Matt Urmy

Tom Eizonas, Odie Lindsey, Chuck Beard, and Sam Lewis // photo credit to Steve Simpson

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 103rd epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 102, I repeat … 102, 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’ 103. Let us begin, again.

The first featured artist of the night first entered into my life and store because of a mutual friend, East Side Storytellin’ 83 alumnus, Justin Quarry. The two are friends and professional colleagues who are just as excited to promote the other’s work before their own. It’s not hard to promote and find this guy’s work outside of the shelves of East Side Story. His writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Iowa Review, Guernica, Electric Literature, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial, Fourteen Hills, and many more. A veteran, his related story collection, We Come To Our Senses, can be purchased at East Side Story after you finish reading this. Because I know him as a writer and a father and a man and a friend, it was one of my biggest honors to introduce this man, the local author with one of the coolest names ever, and introduce him to the microphone to read on a microphone for maybe his first time ever … I’m talking about the very talented Odie Lindsey.

Odie already had my respect, but he took it to another level when he decided to read something new and fresh off the typewriter (or computer and printer, what have you). He took one of his characters, a vet named Colleen, from his short story collection and made it into a longer project that will someday sell many many copies when finished and published. If you haven’t ever heard Odie speak or read any of his works, you should Google and buy his stuff like yesterday. If you have, then you know how colorful and brutally honest his characters are and how they represent AMERICA to a T, at least our current State of chaos. Another aspect of his writing that I love more than words is his representation of veterans, male and female protagonists. He develops characters and situations that may come off as zany in one scene but then bring your heart to tears in the next. You learn about them and then love them for who they are. And, in turn, you relate to those characters in an intimate way you don’t get the chance to always do with other fiction.

The more Odie read about Colleen’s adventures and beauty pageants and support system, we followed him into that Trumpland rabbit hole of crazy. It was crazy awesome. More than everything else that touched me about the story he shared was the comradery from the everyday civilians who had their own stories and came together to help patch up a lost vet who returned to her homeland picking up her pieces. At times, I laughed. At times, I felt sad. The entire time, I was in awe. Odie is an extraordinary writer that definitely puts the extra on the ordinary.

Our featured music of the night also entered into my life because of a mutual East Side Storytellin’ artist, #99 alumnus in that of Matt Urmy. My friend who did tonight’s print, Clay Brunton, and I stumbled into an event by Artist Growth a few years back and were both blown away instantly by the honesty, the melodies, the overall talent, and everything this guy brought to the intimate show that night. I’ve personally tried to get him on this show ever since that night. This night was finally that night. Most recently, he’s been quite the tour mate and stage collaborator with Chris Stapleton (an artist who dubbed this artist “a modern Townes Van Zandt”). An artist who rarely needs an introduction, and surely won’t sooner than later, I was double-honored to finally have the opportunity to introduce the one and only Sam Lewis.

I’m not certain, but I’m guessing that Sam was born to be a songwriter and performer from the word go. Everything about him, his lyrics, stage presence, relationship with the audience, flow of conversation and transitions into each song, his humor, the inflection of his notes at just the right spot in every song that is in itself a wonderful novella … everything about his set flows as natural as a creek in the woods. And he pretty much started his set from his own beginnings. He sang what he called an intro to his life, one of the first songs he wrote when he came to Nashville. Then he transversed over into his very personal history called Southern Greek Tragedy, a song that outlined his family tree and roots for all to witness. He dabbled in a co-write in honor of John Prine, and kept the night lively with short stories about travels and friendships  that truly helped shape him into the man he is today and get him to where he’s at now and going tomorrow (over seas that is).

There were just as many laughs in the audience because of Sam’s wit as inspiration from his songs and storytelling. There were tales of trips with East Nashville friends and mushrooms that helped create songs and memories that will last forever, and there were other parts that continued the vain of his ongoing Southern Greek Tragedy too. One of my favorite lines and songs was inspired by current political climate and the losing of two of Sam’s heroes in Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell this past year. Yessiree, Some fall hard living easy and Talk about it may be my two new favorite songs in the world. I suggest you both take a listen to the tracks in the recording below and then go out and buy all of Sam’s albums online and in person. He, like Odie, is an artist who will be helping make this world a better place to live in for decades to come.

