Monthly Archives: October 2013

Americanarama VI @ Grimey’s New & Preloved Music / Nashville TN / September 21, 2013

Someone once asked me to describe what Americana music was. My simple reply was “country music that doesn’t suck.” I further embellished this remark by adding that an Americana artist most likely 1) plays an instrument; 2) writes their own songs; and 3) doesn’t need to use Auto-Tune to correct their vocals. While my description […]

ON THE ROAD: Glenn Tilbrook @ The Wonder Bar / Asbury Park, NJ / October 12, 2013

It was less than a month ago that I saw Glenn Tilbrook at home in Nashville. Nevertheless, I was thrilled for the opportunity to see another show on his current tour. This time it was at the Jersey Shore Music Mecca known as Asbury Park. In recent times, this poor city has struggled through its […]

Glenn Tilbrook @ Third and Lindsley / Nashville TN / September 17, 2013

I should probably issue a disclaimer with this post that I have been a colossal Squeeze fan since their first record in 1978. Over the years, the band’s working status has been a roller coaster ride. Fortunately, about a dozen or so years ago, the band’s main voice, Glenn Tilbrook, started touring on his own. […]

R.I.P.: Lou Reed

By now, I suspect that most have heard about the passing of the great Lou Reed. It’s just hard to imagine the world without him. I apologize for the self-indulgence, but here’s my favorite cover of Lou’s classic Femme Fatale, a song he wrote with The Velvet Underground in 1967. “I wanted to play football for the […]

Bleu @ 12th & Porter / Nashville TN / September 15, 2013

I am forever grateful to the friend who introduced me to Boston-bred and Los Angeles-based artist Bleu (real name William James McAuley III). My entrée to his work was through a record by The Major Labels, a band he was a part. I soon thereafter saw the first of several of his solo shows at […]

The Silver Seas @ The Basement / Nashville TN / August 31, 2013

Great pop music is my true passion.   I have previously written about my love for one of its best proponents, The Silver Seas. This Nashville-based band consistently puts out great records and always plays a solid live show. Tonight’s long overdue return to The Basement would mark the 16th time I have seen them perform. […]

Rayland Baxter @ Barista Parlor / Nashville TN / August 28, 2013

In the past I have griped about the pretentious hip-factor associated with East Nashville. But, if this night’s under-the-radar performance by Rayland Baxter is indicative of the things that go on there—I’m ready to pack my bags and move. The only news of this event was to those who follow Baxter and his opening act Odessa Rose […]

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County @ The Ryman

Well, look who sat in front of Music City Mike last night for the performance of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at the Ryman. None other than its musical composer, John Mellencamp and his girlfriend, actress Meg Ryan.

Tribute to Eddy Arnold @ Grimeys New & Preloved Music / Nashville TN / August 30, 2013

Just when you thought that there wasn’t anyone else left for tribute album treatment, here comes You Don’t Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold on Plowboy Records. This effort is the brainchild of Shannon Pollard, Arnold’s grandson who founded the Nashville-based label initially as an outlet for this release. Pollard solicited the help of Nashville transplant […]

John Cowan 60th Birthday Bash to Benefit Our Kids @ Third and Lindsley / Nashville TN / August 27, 2013

I have limited familiarity with John Cowan. I know that he was a member of the ground-breaking New Grass Revival and that he was currently a part of what today tours as The Doobie Brothers.  I also know he is a gifted singer having seen him perform with Nashville’s The Long Players classic album covers […]