Greetings from East Nashville

Michael Mean
Michael Mean in East Nashville

My first week in Music City was very enjoyable making new  friends and contacts and of course hearing great music at all the usual spots, as if anything less is even possible in a city full of badasses.

The Family Wash had an amazing holiday show  featuring the Vince Guaraldi Christmas spectacular performed by stalwart musicians Jen Gunderman on piano, James Haggerty on Bass and Jim Hoke on sax/flute.

I attended a holiday party thrown by the Sugar Hill Records and Americana Association at RCA Studio A, the home of much drama and community anxiety earlier this year.  Now that I’ve been there I know why it was such a hot button issue, it really is one of the more unique spaces and soaked in history.

The ultimate so far has been Steve Cropper performing a set at Acme Feed and Seed, where he received an award from BMI for achieving 10 million individual plays which totals about 60 years of music.  I cut my teeth on the Stax Volt songbook so this was a real treat for me personally.