Bob Dylan

Kristin Weber, Carter F. Smith, Tom Eizonas, Ali Sperry, and Chuck Beard

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Hello Again! Welcome to another wonderful collaboration between East Side Story and The Post. Let me be the first to officially, whole-heartedly welcome you to the recap and recording of the 117th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 116, I repeat … 116, previous shows East Side Story has put together, we all decided to take a break from our busy schedules all over town in order to sit back and relax and get everyone cultured up just right in the form of a Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Without further ado, fulfilling the entertainment portion of your day, this is the recap and recording of East Side Storytellin’ 117. Let us begin, again.

The first featured artist of the night is someone who teaches criminal justice at MTSU (Go Blue Raiders!). He was in the US Army CID for over 22 years, serving 15 of those at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he and a loosely-organized group of investigators identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990’s. After the Army, he got a law degree and PhD. so you know we’re dealing with another slacker artist again, to be clear. He is a founding and still serving board member of the TN Gang Investigators Association and is a 3-time recipient of an award named for sociologists Frederic Milton Thrasher awarded by the National Gang Crime Research Center. You may recognize him from his appearances in the History Channel’s Gangland series, and you may be seeing him for the first time. Either way, it will be a pleasure. I’m talking about the extremely smart, kind, and talented Dr. Carter F. Smith.

Carter came prepared. He had a special event where he did a talk about his book a few days before East Side Storytellin’ and another one the day after. He had his notes, book, and photos to share with everyone present. Like I said, Carter was ready.

b/w photo of Monk Eastman

Carter jumped into his talk by giving the audience facts and proper context behind his research of gangs in the US military. He couldn’t have gone straight into the excerpts from his book, but he wanted us to get a clear picture of what is going on and how serious the matter is to our civilization as a whole going forward. That said, the historical context and figures he decided to talk more in depth about were truly fascinating to hear about. I knew a few of the figures, but the more unknown the characters were for me, the more impact they had had with the history of our country. I know there is at least two more book projects, whether Carter knows now or not, that he could squeeze out of these lemons.

After Carter set the scene of his book, he dove right in. He shared a few highlighted interviews he did while putting the book concept together and also while going down the wormhole of our criminal justice system and dangerous gangs located throughout our country. I instantly heard the back and forth dialogue as an old time radio show, and told this idea to Carter later for further tread on this book’s tire. Point being, I feel like Carter is only on the tip of the iceberg of this story and, although he’s done a fantastic job with absolutely everything he’s produced and shared so far, I’m hooked to hear more. You can take a listen to Carter on the recording below to hear just how on point he is with his research, writing, and delivery on this important topic.

Then, it was time for our featured music of the night. Our headlining musical guest is a Nashville-based indie artist whose songs are undeniably rooted in folk music, simple and true. Originally from Iowa and two musician parents who encouraged her to sing and create music from the time she could speak, her musical education was taught by Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon, among others. She moved through Syracuse University and around Chicago before being pulled to Nashville via an all-girl band called Sweetwater Rose. I know we’ll speak more about that and everything else musical and life related later, but let’s not waste any more time than we have and get this girl to sing these amazing original songs while we have her here to ourselves. Fresh off of her 2017 release of “Crooked Feelings,” her third record so far, and joined on stage by her tremendously talented friend on the fiddle, Kristin Weber, I was super excited to finally introduce the one, the only, Ali Sperry.

Ali jumped right into her song “Crooked Feelings” off the newest album. I was instantly pulled in by the lyrics “treason if you won’t fight the war” and “I quit for love!” and “I’m gonna be alright.” I thought it was the perfect transition from the dark side of life and current events explained by Carter’s work into a much more comforting and hopeful future prompted by Ali’s words, melodies, and style. I said it a few times to Tom during the performance, but Ali reminded me of a folkish version of Julie Andrew’s Mary Poppins. She was serving up the spoonfuls of sugar and it was helping us digest the real life medicine that already went down with Carter. I was feeling alive and okay.