Then, per usual, I was fortunate to have the chance to converse with both featured artists and dig a little deeper into what drives them to create and share with others. After the second question, it was fairly obvious that these two shared more than just a single serendipitous theme in their stories or where they were from. Turns out, these two have countless connections and friendships and shared stories to get back together and talk about at a later date. I promise I don’t pair these things together as perfect as they always turn out on their own. The conversation and grouping yet again left me with an overwhelming sense that we were all exactly where we needed and were supposed to be for that moment in time. I was honored to be a small part of something so grand.

So, with that said, here is the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 103 that featured Odie Lindsey & Sam Lewis at The Post on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Feel free to enjoy and share it with everyone you know, over and over again. It is so worth your time and energy. It will change your life. You’re welcome.

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to acknowledge the fact that I’m glad Sam was always too busy until this given night. Both Odie & Sam paint perfect pictures of what AMERICA really is today. Today, this night and now, I needed this pairing to happen. And I’m sure I wasn’t alone. These two realized, soon after some questions and performing, that they were thick as thieves and had countless connections already set in stone along their paths so far. So, with that, I want to give one last big round of thanks for Odie and Sam for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more of Odie’s writing here – http://oalindsey.com

You can listen to more of Sam’s music here –http://samlewistunes.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.

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

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’ 104

Tuesday, April 4th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Gregory Delzer (http://defunctbooks.com)

singing- Alexis Stevens  (http://alexisstevens.com)

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 103 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 //photo credit to Steve Simpson

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Matt Urmy, Tom Eizonas, Joanna Barbera, 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 99thepic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 98, I repeat … 98, 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’ 99. Let us begin, again.

Forget the classic Dos Equis men, past and present representation, the first featured artist of the night is, without a doubt, the most interesting artist in Nashville. A nomad since birth, Matt has planted roots and enriched the creative soil of Music City since first calling it home as a child. He has spent the majority of this life mingling with uber-talented and well-known musicians, writers, healers, entrepreneurs, outside-the-box thinkers, and culture shifters. He is the co-founder of Artist Growth, which just so happened to celebrate its official 5th anniversary on this very date of January 17th = you can thank the Facebook memory that reminded me of attending that party in 2012, but he is here tonight because of his poetry. The most interesting artist in Nashville, I’m talking about the one and only Matt Urmy!

Matt didn’t jump right into his poetry. Instead, he stepped up to the podium and threw down a lesson on language that was pretty much what every English professor wishes they could relay to their students. Unbeknownst to anyone on the room, Matt was giving us some real higher education about art and language and the power of words. He spoke eloquently about associative imagery, the power of finding the right word (whether it is in English or Spanish or something else) to fit the audible impact desired for the message at hand, and the overall process of how an artist creates and the audience experiences and shares that material. That said, he spoke in a way that made these layered lessons so simple to digest and relate to in our own lives. I knew from the start that this night and reading was going to be very special.

Matt did share a few of his own poems, all the while sprinkling in some of his favorites from other people who inspire him as well. His material, like the stuff he admires, aims to transcend while recording and expressing his everyday and deep thoughts on life and why we are here right now. He aims, and he hits the mark every time. He constantly explores his limits within his prose, seeking out meaning behind his purpose, and relates it in a way that you never feel intimidated or uninspired to go out and do the same thing in your life (all of this happens just by listening to him too). I’m telling you, Matt’s words and example is something to take note of in your world. Do yourself a favor and listen to the recording below, before you find out where and when you can hear him next. It was truly an honor.

Our featured music of the night is a mutual friend of two of my all-time favorite Lauren’s in Lauren Farrah and Lauren Shera (the newest super mom on the block). She is also a well-traveled artist who leaves impeccable footprints everywhere she goes. Influenced by personal relationships and all things ethereal (from religious studies to yoga and shamanism), her wandering spirit shines through in her spooky folk tunes. Her world travels turn to powerful prose set to meandering guitar and violin harmonies. Her work has been featured on Austin NPR, several TV shows on MTV, ABC, and NBC, and even on an international hit soap opera in Poland (that reminds me of the “We’re big in Denmark” comment from the hit movie Singles = watch it, if you haven’t seen it). With her upcoming EP IMAGO, I was humbled to introduce and showcase the lovely and super-talented songstress, Joanna Barbera.

Joanna took the stage like a pro. And by pro, I mean she didn’t flinch to have friends help her brush past a minor guitar strap repair that happened seconds before we were about to start her set. Despite what she said about herself, she was not moody or needy or anything other than an excellent human being. On top of that, she is an extraordinary singer-songwriter. She talked a little bit, but her songs spoke from themselves.

