Here we are in the days before the winter holiday weekend, and here’s our knowing nod to all the fellow procrastinators… ain’t no shame in scrambling at the last minute to spoil the ones you love. Happens to the best of us. Sometimes annually.
If you need a little extra inspiration as you head out to grab some gifts, please feel encouraged to explore our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, stocked with East Nashville items for just about anyone on your list. (Pictured above: New East Nashville shop the Crazy Kukla Boutique, which has some really cute stuff included in said guide.)
With that encouragement, and a heartfelt Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Joyous Festivus, here’s this week’s East Nashville News:
Black Shag Vintage joins The Station
East Nashville has another new vintage haunt: Black Shag Vintage just joined the crew at The Station, Karen Goodlow Designs’ reimagination of the historic fire hall No. 18 at 1220 Gallatin.
On the shelves at the new shop: all manner of vintage clothing, shoes, boots and accessories, angled “for your rock ’n’ roll heart,” in addition to the self-described “largest and best selection of original vintage concert T-shirts in the South.”
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 Sunday, and Mondays by appointment.
They join Goodlow’s commercial/residential interior design office, Grounds 2 Give coffee and others in the newly renewed Station. Check out more about the location at TheStationNashville.com.
Fans and friends step up to help Those Darlins' Jessi Zazu
As ardent fans of Those Darlins, we were sad to hear the news this week that singer Jessi Zazu was battling cervical cancer, and charging into a second round of chemotherapy.
She’s clearly as tough as they come, and Nashville — and many well beyond Nashville — are cheering her on. Part of that: a fundraiser to help her focus on healing, not on battling medical bills.
As of this posting, the fund was well over $40K, and we hope to see it continue to rise and help a talented, kind neighbor. If you’d like to pitch in, visit Jessi Zazu’s Cancer Fighting Fund page here.
Above, one of our favorite-ever photos from The East Nashvillian’s pages: Jessi doing what she does so well onstage in 2013, captured by Dave Cardaciotto.
Cooper's new Cash/Pride book out in 2017
East Nashville’s full of journeymen and journeywomen, and one of the busiest we know — journalist, songwriter, sideman, producer, Vandy lecturer and music/baseball trivia savant Peter Cooper — has a new book coming out in the spring that classic country music fans will surely want to eyeball.
Johnny's Cash & Charley's Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music is due out on April 25, 2017 via Spring House Press, and it’ll offer an insider’s look into some of the people who belong on country music’s Mount Rushmore, from the two titular singers to Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Earl Scruggs and on.
From a release:
“Filled with untold stories and newly revealed histories, it is an informal yet well-studied inside view of country music's greatest characters and pivotal moments. … Cooper's selected stories are akin to a curated behind-the-scenes, first-person tour of the unique personalities that shaped country music.”
If you know Cooper, or you’ve read Cooper, you know that these’ll be unlike any yarns you’ve heard before.
Here’s a little more from Amazon about the book; guesses are, though, it’ll end up getting stocked at one/several of our wonderful East Side bookstores.
As for us, we’re Cooper fans — in fact, we’ve run two features on the man. Check out Randy Fox’s chat with Cooper here; and here, fellow musician/journalist Eric Brace’s essay on the occasion of Cooper’s exit from his longtime post at The Tennessean.
Rudy’s Barbershop comes East from way West
More hair care coming our way, according to The Tennessean: Rudy’s Barbershop — a West Coast-bred chain “known for its artistic, rock 'n' roll vibe” is aiming to open its second Nashville location in February, here at the Hill Center Five Points, alongside Burger UP, Pet Wants Nashville and others.
The first Nashville Rudy’s location opened this past week in Edgehill Village, at 1200 Villa Place.
Instrumenthead Exhibit in East Nashville
As music portraits go, the ones in photographer Michael Weintrob’s Instrumenthead series are… uncommon. In that you never see the subjects’ faces — just the tools of their trade up front, showing those artists’ personalities just as much (if not more) than their eyes and noses might.
Weintrob hand-picked 75 artists from across genres — legendary bassist Bootsy Collins, Dave Schools from Widespread Panic/Hard Working Americans, lots of others — and soon, the compiled imagery will be available in book form: INSTRUMENTHEAD: The Book is up for pre-order now, and will be delivered in early 2017.
While he gets ready for that release, the photographer is hosting an exhibition of his Instrumenthead work here in East Nashville, with proceeds benefiting Widespread Panic's Tunes for Tots Charity.
