Big thing for the week: Our 2018 Music Issue is here! Fantastic timing, as it happens, since our cover star, John Prine, just snagged well-deserved Artist of the Year honors at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards show.
Along with our cover story on Prine and the Oh Boy Records family, we have pieces on Tim Carroll, Creamer, Jonell Mosser, Mike Floss, Alicia Witt, Muddy Roots Music and a whole slew of others. Grab a copy around town (the cover art, by talented East Sider Scott Guion, really pops in person), or read the full issue online.
With that, here’s the latest round of East Nashville news:
Vui’s Kitchen, Hugh-Baby’s, Grilled Cheeserie coming soon to Hunters Station
The new Hunters Station food hall project near 5 Points is really coming along of late, and if all goes as planned, in just a few months, we’ll get to wander in and choose between a grab bag of restaurant concepts gathered within.
Rumors about what those concepts will be have been flying ever since news of the hall first came through, but more have been properly announcing recently. (And we’re nutty for a proper confirmation around here.)
We had something on Tacos Aurora not too long ago, and now we have some more food excitement: Nashville-bred fast-casual Vietnamese eatery Vui’s Kitchen, burger brand Hugh-Baby’s and The Grilled Cheeserie are also for sure on the way to Hunters Station, Fresh Hospitality operating partner Mollie Murphree tells us. (Incubator Citizen Kitchens is also among the local brands headed for Hunters, confirmed a spell ago by Dana Kopp Franklin at the Scene.)
“The space will have a great vibe and be a cool gathering place for the neighborhood,” Murphree says of the Station, which’ll include central seating, outdoor amenities and more, all parked in the former Hunters Custom Automotive campus around Main Street and N. 10th.
The Vui’s folks gave an early East Side hello at the East Nashville Farmers Market this week, sharing a few of the menu items we’ll see once the Hunters location opens, including fresh summer rolls with house-made peanut sauce, authentic Banh Mi sandwiches and flavorful 12-hour bone broth.
Those items and lots of others (including pho) are already up for grabs at the other Vui’s locations, in Berry Hill and Germantown. The East Nashville store will make three Vui’s locations in about as many years, and although this one will match the others in concept and menu, the food-hall setting brings its own unique flavor.
“It’ll be neat for us to be with sister restaurants and expand and grow and do something different,” Vui’s area supervisor Stephanie Gilmore says.
Those sister restaurants are plenty busy, too. The Grilled Cheeserie has a brick-and-mortar spot at 2003 Belcourt Ave. (and a super-popular food truck), and Hugh-Baby’s has locations on Charlotte and West End Avenues.
Gilmore says her team was excited to add an East Side Vui’s location, in part because they love the neighborhood, in part because they know East Nashville loves East Nashville, too.
“Not everybody wants to cross the bridge,” she says, “so we’re excited about expanding the dining experience outside of the downtown area.”
The doors will likely be opening at Hunters around the end of November. Meanwhile, check out more about Vui’s Kitchen at vuiskitchen.com, Hugh-Baby’s at hughbabys.com, and The Grilled Cheeserie at grilledcheeserie.com.
Ellie Holcomb releasing kids book and EP
Ellie Holcomb celebrated her birthday this week by announcing a new arrival: The East Nashville singer-songwriter (and longtime Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors member) is getting ready to release her first children’s book, and a new seven-song children’s EP.
The book, Who Sang the First Song?, has a religious message, and was inspired in a fitting way.
“I wrote this book because of my kids,” Holcomb wrote to introduce the project. “One day, in passing, my 4-year-old daughter asked me, ‘Mom, who sang the first song?’
“I love how kids are always asking questions and how their questions often make me slow down and think about things in a different light. And I loved her question so much, I decided to not answer it in the moment, but do some research and write a book instead!”
The EP, Sing: Creation Songs, has a Biblical bent too. “Each song is tied to specific Scripture,” Holcomb wrote, “but is also full of rich imagery from the world around us. I wanted kids to be able to sing these songs and see evidence of what they were singing all around them.”
