This time, we’ve got new music from a well-known neighbor, opening day for Inglewood Lounge, a BIG TV spot for Pepperfire and lots more.
On to the latest East Nashville News:
Ellie Holcomb finds hope with new ‘Red Sea Road’
From contributor Randy Fox:
Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter and East Nashvillian Ellie Holcomb says her sophomore album, Red Sea Road, is a work of hope born out of very dark times.
“I had a really crazy two years dealing with family and friends who went through a lot of loss, suffering and sorrow,” she says. “In a palpable way, I experienced the nearness of God in that suffering. I wanted to write songs that reminded me how Jesus was a man first, and he was well-acquainted with grief.”
Winner of the 2014 Dove Award for “Best New Artist,” Holcomb found that fear and potential tragedy did not disappear after writing about them. As she prepared to record Red Sea Road, her father and producer, Brown Bannister, found he had cancer. Her parents’ reaction to the diagnosis drove home the truth of her songs.
“It was so strange because I remember my mom and dad had a lot of peace,” Holcomb says. “They said, ‘We’re going to choose to praise God, and at the end of the day, no matter what happens, healing is ahead. Whether it’s on this side of glory or the next.”
Bannister survived his brush with cancer, and the faith and acceptance he demonstrated left its mark on his daughter.
“Finding joy in sorrow seems kind of backwards and upside down,” Holcomb says, “but when you walk through deep sorrow, you learn to be grateful for a lot of things that you weren't aware of beforehand. It connects you to the rest of the world. Sorrow and loss are a basic part of the human condition, but they also make the human condition much fuller. I found joy in my belief in God as well as from the community of friends and family I have around me.”
That community includes her East Side neighbors, the core of a community that Holcomb has learned to love with passion that equals her faith.
“I grew up in ‘proper’ Nashville — Brentwood, Franklin,” Holcomb says. “My husband and I moved to East Nashville 10 years ago and fell in love with the neighborhood. There are so many different types of people — musically, socially, economically — from so many places and everyone takes care of one another. It can be really hard to be on the road, but I love coming home, going to Sweet 16th Bakery and Dan Owen knows my name. Or I’m in the grocery store and I run into people that live on my block. East Nashville is such a friendly, family- and community-oriented place, and that makes me really thankful for this neighborhood.”
Red Sea Road is available as of Friday, Jan. 27 from Full Heart Music; more information at ellieholcomb.com.
For more on Ellie and husband/musical collaborator Derw Holcomb, read our November-December 2015 cover story.
Inglewood Lounge opens its doors
We mentioned back in December that Inglewood would soon have a new hangout. The day’s here: The new Inglewood Lounge, led by Actual Food’s Dan Forberg, soft-opens on Thursday night (as this posting was going up), and full opens on Friday, Jan. 27.
The opening menu has a small but eclectic selection of dishes — poutine with mushroom gravy, vegetable curry, carnitas tacos — plus wine, beer, classic cocktails and spirits. Forberg plans to incorporate his highly praised Actual Brunch (held at POP Nashville here in the neighborhood in 2013/’14) shortly post-launch.
The Lounge, at 3914 Gallatin, is located in a former Mrs. Winner’s hut, which Forberg thoroughly overhauled himself in his off hours.
“It’s been a long time in the making,” he said in a release. “After a yeer a year and a half of figuring out how to renovate a crumby old fast food restaurant into a unique and fun spot, I am excited to open the Inglewood Lounge to the neighborhood.”
Hours at Inglewood Lounge will be 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Monday through Sunday. Keep up with the latest at InglewoodLounge.com and the Inglewood Lounge Instagram (from which the above picture was culled).
Pepperfire unveils 'Ginormous' new dish on Food Network
The East Nashville-based hot chicken providers at Pepperfire are no strangers to televised attention — they’ve appeared on Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants, Travel Channel’s Man Finds Food and more. But next month, they’ll be using a TV appearance as something of a coming-out party for a big new addition: a new menu item called The Battle Royale.
At 7 p.m. on February 3, the Food Network’s Ginormous Food! — a show focused on host Josh Denny’s “quest to find the biggest and tastiest foods in America” — will unveil the Royale during an episode called “Nashville's Titans of Tennessee.”
