Carl Carbonell

Tom Eizonas, Nick Rossi, Zach Ryan, 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 111th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 110, I repeat … 110, 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’ 111. Let us begin, again.

The first featured artist of the night is not just an amazing writer and human being, he is also a publisher of beautiful weirdos. It’s true, this guy, alongside Eric Benick, started the oober-awesome Ursus Americanus Press. With several hit projects in the bag and more on the horizon, this guy barely has time to do anything else … but alas, he persisted. When this guy isn’t eating too much sugar, spending too much time on his phone, or staying up too late for no reason, he endlessly churns out original stories on the page, over the interwebs, on countless white t-shirts, and more. His diligent work ethic is only matched by his positive attitude and energy for everyone around him. To say that he has a lot of friends and literary peers would be the understatement of the year. He has a busy year ahead with a move and work appearing in MESMER, Souvenir Lit, MAYDAY magazine, Chicago Literati, Vanilla Sex Magazine, and a few bathrooms around Nashville. He also writes and plays in a band called Choovanski. Point being, this guy rocks. It was truly an honor to introduce the man, the legend, Nick Rossi!

Nick took to the microphone like a caged animal who had been drinking caffeine all day while trying to decide if he needed to make brand new prose and poetry ready for a reading or if he should just rely on his old and trusted friends. I believe he ended up drinking a few pony high life’s and doing a little bit of both. All in all, Nick was in his zone. He apologized for his Chicago voice, gave a multitude of personal shout outs throughout the reading and night, and set the mood of the event perfectly with his tales of life on the road and not so light material that felt right at home for this day and age.

photo by Chance Chambers

I though Nick did a beautiful job of tying together the three stages of his Nashville experience. He shared a poem that explained why he decided to first come to Nashville (he apologized for the lack of edits for parts he claimed that sucked but everyone else in the room agreed that his words and reading did everything but suck). He spoke about the places he had come from and where he is going soon. Somewhere in the middle, he shed light and a deep perspective of privilege that he and so many of us other white males live with on the daily in this country, all the while sharing vivid examples and imagery of references with the abuse towards African Americans in this world. Like Nick’s shirts, his words and thoughts are extremely powerful. The sooner you get in the groove of how to digest the manner in which he races through his words, thoughts, and pages, the better you are to understand the pure heart and passion for literature and life and connecting with other people that Nick exudes on the daily. It’s all right there in his work. You can hear it as plain as day right there in the recording below.

Our featured music of the night is someone who has been playing music regularly since the age of 11. He’s chased his dream under a multitude of names and across several genres, but he’s still truckin’ and searching for his truth. After spending years doing the solo artist thing, his current project is The Wanderers (not to be confused the That Thing You Do’s The Oneders). Drawing inspiration from sounds and folks like Tom Waits, David Lynch, Chet Baker, and Dick Dale, The Wanderers just finished a record due to be released in late September. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to wait until September to here this guy play his great music. Via a wonderful connection and introduction with our mutual friend Shane Tutmarc, I was thrilled to finally be able to shed a spotlight on the one and only Zach Ryan!

I recently watched a segment of CBS Sunday Morning that featured John Mellencamp. They were talking about how Mellencamp had originally moved to New York City on a visual art scholarship but then got a record deal as soon as he got there. When he first played an original song for the suits at the label, he didn’t believe they heard any of his words and could just tell from the first five seconds of his playing that he had that special something. Mellencamp later mentioned in the interview that he really believes you can tell when a person has that special something of talent in any creative medium in the first few moments. Fast forward to hearing and seeing Zach Ryan play the guitar at The Post and I was not alone to be completely blown away by his virtuoso skill and sounds and musicianship that struck us all like lightning in the first few chords he played and sang. Again, you can hear what I’m talking about it the recording below.

