Friday News Roundup, September 6

In the Spotlight — The East Nashvillian 2019 Music Issue!

The annual Music Issue of The East Nashvillian is out on the streets and it’s bringing the noise!

Music City power couple Buddy & Julie Miller are featured on the cover and inside you’ll find the in-depth story of their lives, love, and music. Also on tap are profiles on blues psych rockers The Minks, hip-hop up-and-comer Tim Gent, jazz stylist Dara Tucker, DIY punk popsters Peachy, musical troubadour Drew Holcomb, and more. Tommy Womack also surveys the re-birth of Nashville’s hippest suburb and songwriter supreme Kevin Gordon checks in to share his love of American folk art.

Grab your copy from the usual locations around town or check out the online version right now!

Not Just a Festival, It’s an AMERICANAFEST!

It’s the best week of the year for live music lovers as the annual AMERICANAFEST arrives. It’s the 20th year for the conference and festival that celebrates all the roots, branches, and shoots of American roots music. Spanning six days, the week offers educational panels, musical showcases, industry parties, and performances by over a hundred artists. Check out seminars and lectures with musicians, historians, and top music biz professionals by daylight, then hit the streets for tunes by night.

Panel attendance requires full registration, but wristbands can be purchased for just $90 if you just want to hear the music, and some shows will also feature individual ticketing — not to mention the many unofficial AMERICANAFEST activities and shows that will be filling Nashville’s nightclubs for the next week. For more info, full registration, or to purchase wristbands visit the AMERICANAFEST webpage.

You Got Memphis in My Nashville!

What better way to start an AMERICANAFEST than to bring the two great musical cities of Tennessee together with Better Together: That Memphis Groove ‘n’ Grind at The Basement East!

The celebration of Memphis music starts on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. with performances from Chuck Mead, Will Hoge, Jesse Malin, Liz Brasher, Mojo Nixon, Dee White, The HawtThorns, Webb Wilder, Susan Marshall and more. Admission is free for AMERICANAFEST registrants and festival wristband holders or $10 cover at the door. Capacity is limited, so be sure to get there early.

Walking the “Fore!” Over You

AMERICANAFEST week brings more than just music and East Nashville’s own honky tonk hero, Chuck Mead, is taking it to the green! Chuck Mead’s Shelby Bottoms Up Classic is a neo-traditional 9-hole golf tournament featuring teams of musicians, music industry impresarios, and Americana music fans. Take part in the battle for each hole, prizes, and bragging rights, all while helping preserve the grounds of our beloved Shelby Park and Bottoms.

The fun starts at noon, Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Shelby Park Golf Course. Email your name and golf handicap, and indicate if you are a musician, music professional or fan to to apply to play. There is a $35 fee for golf, cart, food, and drinks. Space is limited.

There’s Something in Next Sunday

After a week of hardcore AMERICANAFEST-ing you may feel rundown, but Sunday morning (and afternoon) sidewalks won’t be so sleepy or lonely with this (mostly) annual celebration of great music. The fun kicks off at noon, Sunday, Sept. 15 at “The Compound” (919 Gallatin Ave.). Hosted by Nashville honky tonker J.P. Harris, this year’s line-up includes JD McPherson’s Mid Tenn Three, Lauren Morrow, Molly Tuttle, Brandy Zdan, John R. Miller & the Engine Light, and J.P. Harris’ “Why Don’t We Duet in the Road” featuring Leigh Nash, Kelsey Walden, Kristina Murray, Malin Pettersen, Miss Tess, Erin Rae, and more TBA. Also at hand is a vintage and handmade goods market curated by Nikki Lane’s HCH Outpost, J.P.’s renowned gumbo, food trucks, drinks, and all kinds of fun, so make your plans now for next Sunday!


Quick Bits

  • The Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival returns for its lucky 13th year, Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Cumberland River East Bank (592 S. First St.). Celebrating traditional Chinese dragon boat racing and culture, four-boat heats will race the approximately 250 meter stretch of the river from the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to the Woodland Street Bridge. A handful of tasty vendors will be on site with plenty of fun and educational activities for the whole family. The races kick off at 11 a.m. Proceeds support the Cumberland River Compact; for more info visit
  • Need a some groovy DIY RAWK before the AMERICANAFEST roots sink down? Get yourself to Drkmttr Saturday night at 7 p.m. for some psychedelic punk blues from Norman, Oklahoma rockers Psychotic Reaction, along with trippy sets from other malcontents including Dead Feathers, Pony, Black Moon Mother, and Supermelt! — presented by Sweet Time booking and Far Out Fest. For more info, check out the Facebook event page (and also check out our feature on Far Out Fest co-founder Kari Leigh Ames from last year’s Music Issue!)
  • Singer/songwriter Andrew Combs has been wowing folks for some time with his classic songwriting chops and his powerful vocals (as evidenced by our 2015 Music Issue feature). His new album, Ideal Man, explores new sonic directions with producer/engineer Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker). Although the official street date in Sept. 20, Combs is teaming up with Grimey’s to bring a special AMERICANAFEST week preview with an in-store performance and exclusive early sale on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.
  • Eater Nashville reports that Chef Mailea Weger’s new all-day café “lou,” at 1304 McGavock Pike — in the Bungalow formerly by Fort Louise, is opening this Saturday, Sept. 7. The menu will include Tuesday through Sunday brunch, apéro, and dinner with a focus on West Coast cuisine with vegetable-forward dishes, a selection of proteins, a low-ABV cocktail menu, and a selection of all-natural wines. For more info, hours, and menus visit
  • Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 7, is the last day for early voting in the 2019 Metropolitan General Run-Off Election, with election day on Thursday, Sept. 12. For a schedule of early voting locations and hours visit the Davidson County Election Commission website.
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