The Winnie Blues
@ The 5 Spot Nashville Tennessee – June 18, 2019
Local Aussie duo The Winnie Blues play The 5 Spot – East Nashville.
Photography by Kenny Schick – Kenny Schick is a Music Producer, engineer, singer songwriter & professional photographer, living in Nashville TN (from the Bay Area CA) (see more photos here)
A road trip to the Bluegrass State, Kentucky!
Where we were seduced by it’s extreme beauty!
This past weekend, Sabine and I were visited here in Nashville by our great friends Lori and Pete. We showed them a bit of Nashville for a day and a half, and then we went on a road trip to the Bluegrass State, Kentucky. We were seduced by it’s extreme beauty—vast fields of lush grass and rolling hills covered in broad leaf forests.
This was just icing on the cake, as our journey was really about bourbon and music. We toured the Four Roses Distillery, and the really historic Buffalo Trace Distillery… so much information and top notch Bourbon!
our journey was really about bourbon and music
Now Lori and Pete have become completely obsessed with songwriter/musician Willy Watson. Though I didn’t immediately recognize the name, I’ve know of him for years as it turns out. Watson was a founding member of Old Crow Medicine Show, and is also a member of Dave Rawlings Machine with Dave and Gillian Welch.
Many of y’all probably know him now too, as he was in Joel and Ethan Cohen’s recent film, ‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’. He plays ‘The Kid’, who guns down Buster Scruggs (Tim Blake Nelson) at the end of the first old western tale in this film. He also sings the song ‘When A Cowboy Trades His Wings For Spurs’, penned by his colleagues Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. So see…you DO know him… 🙂
‘The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs’
Willie’s solo performance was wonderful, and the venue, The Burl, was an amazing old wood building sitting across from a distillery in Lexington, KY. Built in 1926 as a loading dock and hub for Texaco, it is a long room with porches flanking each side. The venue is right by the train tracks and has a ton of vibe. This performance was part of a weekend festival at The Burl called The Rail Roots Festival. We only went on the Sunday but now wish we’d gone the whole weekend!
The Rail Roots Festival – Willy Watson – Lera Lynn….
Also on the bill for this festival was one of our local Nashville favorites Lera Lynn. She plays some dark, brooding post-Americana, just like Sabine and I like. She put on a stellar set as well—her guitarist, whose name I can’t find anywhere, is a great support to her songs.
Women Rock! A tribute to Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Cyndi Lauper, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and more!
@ The Basement East Nashville 11/28/18
These photos are of Kristen Dinsmore aka Dinzy & Slider
Proceeds for ‘Women Rock’ benefit Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and Northern Mississippi
Instruments For Education 1st Annual Instrument Drive and Fundraiser
Listening Room Cafe, November 15, 2018
I was lucky to be in school at a time when music and art programs were considered main staples of education—the schools I attended in California had pretty darn good instruments for music students to use, and most families, mine included, had the ability to rent or buy instruments for their kids. This access to instruments not only made it pretty easy for me to pursue my passion (my music), but could be a large part of the equation that led me down the path to a life in music. My parents were even able to float me loans(with 1% interest, just to teach me about finances..haha) which I paid back with my paper route money.
I never had kids, but I’ve watched my friend’s children attend schools where the music and art programs are being stripped back, or even eliminated from curriculum—this is a damn shame, as music and the arts are every bit as important to human development as math, science, history, or english. It is creativity and learning how to implement it that leads to some of the biggest accomplishments for humanity—even in aspects of life that have nothing to do with music or art. Developing a creative mind is essential to success in life, and as a former private music teacher, I have seen this concept at work. I even helped run a friend’s company that used music as a tool for corporate team building workshops, and we saw the method ignite a lot of fire at some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies.
Here in Nashville, we have a knight in shining armor by the name of (Sir) Troy Castellano, and he has started a non-profit here to help counteract the trend of struggling music programs in our local schools—it is called Instruments For Education. It’s mission: “To collect and distribute used and unused musical instruments and provide them to classrooms that may not otherwise have it in their budget to purchase instruments. Allowing upcoming generations a hands on way to learn to play a musical instrument(s).” Troy even goes so far as to drive around picking up instruments himself and fixing them if need be. He has a music store in Spring Hill TN(Bluesman Vintage) that does repairs that he can’t handle himself.
Last night, I attended a great event at the Listening Room Cafe here in Nashville—It was Instruments For Education’s First Annual Instrument Drive and Fundraiser. 24 of Nashville’s best song writers volunteered their time and gave us a killer night of intimate performances, backed by the awesome steel guitar player Smith Curry see the list of performers below. Proceeds from the show went to Instruments For Education, and I believe even some instruments were donated.
In a city called Music City, it is great that we have someone like Troy who supports the very thing this city is known for and helps to make sure future generations keep the roots and lifeblood of this city alive.
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