Author: Holly Gleason

Blown Away, Rising Again

AFTER THE STORM: The image of the Basement East’s mural went viral after a March tornado knocked down walls at the venue. (Getty Images) Nashville’s Basement East rebuilds, hopes to rebound in early 2021 The Bernie Sanders benefit was over. The last of the staff was cleaning up as March 2 turned to March 3 when the sirens went off. Thinking quickly, they headed for the cellar. People cowered in the basement as an EF-3 tornado headed towards 5 Points; moments later, the roof and back walls were torn from the Basement East, one of East Nashville’s premiere music venues. Co-owner Michael Grimes, known to all as “Grimey,” told RollingStone.com the next morning, “The tornado hit at approximately 1:15 a.m.; the Bernie benefit was over, and our conscientious staff of five ran down to the basement with seconds to spare before the roof blew off. All are safe. We are […]

To access this post, you must purchase Subscribe to VenuesNow – 1 Year, Subscribe to VenuesNow – 2 Years or Subscribe to VenuesNow – 3 Years. If you are already a member of VenuesNow, please login here: log in

Read More

Alabama: Song of the South

Alabama at home on the stage. (Jenn Curtis) At 50, Alabama celebrates its singular history and its fans in venues big and small  When the Musicians Hall of Fame named its Class of 2019, something rare happened. Alabama, the working man’s country band from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, found themselves on the list. Having cut their teeth playing three long sets a night in Myrtle Beach bars, Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook understood what it means to not just get up and play, but to master your music, seeking ways to stand out, write great songs and lift people up. Manager Tony Conway, who has worked with everyone from Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks to the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert, started working with Alabama six years ago. Knowing the impact that the boys from Fort Payne, Ala., had on today’s country music, he saw that beyond […]

To access this post, you must purchase Subscribe to VenuesNow – 1 Year, Subscribe to VenuesNow – 2 Years or Subscribe to VenuesNow – 3 Years. If you are already a member of VenuesNow, please login here: log in

Read More

This Month’s VenuesNow