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.

Nashville here I come!

I’ll be setting up camp in East Nashville starting in January of 2015.  I’ve spent a fair amount of time on Music City over the years with Moot Davis but I really want to be more involved in the local music scene there.

I’m also interested in more of the business side of things for Crow Town Records, and where better to learn and network?  Looking forward to throwing down with the big boys!

 

Producing New Adams Wilson Album

I was approached by my South Jersey musicians Adams Eberwein and Matt Riley of the band Adams Wilson to produce and record their new as of yet untitled collection of songs.  They chose to work at GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY, home of the Goo Goo Dolls .  Celebrated engineer Justin Rose will be manning the board and making everyone sound great.  We plan on spending a week tracking and getting vocals with final mixes to be done later in the year.