Bill Lloyd is to know he is one of the icons of classic power pop. His new album 'Working the Long Game' is Bill Lloyd's ninth full-length solo album and his second for the Texas-based Spyderpop Records label. It's chock full of catchy, tuneful, guitar-based songs sure to satisfy fans with a desire for melodic rock and roll with intelligent lyrics and includes co-writes with Freedy Johnston, Graham Gouldman, Tom Petersson and more. "Working the Long Game has it all. Pleasing harmonies. Guitar jangle to spare. And most of all, great melodies." --Power Pop News. Bill Lloyd will make his debut on the new Grimey's stage on Saturday, January 19th, at 5PM, to celebrate his new album. That's during BEER:30 so free beer for all 21+ attendees!
Two decades before releasing his 2018 debut 'North Country', a collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt, Danny Burns kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He's been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences. In America for 19 years -- first in New York City, where he cut his teeth with a string of bar gigs, followed by stints in New Orleans, Chicago, and the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC -- Burns has shared shows with a number of acclaimed musicians who, like him, breathe new life into older sounds. 'North Country' nods to that diverse group of friends, shining a light not only Burns himself, but also on the community he inhabits. Holly Williams, Mindy Smith, Dan Tyminski, Cara Dillon, Tim O'Brien, ChessBoxer, and Old Crow Medicine Show's Critter Fuqua all make appearances. The result is a transatlantic folk album that's both diverse and driving, filled with swooning melodies, evocative storytelling, and an elevated level of musicianship. 'North Country' is officially out January 18th. Danny Burns will stop in Grimey's for a live in-store performance 2 days before, on Wednesday, January 16th, at 6PM. We will have the album for sale at the in-store.
Start grooving and drooling over a casserole of jangle pop and high jinks made by some of Nashville’s finest - Michael Brudi, Jared Hicks, Shane Perry and Sam Silva. The Medium entertains and endears with an audible, suspicious grin and shoulder-shaking melodies. The four have been playing shows together since 2016. This past October, the Nashville Scene debuted the band’s first single “Good ol’ Days” which Aquarium Drunkard deemed a “bonafide earworm." Catch them live at Grimey's on Tuesday, January 15th, at 6PM, as they celebrate the release of their new 7-inch. They play The Basement the next evening, on January 16th. The new 7-inch will be available at Grimey's starting Wednesday, January 9th.
With his 3rd album, Clayton Waller, the Nashville-via-Mississippi fuzz pop artist known as Rock Eupora, has concocted the perfect blend of punchy guitars and unforgettable melodies. The album is self-titled and finds Waller contending with the challenges of a 20-something searching for his place in the world. Written, performed, and produced by Waller himself, 'Rock Eupora' is his most cohesive and sonically adventurous album to date. Recorded in a professional studio as opposed to his typical DIY home recording approach, the change in setting allows the depth of detail in each track to be fully appreciated. Seamless transitions weave the songs together in what resembles a stream of creative consciousness - yet, every song tells a story strong enough to stand on its own. With a tinge of '80s influence and what Waller describes as "psychedelic tendencies", 'Rock Eupora' makes for a well-developed follow up to 2016's Soon the Sun Will Come. Join us as we welcome Rock Eupora back for an in-store performance at Grimey's to celebrate! Free beer for everyone 21 and over as well.
We started a new tradition last year and were very pleased with how it went so here we go again! Grimey's is having a Welcome to 2019 SALE this Saturday and Sunday, January 5th & 6th. Discounts on everything in the shop! Save 15% off new merchandise and 20% off of our preloved inventory, plus deep discounts on vinyl box sets, 2-for-1 dollar LPs and more! Help us thin out our stock before the dreaded inventory. Don't worry, we've restocked many of the year's best-sellers and choice catalog titles and we're putting out fresh preloved records, CDs, books, DVDs and tapes. Sale excludes concert tickets, gift certificates and consignment items but includes everything else!