Joanna mixed in humorous banter and back story with songs that pulled at your heartstrings and left you exploring the reverb in your own heartaches. She sang about catholic school (one of my most favorite lyrics EVER about Jesus and Jim Morrison, listen closely), New York City, family, Mexico, and everything in between. I was starting to think that we needed to lock her outside in the rain with the karate man next to The Post or even further outside the city limits so she can write her next big hit about Nashville and her experience with East Side Storytellin’, but we’ll leave her to her own devices and creative processes. Either way, and any way you listen to her, Joanna make beautiful songs out of beautiful experiences. She is honest, candid, and everything I appreciate the most from artists who share their world and talent with strangers in perfectly lit rooms. No. That’s not creepy at all. That’s what happened. Take a listen in the recording below, if you don’t believe me.

photo by Chance Chambers

Per usual, I was gifted the opportunity to chat with both guests for awhile after their respective sets. It is something that never fails to light up my day and find deeper respect and appreciation for the city I call home right now that is filled with the most extraordinary people on Earth. Matt and Joanna were no different in that regard. We found out they were both born in New York, learned their love of making art from their families, they use Artist Growth like it’s their job (because it kinda is), and they are two bright stars who are excited about the future because they expect their best is yet to come. I’m glad we get to cherish what they’ve accomplished so far and stick around to see what’s next.

So, what’s next, you ask? Well, it’s time for you to listen to the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 99 that featured the tremendously talented combo of Matt Urmy and Joanna Barbera on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, at The Post. Please listen lovingly and share with other friends, family, and strangers, over and over again. Enjoy!

I can’t thank Matt Urmy or Joanna Barbera enough, but I’ll do it one more time right here. THANK YOU!!!!!

You can read more of Matt’s creative endeavors here – www.matturmy.com

You can listen to more of Joanna’s music here – joannabarbera.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.

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

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’ 100

Tuesday, February 7th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- John J. Thompson (www.33andathird.net)

singing- Phil Madeira (philmadeira.net)

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 99, the penultimate show to #100, 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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Liza Kawaller, Chuck Beard, Machaela Nesler, 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 98th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 97, I repeat … 97, 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’ 98. Let us begin, again.

Our first featured artist of the evening is someone I first met as a fellow “judge” at an event for Southern Word at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts not too long after she moved to town. She is not just a judge. She is an artist. She was trained in an acting conservatory and spent some quality personal growing time in LA. Instead of reading other people’s lines, she decided that making her own was way more fun. She began writing one day while studying abroad, and hasn’t stopped since. She likes to explore topics that may be traditionally difficult to talk or think about, all the while giving people the mental space to sit with some cognitive dissonance through her work. She is also on the development committee of Southern Word, but tonight she is here to share her Southern words. The room was filled with friends, old and new, to listen and pay attention to the wonderful Liza Kawaller.

Liza stepped to the mic and completely blew everyone away. I’m serious. I mean, I had seen her read before and expected something awesome, but she really outdid herself. She did a piece about someone on death row, another person battling addiction, some ladies inside of sex trafficking, and then something inspirational for people going through the process of change. Throughout her powerful words, words she recited from memory alone mind you, she changed her tempo and inflection from slow to extremely fast and soft as a whisper to “get out of my way because I have something to say that will not only smack you in the face, it will change your mind-set” kind of poems. At one point, it almost sounded like she was singing within her verses. It was a fantastical verbal journey and roller coaster. It was a mental ride that many people in our society need to go on these days. I was honored to witness it in person and in the front row, but I’m also thankful you can go back and listen to her selected works again and again in the recording below. Do yourself a favor, and take a listen below and go to the next reading Liza performs. You’re welcome.

Our featured music of the night was brought to my attention by a very dear group of mutual friends who just so happened to be in the crowd on this night and were recently added to the East Side Storytellin’ family in that of The Arcadian Wild. Born in Nashville and raised in music, this lady inherited her father’s ear for songwriting and was gifted a voice like few other from another higher power. She is a young artist with an old soul, combining years of experience with a wealth of tested raw talent. With the release of her first EP titled Bulletproof, she is more than ready to make 2017 unforgettable in the best of ways. I can’t say too many great things about this amazing woman with songs of gold. I’m talking about Ms. Machaela Nesler. Remember this name. Remember her smile. Remember her songs.

