Americana Music Festival – Part II – The Dunwells Live on the Green

We’ve written about Live on the Green the annual six week long free outdoor concert series put on by our favorite local commercial, independent radio station – Lightning 100.  This weeks show was officially listed as part of the AMA Fest, and it started off our weekend on a swell note.  

Live on the Green brings together some of my favorite things about Nashville. Lightning 100, the amazing Public Square Park – a large public green space on the roof of a parking garage where there used to be a big ugly parking lot and great live music.  Oh yeah, and my favorite morning DJ, Mary Brace introduced the first band!

The Dunwells kicked things off.  Shortly after I saw they were playing this event, they made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and impressed me.  I’d been looking forward to this show ever since.  The Dunwells are from Leeds, where I hear The Who once played live… The band is made up of two brothers, two cousins and a long-time friend.  The brothers were easy to spot.  Joseph (great name, by the way) and David  front the band.  They play an infectious blend of folksy pop music.  I managed to sneak my way to right in front of the stage and got some decent pictures.  The crowd was enthusiastic and it was a great, fun start to what would turn out to be an epic night of music.


Schedule | Line Up | Live On The Green

Live on the Green is an awesome free live concert series put on every late summer and early fall.  It takes place on the truly amazing Public Square Park which is a green space on the roof of the parking garage for the Courthouse.  It’s a great setting and a great series.  I know some people expressed disappointment at last year’s line-up, which was actually pretty good, but in any case, the folks at Lightning 100 who just upped the ante on what Independent Radio sound like, have upped the ante on what a great free concert series looks like.
We have the full lineup and schedule (so far) linked below:  For us, some of the highlights include Alabama Shakes, North Mississippi All-Stars, Dr. John, Apache Relay, Moon Taxi, The Delta Saints and Delta Spirit.  Please note, that Delta Spirit are set to play September 13 and the opener and the headliner for that night are still TBA.  In my book, Delta Spirit could be the headliner, so I can’t wait to find out who will play with them.
 Here’s a video from Band of Horses playing Live on the Green in 2010
And here’s Tyler James from last year’s show featuring Ten Out of Tenn

Independence Day

Greetings all, I hope all my fellow Americans (I sound like the President don’t I?) are having a great day.  Just a quick post to get things going:

Finally, I’ll close out with an Independence Day announcement from Nashville’s Best Radio Station:  Lightning 100:

Monday Morning Music Shuffle – David Hall Rocks Ya’ll Mix

The Nashville progressive rock radio world suffered a devastating loss this weekend with news of the passing of David Hall from my favorite radio station Lightning 100.  Today’s shuffle is dedicated to him…


The Monday after the Super Bowl should definitely be a holiday – I mean really… Lots of people are talking about Madonna’s half-time performance.  I  come down on the side of good for what it was.   That may sound critical, but it’s really not.  I’ve heard some people making comparisons to Springsteen and Tom Petty, but really I don’t think those are fair comparisons.

In summary, I’m still waiting for them to bring back Up with People.

The Shuffle:

First up is Justin Townes Earle from the Buddy Holly tribute compilation – Rave On – doing Maybe Baby.

Next up is a alternate take on Warren Zevon’s Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

And then comes, the fabulous Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes (featuring Teddy Pendergrast) with Satisfaction Guaranteed (or Get Your Love Back).

And finally, a song from Volume 3 of the Ten Out of Tenn collective.  It’s Andrew Belle with Katie Herzig and the song, Static Waves.

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Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: Live in Concert Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: Live in Concert
Philly soul specialists Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes take the stage to perform a satisfying selection of their greatest hits in a special concert featuring such fan favorites as Wake Up Everybody, The Love We Lost, and If You Don’t Know Me By Now. An additional Canadian performance staged in 2007 allows fans the opportunity to experience two full-length concerts for the price of one. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Warren Zevon Guitar Songbook Warren Zevon Guitar Songbook
Since Warren Zevon’s untimely passing, his legend and influence have only continued to grow. Zevon is widely considered one of rock music’s greatest songwriters. For the first time in print, here are many (how could we get them all?) of Warren’s songs pre

Jam with Buddy Holly [With CD] Jam with Buddy Holly [With CD]
This book/CD pack lets guitarists learn 8 great Buddy Holly songs, then jam along with a professional session band The book features performance notes and exact transcriptions with tab, and the CD features a section of backing tracks minus lead guitar and vocals, and another section with all guitar parts added. Includes: Everyday * Heartbeat * It Doesn’t Matter Any More * Not Fade Away * Oh Boy * Peggy Sue * Rave On * That’ll Be the Day.

Tuesday Music – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud Mix

Yesterday, I found out what happens when you drop a cell phone into the gap in the doorway of an elevator.  Hint: The phone can be retrieved, but even rugged phone will not escape unscathed. 

Long story short, my phone which doubles as my MP3 player is out of commission at least as a MP3 player and playing hurt as a phone.  Texting is still possible, though. With no way to shuffle music this a.m., I am forced to do something different – I hope you dig it.

Every day, some really awesome people post really awesome music to Facebook. Here is a a sampling from this morning/late last night:

Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart) by Ricky Nelson – posted by Chris Frantz (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club) 

Click below to purchase and download Ricky Nelson’s Greatest Hits:

 We’re Gonna Groove by Led Zeppelin posted by Mary Brace (Morning DJ on Nashville’s progressive radio station Lightning 100)

Click below to look at, purchase and download Coda by Led Zeppelin.

 Pile Up by Plimsouls from their 1998 reunion album Kool Trash posted by Peter Case (Nerves, Plimsouls)

(click below to purchaase the CD of Kool Trash by the Plimsouls)

When I Hear My Name by White Stripes also posted by Peter Case from The White Stripes self-titled album:

Finally Helden (the German language version of Heroes) by David Bowie.
Posted by Richard Barone (Bongos).
Click to purchase and download the Heroes/Helden EP by David Bowie

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