January is Poverty Awareness Month and we've partnered with the Martha O'Bryan Center to host a Hygiene Drive. We're collecting the following to donate to MOC, who will then put these items in the hands of those that truly need them:
* Toilet Paper
* Dishwashing Liquid
* Hand Soap
* Disinfecting Wipes
* Liquid Bleach
* Laundry Detergent
* Window Cleaner
* Paper Towels
Some other rad local businesses are participating as well (contact them for details on how the drive is being conducted at each location):
Art and Invention Gallery
Asphalt Beach Skateshop
Calypso Cafe (East location)
Cumberland Hardware Co
RE/MAX Choice Properties - East Nashville
Vroom Vroom Balloon
To find out more about poverty in the US, Poverty Awareness Month, and the Martha O'Bryan Center, check out these links:
That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan's magnum opus, 'Blonde on Blonde,' not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight on much of the misinformation that has surrounded the story of how the masterpiece came to be made. Including many new details and eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as keen insight into the Nashville cats who helped Dylan reach rare artistic heights, it explores the lasting impact of rock's first double album. Based on exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the producer, the session musicians, studio personnel, management personnel, and others, Daryl Sanders chronicles the road that took Dylan from New York to Nashville in search of "that thin, wild mercury sound." As Dylan told Playboy in 1978, the closest he ever came to capturing that sound was during the 'Blonde on Blonde' sessions, where the voice of a generation was backed by musicians of the highest order. Author Daryl Sanders will join us to discuss his acclaimed book on Dylan, along with a Q&A by Michael Gray, curator of the Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit 'Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City'. Also it's BEER:30 so we'll have free cold ones for 21+ attendees, courtesy of Tennessee Brew Works.
Who doesn't love Musicians Corner? This fine organization has been bringing free live performances in the beautiful setting of Centennial Park to Nashville's music lovers since 2010. Now they've got a wonderful new collection of Holiday tunes called 'Season's Greetings from Musicians Corner.' It's a great lineup of Nashville indie acts from across town: Lera Lynn, Sun Seeker, The Sweetheart Deal ( Paul McDonald and Emily Kinney), Tristen, Kyshona, Molly Parden, Becca Mancari, Amber Rubarth, The Daybreaks, Matthew Perryman Jones, and Angel Snow. We've got the CD in stock now at Grimey's and I'm very excited to announce that 3 of the acts on the collection will join us to perform holiday songs live in the shop on Friday, December 14th, at 6PM! Becca Mancari, Sun Seeker (featuring our own Rodrigo), and The Sweetheart Deal will play free, all ages sets filled with holiday cheer. Won't you join us?
We’re excited to welcome psyched-out indie pop band Shy Boys to Grimey’s for a FREE and ALL AGES in-store performance on Saturday, December 8th at 5pm, with complimentary Tennessee Brew Works beer to boot! We’re also giving away a pair of tickets to their December 7th show at the East Room and a vinyl copy of their album Bell House. Swing by the store to enter to win!
Hailed as “The Beach Boys on Robitussin”, Shy Boys (brothers Collin & Kyle Rausch, Konnor Ervin, Kyle Little & Ross Brown) were bred in the dankest basements of Kansas City, MO, as a group of ill-fitting squares in a scene of punks and weirdos. We find these great friends still living in KC, trading instruments and creating melodic, happy-sad tunes to make your heart swell. Shy Boys’ sophomore album Bell House, released on Polyvinyl Records, delivers an abundance of guitar licks, lush and bittersweet vocal harmonies, and complex arrangements that confound and reward on repeated listens.
It's getting to be that holiday season again, and to make your gift purchasing just a bit smoother Grimey's is having a big ole holiday sale on Saturday, December 8th! Come by Grimey's on the 8th to get in on the savings! In particular, our deals will be:
10% off new merchandise*,
15% off preloved merchandise and new box sets,
Add an extra 5% off if you donate a new, unwrapped gift for our Give a Little Christmas Toy Drive!
*excludes consignment items, items already on sale, tickets, and gift certificates
WILDEYES is a Nashville based Americana band made up of Emily Kohavi, Daniel Kohavi, and Max Hoffman. They met as neighbors who got together and started playing music for fun, which led to writing songs. In fact, they became a songwriting machine with the uncanny ability to viscerally connect across generations, ideologies and genres with pure American music wandering South and West. They also work their butts off, touring constantly, and have built quite a strong fanbase. Now it's time for the followthrough, a debut LP called 'Beauty & Sadness'. With deep Nashville roots, a rich Western influence, strong harmonies and timeless songs, WILDEYES is poised to break through. Join us to help them celebrate the album release with a free, all ages live performance at Grimey's!
