Last week as I was traveling through Tennessee, I took some time to visit downtown Nashville, where I hadn’t been in a few years, and I brought along one of my best friends named Pointer. Pointer goes wherever I go. Funny thing is, we don’t always like the same things. For example, when I go somewhere sightseeing, I really have no desire to have my mug in the picture. Pointer is just the opposite, he wants to be in all the pictures. We also have total opposite tastes in country music. I like the cool old stuff and the new independent stuff, while he likes the current pop country radio stars. But we’re both good enough friends that we can respect each other’s interests.
I thought it might be fun and informative to share Pointer and my pictures of our downtown Nashville trip for those who’ve never been there.
We started off the adventure on lower Broadway, the last bastion of what Nashville used to be. You can find cool vintage shops here like the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and Hatch Show Print, legendary venues like Robert’s Western World, where BR549 and Joe Buck got their start, and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn next door, a place Hank3 plays frequently, all overshadowed by the mother church of country music, the majestic Ryman Auditorium just across the alley.
Of course one of the most famous places on lower Broadway is Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, where Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and others would hang out and write songs all day (Ryman Auditorium in the background).
It’s also famous for the famous faces painted on the front of the building. Pointer found one particular famous figure he really wanted his picture taken with.
Then we walked around the corner to visit the majestic Country Music Hall of Fame. In front of the Hall we came to a really cool walkway called the “Music City Walk of Fame”, with stars of famous people like Ernest Tubb, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Kris Kristofferson adorning the sidewalk.
Pointer found numerous stars he wanted to get his picture with:
And of course, we already know what a HUGE Kid Rock fan Pointer is!
After touring the Hall of Fame, we went to inspect the construction site for the new Nashville Convention Center, the one they tore the Musicians Hall of Fame down for after promising them a new space, an action that eventually led to all the artifacts being ruined in the big Nashville flood last year. Pointer thought the construction site looked really neato.
While walking down 3rd and Commerce, we ran into some bona fide Nashville natives:
I asked Pointer if he wanted to have his picture taken with them, and he said no, that they looked like assholes. I told Pointer it’s not fair to judge a book by its cover.
Then we hiked a mile or so to the famous Music Row district, where all the big movers and shakers in country music do their business. Apparently we’d just missed by 24 hours a big shindig at the BMI headquarters, canonizing Jason Aldean, Colt Ford, and Brantley Gilbert on the success of the #1 song “Dirt Road Anthem”. From CMT’s account, it sounded like quite the affair:
Large, gold-painted stones anchored the burlap table cloths that flapped and curled in the late afternoon breeze as uniformed servers circulated through the crowd, proffering trays of miniature cheeseburgers and bite-size servings of barbecue.
Now if that ain’t country, I’ll kiss your ass.
Pointer, being a huge fan of Leanne Rimes and Tim McGraw, wanted to get his picture in front of the home office of his favorite record label on Music Row:
After this picture, Pointer leaned over to me and said, “This Curb character sure does have his name splattered on just about everything down here, doesn’t he?”
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In closing, I’d like to say that Pointer and I both really enjoyed our trip to downtown Nashville, and we both found downtown Nashville to be a land of contrast.
Fans of Hank Williams III who’ve been waiting patiently for new music post his contentious, 14-year relationship with Curb Records are now able to get a glimpse of the new material via a series of show’s he’s been playing in Nashville. The youngest Hank, now going by “Hank3″ as opposed to the Curb-era “Hank III” played a surprise show at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn on Lower Broadway in Nashville on Wednesday night (7-6-11), and then Friday night played a show at The Exit/In.
Video from the show can be seen below, and as more becomes available from this show and his show next Friday night at the Exit/In, it will be posted here. Word is Hank3 debuted around 10 new songs. He also featured his new heavy metal project Attention Deficit Domination, or ADD. Huge thanks goes out to Cathy’s Reinstate Hank Bandwagon and the others for getting the footage for those of us who could not be there.
Hank3 has a whopping 4 albums coming out September 6th.
