Tin Pan South dates announced

The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival has been set for Tuesday, March 29, through Saturday, April 2. This is always a great event, with an amazing range of singers and songwriters. Passes go on sale on March 9 at tinpansouth.com.

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Don Henry’s birthday bash at the Bluebird

Don Henry celebrates his birthday on New Year's Eve eve.

One of the very best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve eve is to attend Don Henry’s birthday bash at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Last night was no exception. Henry, a Grammy award-winning songwriter, throws his own birthday party each year, inviting talented friends and co-writers. A highlight: Bobby Braddock dropped in to perform his George Jones classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today.
Tom Kimmel. Henry’s bandmate in the Waymores, sat in for a couple songs from that group’s upcoming CD. One of the songs was a direct nod to the Byrds, but both songs had that upbeat ’60s folk-rock feel to them — and that’s a good thing.
Craig Carothers and Danny Flowers joined Henry in the round. Carothers played a new song called “There is No U in We.” Like other Carothers songs, it’s dark and cynical, but also very melodic and funny. Flowers opened the show with his “Tulsa Time” and closed with his “East Batcave Shell Station Blues.” That’s some range.
The Bluebird was packed on a Thursday night; it’s my guess that this is that this show has become a tradition for a lot of folks. It’s really the best part of Nashville: incredibly talented people playing and singing as if they were in their living room and the audience consists of friends that just happened to have to pay a cover.

Cayamo 2011 features John Prine

One of my favorite musical events each year takes place on the water. Cayamo is a floating music festival, a cruise that features a remarkable array of performers and about 12 hours of music a day.

Cayamo 2011 will feature John Prine, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, the Indigo Girls, Buddy Miller, Brandi Carlisle and many more. The cruise includes stops in the British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and Bahamas.

You’ll find more details at http://www.cayamo.com.

Tin Pan South 2011 dates

Looking ahead: The 2011 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival has been scheduled for the week of March 29, 2011. Watch for ticket sales information at www.tinpansouth.com.

Video interview with Cowboy Jack Clement

Given the inspiration for Sun 209, it seems appropriate to share this video link of an interview with Cowboy Jack Clement from the Speaking Freely television show. Jack talks about Sun Records, his writing and recording career, Johnny Cash and the fateful day Jerry Lee Lewis walked into the studio. You’ll find a transcript here.

A side of Jason and the Scorchers at Tin Pan South

In a week full of performances on acoustic guitars, Tin Pan South took a turn for the loud with a group of folks best known for rock and blues. Craig Krampf, Bill Cuomo, Dave Pomeroy, Jonell Mosser, Dan Baird, Paris Delane, Kenny Greenberg and Ashley Cleveland played an amazing array of songs, including one of Craig’s from “Flashdance.” I’ve never seen Jason and the Scorchers live, so it was a treat to hear the band do a couple of their songs. Scorchers guitarist Warner Hodges, seen above with Ashley and Kenny, clearly had a good time.

In a week full of performances on acoustic guitars, Tin Pan South took a turn for the loud with a group of folks best known for rock and blues. Craig Krampf, Bill Cuomo, Dave Pomeroy, Jonell Mosser, Dan Baird, Paris Delane, Kenny Greenberg and Ashley Cleveland played an amazing array of songs, including one of Craig’s from “Flashdance.” I’ve never seen Jason and the Scorchers live, so it was a treat to hear the band do a couple of their songs. Scorchers guitarist Warner Hodges, seen above with Ashley and Kenny, clearly had a good time.

A Righteous Tin Pan South

Tin Pan South is a celebration of songwriting put together by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The annual festival is remarkable for its scope and depth of talent, and occasionally you can even have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member drop by. Righteous Brother Bill Medley performed in the round at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with Steve Dorff, Bill LaBounty and Bobby Tomberlin. I had no idea he had written “Little Latin Lupe Lu” (the live Springsteen version is better known to many) and he had a good time mocking his own lyrics. Bobby Hatfield, the other Brother, died in 2003. Medley did his own stirring version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” to close the night.

Tin Pan South is a celebration of songwriting put together by the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The annual festival is remarkable for its scope and depth of talent, and occasionally you can even have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member drop by. Righteous Brother Bill Medley performed in the round at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with Steve Dorff, Bill LaBounty and Bobby Tomberlin. I had no idea he had written “Little Latin Lupe Lu” (the live Springsteen version is better known to many) and he had a good time mocking his own lyrics. Bobby Hatfield, the other Brother, died in 2003. Medley did his own stirring version of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” to close the night.

Sam of Sun

My only aim was to stay in the business until I could prove, right or wrong, that we needed to be blazing some new trails.

Sam Phillips, 1999, at the “Elvis and the First Amendment” program

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