Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Monday at The Station Inn - Welcome to Nashville: Part II

 The Station Inn

The Station Inn has been the primary location in Nashville to hear and see bluegrass from the stage and bluegrass people in the audience for many years. Nestled on a side street just of I-40, it is easy to miss, until you know how to find it. There's little on site parking, but a good sized private pay lot across the street. The food is limited to tasty frozen pizza, popcorn, and packaged snacks, while drinks consit of beer, coffee, and soda. What the Station Inn serves up is generous helping of bluegrass music from touring bands and pick-up bands composed of Nashville stars and local side musicians playing for love of the music. Many bands choose the Station Inn as their preferred location for new release parties. The doors open at 7:00 PM for shows beginning at either 8:00 or 9:00, and smart regulars get there early in order to nail down their favorite seats. Admission is usually $10 - $15 with some bands and events higher. The Station Inn has a new web site with an interactive calendar to make it even easier to choose days you'd like to go there.

 Jason at the Door

 The Bar

Waiting for the Show to Start

New Monday - I'm Not Over You - Video

New Monday
For years singer/songwriters Larry Cordle and Carl Jackson have been proclaiming the death of "real" country music and championing the great country sounds of the sixties through the eighties. Cordle's anthemic (and award winning) "Murder on Music Row" champions this posture. Jackson won his first Grammy in the album "Spring Training" with John Starling back in 1992 and toured with country great Glen Campbell for a dozen years. Recently, they've teamed up with pal Val Storey to prove this thesis in a series of shows at the Station Inn including regulars Mike Bub, Aubrey Haynie, Catherine Marx, Larry Atamanuik and others, but this is a movable cast, as Nashville side-musicians are often on the road and there's a terrific well of talent in Music City. This evening, Janee Fleenor sat in on Fiddle and Rob Turner on Pedal Steel. Guests are often called to the stage to sing a song or two, as The Station Inn is a regular hang-out for many of the town's great musicians. This rich soup makes for an extremely enjoyable, relaxed, and music-filled evening with plenty of familiar songs delivered with huge enthusiasm featuring perfect pace and taste. 

Carl Jackson

Larry Cordle

Val Storey

New Monday - Ramblin Fever - Video

Mike Bub

Catherine Marx

Larry Atamanuik

Janee Fleenor

New Monday - Gentle on My Mind - Video;  
Robbie Turner

Randy Kohrs - Guest Appearance

Dale Pyatt - Singer/Songwriter in the Audience

Helge Bleikrassfors - Guest from Norway

Helge's wife gave him this musical trip to the U.S. as a gift. He says next time she and his son will join him...and there will be a next time.

All-in-all, a visit to the Station Inn is the whole package. It's a legendary venue where local and visiting musicians mix happily with local fans and those who are making a pilgrimage here. The Station Inn has a reputation for nurturing bands which go on to touring careers as well as for giving the multitude of gifted studio musicians, the largely invisible artists who toil in semi-obscurity making our recordings into works of art, opportunities to perform in public. Next time you're in Nashville, make sure to stop at the Station Inn. You won't regret it.

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