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Well there is some good news and some bad news in regards to the Outlaw Radio Chicago podcast. Bad news first: The network that it was broadcasting on live every Tuesday has apparently gone belly up. The good news is you can still listen to every episode at savingcountrymusic.com/outlaw-radio, and I will begin posting the podcasts on Tuesday nights at 9 PM in the regular Outlaw Radio time slot, at least until the podcast can find another network, or I can figure out how to broadcast it live here.
Even better news is that this week’s episode includes interviews and audio from Jashie P’s visit to Nashville to see Hank Williams III play at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn. It is a special 80 minute-long episode that includes interviews with of course Hank III, steel player Andy Gibson, bassist Zach Shedd, and various semi-famous people who were also in attendance, including Cathy’s Reinstate Hank Bandwagon.
Part two of Jashie P’s Nashville junket will air next week, featuring Josh Hedley and Corey who play with (or used to) Justin Townes Earle.
And stay tuned on where and when you will be able to hear Outlaw Radio broadcast live in the future.
Hank Williams III continues his stint of Wednesday nights at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn, and continues to make news and debut new songs.
This last Wednesday, former football player turned country artist Kyle Turley opened the show, and Hank III rolled out two new songs, “Moonshiner’s Blues” about Popcorn Sutton, and another called “Drinkin’ Ain’t Hard to Do.”
These two songs along with the two he debuted last week, are likely to be included on his upcoming album The Rebel Within. Hank III has also been dedicating his Layla’s shows to important people. The first show was dedicated to Mr. Bandana who has been suffering from some serious health issues. People who were not in attendance but want to help him can send money, valuables, nudes (femme only please), or whatever you have to BANDANA, 1462 MT.ZION CH.RD., IRON STATION NC 28080.
Last weeks show was dedicated to Mary Wallace who recently passed away. Mary was the President of the Hank Williams International Fan Club, and also the operator of the Hank Williams Museum in Alabama. You can read a great review of last week’s show and see some pictures from Cathy’s Reinstate Hank Bandwagon, and thanks again to Allison for the vids.
On Wednesday (12-16) Hank III began a run of Wednesday night shows at one of the last honky tonks left on Broadway in Nashville, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn. These shows are unique to anything else Hank III does, because there is no cover charge, and you get sometimes over two hours of strictly country music. As Hank III says, this is his way of staying true to the roots of the music, and it also helps keep the last dying gasps of a live music scene alive in Nashville.
Hank III unveiled two new songs during his country set, and luckily Allison was there with camera rolling to capture them. The names are “Lost in Oklahoma” and “Looking for a Mountain.” You can also see some great still shots from the show on Cathy’s Page.
Oh, and another Hank III heads up: He will be taping an episode of the Marty Stuart show on RFD-TV in early February. No word on when the episode will air, but stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted.
Nice shout out for Wayne & Mr. Bandana!
There’s also some great new, good quality videos of the .357 String Band from Deeetroit City, from a cat named Misfit 1III8. Great examples of the kind of energy the .357 bring to a live, REAL bluegrass show:
.357 String Band Albums:
Fire & Hail
Now if you will excuse me, I’m heading off to vote for the MySpace REAL Country Music Awards.
Hank III Interview Now on Podcast:
Big G’s interview with Hank III on the Texas Roadshow is now up on podcast HERE for your listening enjoyment! IT IS OVER AN HOUR LONG !! And is packed with so much great stuff I can’t even get into it all here. Big G is an amazing interviewer. When you listen you feel like it’s just two people sitting on a back porch sippin’ beers, shooting the shit. This really allows whoever’s being interviewed to feel comfortable, which makes a good interview.
Great job Big G !!!
IBWIP Special Live Vidcast !!
The It Burns When I Pee podcast will be airing a special LIVE vidcast of the taping of Episode 22 tomorrow (Wed) at 7 PM CST! You can watch and participate HERE and the scoop is that the very hot Norma Jean will be receiving A SURPRISE GIFT! The actual episode won’t air until December 19th, but this is a behind the scenes glimpse of the well-orchestrated train wreck which is IBWIP.
So be there or be square !!