Ali and Kristin were side by side on every note and harmony they dished to us. From the way they told the crowd to “Look at Me” with the lyric of “nobody loves you half as much as me” and “Pay attention.”, they had the entire room spellbound and in the palms of their hands. We even had two toddlers in the crowd who were recording the performance for future notes. It was very inspiring, to say the least.

Ali and Kristin ran through a solid handful of originals, from the inspiring song on hills about journeys going forward, to fictional tales and characters who Ali hopes is really real and happening somewhere in the world today, and finally wrapping up with some sad tunes and tributes to fallen friends and muses. One of the coolest moments of then night, for me, was when Ali and Kristin finished the set by covering Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ song Breakdown. You can hear it in the recording below, along with the rest of the set, but I will say that I thought it was perfect, timing and performance.

After the Tom Petty tribute ended, I was gifted with the chance to talk more about creative journeys and life passions with Ali and Carter. Both were as energetic and honest and positive as I’ve seen any duo of guests in all my time, and that says a lot since pretty much everyone I’ve had the chance to speak with is energetic, honest, and positive. You’ll hear it all in the recoding below, so I’ll save you from reading too much of my rambling post-show.

So here it is, the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 117, the night we featured the likes of Carter F. Smith, Ali Sperry, and Kristin Weber at The Post East on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 1701 Fatherland. I’m no Yoko Ono, but I was not disappointed with a magical experience with all of these people and numbers aligning with the stars. Feel free to listen to this link and share it with all of your friends over and over again. Thank you.

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Carter & Ali (and Kristin) for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more of Carter’s writing here – www.gangsandthemilitary.com

You can listen to more of Ali’s music here – alisperry.com

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website,www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own Words Tab – see here – www.eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words

I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, my lovely wife and most talented artist in Emily Harper Beard (efharper), and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to Tonya and Chris for making The Post so welcoming and positively life-changing for the East Nashville community at large.

Our next show will be

East Side Storytellin’ 118, the 5th anniversary show

Tuesday, November 7th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Dana Malone

singing- Solar Twin

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 117 and another fabulous event at The Post with East Side Story at the helm. Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word and giving some love to all of these great Nashville artists and our creative ideas. Please remember to be nice to one another out there.

Much love,

mE

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John Condit, Chuck Beard, Nikki Barber, Jamie Timm, Casey Renee LeVasseur, and Tom Eizonas (not pictured, missed but not forgotten with The Minks, Jordan Solly Levine).

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Hello Again! Welcome to another wonderful collaboration between East Side Story and The Post. Let me be the first to officially, whole-heartedly welcome you to the recap and recording of the 108th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 107, I repeat … 107, previous shows East Side Story has put together, we all decided to take a break from our busy schedules all over town in order to sit back and relax and get everyone cultured up just right in the form of a Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Without further ado, fulfilling the entertainment portion of your day, this is the recap and recording of the East Side Storytellin’ 108. Let us begin, again.

Our first featured artist of the evening is someone who was born in LA and began her love affair with words studying and memorizing lyrics from her favorite bands. She also grew up watching her father perform his music in nightclubs and bars so this whole combining literature with music for a night is not her first rodeo here tonight. In fact, she often goes a step further and adds film into the mix. Her passion for writing and film led her to a degree in Cinema Arts from California State University. She is featured tonight because her debut novel, Silence & Noise: one girl’s journey into insanity, is a coming of age story about a girl’s struggle with mental illness that has been an important part of East Side Story since our beginnings. please join me in giving a big round of applause for my friend, the multi-talented muse, put your hands together for the one and only Casey Renee Le’Vasseur.

