It’s a super busy time for East Nashville’s music community. (When is it not? But still.) Lots to listen to, plus a bunch of other creative happenings in this week’s East Nashville News:
Black by Maria Silver shop coming to Idea Hatchery
Nashville musician and fashion designer Maria "Poni" Silver is marking a major milestone: Next month, she plans to open the first retail storefront for her “women's contemporary streetwear” line, Black by Maria Silver, right here in the neighborhood.
The new space will be in the Idea Hatchery, at 1106 Woodland Street, Unit G, alongside other stylish locals like Goodbuy Girls and Riveter.
The Fond Object founder and Ettes drummer launched the BBMS line in 2011, and since, she’s earned loads of praise both in and outside of town — including a 2016 “Rising Star Award” at Nashville Fashion Week.
The new storefront gives her both a brick-and-mortar showcase for her line and, she says, room to spotlight “independent designers, collaborations, and all the fun things in-between.”
“This all happened super-fast and I'm as surprised as anyone,” she said in an update to friends and supporters, announcing a soft (“very soft, mind you”) opening to coincide with this year’s Tomato Art Festival, on August 12.
Explore Silver’s work at blackbymariasilver.com, and stay tuned to the BBMS Instagram for news about the new East Nashville shop.
The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club coming to Inglewood
The Inglewood nook that’s home to pasta purveyors Nicoletto’s and neighborhood bar buddies Mickey’s is about to get a new neighbor: The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club is aiming to open in early September at 2905B Gallatin Pike.
Fox captains Bryan Rushton and Andrew Cook tell us that their new place is set to be a “locally focused, environmentally conscious operation,” with Nashville native Will Benedetto leading the cocktail program.
Nashville’s 1767 Designs — known for reclaimed wood art and furnishings — are building the bar, and to stick with that environmental bent, it’ll include wood that’s been saved from old, demolished Nashville homes.
If you’d like to keep up with the roll-out and grand-opening news, follow The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club on Facebook or Instagram.
Also coming soon: Sage & Serpent Tattoo
Another new Inglewood addition: Nashville tattoo artist Shannon Wages is gearing up to open Sage & Serpent Tattoo at 4120 Gallatin Pike, alongside fellow tattoo talents Lindsy Davis and Patricia Faulkner.
Wages has more than a dozen years in the industry, and after stints at a collection of shops around town — including Blackbird on Thompson Lane and and Icon downtown — she “pounced” on the opportunity to forge her own path.
“I’ve helped found studios in the past,” she says, “but this space was a chance to do something new – something wholly my own.”
Opening her shop’s doors in East Nashville was a natural fit, too.
“Keeping close ties to the art community has always been important to me,” she says. “…There’s no doubt, East Nashville oozes artistic energy. I want the new shop to tap into that creative jet-stream and be part of the movement of art and expression progressing down Gallatin.”
Stylistically, Wages says she’s tended to gravitate toward neo-traditional and realist designs, but “the core philosophy behind the new space is to have a client-focused approach.
“We’re connecting with the individual and helping to accentuate their imagination in a way that gives their body art meaning,” she says. “It’s all about working with clients to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art that represent them and who they are.”
That client-focused, welcoming vibe is meant to carry throughout Sage & Serpent.
“We’re not the typical, sometimes intimidating industrial tattoo shop,” Wages says. “No egos and no sheet metal. In fact, just the opposite — I wanted the space to be completely inclusive and welcoming to all. Somewhere safe, where creativity can flourish and clients can feel relaxed.”
To get a sense of the kind of work they’ll be doing, take a look at Wages’ Instagram feed.
Our last check-in, Sage and Serpent was shooting for an August 1 soft opening. Keep up at sageandserpent.com.
Gizmos Vapor Shoppe closing
The folks at e-cig/e-liquid retailers Gizmos Vapor Shoppe announced that they’ll be shutting the doors at 922 Main Street come Saturday, July 29.
“We want to say thank you to our customers who've supported the business for the last three years,” a goodbye note says. “We'll always be grateful for your support. Starting a small business from scratch is no small task, and we have our customers to thank for everything we were able to achieve.”
In their last few days, they’ll have “generous sales” on their remaining inventory. Posted hours for Friday and Saturday are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
East Side heavy-hitters ready new releases
It’s some fertile music times here on the East Side. So if you’re seeking out life-soundtracks that sprung up (at least to some degree) in East Nashville soil, you’re in luck. A quick rundown:
Onetime East Nashvillian cover guy and Middle Tennessee native Will Hoge is getting ready to release his 11th full-length, Anchors, on August 11, via Thirty Tigers. For this one, he’s joined by some other familiar locals, Sheryl Crow and Fats Kaplin included.
Hoge has a bunch of hometown shows coming up to show off the new songs: August 9 at the Grand Ole Opry House, August 19-20 at 3rd & Lindsley — plus a mess of tour dates all around the country. Check out his full touring itinerary at willhoge.com, and indulge in some nostalgia by reading our Will Hoge cover story.
Listen to single “Little Bit of Rust” with Crow below.
You can preorder Anchors from iTunes here.
David Rawlings, a guitar hero to a town full of guitar heroes, issues his latest album, Poor David’s Almanack, on the same day as Hoge’s.
Recorded right here in East Nashville at Woodland Sound Studios, the set features contributions from Rawlings’ longtime partner Gillian Welch, plus Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes and others.
Take a listen to album track “Cumberland Gap” below, and learn more about the new LP from Rolling Stone.
Just ahead of those new sets, we’ll get a new release from some other East Nashvillian alums: 2016 Tomato Art Fest issue cover stars Hard Working Americans. Their live album We're All In This Together comes out Friday, August 4.
You can pre-order that album/associated bundles at the Hard Working Americans store. Give a listen to album track “Mission Accomplished” (which longtime Todd Snider fans may recognize from his 2008 Peace Queer album) below.
We haven’t done a full feature on breakout talent Margo Price yet, but that’s not for lack of love. We'll have lots to cover when we do, since she’s been busy, as evidenced by the surprise EP she just dropped.
Weakness, out July 28 via Nashville’s Third Man Records, features four new tracks captured out in Memphis, including “Good Luck,” dedicated to neighbor and fellow musician Ben Eyestone, who passed away earlier this month.
NPR has a track-by-track breakdown, and you can stream “Good Luck” below.
Still more to gush over.
Singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt — who appeared in our May-June 2015 issue — releases her latest album, the especially East Nashville-y Trinity Lane, via New West Records, on August 25.
You can preorder that set now via PledgeMusic. Below, check out the video for album track "The Night David Bowie Died,” captured here in the neighborhood.
Happy listening, neighbors.
— Check out Nicole Kidman doing a magazine cover shoot right by Fran’s/Southern Grist/the new Cafe Roze.
— Congrats to Make Nashville on a year in East Nashville. Join them on Saturday for an anniversary celebration.
— Major congrats to Yeast Nashville, too, who’ve now been kolache-fying the East Side for four whole years.
— Sunday, July 30, 4 to 7 p.m. at Radio Cafe: Goat Day. Come play with goats, grab some beer and some food. Under 12 is free, $3/person otherwise. 4150 Gallatin Pike. Goats.
— That time an East Nashville basement with no house on it was listed for $300K and got multiple offers.
That’s it for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.