Frank Zappa

Tom Eizonas, Rob Stewart, Dale J, Ashley Roth, Phill Thompson, 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 119th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 118, I repeat … 118, 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 recap and recording of the East Side Storytellin’ 119. Let us begin, again.

The first featured artist of the night is a writer, mother, and animal activist that currently calls Nashville home. Her work has appeared in decomP magazine, Moonsick Magazine, 100 Word Story, Sobotka Literary Orphans, and others. She is currently seeking representation for her first novel, The Great Jazz Baby. I first met her when she brought and sold her children’s book Tiny Tallulah and The Trouble With Zoos at East Side Story. She later slayed a cool crowd with some original poetry outside of East Side Story near the end of our retail run. No matter if its words for kids or adults, this artist knows what she is doing and where she is going. I have no doubt she’ll get proper representation soon, maybe sooner after later once this recap and recording gets out there. Regardless of literary politics, I was as happy as Poppy on Trolls to introduce the pinker than pink and always smiling Ashley Roth.

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Ashley was good friends with about 80% of the packed house, so it wasn’t uncommon to have to wait a few seconds to let the applause and chants of her name from the crowd to calm down before anyone could speak on the mic. Obviously, from the smiles above and below, Ashley was ecstatic to be featured and present for the occasion. She decided to divide her time by thirds to share a little bit of a few projects. The first was a previously published work titled Mice. Holiday-themed and timed, it was a wild story about family, some alive but some gone without being forgotten, and mice in the house that resembled those found in Cinderella. At times, it was haunting. But it was refreshing, from the details of the smells and setting, all of the time. Plus, I love the name Mabel. The second piece was something to be published soon in Sobotka called Adolescent. It was a special 90’s reflection, with two female friends conversing about their likes and dislikes that eventually ended up being a who can top the other person by describing how they would best fantasize their suicide to be more like Kurt Cobain (and definitely not Team Amy Grant). Again, the references, the details of smells and sights, were all spot on.

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Then Ashley closed her reading by giving us a professional tease of her book The Great Jazz Baby. I forget the byline that she gave later in the evening, for all listening publishers and agents (you can catch it in the recording below), but it was a vintage time lapse of an original Ashley Roth story. The characters were instantly intriguing and easy to draw anyone and everyone in, and the conversations were as witty and appealing as all get out. Plus, ever since The NeverEnding Story, I have loved the name Sebastian for any fictional character too. I personally can’t wait to read the entire story, if she lets me before it’s in published print.

Our featured music of the night is a dear friend of Ashley’s and a stellar musician in his own right. He is an experimental folk artist who often uses amplified acoustic instruments, strange projected visuals, and a stomp box created from an upside-down dresser drawer (that he brought for the special occasion), among other things. He tells original stories, inspired from odd observations and humor. He has been described as a fun mix of Frank Zappa, Bill Hicks, Tom Waits, and a touch of Butthole Surfers. His latest album will be called Eye Dropper, but he’s here tonight to share some new and old things to inspire our days. Alongside his very talented friends Rob (not Rod) Stewart and Phill (maybe I’ve been watching An American Tail too many times with my son lately and called Phill Phillie) Thompson, I was delighted to introduce the man, the legend, the talented Dale J.

Dale, like Ashley, jumped right into his groove on stage, becoming instant friends with anyone who wasn’t already his friend before the show started. It didn’t take me long at all to recognize that Dale has a very special condition where he only speaks the truth. I was all ears. From the shout-outs to the West Virginia wine, to the announcement of the fake band name Viking Swimming Pool (I think it’s a keeper), to introducing the band and thanking Ashley, me, Tom, and everyone else to coming out for the show before even playing the first note, I was strapped in for an unforgettable experience. Dale and the crew didn’t disappoint.

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They played and combo of thick and groovy melodies for each jam and intricately weaved in and out of tempos and typos and thoughts and dreams and stories upon stories in and out of song that left my mind reeling from the depths of metaphors that Dale was slinging on stage like some sling spare change on the side walk. Again, I was picking everything up and I wasn’t alone. Everyone, on stage and off, was having a good time and using their presence to the max.

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The stories about pet lizards (aka Little Man), a pet who was more family and some people consider their biological families, asking boys where the fear comes from despite knowing they’ve been here before, or being king of the basement steps, being fine down there (here), or trying to settle in when going home, I think I have enough inspirational material to write my next short story to keep me in check. Point being, these stories weren’t just contained in the music. Dale continued his wonderful tales of truth after the music faded and Ashley and I joined him on stage for a talk for the show’s closure.

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We again waited for the joyous chants of Ashley’s name from her fans to subside before we really got into some quality talks. Dale continued to talk more about how his mind works within creativity, making his own art, and the act of sharing it with others. Ashley was able to stress how important becoming a parent was for her to her craft and being able to share that with others too. You can listen to the conversation and everything we recorded below, so I won’t keep you here long. I will say, though, that the entire evening felt like one of those nights I know I’ve had (I’m pretty sure you have too) where you were surrounded by good friends having the best of talks long into the night and early morning. You know, the type where your friends share things from their journals or stories from their pasts or goals in the future or songs they’ve written or grabbing a random instrument laying around in the room and playing it wildly and perfectly, even if you didn’t know they could actually play that instrument they put together on the fly. Again, point being, it was one of those nights where magic happened between kindred spirits and random tidbits of truth are dropped and you wake up the next morning wondering if it all actually really happened and you try to remember every single magical detail or truth dropped to apply it to you day and then you remember it was really real and the magic is already inside you and didn’t go over your head (it hit and stuck on your heart). So yeah.

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

Go ahead and get you a taste of the magic we all experienced with Ashley Roth and Dale J (and Rob not Rod Stewart & Phill the Phillie Fievel Mousekewitz Thompson) by listening to this edited recording of East Side Stortyellin’ 119 that we hosted at The Post East on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. It was an honor and one-of-a-kind night. Enjoy and share this link, over and over again, with family, friends, and complete strangers over this holiday weekend. Also, remember to be thankful for at least two things today, on top of being nice to one another.

You can read more of Ashley’s writing here – www.ashleynroth.com

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You can listen to more of Dale’s music here – facebook.com/dalej369

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’ 120
Tuesday, December 5th
at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm
reading- Michael McRay
singing- Emma Dilemma

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 119 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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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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