Before I really start this thing, I need to give some noteworthy behind the scene short stories from before the show, in no particular rank or order. First, Tom had accidentally erased the recorded intro in the sound system (if you aren’t there in person, odds are you don’t really know that Dave Eastman isn’t actually there in person most of the time as the main intro MC). So, I did what any respected host would do, I grabbed the iPhone of my near and dear friend James Martin (a man who can and does just about everything cool that you’d ever imagine = you can see one of his latest creations here- www.facebook.com/edonthebus) and he pulled up the SounCloud link of our intro from another show and blasted it as well as I could over the microphone. The crowd appreciated it mucho. And secondly, Casey asked a few of us in the circle of trust which order we would suggest her reading her three short stories that were described as 1) Love Story, 2) Story of Loss, and 3) somewhere in the middle with intrigue. We told her to go with her gut and that we’d be happy with whatever she decides to do because that’s how the show rolls.

photo by Colin Lewis

So, Casey jumped on the microphone like the pro she is and started off the show with LOVE. It was a take on romance and new beginnings that moved everyone to the edge of their seats. I’ll let you listen to the reading below instead of trying to recap details or put words into the story. Once LOVE was established, she dove head and heart first tint the LOSS. Set in the snow, the audience had a chance to sit back in their seats and feel the coldness of memories and people lost in our worlds. Then, the bring everything together and set up the perfect moment of letting everyone leave with the impression that its up to us to grab the wheel and drive wherever our impulses call, Casey told a tremendous tale called Mississippi River. With a tone of pleasure and pain meshed together as perfectly as Wednesday Addams would do on a Tuesday, Casey reminded us that she is brilliant with words and unafraid at sharing every bit of vulnerability of every character she creates to reach the truest potential of each story she shares. It was something special.

And then, speaking of something very special, we decided to invite what was sure to quickly become the loudest band we would feature to date. And we were so ready for it. Our featured music of the night is led by someone I was first introduced by way of two East Side Storytellin’ trusted connections in Erin Rae McKaskle and Kristen Reilly – both who continue to amaze us. The band itself is a bluesy psychedelic explosion, made from a revolving cast of talented members from the local scene. It originally formed just 2 years ago right here in Music City. Inspired by the old days of Warhol’s factory, Townsend’s windmills, and Dylan’s poetry, this band tries to blend into the silver lining of our remarkable history into our unbelievable current world. They’ve been called the southern Velvet Underground, but this night I was honored to introduce them and call them by the name I know them best. Individually, you may call them Jordan, John, Jamie, and Nikki, but together, like The Wyld Stallyns, they are called The Minks!

Look. There are a lot of bands around town and outside of town that write bio’s about themselves and try to hype their music beyond who and what they are. The Minks are not that kind of band. They are the real deal. They are everything they say they are and more. I had to say that right off the bat because from the very first notes and moments they amped up the show, we all were blown away with their awesomeness. The combine elements of your favorite Southern Rock n’ Roll greats such as The Allman Brothers and Creedance Clearwater Revival (not even sure if Creedance were true Southerners , but I had to give a quick shout out to our recently passed Nashvillian gone too soon in Gregg Allman) and then sprinkle all of that with what I like to call some 70’s Southern punk too. Point being, they bring the real.

Again, I’d rather you listen to the actual recording of the show to hear what I’m talking about instead of having me ramble for a few minutes over the line. I’ve gotta add another behind the scenes story that was not the band’s fault – it might have been something in the air in general – but our recording devices ended up crashing mid-way through the set and Tom lost a song and a half (“Sweet Talk” and half of “Moving On” if you’re counting) before getting everything back in line for the rest of the set and show. Some people in the audience may have heard a few hiccups, but Tom was a master at keeping the train on the tracks. Point being, I’m not certain it wasn’t the band’s sound that didn’t knock it the system out of sorts because their sound was so big and epic that I am certain they could have filled LP Stadium with that set. I’m just saying, this group is amazing and big time. It won’t be long before they do start playing those arenas. Take a listen below and get to know them better than you do now.

photo by Chance Chambers

I didn’t want to single out the band like No Doubt and Gwen back in the day, but I only had Nikki join the post music conversation alongside Casey because I already know I’ll have John and Jamie and Jordan on again with their other bands eventually (if they say yes and Jordan doesn’t have another dinner date or secondary evening gig to attend). But that said, I was able to further ask both Casey and Nikki about their creative passions, in and out of music and writing and everything else cool that they are making happen. These two are anything but slackers, giving everything they have to so many worthy causes and collaborating with some of the best quality people in any business right now. Seriously, take a listen to the following recording, go online to buy everything they are selling, and make it a point to go see these two golden individuals do what they do in person the next chance you can. You’ll thank me later.

