Bassh, the Nashville-based duo featuring Jimmy Brown and C.J. Hardee of the folk-rock combo Matrimony, will be playing songs from their upcoming debut release on Antler Records this Sunday on the third day of the Basement East’s Mayday celebration. Tickets are available at In honor of their “Day 3” appearance the duet shared three each of favorite... Read More

Steve Dawson Bring Solid States and Loose Ends to The Basement

When Steve Dawson turned his attention to recording his newest solo album, he decided to create a mixture of his two homes. “I’ve lived in Canada for most of life,” Dawson says. “So I gathered up several of the Canadian musicians I know that live in Nashville and combined that with some of the best Nashville players.” The result of this cross-border collaboration,... Read More

Writer’s Kinship

The Porch Writers’ Collective presents an evening with Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell The Porch Writers’ Collective, “Nashville independent center for writing.” is hosting their second annual fundraiser this Saturday with a program featuring bestselling memoirist and songwriter Mary Karr and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell. "Kinship: An Evening with... Read More

Eight O’Five Jive: Jumping the blues from Nashville to Memphis

  It’s a Wednesday night in the basement practice room of Lee Shropshire’s and Andy Scheinman’s Inglewood home. The five musicians in the band Eight O’Five Jive are running through their version of Joe Liggins’ 1953 R&B hit “Drunk.” It’s a sly ode to the wonders and perils of inebriation, driven by a persistent rhythm and a... Read More

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Aims to Charm by 'Cranking it Down'

  Kevin Griffin, cofounder of the Franklin-based Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival that launches this weekend, says that the idea for the event began with a simple morning run.   “In December 2013, I was running in Harlinsdale Farm Park for the first time. It’s the 200-acre historic horse farm that has been turned into a city park right across from... Read More

Kevin Gordon celebrates 'Long Gone Time' at City Winery

For many years, Nashville-based poet, singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon has enjoyed the dubious accolade of “critic’s darling.” His past albums have received almost universal praise and his songs have been covered by an all-star line-up of roots-influenced musicians that includes Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Ronnie Hawkins and Todd Snider. But with last week’s release of... Read More


While songs and singers have always held first place in the studios and on the charts, gather up a bunch of great Nashville sidemen and you’re sure to harvest boss instrumentals. It’s been a Twang Town tradition from all the way back in the late 1940s when Nashville began its relatively swift transformation into “Music City USA,” on through to the 1960s avalanche of... Read More

WXNA-FM — Build It and It Will Rock!

WXNA-FM — Build It and It Will Rock! By Randy Fox When I moved to Nashville in 1986, one of the aspects of Music City that most appealed to me was the opportunity to listen to WRVU-FM, 91 Rock. I can still remember the excitement of driving down West End one day and hearing a Sex Pistols song played back-to-back with a Patsy Cline classic. It wasn’t just the free-form,... Read More

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