Today’s snippets: Great local music, big local wine tasting, new local salon, more.
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It’s hard not to be inspired by creative types and their supporters digging in together to push new art. Sure, people may be getting a little ridiculous with Kickstarter and such (fund leather pants for my chihuahua!), but the core idea is beautiful: Open your arms and your wallet, be a part of the art you want to see in the world.
That all leads into East Nashville musician Kevin Gordon’s new Gloryland album. Sure, Gordon’s not exactly Ke$ha-famous, but he’s the owner of a highly literate storytelling sensibility, a deep and attractively scruffy voice and a knack for bluesy expression. His is the kind of art that needs to be in the world.
Gordon pulled Gloryland together here in Nashville with producer Joe McMahan, a mess of talented players — Lambchop’s Scott Martin and Ryan Norris included — and some gorgeous guest vocalists, Sarah Siskind and Regina and Ann McCrary among them. Come release time, he met a common conundrum: How does one properly release/promote an album within a collapsing industry?
He turned to fans for support, offering up handcrafted songbooks and solo house concerts and other such things as carrots, and boom: Gloryland is here, praise be the Internet.
The set sees its official release on Feb. 14, and Gordon will celebrate here at home on Friday, Feb. 17, with an album release show at the Family Wash (2038 Greenwood Ave.). It kicks off at 9 p.m., and as is the Wash’s way: no cover listed, but you’ll want to mind the tip hat.
Sample Gloryland‘s title track in the included widget to the right, and learn more at Kevin Gordon’s website.
We’ve on many occasions mentioned Woodland Wine Merchant‘s Saturday tastings, which are a) educational, b) delicious, c) free. This Saturday’s bears extra attention, though, as the shop will be uncorking an extra big cache of fermented grapes for your tasting pleasure.
For the sipping: six French wines, all of which, as the Woodland folks say, aren’t “at all even pretending to play around.” (If you want specifics: Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc; Henri Perrusset Macon-Villages; Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières “Gris de Gris” Rosé; M. Lapierre Morgon; Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgueil; Chateau Fontanes Vin de Pays d’Oc Rouge “Les Traverses de Fontanès.”)
In addition to allowing you to roll those around in your face for free, the Woodland Wine Merchant folks are offering a 10 percent discount, should you choose to purchase any mix of six of those.
The tasting runs Saturday, Feb. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Woodland Wine Merchant, 1001 Woodland St.
A heads up about and welcome to another new neighbor: Dandelion Salon opened up recently over in the Porter Crossing area, at 1117 Porter Rd., and owner Christie Bazemore is offering all manner of hair help: cuts, colors, styling, etc.
Bazemore comes to us from Atlanta, and her vision in opening Dandelion, she says, was to create “a salon that reflects the intimacy of home, and yet, opens the imagination to new possibilities.” Click below to eye the rundown of Dandelion prices.
For more, visit the Dandelion Salon website.
A heads up for gospel music lovers: Dove Award-nominated pianist and vocalist Gordon Mote is set to head up a Friday, Feb. 17 concert at Dalewood United Methodist Church, benefiting the Middle Tennessee Council for the Blind.
Mote’s a busy session player and performer (work with the Gaithers figures into his resume), and as a musician who was born blind, the Council for the Blind’s work is of personal importance to him. (That non-profit organization’s focus is on assisting community members who are blind, visually impaired or facing vision loss.)
Tickets for the 7 p.m. show run $15, and are available via the Middle Tennessee Council of the Blind website or by calling 615-874-1223. The Dalewood United Methodist Church is located at 2300 Ridgecrest Dr.