Saturday - 10/26/13 - SO Nashville
At this point in my life, I should know that when I expect a weekend to be "calm"... it most definitely won't be. I thought I'd just catch a set at a record store and grab dinner with a friend. I ended up having a super "Nashville" night, which included watching Grammy award winning artists play in someone's basement... in drag.
J Roddy Walston & The Business @ Grimey's Records
I've been a J Roddy fan ever since stumbling across him and his crew at SXSW a few years ago, playing a 40 Watt Party in Austin. I'm ALWAYS a fan of shows at Grimey's. I was curious to see how they'd pull of a stripped down, mini set, as the piano is usually a driving force in most of their songs. Not that I expected them to, but J Roddy and The Business did NOT disappoint. The band is touring in support of their latest effort, Essential Tremors and played a handful of new songs to a very enthusiastic crowd. They ended with my favorite, "Don't Break The Needle" and I finished my free beer (thanks Beer:30) and went on my way, incredibly satisfied.
Salvador Dali Parton @ Coyote Ranch & Foobar ... and NOT Third Man Records
Originally, my plans for Saturday night included having dinner and grabbing a drink with my friend Michelle, to celebrate her birthday. HA! yeah, right. While the dinner and drink did happen, we managed to get word about the "secret" house show that Supergroup "Salvador Dali Parton" was playing. The band consisted of Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons, Justin Hayward-Young of The Vaccines, Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show, Mike Harris of Apache Relay, and Jake Orrall of JEFF The Brotherhood. SDP formed only days earlier, wrote and practiced a short set of original songs and then decided to play 6 shows in one night. It was a shit show, in the best way.
Our first stop was SDP's 5th show, around 11 pm at a place (the basement of a suburban home) called Coyote Ranch. Several Belmont kids were crowded in the backyard... but after a few texts, we found ourselves being snuck in the front door and down to the basement for some noise. It was there, crammed on a stairwell to a tiny basement, that I looked at my friend Michelle and just busted out laughing at how "Nashville" we were that night. We were escorted in, couldn't see anything, the sound was awful, but it was fun!?!
Our source had also revealed the destination of the final show of the night, so we ducked out a few minutes early and headed across town to FooBar. Once in FooBar, we grabbed drinks, said hey to several people, and staked out a prime spot for SDP's final show of the night/their existence. It was loud, and sludge metal-ish with a few hints of country twang. At this point in this night, the alcohol had gotten the best of the band but it was still highly entertaining. Professional video and audio recording was happening, so I'm sure that'll surface from their camps eventually.
Before their last song, Jake announced (via Megaphone from behind the drums) that the band would be playing yet another show, at 2am at Third Man Records... and all in attendance would get an infamous Black & Blue Record from the show. We left FooBar and headed back across town to the land of Jack White, but found out it was only a hoax. Still, when you hear anything about a secret show at Third Man... you hustle over, because they're usually real and they're always awesome.
The cool kids over at No Country For New Nashville caught the band's sets at The High Watt & Exit/In and got some incredible shots. Check out their take on the night here.
Rolling Stone reviewed it too.
You can check out my super high quality iPhone 5 shots from FooBar below.