Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Avett Brothers @ Bridgestone Arena / Nashville TN / May 18, 2013

Even though they had already played the Bridgestone Arena to a packed house back in October 2011, it is still quite surprising to me that North Carolina’s Avett Brothers have a big enough local fan base to play a venue this size. The sold-out audience of about 15,000 fans filled the place. (The upper nose-bleed […]

Rodriguez @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / May 13, 2013

Hearing 40-year old songs performed from the Ryman stage is not in itself unusual. However, hearing songs that have been pretty much kept from American audiences for that long is another story. Such a story is the tale of Sixto Rodriguez. His tale was recently brought to light in the brilliant, 2012 Academy Award winning […]

Music City Landmarks #1—Chet Atkins Statue

Location: Corner of Fifth Avenue North and Union Street Before legendary guitarist and music producer Chet Atkins passed away in June 2001, every serious guitar picker wanted the chance to play alongside him. Over the years, the list of greats who got that opportunity included Les Paul, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, […]

Josh Rouse @ Grimey’s New and Preloved Music (April 20, 2013) and Third & Lindsley (April 21, 2013) / Nashville TN

I once said to Josh Rouse “You are my favorite artist younger than me.” Despite a string of recent records that weren’t totally to my liking, his latest LP, The Happiness Waltz, and his recent live Nashville appearances have reaffirmed the truth of that statement. The native Nebraskan, currently living in Spain, returned to his […]