Whether you are a conventioneer, a vacationer, or a new transplant, 100 Things To Do in Nashville Before You Die delivers a trove of adventures, diversions, tasty meals, and top-notch music. Even natives will have unexpected discoveries. Travel writer and Nashville resident Tom Adkinson shows you special places for live music, introduces you to surprising restaurants, offers quiet places for nature retreats right in the city, and much more. Celebrate and learn more about Music City with author Tom Adkinson on Sauturday, December 1st at 11AM at Grimey's.
Stop by Grimey's to listen to The 1975's new album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. We'll be hanging out while the album plays and will have posters for attendees, plus one lucky fan will have the chance to win a copy of the band's Manifesto. We're also going to give away a copy of the band's self-titled LP, 1975, that they signed when they performed in our old parking lot back in 2014 (purchase the new record in the shop for your chance to win this cool prize).
Tommy Womack has seen it all. As a fixture of the Nashville music scene since back in his days in Government Cheese, he's experienced everything a local musician can go through and he did write that book with 1995's Cheese Chronicles. Dust Bunnies, Womack's first non-fiction work since then is a rollicking, hair-raising, and damned funny, journey through the center of Tommy Womack's battle-scarred mind. Zipping back and forth in time, from childhood to trying to find the gig in Boston to waking up in jail to memories of dad and high school, dust bunnies is about ADD, alcohol, Jesus, rehab, small-town Kentucky, depression, Tourette's, masturbation, rock and roll, life on the road, and life off the road. As Marshall Chapman has put it so sweetly, "I laughed, I cried, I nearly gagged once or twice."
You know how much we love John Prine! In addition to his considerable gifts as a songwriter, his beautiful mug is plastered on the side of our building, his wonderful new album is one of our very best-sellers of this year and he already played an exclusive free show for 600 lucky, astute fans who preordered 'The Tree Of Forgiveness' at Grimey's. One thing we didn't get to do with that Basement East show was offer you a chance to meet the man himself. I'm very pleased to be able to do that now!
John Prine will meet fans and answer your questions at Grimey's on Monday, November 26th, at 5:30. To submit a question for John, stop by Grimey's starting today through Saturday, November 24th. We'll provide an index card for your use, you'll just need to write out your question and note your first name, last initial and your email address. John will answer questions before signing albums in the shop. Grimey's Staffer Tyler Glaser will serve as interviewer, reading the customer questions to John on stage.
Following the Q&A, Prine will sign one item per customer. So bring your favorite John Prine record or artifact or pick one up at Grimey's. We'll have extra stock on his catalog and his book for you. Also there will be no time for photos with John but fans are welcome to take pictures (no flash) throughout the Q&A and signing.
There's a killer new series of books called the RPM Series on the history of classic record labels and the first two to be released are books on Sub Pop Records and Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story, a history of the Nashville-based label that released the electrifying sounds of groovin' jump blues, Southern-fried rock & roll, fervent black gospel and simmering Louisiana swamp blues straight outta Music City USA in the '50s & '60s. Operating out of Ernie's Record Mart, Excello forged a partnership with 50,000 watt radio station WLAC which broadcast a clear-channel signal from dusk till dawn, captivating millions of teenagers and crossing racial boundary lines. Some of the artists who released records on Excello include Slim Harpo, Arthur Gunther, Lightnin' Slim and Lazy Lester. Some of the artists who covered their songs include Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton and more.
Through extensive research and interviews, author Randy Fox chronicles the tale of one of the most unusual record labels to emerge from the 1950s, while shedding new light on Nashville's rich history as much more than a country music town. Randy Fox will regale us with tales from his book about this inimitable label and Ron Wynn will conduct a Q & A, followed by questions from the audience and a book signing. Local DJ and avid record collector Paul Glavin (host of Eargasm on WXNA) will spin some of his copies of the original Excello records being discussed. This will be fun as all get-out and a wonderful opportunity to find out so much more about our great Music City. Don't miss. Oh yeah, we'll have #FreeBeer for those 21 and over.
Small Business Saturday, Nov 24, is almost here! It's the annual holiday shopping tradition that gets communities everywhere out in support of their favorite small businesses. Because when they thrive, we all thrive. Read more about Small Business Saturday here!