Machaela approached the stage in noticeable awe of following Liza’s powerful performance. I made a comment of assurance in between the final set-up time with Tom because I knew from hanging out before the show and listening to her work on a new song in the making during soundcheck that this was going to be a killer pairing of a show. I wasn’t wrong. Machaela sang original, heartbreaking, personal, and raw lyrics with soft volumes and melodies that were not only brilliant, but everyone in the room instantly connected with her and her music. Opting to share her brand new song, barely finished with writing the lyrics or living them, she had to pause a few times to let the tears take their place on her face and the set. Everyone in the room wanted to give her a virtual hug to let her know everything was okay and she was so brave to share something so beautiful and personal with a room of friends and attentive strangers, but I think she got the message and feeling crystal clear as she mustered up enough strength to finish her song and her set of other songs just as touching. I know I’m a barrel of compliments on these recaps, but Machaela’s set and Machaela in general won over this crowd and made a very special moment like few I’ve ever witnessed in this city (no matter who was on the bill or what venue was closest to The Ryman or not). Again, I’m being totally serious, this artist is yet another star that will be appreciated by many and will connect with countless before her time is over. Just listen to the recording below and buy her music online already.

Before I get to the ending of this recap, I just want to say that I was honored to have both Liza and Machaela on East Side Storytellin’. There were a few people who came to the show and spoke with me afterwards that let me know it was their first time to see our show and that this was a tremendous beginning to them coming to many more sooner than later. They enjoyed the reading, the music, and the interview afterwards where I got to get just below the creative surface and smiles of what inspires Liza and Machaela to create and share their creative and enlightening art. You can tell from the picture below that we all had a fun time on a random Tuesday night to get this 2017 off in the right direction.

Before I say goodbye for this round of fun, I’d like to give a big round of thanks for Liza and Machaela for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us. They are both so brave and inspiring to share such beautiful, gut-wrenching, and REAL material for us all to digest and relate with going forward in our own personal adventures.

And so, it is my honor to now share the edited version of East Side Storytellin’ 98 that featured the likes of Liza Kawaller and Machaela Nesler at The Post on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016. Enjoy, and share with everyone you know, over and over again. Thank you and you’re welcome-

You can read more of Liza’s writing here – @lkawaller (official website soon to follow this year)

You can listen to more of Machaela’s music here – machaelanesler.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 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. He normally makes all of the beautiful artwork online to promote the shows, but he had to take time away from that task this week because his mother started chemo for her battle against Cancer. Please send extra love and prayers for his family during this time.

Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to give one last shout out to Tonya and Chris and the staff who stay open late for us and 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’ 99

Tuesday, January 17th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Matt Urmy (www.matturmy.com

singing- Joanna Barbera (joannabarbera.com)

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 98 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, Brian Rogers, Tony Keats, Jennifer Justus, Kyle Walsh, Brian Pitts, and Tom Eizonas

Chuck Beard, Brian Rogers, Tony Keats, Jennifer Justus, Kyle Walsh, Brian Pitts, 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 90th epic edition of East Side Storytellin’! Like the 89, I repeat … 89, 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’ 90. Let us begin, again.

Our first featured artist of the evening is someone who writes about food and life, telling stories that help us see other perspectives while reminding us of our common humanity. Her formal training in food writing came from creating her own curriculum at Boston University with courses of Journalism and Gastronomy, a cultural study of food founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. She worked as food culture and lifestyles reporter at The Tennessean for 6 years before a successful dive into freelance work that has been featured in Time, Serious Eats, and Southern Living, to name a few. She is the author of Nashville Eats and The Food Lovers’ Guide to Nashville. I didn’t think she was going to read from one of her favorite stories of covering a nudist community or traveling with an unsigned rock band, but I had been wrong before. I’m talking about the one and only Jennifer Justus, ya’ll.

photo by Chance Chambers

photo by Chance Chambers

Jennifer asked me during the pre-show set up if she could read one short story before the music and then another one after the band. As usual, I agreed. Nobody knows art like the artists who make it. Jennifer had a better feel for presenting her work that I or anyone else. She kicked things off with a pre-published work that involves Nashville hot chicken and the first date she had with her now, newly wedded, husband (Tony Keats, the same fella leading the featured band of this evening. See picture below and you can instantly see they were made for one another to be happy.)

