Courtney Jaye in-store at Grimey’s May 7

Americana Music News — Courtney Jaye, a Nashville-based artist whose new album Love and Forgiveness draws on classic pop,  will appear at an in-store at Grimey’s in Nashville on May 7, the album’s release date. She’ll also perform at the Stone Fox in Nashville on May 10. We don’t understand the reference to Neil Young and the Band in the…

Classic songs revisited: “The Beautiful Old”

By Ken Paulson

— Coming June 6 is The Beautiful Old, a project by Paul Marsteller and Gabriel Rhodes that revisits music that was popular at the close of the 19th Century.

It’s a revelation. At a time when pop songs can go viral and fade just as quickly, it’s remarkable how sturdy these songs are.

Reissue: Don Nix’s “Living by the Days”

By Ken Paulson –The reissue of Living By the Days, Don Nix’s second album, is something of a revelation. It barely charted in 1971 and the single “Olena” just cracked the Hot 100. But 42 years later, the album sounds fresh and soulful. Nix was signed to Leon Russell’s Shelter Records and they had similar musical sensibilities. Nix is backed…

The voices and venues of Tin Pan South

Americana Music News — We saw the diversity of Tin Pan South tonight at two 6 p.m. shows  in distinctly different venues. J.D. Souther hosted an evening at Douglas Corner, where the room was dark and the audience was hushed and almost reverential. The club was packed and the sign outside said the room was at capacity (which happened with…

Thursday schedule at Tin Pan South in Nashville

Americana Music News –– We’re seeing good crowds throughout the Tin Pan South Festival in Nashville. Tonight, we dropped by Tapas for the 6 p.m. show featuring Steve Bogard, Sherrie Austin, Rob Hatch and David Fanning, and it was wall to wall, with people being turned away at the door. There’s another strong line-up Thursday. Among the highlights: The CMA…

Tin Pan South: From Texas to Tennessee

  By Ken Paulson — The Texas songwriter sessions are always a highlight of the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in Nashville and tonight was no exception. Radney Foster, Wade Bowen, Jon Randall and Bruce Robison showcased their best work and biggest hits at 3rd and Lindsley. Songwriters aren’t always adept vocalists, but all four were first-rate and often disarming…

Opening night for Tin Pan South

Americana Music News — The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival kicks off tonight with a full and varied schedule, combining songwriting prowess with a little star power. Among the highlights:  It would be easy to just spend the evening at 3rd and Lindsley, with strong shows at both 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. First up is “From Texas to Tennessee,”…

Reissue: Kenny O’Dell’s “Beautiful People”

By Ken Paulson —I met Kenny O’Dell at a press conference announcing the new Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame earlier this year, and mentioned how much I had enjoyed his Beautiful People album, released in 1967. O’Dell, who is a member of the Hall of Fame, was gracious and seemed surprised that anyone remembered the pop album he recorded before…

This week in Nashville: Tin Pan South

Americana Music News — Tin Pan South, an amazing annual celebration of songwriting, returns to  Nashville this week. The concept is simple: Songwriters perform their best and best-known compositions , typically in the round. The festival features both recording artists and those who perform only occasionally, and the mixture makes for great entertainment. You’ll find a full schedule here.  You’ll find past Sun209 coverage of the festival…

Review: Guy Clark in concert

By Paul T. Mueller –There’s no denying that Guy Clark’s March 23 concert at the historic Crighton Theatre in Conroe, Texas, had the air of a memorial service about it. The legendary singer-songwriter, a Texas native who’s lived in Nashville for many years, has been in ill health for several years; it seems likely that his ailments and possibly age…

The Zombies at Fitzgerald’s, Houston

By Paul T. Mueller –You could almost understand it if a band that scored its greatest hit almost 45 years ago – AFTER breaking up – decided to reform for a phone-it-in-and-cash-the-checks reunion tour. That’s been known to happen. No such worries with The Zombies, though. More than 50 years after the band started out in England, these guys are…