Zach’s music is guitar driven and guitar led, and surrounded with the air of cinema. Some of the people in the crowd mentioned that he looked like the great actor Robert Mitchum, and I said I’d love to hear Zach play his melodies to old Robert Mitchum movies that are filmed out West and have the uncertainty of death and dark subject matter … almost like a not-so-funny but still as brilliant version of Mystery Science Theater 3000. I’m sure there are a million great references that came out of this specific show from the music and story themes, but nobody could deny that Zach was on the top of his game, even without the extra players in his band. Zach, like Nick, came correct to the show with some stories and melodies that took our breath away and blew our minds at the same time.

During the conversation portion of the show, we learned that both Nick and Zach had roommates by the name of Carl (with a C, not a K, because that’s much cooler) … shout out to Carl Carbonell. What was not planned before the show and with the pairing but was acknowledged by Zach very early into his set was that the darker subject matter shared by each unprompted or pre-curated artist reflected like a perfectly symmetric swampy sunset that made you appreciate the glow of the sun descending but at the same time scared you to death about what was hiding in the dark to come. Not to make you jittery while reading this, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. There was plenty to smile about, during the talking and the reading and singing. In fact, one of Zach’s happy songs was about a man finding joy in moving away and getting away with murder. You really need to take a listen to it below to get where I’m coming from about loving these guys so much.

photo by Chance Chambers

It was my pleasure and an honor to share the stage and shed the spotlight on this unique pair of troubadours. I do want to add a little note here for the sake of big transitions and moves for Nick Rossi. He told me when I booked him for the show that this would be fitting  for him since East Side Storytellin’ was one of the first literary events he attended when he moved to town and it would be one of his final public readings (outside of a fun Life is Boring reading event the Friday before he moved later that week). In between those two shows, Nick has become a beacon for the literary community at large and we were lucky enough to promote and share his books and journals while we ran the retail portion of the first chapter of East Side Story. We are gonna miss him, but we are thankful he will continue being awesome in Chicago and connecting our Nashville family with people and ideas beyond the city limits for years to come. Plus he is going to come back and visit often. Plus plus he is going to hire me when he gets his white t-shirt company off the ground and going. This will happen.

That said, before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Nick and Zach for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us. These are two of the good ones doing great things and both are just getting started. The best is yet to come.

So here it is, the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 111, a show when we were lucky to feature the likes of Nick Rossi and Zach Ryan at The Post on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Feel free to listen to this one and share it with everyone you know, over and over again. You’ll thank me afterwards.

You can read more of Nick’s writing here – www.ursusamericanuslit.com

You can listen to more of Zack’s music here – zachryansongs.bandcamp.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’ 112

Tuesday, August 1st

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Eric Benick

singing- Kira Hooks

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 111 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, Erica Wright, Daniel Seymour, Luke Amelang, Chuck Beard, and Jeff Blaney

Tom Eizonas, Erica Wright, Daniel Seymour, Luke Amelang, Chuck Beard, and Jeff Blaney

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 recap and recording of the 89th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 88, I repeat … 88, 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’ 89. Let us begin, again.

The first featured artist of the night is gentlewoman and a scholar. She studied at Webb School, NYU, and Columbia University, to name a few. Her debut novel, The Red Chameleon, was one of O, The Magazine’s Best Books of Summer 2014, so you know this girl can write. She is also the author of a crime novel called, The Granite Moth, and the poetry collections Instructions for Killing the Jackal and All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, and Spinning Jenny, again, to name a few. She is the poetry editor and senior editor at Guernica Magazine and has taught creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College and NYU’s continuing studies program. Yes, she is quite the slacker. Born and raised in Wartrace, TN, I was beyond excited to introduce another great Tennessee girl done good in Erica Wright.

Erica was the first featured writer that has come to East Side Storytellin’ having been majorly published for her poetry and fiction work. There were a handful of fans of her poetry in the crowd, fellow local poets who have been featured on our show and others yet to come. That said, there was one fan of hers, one on crutches, who didn’t care what she read. She was her woo-hoo fangirl who excitedly awaited whatever Erica was bringing to the podium. I won’t reveal names or pictures of said fans, but I will say that the energy was perfect.