So, here it is, the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 108 that featured Casey Renee LeVasseur and The Minks at The Post East on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Feel free to listen to it and share with everyone you know over and over. This recording will never get old. It’s an instant classic. Enjoy, and thank you for your time.

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Casey and The Minks for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more of Casey’s writing here – crlwrites.com

You can listen to more of The Minks’ music here – www.facebook.com/theminksss

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website,www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own WordsTab – see here – www.eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words

I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, my lovely wife and most talented artist in Emily Harper Beard (efharper), and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.

I’d also like to show much love to Clay Brunton for the beautiful artwork online to promote the show.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to Tonya and Chris for making The Post so welcoming and positively life-changing for the East Nashville community at large.

Our next show will be

East Side Storytellin’ 109

Tuesday, June 20th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Jenna Dorian (jcdorian.com)

singing- Alicia Michilli (aliciamichilli.com)

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 108 and another fabulous event at The Post with East Side Story at the helm. Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word and giving some love to all of these great Nashville artists and our creative ideas. Please remember to be nice to one another out there.

Much love,

mE

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Tom Eizonas, Jon Latham, Joshua Moore, and Chuck Beard

Tom Eizonas, Jon Latham, Joshua Moore, and Chuck Beard

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Hello Again! Welcome to another wonderful collaboration between East Side Story and The Post. Let me be the first to officially, whole-heartedly welcome you to the recap and recording of the 85th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 84, I repeat … 84, previous shows East Side Story has put together, we all decided to take a break from our busy schedules all over town in order to sit back and relax and get everyone cultured up just right in the form of a Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Without further ado, fulfilling the entertainment portion of your day, this is the recap and recording of East Side Storytellin’ 85. Let us begin, again.

You may not know this but our first featured artist of this show is Black Batman. I’m not kidding, but let’s keep that secret … or not. He is also a 2014 graduate of Eureka College where he studied creative writing and biology pre-med. Recipient of the Ronald W. Reagan Fellowship, he had a brief stint as an oncological researcher at the legendary Tuskegee University, but decided to put his med school goals on hold in order to follow his heart … and his passion for creative writing and poetry specifically. He is not only a member at the Porch Writers’ Collective, he’s also the head facilitator of their Poetry Book Club. He typically spends most days working, writing, reading, and prepping his grad-school applications and his post grad self. A world traveling poet and professional, we are honored and ecstatic to finally introduce this man to the East Side Storytellin’ family. Please give your attention and a big round of applause for the likes of Joshua Moore.

photo credit by Chance Chambers

photo credit by Chance Chambers

Joshua took to the mic without any pages to read from. He wore his original words on his heart and his heart on the sleeves of his traditional attire. His clothes, his words, his tone, and his stories were all beautiful. It’s not every day when Tom Eizonas is sitting next to me and mentions that this writer really has a wonderful speaking talent, but it happened on this night. It’s true. You’ll hear Joshua’s voice and smooth delivery in the recording below, but it had me thinking of how to describe his reading experience while I was listening in the front row. The best way I could come up to describe it was that he had a voice of a dream. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not speaking in cliches and saying Joshua’s voice is dreamy and leaving it at that. What I am saying is that the smooth delivery and depth of emotion and personal stories involved within the layers of Joshua’s poems are like what I imagine traveling through dreams would be like. I may be rambling, but take a listen below and let me know how you would describe the reading.

Joshua prefaced each of his five poems with detailed accounts of where they came from and what he believed inspired him to write them. The first couple were about family, history, and society. None of them were happy or cheery, but all were very insightful into how this artist views and connects the world.

