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Sons of Zevon Tribute 1970 at Family Wash

Last night’s 1970 tribute at the Family Wash was a mind-blowing experience.  The all-star cast ripped through covers like Midnight Rambler, Dig A Pony, and many more hits from an important year in Rock history.  Tonight is the second night of a 2-day celebration and reservations will be necessary to be a part of this...

Nashville’s Equation Audio Revolutionizes The Headphone & Microphone Market

Most people know that Nashville is the home of the Grand ol’ Opry as well as the world headquarters of Gibson Guitars, but what you may not know is that a little company called Equation Audio has been quietly revolutionizing the professional audio market with a line of superbly engineered, innovative, and remarkably affordable headphones...

Eric Brace Talks About “The Other Side: Music From East Nashville”

One evening while stopping by my favorite meeting place in East Nashville, The Family Wash, I overheard an interview being taped for NPR about the East Nashville music scene. There was talk of a new compilation being released that showcased some of the best and brightest from the 37206 zip code. Family Wash owner and...

Keeping The Faith: Lonnie Hutchins Talks About the Future of Nashville Music

Behind and beyond the curtain: Nashville producer Loney Hutchins talks with Ernie Gray about the role of Nashville in modern culture, the collapse of Tower Records, his Cleft Music label, and how bad radio causes school shootings. EG: You were raised in Middle Tennessee, went to school for film production and subversion in Florida, and...

Ghostfinger In The Machine

Richie Kirkpatrick is pacing back and forth on the concrete floor of the ‘charming’ porch area of The Springwater Supper Club, his thin hand lifting a cigarette to just below his handlebar mustache. Kirkpatrick is dressed in a dapper black suit, dark silk shirt and red tie this evening – appropriately maniacal attire for the...

After the sychophants, there’s a Lone Official

Nashville has a bad habit of ignoring her best and brightest children; Nashville culture produces an artistic endeavor that is truly original, even revolutionary, and nobody who “matters” in music city seems to pay any attention. Luckily, Nashville has a great aunt of sorts named London. She takes our wayfaring children under her wing, invites...

Is East Nashville Becoming A Recording Studio Mecca?

East Nashville has seen a dramatic transformation in the past decade. Historically the east side of the river has always been more progressive than the other parts of Nashville, and today it is a hotbed of what just might be an artistic renaissance… especially if you are involved with music performance and production. There is...

The Features and John Lennon’s Ghost

So the Nashville Scene prints a huge cover story on The Features dramatic drop by 800 lb gorilla, Universal Records: the article chronicles how the poor lads had to choose between covering a Beatles song for a credit card commercial and losing their record deal. They chose to get dropped and keep their credibility. Everyone...

The Comfies Are Irresistable Pop Tarts

Nashville-Based The Comfies are lead by former Feeble Weiner bassist Ben Harper. Bringing along some of the infectious pop sensebility of the Murfreesboro / Nashville breakthrough band that had everyone jumping up and down and screaming “Weiner!” over the past few years, The Comfies extend that with a somewhat less campy, yet just as melodically...

Curt Perkins’ Portable Sunshine Sound

If you like the feelgood 70’s philly-esque sound of Josh Rouse, you will undoubtedly dig the latest release by Nashville’s Curt Perkins, titled Get Something Started. Several friends recommend that I check out Curt live, and I have to admit, it was a phenomenal show. The music has a great vibe: Part R&B, part rock,...

Reeves Gabrels Weekly Wizardry at The Family Wash

The one and only Reeves Gabrels has been appearing every Sunday down at the Family Wash with “Loud Night,” backed by a revolving group of fantastic musicians from East Nashville and beyond. Gabrels is considered one of the most revolutionary guitarists working today, having worked with Bowie, Tin Machine, Public Enemy and many others. Sets...