And that particular show is a fitting one for the new dish, a quadrupled version of Pepperfire’s famous AppleJack, made with four deep-fried grilled cheese sandwiches, almost two pounds of hot chicken tenders and almost a pound and a half of cinnamon apples, all stacked up. The Pepperfire folks call it “a monstrous monolith of a dish” and recommend taking it on with a group. (Sounds like you might wanna chase it with a pint of Pepto, too.)
Can’t catch the episode then? It’ll re-air on February 4 at 2 p.m. Central. Or you could use your fancy recording device or something.
Inclined to try a Battle Royale in person? Pepperfire is located at 1000 Gallatin Ave, Ste. C; Pepperfire Facebook page here.
New restaurant in the works at former Perk & Cork spot
The Nashville Business Journal’s Jacob Steimer shared a fun scoop earlier this week: The former home of Perk & Cork in Riverside Village is set to re-emerge as a new restaurant, led by local shop owner Jessica Bower.
Late last year, Bower opened clothing/home goods shop Steluta at 1601B Riverside, in the development that also houses Pied Piper Eatery and others. Oddly enough, in the same October column that included our report on Steluta’s arrival, we also noted the news of Perk & Cork’s closing. (The espresso/wine eatery was open there for about a year.)
We reached out to Bower for more, and her PR rep noted that the team isn’t ready to share specifics on the restaurant yet, but the budding restaurateur and Inglewood resident did note in a statement that she’d long worked in kitchens and hospitality, and that the new project at 1304 McGavock is “just an extension of my interests in the lifestyle sector.”
“It’s been great to be part of this community, and I really feel that Inglewood is at the forefront of the East Nashville scene,” Bower said. “…I’m proud to not only call Inglewood my home, but to also continue to contribute to the growth of this neighborhood in an all-new way with something that will be fun and unique.”
If you’d like a peek into Bower’s taste — at least in the clothing/accessories/etc. world — drop by www.shopsteluta.com and/or Steluta’s Instagram.
Uprising Nashville hosts event for women entrepreneurs
Women entrepreneurs in Nashville might want to mark Thursday, Feb. 2 on the calendar: That night at KITTY Nashville (521 Gallatin Ave #2), local organization Uprising Nashville is hosting an event focused on “building a community, empowering lives and creating an unbreakable sisterhood of badass women.”
More specifically, four entrepreneurs — financial planner/Millennial Money podcast host Shannah Compton Game, KITTY owner and singer/songwriter Sarah Davidson, Biscuit Love founder/owner Sarah Worley and podcast personality Caroline Hobby — will be talking and offering tips for other women following an entrepreneurial path.
“While female entrepreneurship is on the rise, women still face many challenges unique to us like limited access to funding, downplaying our self-worth, balancing a business and a family and overcoming a fear of failure,” co-host/creator Compton Game says. “I created Uprising to inspire, connect and encourage women to overcome these challenges and supercharge their businesses.”
Worley’s Biscuit Love and local catering/events company 8 Lavender Lane, among others, will be providing treats that night, and local artists will be sharing acoustic performances too.
Tickets to this kickoff evening event (it runs 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) are $25, and proceeds will benefit Nashville’s Thistle Farms.
— Tickets for the 2017 East Nashville Beer Festival presented by 3 Crow Bar go on sale at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2017. Event’s on April 8 in East Park.
— Ernesto Aguilar of the The National Federation of Community Broadcasters sketched out “The 8 Music Stations to Hear in 2017,” and it includes our own community-run WXNA. If you haven’t already checked it out, read The East Nashvillian’s feature on WXNA here.
— East Nashville’s Doxahlogy dropped by WSMV’s Today in Nashville this week to talk about their jewelry designs. We talked with owner/designer Danica Van Horn about her business ahead of the shop’s opening in May of last year.
— Good news, East Nashville bike enthusiasts: A new Nashville B-cycle B-station is open at 715 Porter Road, and one’s reportedly on the way for 419 Woodland too.
— Curious what it looks like inside the new CLEO East Nashville condo/apartment complex at Gallatin and West Eastland? They dropped a few photos of finishes/etc. at EastCLEO.com. Rental applications being accepted now; move-ins expected in February.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.