Erica chose to read from her latest novel, The Granite Moth. It is a novel set in New York, and it is a detective doozy. It begins with a float exploding during the famous Halloween Parade. Erica set the intro up with the backstory of the protagonist, an undercover police officer, who sees the explosion while her friend and his fellow drag queens from The Pink Parrot are performing. Let me just say, with Elton John cover songs and jugglers, it was quite the teaser for anyone and everyone to get her book (you can buy it at East Side Story, today, by the way).

Our featured musician is more than a unique voice in modern country music. He is also a mutual friend to one of my all-time favorite Nashvillians and artist, Carl Carbonell. We miss you, Carl. May you rest in Utah, your new home. Now, back to the musician at hand. This guy’s writing is based in the traditions of southern folk, blues, and traditional country. You can check out his albums, two and growing, called The Farm and In the Garden, respectively. From ballads of love and loss to swinging numbers about sasquatches and aliens, this guy is sure to fit in nicely with our East Side Storytellin’ family, always searching for the common thread of life that bonds us all together. Alongside his talented friends, Jeff Blaney and Daniel Seymour, it was an absolute honor to introduce the the new dad (father of one very special audience member, Emilia, experiencing her first concert outside of the womb), the one and only Luke Amelang!

Where Luke and the boys began the set with a song that was written by Luke as a message for himself and Nashville, his second song, I’ve Got It Made, is officially my new favorite jam and personal philosophy. You can hear the track below. Seriously, it is amazing and just what I needed to hear these days. But they didn’t stop there.

Luke and Daniel and Jeff, played songs about family farm dogs named Leroy, a beautiful and moving song written about Luke’s mother, God rest her soul, and then went into the less serious but just as poignant song about media not covering the sasquatches and aliens in his backyard (more stories to come from that in the future for sure). It was a set that was filled with love, family, dogs, the unnatural and unbelievable, and everything in between. And, not only did it sound like a mix between the best jazz you’ll hear in this city and the best old country music sounds that once put this city on the map but randomly finds its way on the country radio these days, it was perfect.

After the music ended, I was yet again granted the opportunity to gather the featured artists on stage together to have them share some fun stories of inspiration and connections. As always, there was another unexpected and serendipitous factor to the pairing. Luke had lived in Houston, Texas and Erica is moving there with her boyfriend in a week. So, on top of amazing stories and songs shared on one stage, they have that going for each other moving forward. But seriously, you’d be hard-pressed to find two artists so talented and yet so humbled about their craft and willing to share the love with their friends and creative counterparts. Do yourself a favor and listen to the recording of the show below and then click their official links to check out more of their art (as well as Carl’s too).

So, here it is. The edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 89. Tuesday, August 16, 2016, the night that Erica Wright and Luke Amelang and gang impressed us all, like we were children like Emilia taking in good art for the first time. Feel free to share and enjoy, over and over again.

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

You can read more of Erica’s writing here – ericawright.typepad.com

You can listen to more of Luke’s music here – www.lukeamelang.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 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’ 90

Tuesday, September 6th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Jennifer Justus

singing- American Watermelon

That said- that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 89 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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Chuck Beard, Peter McKeown, Barry Jones, and Tom Eizonas

Chuck Beard, Peter McKeown, Barry Jones, 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 88th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 87, I repeat … 87, 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’ 88. Let us begin, again.

Oh, and before I get started, I should mention that this show’s serendipitous  connection between the two featured artists is sports. Specifically, the sport of soccer found its way into this pairing. Again, I’ll mention that there is no formula for choosing which Nashville author is matched with the Nashville musician/band. As you’ll read and listen below, these two guys were meant to featured together. They were not only great soccer players, one of them playing professionally, but they also somehow coached the same player (albeit separated by time and location).