Before leaving the stage, Joshua talked a little bit about his work with The Porch and also about his fun with poetry on demand. Again, I’ll let him explain himself in the recording, but I thought everything he shared, inside and out of his creative writing, was simply amazing. They way he presented his material and the material itself, is something quite extraordinary to experience and behold. I suggest you read more of his stuff and make it a point to hear it read live as frequently as possible.

Our featured musician, like everyone we’ve had on this show before, is a very talented singer/songwriter. Unlike everyone else who has been on the show before him, he was born in Greenwood, South Carolina and raised in Marietta, Georgia. He believes that a song is more important than the singer and the audience is the judge, jury, and executioner who decide a song’s fate. Let’s pardon this guy and give his music a real chance to be fully appreciated and loved, shall we? I was tremendously honored and humbled to introduce the one and only Jon Latham.

photo credit by Chance Chambers

photo credit by Chance Chambers

Jon jumped right into his ballad about a classmate in 5th grade named Katie Rutledge. What sounded like a short story of an introduction turned into a killer tune that reflected just how cool the combination of love and love loss and rock ‘n roll can be. But that kind of embodies what Jon Latham is about. He mentioned at one point that his songs resemble books by Nicholas Sparks – meaning every Nicholas Sparks book is a Nicholas Sparks book. But, although Jon is a fan of Mr. Sparks’ work, I don’t think I’m alone in being a huge fan of Jon and thinking he is much better than the former mentioned. I know, at the very least, that Darrin Bradbury would think so because he has been parading around town for quite some time declaring Jon Latham the greatest songwriter in Nashville today. I wouldn’t object.

Jon’s stories before and during the songs perfectly matched the tone of Joshua’s poetry, in my mind. Jon made cultural references to other song titles and performances he has been lucky to experience and transformed them into something new and fresh and songs that felt like they were instant hits and yet old classics at the same time. My personal favorites were when he made the comment about “that was audience participation” and also the Billy Ocean reference. There is not enough references for Billy Ocean these days.

But seriously, Jon eventually did get the audience to participate with his final song, singing together and chanting in rhythm as if we were in the middle of Ascend Amphitheater singing along with The Lumineers. Beyond Jon talking about his experiences of trials and tribulations with his past in love in regards to bad dating and bad health, the golden ticket with Jon is the bright light of humanity that shines through from his endurance, honesty, and ability to transform any shitty experience (i.e.- cheating death in the hospital and dreaming of an ex-girlfriend singing Bob Dylan that turns out to be his dad playing Bob Dylan tunes beside his bed when he finally wakes up) into brilliant music and stories we can all relate to and deeply appreciate. Point being, he walks the walk, talks the talk, and sings the truth like few I’ve encountered.

Before I let these two great artists leave the stage, I had them articulate a little more about what makes them tick with their creativity and their creative journeys and friends and family within Nashville. I particularly loved Jon’s quote about how now he feels more like Nashville has become his home when he’s away even more than his original hometown. Again, I can’t object to that because it is the same for me in a lot of ways and I have many people like Joshua and Jon to thank for said feeling. Both of these guys will continue to make an indelible mark on Nashville’s creative scene for many years to come, but I am beyond thankful I had the chance to see them do their thing at the same bat time and the same bat channel. Take a listen below and check it out for yourself.

So here it is, the edited version of East Side Storytellin’ 85, featuring the poems of Joshua Moore and the songs of Jon Latham at The Post on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016. Prepare to have your mind, body, and soul blown away and put back together again better than ever. Trust me. You’re welcome. Enjoy the ride:

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Joshua and Jon for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can listen to more of Jon’s music here – www.reverbnation.com/jonlatham

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website, www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own WordsTab – see here – www.eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words



I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, my lovely wife and most talented artist in Emily Harper Beard (efharper), and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.

I’d also like to show much love to Clay Brunton for the beautiful artwork online to promote the show.

art print by Clay Brunton

art print by Clay Brunton

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to Tonya and Chris for making The Post so welcoming and positively life-changing for the East Nashville community at large.

