Category Mike’s Music Lists

Mike’s Music Lists: Songs Whose Titles Are No More Than a Year

Song lyrics sometimes relate to or tell a story about a certain time period. This time can be historic, literary, nostalgic or perhaps even personal to the songwriter. On occasion, songwriters have made this time reference the title of their song. So here’s the drill: a list of songs whose title is nothing more than […]

Mike’s Music Lists: Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium

The wheels were set in motion back on June 11, 2013. The crowd for Jason Isbell’s Grimeys in-store appearance were told that our newest local Americana hero would be making his headlining Ryman debut on August 17. Little did we know back then that this would mark what looks to be an ever-expanding annual event. […]

What If They Were Still Alive Night in Nashville

NASHVILLE SCENE / MARCH 6—MARCH 11 / SATURDAY 8 ____________________________________________________________________ POP / ROCK 3RD & LINDSLEY: 818 3rd Ave., 259-9891. Ian Dury & the Blockheads, 9 p.m., $25 THE 5 SPOT: 1006 Forrest Ave., 650-9333. Gene Clark, 8 p.m., $5 THE BASEMENT: 1604 8th Ave. S., 254-8006. Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, 9 p.m., […]

Mike’s Music Lists: Songs Of the Calendar

Here is a list I started keeping on paper before I even had a computer. Songs qualify if they: (1) mention a specific day of the year, (2) have a date in their title, or (3) refer to a famous event that happened on a given day. In those instances where there are more than […]

Mike’s Music Lists: John Hiatt’s “Memphis in the Meantime”

Many great songs have been written about the city of Memphis. This list however deals with only one of them: John Hiatt’s “Memphis in the Meantime.” Hiatt is an American songwriting treasure, releasing 21 fine long players over a brilliant career dating back to 1974. His ode to the home of Elvis, Sun Studios and […]

Mike’s Music Lists: Songs That End With Their Titles

Every true music geek likes to know the title of each new song he hears.  Guessing is required when you hear it live in concert for the first time. Sometimes, the title is an obvious refrain, often heard in the chorus. Other times, however, titles are obscure and have no direct mention in the lyrics. […]