Our first featured artist of the evening is a retired scientist who immigrated to the United States after graduating from the University of Wales with a Ph. D in Chemistry. After retiring from a successful career in science, he became a soccer coach for several traveling teams and the TN State Soccer Association and became an inductee in the TN State Soccer Hall of Fame. You know, the classic Nashville fiction writer story. He became a writer and storyteller when he had enough of coaching and probably witnessed enough personal stories to fill an encyclopedia set. He is the author of several books, including Words Upon a Tombstone, More Words Upon a Tombstone, The Search for Kindronium 379, Rusted Rails, and The Garbage Sifter. You can purchase almost all of his works at East Side Story. Ladies and gentleman, I’m talking about the one and only Barry Jones!

photo by Chance Chambers

photo by Chance Chambers

Barry brought his lovely bride, friends, excerpts from several pieces of writing, bravado, and his killer accent to the reading. Packed and ready with all of the above, he didn’t waste any time on stage. And, like so many of the featured musicians who try new material for our show, Barry’s first story was a short story from the soon to be published More Words Upon a Tombstone. Titled Seeking Inspiration, it was a wonderful tale about a writer and finding personal and financial success and pitfalls in modern publishing. There were elements of religion, philosophy, media, culture, the process of writing, the process of publishing, and everything in between. It was a great tease for the new book and collection of short stories, and it was a perfect way to get everyone in the mood for this particular show.

He followed up Seeking Inspiration with an excerpt from his best-selling book The Garbage Sifter. To preface the reading, Barry gave a detailed synopsis of the book and what it entails. The set up was very relevant for the current Presidential primaries and general election, with a hint of Argentina. To preface this scheduled show, one of dearest supporters and readers at East Side Story, a person who has read a majority of the books we have, has told me that The Garbage Sifter is one of the top 2 books we have in our collection. Again, you can purchase it at East Side Story when you pay us a visit. As for the reading of The Garbage Sifter, Barry was top notch at presenting his research, process, material, and another tease to intrigue you to follow up on a purchase. Barry is a dynamic reader and writer, for sure.

Our featured musician of the night is a very special solo project of Nashville based-Minnesota raised singer/songwriter Peter John McKeown. On this particular night, the band included Peter, his lovely and talented girlfriend, singer/songwriter Andrea Lee Davidson, and a guitar (deciding to leave his somewhat usual loop pedal and other friends). Born in musically rich Twin Cities, Minnesota, he went to college in Chicago to play soccer and because Chicago was a city where busking was allowed. He did a lot of both. In fact, he had a stint with the professional soccer MN United FC! He broke his ankle, thankfully not his wrist, and jumped head and heart first into playing his music again. Peter writes philosophically minded indie-americana songs layered with beat-boxing, whistling, and various harmonies. Peter is someone who has attended and supported a number of East Side Storytellin’ shows in the past so it’s appropriate and about time we welcome him to the show’s family. I believe I first met Peter right here at The Post via Tonya awhile back so this evening came a little full circle for us. Anyways, point being, alongside Morningstar Arts, there was a packed room, filled with family and friends and new fans to support Peter and his wonderful project by the name of Woodferd.

Peter didn’t skip a beat or even say anything. He went right to his guitar and his song. The first one, took the show where Barry had left it and then Peter elevated it that much more. A song about feeling lost, but revealing that nobody is truly lost, I thought it was the perfect anthem for my dear friend Natasha (who was in the crowd, witnessing her final East Side Storytellin’ show before hitting the globe to New Zealand with her friend). I’m not saying Natasha is or feeling lost, but the melody of the first and then the second song, combined with the messages of not feeling lost and believing in life and letting go, it all just made sense and struck a deep chord with everyone in the room. The room was silent while Peter was anything but. It was really something magical to experience. At times, it reminded me of a show at The Ryman where I saw Damien Rice perform nearly a decade ago. It was this good.

Peter invited Andrea to the stage, and they shared a beautiful love song they had co-written together. What was even more touching than the song was how they recounted their first official date. They had met at The Post, enjoyed getting to know one another, and then they kissed. What happened after that, Peter feeling the need to throw up because of discovering he was allergic to something in the smoothie, was where the story became as unique and unforgettable as the song they shared. You can see the love in the picture below and also the recording at the bottom. Again, it was this good.

Andrea Lee Davidson and Peter McKeown. Photo by Chance Chambers

Andrea Lee Davidson and Peter McKeown.
Photo by Chance Chambers

Peter ended the show with a few other stellar songs, one about Jesus that really combined his depth, insight, wit, and wordsmithing behind what makes Peter so great. But one of my favorite parts of the night was when he was eloquently sharing the backstory about his recently born, BRILLIANT, nephew, who inspired the final baby song of the night. You can hear it for yourself below. I think you’ll enjoy it.