Both projects are up for pre-order now, along with bundles that package both together along with accoutrements like an official Sing tambourine and onesie or T-shirt.
Learn more about/order the projects at Ellie Holcomb’s official site. Sing is due out Sept. 21, and Who Sang The first Song? is set for an Oct. 4 release.
Carl Broemel readies ‘Wished Out’
You might know East Nashville neighbor Carl Broemel best as the guitarist for My Morning Jacket, but he stays plenty busy as a solo artist, too. And this fall, he’s getting busier, releasing his third solo LP, Wished Out, on Sept. 21 via Thirty Tigers.
For this one, Broemel aimed for something a little more amped-up than its predecessor, the dreamy and well-received 2016 release 4th of July.
“My songwriting can be very mellow,” he said on his PledgeMusic page. “I love that mood, but I needed more balance this time around. I needed more energy! Wished Out is all about the yin and yang.”
Toward that end, the set features contributions from a bunch of other talented/busy folks, including fellow East Nashvillian/fellow MMJ-er Tom Blankenship and Sebadoh/Folk Implosion-er Russ Pollard.
Broemel embarks on a string of tour dates starting this month, alongside fellow locals/onetime East Nashvillian cover stars Steelism, including a hometown show here at the Mercy Lounge, on Oct. 6.
Tickets for that show are on sale now, and Wished Out is available for preorder. Check out the album's title track above, and for more, swing by carlbroemel.com.
Grand Central Barter sets up in East Nashville
Ever wish you lived in a time when bartering was a preferred system of exchanging goods and services? Grand Central Barter feels you.
The organization — designed to “connect local business owners to facilitate the trading of goods and services within its powerful member network” — recently relocated to 213 S 17th St. (right near The Post and Olive & Sinclair). They’ve been around since 2014, though, organizing a “network of trading partners focused on conserving cash and promoting each others brands,” from wellness professionals to photographers.
Members apply and are vetted before jumping into member-to-member trading; you can check out more about how the company operates/submit an application at grandcentralbarter.com.
For updates/more insight, follow Grand Central Barter on Facebook.
— You registered to vote? If not (or even if you just wanna double-check), swing by Lipstick Lounge on Saturday for a Voter Registration gathering.
— In case you missed it last week: This Saturday brings the next Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party, with Miss Tess & the Talkbacks and more. You can grab tickets at corneliafortpickinparty.org or at the gate.
— Also Saturday: The Cornelia Fort Airpark is hosting a free Public Star Party. Members of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society of Nashville will be there with telescopes, and everyone’s invited to check out the starry skies together.
— Remember how back in May we wrote about the new Korean concept going in the former Pied Piper Eatery space? The Scene got the name announcement: Babo.
— The members-only BarkPark we wrote about in August opened up on Meridian Street, and NewsChannel 5 caught some of the cute.
— On Tuesday, Sept. 18, author Meera Lee Patel will be at The Bookshop (formerly Her Bookshop) for a chat/signing of her new book, Made Out of Stars, “a guided journal filled with her trademark thought-provoking writing prompts and gorgeous artwork.” Starts at 6 p.m., wine/treats/free admission.
— Good Housekeeping shared Reese Witherspoon's Guide to Nashville, and it includes Edley’s (whose East Side location is at 908 Main St.).
— Some new goodness from Margo Price, via NPR. (Related, if you haven’t read our Margo Price cover story, here it is.)
— Little bit of belated love: On Monday, Electric Western celebrated a full decade of Motown Mondays at The 5 Spot. Congrats and thanks for fomenting all that dancin’, EW.
— This year’s Holly Street Rocks! fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 22. There’ll be wine and beer from Midtown Wine and Spirits, food by Alexander's Catering, a silent auction with stuff from more than 100 local business and lots more, with proceeds going to help Holly Street Daycare continue to provide high-quality daycare to neighbors in need.
— Family- and pet-friendly South Inglewood BBQ happening at Inglewood Elementary on Saturday, Oct. 6.
That’s all for this week. Have any East Nashville news tips to share? Please email Nicole.