Our next show will be

East Side Storytellin’ 86

Tuesday, July 5th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay (www.facebook.com/lagnajitam)

singing- Matt Walberg (thelivingsituation.com)

That said- that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 85 and another fabulous event at The Post with East Side Story at the helm. Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word and giving some love to all of these great Nashville artists and our creative ideas. Please remember to be nice to one another out there.

much love,

mE

one more of Jon shining bright for the road

one more of Jon shining bright for the road

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Sergio Webb, Rob Matson, Phil Kaufman, Chuck Beard, and Tom Eizonas

Sergio Webb, Rob Matson, Phil Kaufman, Chuck Beard, and Tom Eizonas

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Hello Again! Welcome to another wonderful collaboration between East Side Story and The Post. Let me be the first to officially, whole-heartedly welcome you to the recap and recording of the 78th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 77, I repeat … 77, previous shows East Side Story has put together, we all decided to take a break from our busy schedules all over town in order to sit back and relax and get everyone cultured up just right in the form of a Nashville writer reading from original prose, followed by an amazing local musician performing and talking about their original music, and then a round-up creative conversation with all featured guests of this event to talk about their individual journeys and personal ties to Nashville. Without further ado, fulfilling the entertainment portion of your day, this is East Side Storytellin’ 78. Let us begin, again.

Our first featured author of the evening is one of the biggest living legends in a city filled with them. Since his birth in 1935, this man has garnered titles such as an American record producer, tour manager, and author. He may be best known for “allegedly” stealing the body of his close friend and country music legend Gram Parsons and burning it in the Joshua Tree National Monument. This was later chronicled in the film Grand Theft Parsons, but I’m sure we’ll talk about that a little bit later. Over the course of his lustrous career in the music business, he has worked with the likes of Etta James, Frank Zappa, Joe Cocker, Emmylou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and The Rolling stones, to name a few. Coined as his “executive nanny” by Sir Mick himself, this man is the author of the night because of his book titled “Road Mangler Deluxe, an autobiography.” Ladies and gentlemen, it was an honor to introduce the man on the mend, the one and only Phil Kaufman.

photo credit by John Partipilo

photo credit by John Partipilo

Phil made his way through the crowd like he owned the joint because he basically does wherever he goes. I’m not sure if you have one of his business cards, but you need one if you don’t. It’s a card that looks like a black and white baseball card from the 50’s. But instead of an action photo of Phil catching or throwing a baseball, it has a mug shot from the first time he was arrested before meeting Mick Jagger for the first time. Also, it has personal career stats of which major musical acts he’s worked with on the backside of the card instead of baseball teams and personal statistics.

So, like I said, Phil made his way to the microphone like he’s done for others countless times over the years. Keeping the rock n’ roll spirit, he left his glasses at home and his books at the merch table. That’s right … Phil Kaufman is so rock n’ roll that he didn’t even read at the reading. Since his book is an autobiography, he simply read from memories and pieced together one heck of a story. He admitted that he was more of a jazz fan than rock when he met The Rolling Stones and got his first gig in the business. He then went right into telling the real story about Gram Parsons and the friendship and promises that went beyond death. After that tale, Phil managed to run through set list of personal narratives like a solid greatest hits of radio friendly incidents with some cool rockers like Joe Cocker and Emmylou Harris.

photo credit Chance Chambers

photo credit Chance Chambers

Everyone in the crowd was on the edge of their seats and totally eating up everything the Road Mangler was dishing for dinner. Without a doubt in my mind, he could’ve sat on his stool and spoke for ten days straight while sharing more outrageously true stories that everyone in the crowd would have a tough time trying to top with our own stories combined. That said, Phil decided to cut his talk in time so that his good friends could play some excellent music for the show.