But before I let these two guys go for the night, I once again had them on stage together to share their personal stories and inspiration for doing what they do. They were both in their element, going back and forth with tales of what makes them tick creatively and what have been some of their turning point moments in creating and performing the works they’ve made up to this point. There were several laughs, many smiles, and an overall heck of a night shared between everyone who was a part of East Side Storytellin’ (as you can see in this picture, and all of the pictures really).

Photo by Chance Chambers

Photo by Chance Chambers

So, here it is, the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 88, featuring Barry Jones and Woodferd (Peter McKeown & Andrea Lee Davidson) at The Post on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016. Enjoy and share over and over again, as you wish:

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

You can read more about Barry’s writing here- www.barryjonesstories.com

You can listen to more of Woodferd’s music here – woodferdmusic.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’ 89

Tuesday, August 16th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Erica Wright (ericawright.typepad.com)

singing-  Luke Amelang (www.lukeamelang.com)

That said- that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 88 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 for the road

one more for the road

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Chuck Beard, Buchanan Moncure, Tom Eizonas, and Lance Whalen

Chuck Beard, Buchanan Moncure, Tom Eizonas, and Lance Whalen

Thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU. Hello Again! Welcome to another epic collaboration with East Side Story and The Post. Let me be the first to officially, whole-heartedly welcome you to the recap of the 61st spectacular edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 60 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’ 61. Let us begin, again.

The first featured guest of the night is a prolific literary machine for Nashville’s creative future. Not unlike East Side Storytellin’ alumnus Dave Wright (who just so happened to be in attendance) with his writing and publishing talents going full tilt all of the time, this artist not only writes, but he also makes it possible for other writers to make dreams into realities through his press. He is the founder and frequent contributor for Lost & Found Fiction- an indie publishing company that has been sharing short fiction and other prose with readers since 2010. With a handful of various authors already on their bill with several successful releases, this guy has more than his hands full juggling publishing and his own writing, but he does a great job with everytyhing. With titles such as This Was Supposed to be Simple …  and You Can’t Make Love to a Nihilist and other short stories already under his belt, this guy decided to release two connected novellas recently by the titles of Olive and The Fool. That said, several of the fans of this guy came out and gave it up for Lost & Found Fiction’s brave leader, Buchanan Moncure!

Buchanan was as cool as the other side of the pillow. In fact, he was as cool as the other side of the pillow while reading one of his first stories about a chilling murder scene and very wild thoughts racing through his characters’ minds. I thought it was brilliant. The combination of Buchanan’s tone, tempo, and presence fit his writing and the stories behind his words like a glove.

Then there were lines that seemed to bounce around the room and right into my deep thought. Talking about murder as a feeling and not an action struck a chord with my ordinary Tuesday night thought process at the moment it hit me in the head. Wondering if a mind that is lost is worse than one that is cluttered made me rethink my cluttered head this past week. Using writing as a tool to face your problems was a therapeutic notion to share with everyone to cope with their own issues. And one of my favorite sections of the reading (all of which you can listen to in the recording below) was the description of holding an egg until you squeeze and break it and how that related to how the characters in the story felt about relationships with other people. It was all just brilliant, I tell you. He even explained how someone can actually kill a ghost beside a river. I can’t make this stuff up. And then Buchanan was finished with the reading.

Up after Buchanan, the featured musician of the night is a Kentucky-raised, Nashville-based talent that is quickly checking off everything he wants on his personal goal lists. He’s performed at CBGB in New York City, Common Ground in Chicago, and the Bluebird Café here in Nashville. Add and check off playing The Post while you are at it, if you are following this pattern I’m dropping. He has shared the stage with the likes of Pokey Lafarge, Eerie Von, and has already influenced countless others near and far. With a passion for sharing his stories and life experiences through music, he has developed his style that falls somewhere between the folk music from his Southern Roots and the music of Nick Cave. Aside from being a talented musician, he is also spends a lot of time with nature through camping, marksmanship, and sharing his living room with 14 pet frogs. I was first put in touch with him via our mutual friend and Palaver Records co-owner and new dad for the second time (shout out to Samuel) in Gary Branigan, and I want to thank Gary for that because it was such a treat to introduce and witness the art from the one and only Lance Whalen!