The exhibit, at his Photography Studio & Gallery (919 Gallatin Ave., Studio 6), kicks off Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m., and runs noon to 5 December 29 to 31, with complimentary beer and bourbon tastings, music from DJ Logic and more. The admission fee of $5 also gets you a ticket for a raffle of a 24”x36” artist proof signed by Weintrob and Schools.
Visit the Instrumenthead exhibit Facebook event page for more details; for more about the series and/or to order the book, head to Weintrob’s SquareUp page.
Glow Skincare merging, changing name
Platinum Salon’s longtime sister skincare providers, Glow Skincare, have a big change in the works — after 10 years, they’re getting hitched, and changing their name.
Their soon-to-be betrothed: fellow skincare pros Ona Belle Meade. Thus, the new name, come January: Ona Skincare East Nashville.
A note from the Glow folk: “Melissa and Helen Gaye will still provide all of the services you know and love and continue to add new services as the industry grows and changes. … We look forward to the year ahead and continuing to serve your skincare needs!”
The newly dubbed Ona Skincare East Nashville will still be located at 1013 Fatherland Street; learn more at the not-Glow-for-much-longer Facebook page.
East Sider Justin Bruce leaving WKRN
Combination of bummed/happy to hear this week that friendly Nashville TV weather guru and East Nashvillian Justin Bruce and his family will be skipping town in the New Year, and heading to Las Vegas, as Justin takes a new post at KTNV.
“Leaving my WKRN family is tough, but my wife is from Las Vegas and the chance for (our son) Hank to grow up with family was too good to pass up,” Bruce tweeted after announcing the news.
He’d been with the station since 2004, and his wife Jaime has long been a part of the East Nashvillian family. We’re sad to see them go, but happy for their new opportunities.
Send goodbyes and love to Justin and fam on Twitter; his last day with WKRN is January 2.
New Volta community leasing soon
If you’ve driven up/down Gallatin in Inglewood recently, you’ve surely seen the progress over at The Volta, a new apartment/commercial community going up at 4303 Gallatin.
Those folks just announced that they’ll start leasing soon, with options available beginning in March for one- and two-bedroom units. Rents are starting at $1,150 a month, and there are 16 units, with retail/office space coming too. Rendering above of what the completed project will look like.
— This week, the Metro Council approved plans to move the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office HQ to East Nashville.
— It was the blind date heard ‘round the… neighborhood Facebook community. If you weren’t following the saga of Mark Cassady’s office Christmas party date hunt in the East Nashville Facebook group, Style Blueprint catches you up, and it’s a feelgood story in a we-could-all-use-some-feelgood time.
— Remember in September when we told you about new local business Bike Fun? If you need to get out of the house on Christmas Day, they’re hosting a Merry Bikemas ride, starting at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center. BF cap'n KJ Garner is leading, and says it’ll be casual, and slow. Is free, too. More here.
— The Nashville Scene has a chat with East Nashville luminary Gillian Welch on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut, Revival.
— On RollingStone.com: “Concertgoers at Brent Cobb's show at the Basement East in Nashville last night got a big surprise when Miranda Lambert joined the singer-songwriter on stage for a performance of ‘Old Shit.’”
— Total’s in for Project 615’s Gatlinburg Relief Fund efforts, and they (and all their shirt-buyers) raised $102,581. Applause. Now through Christmas, they also have a “Love Your Neighbor” shirt available to benefit Room in the Inn’s local homeless advocacy.
— If you’re an animal lover, now’s a great time to donate to East Nashville’s Pet Community Center — through December 31, all donations will be matched (up to $25,000). With that extra boost, a donation of $80 provides full vetting for two animals. More here.
— The Tennessean ran a nice Q&A with Joelle Herr of East Nashville’s Her Bookshop. Here's a little bit of chatting we had with her back before the shop doors opened.
— Friday night, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Aaron Lee Tasjan and more talented friends hold down the East Nashville Winter Pep Rally and Dance Cotillion at the Basement East. Todd calls it “The greatest Festivus party on planet Earth.” Pretty certainly gonna be a good time and a good reminder of why we all came to and/or stayed in this still-wonderful if ever-changing neighborhood.
— Also in the running for the greatest Festivus party: East Nashville Beer Works’ inaugural hang. They’re not messing around: There’ll be a Festivus pole, airing of grievances, pints of their Festivus Stout, Festivus Pie and more. Also Friday, starts at 5 p.m., 320 E Trinity Lane.
That’s all for this week. Tips to share? Please email Nicole.