It’s that amazing day of consumer over-abundance coming up tomorrow, and we’re sure that you’ve been innundated with reminders that you need to get out amongst the bargain hunters tomorrow. We here at No Country think you should go no further than your local record store to get something truly unique for your music loving loved ones.
Below we run down the Nashville related artists’, Nashville related performances, and somewhat Nashville related, but, let’s face it, spending your money local is one of the best things you can do for your local economy.
Brendan Benson You Were Right
Local Raconteur and Greenhorne Brendan Benson has a new LP coming out, and you get your first chance to put your grubby little mitts on it on Record Store Day for the vinyl release. Those digital fans will have to wait until December 10th (Benson will perform in store at Grimeys that day), but you’ll all have your hands on the release before their de-facto release party in the form of a benefit at The Ryman on December 18th. Yeah, Merry Christmas to you too. Check out the most recent single, “Diamond,” from You Were Right below.
Moon Taxi Cabaret (vinyl release)
Local rockers Moon Taxi have pretty much left our local stratosphere with their growing regional and national presence. Grimey’s has a hometown treat for Moon Taxi fans out there with a vinyl release of their sophomore LP, Cabaret. This release can only be found at Grimeys, and given the popularity of the band and the limited nature of the release, we wouldn’t expect it to stay in stock for too long.
Band Of Horses: Live At The Ryman
Can you imagine a more ethereal spot to see these harmontastic fellars from South Carolina than The Ryman? Yeah, us either. While Band Of Horses are dressed like they should be performing at The Five Spot, fans of the band will surely want to hear a better recording than the illegal live video from “screamyell” below.
Blind Boys Of Alabama / Jason Isbell & John Paul White: Christmas in Dixie / Old Flame (split 7″)
Often Nashville residents Jason Isbell & John Paul White recently teamed up with Blind Boys Of Alabama for a tribute to country superstars Alabama. You can grab a special release 7″ on Friday. You can check out the, appropriate for the upcoming holiday season, “Christmas In Dixie” below.
Civil Wars: Between The Bars
While you are waiting to hear some new Civil Wars, you can regale in some of their best known live covers with the 10″ single containing exclusive studio versions of “Sour Times” (Portishead cover), “Between The Bars” (Elliott Smith cover), “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson cover), and “Talking In Your Sleep” (Romantics cover).
Dawes: Stripped Down At Grimeys
Yet again, our pals over on 8th Avenue South have brought one of their beloved in-stores to life for those not fortunate enough to be out of work in time… or that live in a totally different area code. This national release is yet another example of the reach of our local record store as well as the ever growing presence of Dawes. Congrats to both, and thanks for letting us grab a piece of this awesome. Amazingly, there is no illegal video on the first couple of pages of the interwebs from this summer’s sold the eff out show.
Hard Workin’ Americans: Dont Wanna Hurt Nobody
Don’t call it a super group and don’t call it a side project, when it comes down to making the music they love, Todd Snider, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Duane Trucks and Chad Staehly (both of Great American Taxi) are legitimate about their mission to bring their beloved music to the ears of people everywhere. I guess that sounds a little like every band in every city, but this one does boast some serious talent. They release their debut LP January 21st, and will first perform in Nashville at Marathon Music Works on February 21st.
Jack Johnson: Live At Third Man Records 6/15/13
Say what you will about the “King Of Campfire Rock.” Not only would you gladly have that dude play near any chilled out fire pit you were sitting at, millions and millions of people would drop an appendage to check him out. A select few, who didn’t make the trek to the Roo got a chance to see the last minute headliner when he stopped by Third Man last summer. It’s time for the rest of you to imbibe. Given the hour of the Third Man performance, we just have to tip our hat to our favorite San Francisco radio station KFOG (who in-studio’d this dude before it was even right) with his 2010 performance of “Banana Pancakes”.
Various Artists: A Musical Tribute to Shel Silverstein
One of our local heroes, Bobby Bare Jr. collaborated with a bajillion other artists to bring to life one of our most beloved poetical authors, Shel Silverstein. Contributing artists included the likes of My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, John Prine, Dr. Dog, and numerous others including our own hometowner, Bobby Bare Jr. Note: Bare Jr. will be performing a special Record Store Day/ Black Friday performance at Grimeys in Nashville to celebrate the vinyl release. You can think about how to get the family over to Grimey’s around 4pm, while you are checking out Andrew Bird doing the title track below.