Our featured musician of the night is also one-of-a-kind. I first met him via the art world and his wonderful wife, Julie Sola, who owns and runs the extraordinary Fat Crow Press two doors behind East Side Story. This man, like the featured author of the night, is the ultimate underrated journeyman of our day. He has been a journeyman musician for hire for years. He has toured the UK many times over while accompanying Pinto Bennett, David Olney, Gail Davies, and many others. He works mainly on the road but also works tirelessly from his Nashville base on call to those singers who possess musical integrity. The word on the Nashville streets is, after releasing a handful of his own solo stuff, his music tends to blend both traditional and contemporary styles of country music with blues and rock n’ roll. It has been described as a taste of Bob Dylan with shades of John Prine but always quintessential Sergio Webb. Alongside his talented longtime friend Rob Matson, everyone was pleased to give a big round of applause for the man himself, Sir Sergio Webb!

photo credit Chance Chambers

photo credit Chance Chambers

Sergio is a quiet, reserved man that comes alive and grows to ten-feet tall whenever he starts playing his guitar. He kicked things off with a song Phil mentioned that Gram Parsons “didn’t write” (with a wink). Then Sergio had Rob take the lead on a remake of another hit song from the past. But then they both really hit their stride with a great original called “Johnson City Blues.” Written with David Olney, Sergio mentioned that this one was inspired by times when things get rough but then it all turns the corner for the better. Even seconds after the songs were finished, I couldn’t tell you what they were about because I totally lost myself in the guitar playing. I’ve honestly never been so close in proximity to someone playing at that level. Sergio truly has a gift like few others.

Sergio and Rob finished the night with a track by friend and songwriter Ron Davies. There was a great story that Sergio shared before the song about Ronny saying, “You got any records? We need gas money. If you don’t have any records, go make one.” Sergio mentioned that Ron passed away before he got that record finished, but the tracks were inspired from his words for gas money. Being the road musicians that Rob and Sergio have been throughout their career, it was very fitting to finish the night with such a song.

photo credit John Partipilo

photo credit John Partipilo

And wouldn’t you know, before we knew it, it was time for me to get Sergio and Phil up on stage again to share more personal anecdotes and answers for general and crowd specific questions. Sometimes interviews with artists can be a struggle or feel offbeat, but this was not one of those occasions. Thanks to Phil for taking the microphone and stage into his own hands and history, he led us into some very interesting outlooks about the music business and Nashville and art in general. Sergio and I were merely sidemen in the latest band of brothers that Phil was managing on the road. Like he said, he’s not as much retired as waiting for the phone to ring to hit the pavement again.

If you doubt the greatness of Sergio and Phil and what they bring to this world, go ahead and listen to the edited show below. If you like what you hear, share the link with others and help get that phone a-ringing for both of these guys to come to a gig near you too.

photo credit Chance Chambers

photo credit Chance Chambers

So this is East Side Storytellin’ 78 that featured Phil Kaufman and Sergio Webb (alongside Rob Matson) at The Post on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Feel free to listen to it and share over and over again:

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Phil and Sergio for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more about Phil’s writing here- http://roadmanglerdeluxe.com

You can listen to more of Sergio’s music here – https://sergiowebb.wordpress.com

You can listen to this show, edited, soon, alongside the previous shows too, on our website,www.eastsidestorytn.com, at our In Our Own WordsTab – see here – www.eastsidestorytn.com/in-our-own-words

I’ll keep the gratitude going for Tom Eizonas, my lovely wife and most talented artist in Emily Harper Beard (efharper), and everyone that came out live to support the show … and to everyone who has helped continue to spread the word and support the show online afterwards.

I’d also like to show much love to Clay Brunton for the beautiful artwork online to promote the show.

art by Clay Brunton

art by Clay Brunton

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to Tonya and Chris for making The Post so welcoming and positively life-changing for the East Nashville community at large.

Our next show will be …

East Side Storytellin’ 78

Tuesday, March 1st

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Luke Wiget (http://lukewiget.com)

singing- Zach Vinson (www.zachvinson.com

That said- that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 78 and another fabulous event at The Post with East Side Story at the helm. Thanks for coming out and sharing the good word and giving some love to all of these great Nashville artists and our creative ideas. Please remember to be nice to one another out there.

much love,

mE

photo credit John Partipilo ... one more for the road

photo credit John Partipilo … one more for the road

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