Friday News Roundup, February 21

Still Time to Get Your Ad in The East Nashvillian!
A quick reminder that The East Nashvillian’s March-April issue is coming up and you can still get your ad in our pages. This edition will feature guitar master (and East Nashvillian) Robben Ford, a look behind the scenes of the forthcoming documentary Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music, An East Nashvillian on the high seas, and more!  Contact now to place your ad!

Short-Term Rental Zoning Approved
A new zoning option aimed specifically at new short-term rentals units was approved by the Metro Nashville Council at their Feb. 18 meeting. The zoning will prevent short-term rentals, such as those booked through Airbnb and other homestay and tourist rental brokers, in new construction homes and condos.

Sponsored by District 5 Council Member Sean Parker, the ordinance is aimed at streamlining the approval process for new, multi-family housing construction by alleviating concerns from neighboring residents that the properties will be used for short-term rentals. The ordinance does not affect existing short-term rental properties or projects that have already received approval. More information on the new ordinance can be found at the Metro Council website.

Loretta Lynn’s First Tennessee Home on the Market
In 1961, following the release of her first singles for Decca Records, country music star Loretta Lynn and her husband Dolittle “Mooney” Lynn bought their first home in Tennessee at 712 Barbara Drive in Madison. The couple and their children lived there until 1963.  That home is now on the market with an asking price of $337,000.

According to real estate listings, the 1,820-square-foot ranch house features three bedrooms and two baths with “much of the original charm and character” preserved including knotty pine paneling, cabinets, and doors. For more information and photos of the home, check out the listing on

Poverty and the Arts Gold Key Gala This Weekend
The non-profit Poverty and the Arts (POVA) will host their annual Gold Key Gala to exhibit and sell unique works from local Nashville artists. The mix and mingle with 12 talented creatives will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 6-9p.m. in The River Center at Cumberland River Compact (2 Victory Ave., Suite 500). The evening will feature scenic artwork for sale,  views of downtown Nashville, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer, and specialty cocktails with a silent auction and live jazz.

POVA’s Artist Collective provides homeless artists access to studio space, art supplies, and professional development workshops with the goal of empowering individuals by giving them the tools needed to make sustainable change in their lives. Funds raised by the annual Gold Key Gala directly support program expansion, operational funding, and studio maintenance.

For more information, and to purchase tickets visit POVA’s website.

Get the Shivers and the Grindhouse Groove at Crying Wolf
Dig the delicious bright blood red delights vintage horror and exploitations films? There’s a new monthly meeting place for fans of psychotronic cinema with the kick-off of the film series “Black Magick Grindhouse” at Crying Wolf. Organized by local music and art promoter Kari Leigh Ames, she says the film series was sparked by memories of a former East Nashville art and film locus.

“We were absolutely inspired by Logue’s Black Raven and the Cult Fiction Underground movie house that once resided on the East Side,” Ames says.  “There’s a huge scene of people deeply interested in these ‘B’ movies and cult classics, and that’s the kind of social gathering I want to be a part of — where people are equally appreciative of beautiful cinematography, gnarly special effects, and terrible plotlines. In the future, we’d like to see a summer series of takeovers in new locations and hopefully develop into a permanent underground theater someday.”

The first film in the series is Italian horror auteur Mario Bava’s 1970 bloodbath, Hatchet for the Honeymoon (Il rosso segno della follia). Showtime is 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Crying Wolf, 823 Woodland St. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.


Music Event Round-Up
There’s a full slate of great music events this week!

For the record lovers, especially for ones with continental bent, don’t miss Third Man Records’ album release party for reissues of three classic France Gall albums from the 1960s. Gall was the queen of French yé-yé girl pop music in the groovy decade and a megastar in Europe, but her original LPs were never released in the US until now. WXNA DJ Natasha Nancel (The French Connection) and Jay Millar (The Plural of Vinyl) will be spinning classic, Gallic pop platters, tonight, Feb. 21 at Vinyl Tap (2038 Greenwood Ave.), 7-10 p.m. More info on Facebook.

Metal more your style? Or country, or jazz, or rock, or anything else? Skip on over to the Nashville Palace on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the quarterly Music City Record Convention. It’s always a great time, with great conversation for music lovers — even if you don’t buy a single record (like that’s gonna happen!)  More info on Facebook.

Of course, every great record began with a live performance by a musician and in Nashville a healthy portion of that work is done in home studios. Unfortunately, working home studios have been threatened in recent years due to Metro ordinances that have shut down some home recorders. To learn more about this problem and help to change it, drop by Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge on Sunday, Feb. 23 for performances by Mike Farris, Tommy Womack, Seth Timbs, Dave Coleman, and others. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

Bummed that you missed the Wood Brothers Valentine’s Day show at the Ryman? Well, here’s a second chance to check out one of the finest purveyors of American roots music on the scene today. They’ll be playing at Grimey’s (1060 E. Trinity Lane) on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Admission is free but show up early because it’s sure to be a packed house — more at Grimey’s website.

Eighties and nineties hard rockers, Soul Asylum, are still burning up the road and venues after more than 30 years of great shows and records. Tuesday, Feb. 25 they’ll be in Nashville, appearing at The Cowan (500 Cowan St.) with a preview of their forthcoming album Hurry Up and Wait, which will be hitting the shelves in April. Tickets and more info are available at ticketweb.

While The 5 Spot is known for its killer series of residences shows, February has been a particularly good month with a reunion of nineties power-pop trio — Joe, Marc’s Brother. Featuring the original line-up of Joe Pisapia, Marc Pisapia, and The East Nashvillian’s roving columnist James Haggerty, they’ve wowed audiences all through the month. There one last chance to catch them, Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. The 5 Spot is at 1006 Forrest Ave., for updates stop by the Facebook event page.

Quick Bits

  • A community meeting to review plans for a cluster lot subdivision at 3901 Ivy Drive in South Inglewood is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Inglewood Community Center, 1624 Rebecca Ave. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.
  • A brochure for the proposed Eastwood Village office and retail development of the former Hobson United Methodist Church site at 1716 Greenwood Ave. has been posted online. The pdf brochure includes blueprints and conceptual illustrations and is available on the Sagemont Real Estate website.
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