Photo by Chance Chambers

Photo by Chance Chambers

Anyways, Jennifer read her story with humor and confidence that was radiating from the page. You can listen to hit below or Google it online, but it is a tremendous tale about an epic break-up story. No. They didn’t break up and get back together before being married. Jennifer read the story about a break-up from vegetarianism and random relationship insecurities. As with my favorite stories by Jennifer written so far, food is the springboard of her stories to much deeper meaning and life questions. The only big question I had by the end of the first story was what “steak night” is planned for September. You’ll understand what I mean after you read/hear it. Look. Jennifer is so talented at what she does that none of her stories need any condiments added to her original thoughts and words.

Our featured music of the night is a self-proclaimed band of seasoned players. A four-piece band based in Nashville, TN, with influences from artists like The Band and Leon Russell, some of our big pink personal favorites, they bring a cool, funky southern sound. Hot off a six-song EP this spring, they’re recording a new record for early 2017. Anything but ragtag slackers, each member has played in numerous projects supporting Nashville artists before coming together as this group officially in 2015. Tom and I agreed that at least once a year it’s tradition to bring in a full-size band to get really loud. Tonight, it was the likes of Brian Pitts, Tony Keats, Kyle Walsh, and Brian Rogers joining creative forces and rocking East Nashville as the group American Watermelon.

Photo by Chance Chambers

Photo by Chance Chambers

American Watermelon, was exactly what I thought it would be … awesome! These guys did have elements of The Band, when they were jamming in the middle of the songs and seamlessly transitioning between rhythms of rock, country, americana, and jazz. You could tell they have been playing a very long time individually, and that they have a great feel for where each person fills in the circle of their music when playing together. I loved each and every one of their songs, but Down South (maybe their 5th track) was my favorite. Story of my life, “Do it wrong until I do it right.” Seriously, I can’t do these guys justice (Jennifer pun here) with a wordy recap of their set or song stories. Do yourself a favor and give the entire set a listen. Then let me know what you think your favorite tune is.

Photo by Steve Simpson

Photo by Steve Simpson

After the music ended, Jennifer took the stage once again and read from a brand new story, maybe even finished hours before the show for all I know. It was a poignant, revealing and heartfelt and deeply personal, tale about a friend having a baby while coming to grips with her own decision never to have one herself. As much pressure as there is around for people to have babies, from friends and family and beyond, I think there are even more pressures or false assumptions thrown at individuals who choose not to procreate. Jennifer hits the topic right on its head, all the while tackling a humorous account of reliving a first hand experience with a close friend having her second (accompanied by the father of the child, a sibling of the child, the mother of the child, a chocolate cake for the family, and a dog named Waylon). Whether you have a child or plan to or not, this story will speak to you in a great way. Again, Jennifer is so immensely talented at what she does.

Photo by Tom Eizonas

Photo by Tom Eizonas

So before I called it a night, I was fortunate enough to have the still honeymooning couple, Tony and Jennifer, up on stage to speak for everyone involved in the night. It was a fun exchange of questions and answers, and I think we hit a solid groove or honesty, candid personal notes, and shout-outs to friends and family in the crowd throughout. Once again, everyone who attended was touched by the stories and talents shared by every individual who hit the stage. Ninety shows in, and it never gets old. Nashville has heart and talent and everything what’s nice about this world.

So, here is the edited recording of East Side Storytellin’ 90 that went down on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. It was a night that featured classic, unforgettable stories and songs by Jennifer Justus and American Watermelon. 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 Jennifer and American Watermelon for sharing their stories, talents, and time with us.

You can read more about Jennifer’s writing here- jenniferjustuswrites.com

You can listen to more of American Watermelon’s music here – www.facebook.com/americanwatermelon

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 design by Clay Brunton

art design 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’ 91

Tuesday, September 20th

at The Post (1701 Fatherland Street) at 7pm

reading- Sally Anderson 

singing- The Daily Fare

That said, that’s all for East Side Storytellin’ 90 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

I don't normally post pictures of me solo, but I like this one taken by Chance Chambers. And any time I can give credit to my friend and talented wordsmith, Chance Chambers, I'm gonna do it.

I don’t normally post pictures of me solo, but I like this one taken by Chance Chambers. And any time I can give credit to my friend and talented wordsmith, Chance Chambers, I’m gonna do it.

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