Speaking of IBWIP, I forgot to mention in this blog that at the Metal Farm Magazine release party, IBWIP also interviewed Metal Farm’s Head Hellbilly Randy Bake.
I’m also pleased to announce that Metal Farm is now an official sponsor of savingcountrymusic.com !
If you haven’t picked up your copy of Metal Farm yet, you should get that done. I wrote a review of it HERE.
New Hank III Video from Layla’s Bluegrass Inn:
Snarfed from a Tonya Watts blog . Check it:
And last but not least, you should check out the Hank III Coalition’s blogs about the MySpace Music Awards. This is a great idea.
Check it out:
Props to Hank III’s bass player Zach Shedd and Free Hank III lieutenant Allison for helping to sniff these bad boys out.
Allison also recorded this one from a recent show at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn in Trashville:
Like I say, I normally wouldn’t obsess over new videos like this, but the Fuel TV stuff is amazing quality and should really be great as promotion tools for Shelton. I also had a couple of keen observations from these videos:
1. The great Shawn McWilliams is playing the same Gretsch Catalina Club pearl finish drum set I play. Okay, maybe this shit is only interesting to me, but whatever.
2. Hank III’s voice sounds great!
In my dumb opinion, his voice sounds better than it has in a long while. I think it sounds better than it does on some of the cuts of Damn Right, Rebel Proud.
For all of those wondering what he’s been doing the last year since he’s not been touring, one of the major things he’s been doing is rehabbing the voice, and it seems like it has been working for him. You have to understand, this is Shelton’s curse. He was told when he was younger he would never be able to do what he’s doing because the way his pipes are rigged. He’s done some amazing things with these limitations, and hopefully he learns to live with his limitations better moving forward.
Anyway, makes me glad to see him out there playing again, and that everything sounds good.
Hank III singing and Tonya Watts pole dancing. Doesn’t get any better than this.
If you’re into REAL country music, and hot women, WITH TALENT !!! Then you should swing by myspace.com/crazybitchnight and check that out. Lots of great music and videos there. It is a collaboration between the GREAT Tonya Watts , and two girls I need to spend more time checking out, Gretta Gaines and Stacie Collins.
I’m pretty sure I am in love with all of these women. They better not let me on the Crazy Bitch Night bus, or there will be a mess to clean up fo sho.
(Tonya Watts signing the Reinstate Hank Petition)
(Tonya hanging out with Blake of Judd Films)
Also Tonya Watts will be playing with Hank III this Wed. the 26th at Layla’s.
Also real quick, in my Thank You blog I wrote a while back, I forgot to mention the few people who used the Amazon.com link on savingcountrymusic.com to buy stuff. I think I’ve only raised $1.03 or something so far, but that people (if only a few) would do that to help me pay for the hosting of freehank3.org and savingcountrymusic.com is a huge compliment to me. Unfortunately I do not have a way to find out who you are, but I thank you nonetheless.
And if you’re wondering what I’m talking about, there is a link on savingcountrymusic.com where you can go and buy anything from Amazon.com, and then a few cents of you purchase goes back to the website, and it doesn’t cost you anything more than it would normally. I’d rather do it this way then try to sell you shit you don’t want, and everything earned goes back into the websites.
Thanks again to all my readers!
I’m not sure what the occasion was. Could’ve been a warmup for a tour, a video shoot, or a thank you to Layla for letting III use the Bluegrass Inn for a Reinstate Hank Rally a while back. Who knows.
The word is, the show kicked ass!!!
Triple thanks to Allison, a recently recruited Free Hank 3.org operative for allowing me to use these pictures. More can be seen HERE, and please drop Allison a quick line and tell her thanks.
As you can see, no Joe Buck. The bass player’s name is Zack. There’s also a banjer, and ol’ Andy Gibson is still doing his thing. I wouldn’t run with the idea that this is the new band lineup, but it is interesting.
Also, Outlaw Radio announced that on their Oct. 14th show, Wayne ‘The Train’ Hancock will be appearing, and the next week on the 21st, none other than Hank III !!!
YouTubes just surfaced. Not very good quality, but whatever.
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