Lance is a true original. He is the first solo artist to bring 4 guitars and a banjo with him, but we were all better for it (even if he didn’t play the final guitar … maybe next time). Back to the music though, Lance was truly one-of-a-kind.

Now, you may have heard me say or write a time or two that every single one of these shows end up having a serendipitous moment or theme or something extraordinary that happens unplanned and unscripted since over 95% of the shows include artists who have never met one another before taking the stage. Either way, it was more than refreshing to hear Lance walk up to the microphone for the first two songs and directly say how they were similar to Buchanan’s stories that he just shared. Seriously y’all, there is something amazing going on in these East Side Storytellin’ shows beyond the great music and stories.

But yeah, Lance was so unique. His voice is unforgettable, his guitar playing style is perfect for his stories, and his lyrics could rival any poet and short story writer in the South. I don’t kid. Lance is this good.
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Like Buchanan, Lance hit me over the head with a frying pan of literary lines that won’t be leaving my dome any time soon. The moment he dropped a scene with a character having a picture of Winston Churchill and needing a red feather from a blackbird to understand why the hell he fell in love with a particular girl, I got chills. All of the songs had their own great high points and lines, but the last one with Lance talking about his sweet sugar pie and wanting her to stay with him just for one life and how she could bring all her books and dress up in white really shot close to my own home and heart. I haven’t even mentioned the slide banjo playing. REALLY? How much better could a Tuesday night in June get in Nashville? I don’t know. Luckily, I didn’t and don’t have to look or be anywhere else. Thank you, Lance.

Before we finished the show, I had Lance and Buchanan back on stage. Lance was a man of few words, Buchanan shared lots of his personal experiences and thoughts in writing and had olives for anyone who wanted some (I had three and they were delicious), but I was most excited about the final line that Lance shared about his own songwriting process that Buchanan and pretty much everyone else in the room related to for their own whatever. He said, “I just want to write more, play more, and try not to suck.” With that, I couldn’t say it better for right now. We may have bumper stickers out soon … stay tuned.

Speaking of staying tuned, here is the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 61 that featured Buchanan Moncure and Lance Whalen at The Post on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015. Listen to this link, share this link, and enjoy it over and over. It is that great-

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

You can read more about Buchanan’s writing here- http://buchananmoncure.net

You can listen to more of Lance’s music here- http://lancewhalen.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’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

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.

The NEXT East Side Storytellin’ event will be …

East Side Storytellin’ 62

Tuesday, July 7th, at 7pm, at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street)

Reading- Amy E. Hall (amyehall.blogspot.com)

Singing- Lauren Farrah (www.laurenfarrah.com)

I will keep you posted as soon as we make the plans and line-up. We are taking off the show for June 16th because East Side Story is having a huge celebration that you are cordially invited to right around the corner.

To explain myself, East Side Story has partnered with The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville to publish an anthology titled Based On: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville. The project is a special collection of short stories, songs, and visual art prints which are all inspired by one another and blended together into the fold of a single book (cd of the music included).

art and design by efharper

art and design by efharper

On Monday, June 15, 2015, East Side Story and the Arts & Business will celebrate the release of what could possibly be the most epic creative collaboration of Nashville artists with a one-night release concert extravaganza at Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall. The evening will be hosted by Music City Roots host Craig Havighurst and include performances by a majority of the contributing artists … all to commemorate the launch of this unique project.

You can get your pre-order tickets for the book/cd and general admission for the show involving the majority of artists involved in this project here- http://basedonnashville.eventbrite.com

As always, feel free to share with others.

I’ll keep you posted about East Side Storytellin’ 62 and beyond back on schedule as we get it together.

That’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 61 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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