Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tristen @ Grimey’s New & Preloved Music / Nashville TN / October 29, 2013

These days there is no shortage of new exciting young talent in Music City. Often, it takes an old musical curmudgeon like me some time to get around to checking them out. I am so thankful that Grimey’s allows me to see new acts up close and personal for free at an early hour. Such […]

John Prine @ Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / October 26, 2013

If there is currently any performing singer-songwriter that deserves to be called an American Treasure, it is John Prine. With a recording career that started back in 1971 when he was called one of the “New Dylans,” Prine has created a legacy of songs that range from the poignantly sensitive “Hello in There” to the […]

The Lumineers: Ryman Auditorium / Nashville TN / October 14, 2013

I’m tired of the Lumineers and all the hoopla surrounding them.  Even the Nashville TV show is hawking them by having its character Avery Barkley whine about wanting the opening slot for an upcoming Lumineers show.  While they sing happy, fun songs and don’t play all that bad, there’s really nothing special about them or […]

James Maddock @ The Basement / Nashville TN / October 14, 2013

In a previous blog, I gushed accolades for the musical talents of James Maddock. In that piece, I discussed how he mostly gigs in and around New York City. Imagine my surprise when I found out–while I was in New York of all places–that Maddock would be playing the next night at my favorite hometown […]

ON THE ROAD: David Johansen @ Hamilton Stage / Rahway, NJ / October 11, 2013

In 1974, I happened to see the New York Dolls open for Mott the Hoople at Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum in New York City. In retrospect, I was too young to appreciate it. All my youthful innocence saw was a sloppy performance by some guys wearing dresses. I later got what this punk rock […]