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Featured show of the week.

Robbie

The FTNB show of the week is tomorrow and I’m excited to share the details. Two local story-tellers, Matt Haeck and Darrin Bradbury, are opening the show. Robbie Fulks, a Chicago-based artist who has released a dozen albums over three decades will bring us home.

Matt’s debut album, Late Bloomer, is true to its name. It was recorded in a mere five days at the Eastside Manor Set under the watchful eye of producer David Mayfield. Those five days occurred over a year and a half ago and now we are a mere month and a few days away from the June 3rd release. The album features the likes of Critter Fuqua (Old Crow Medicine Show), Paul Defiglia (The Avett Brothers), Caitlin Rose, and Elizabeth Cook. Looking forward to getting my hands on one of these and excited for a preview tomorrow night. Stay tuned for more information here as the release approaches.

If you’ve been following FTNB for long, you know we’re a big fan of Darrin Bradbury. Hell, that’s a picture of him at the bonfire back when he had hippie hair on top of the page! It’s been a pleasure to watch him become more comfortable with his own voice, naked and exposed with just his guitar as opposed to fronting the Big Wilson River Band. (Don’t worry, he won’t actually be naked.) Darrin is a master of observation, weaving interesting tales based upon ordinary experiences and objects like grocery shopping and lawn chairs. I miss having a regular weekly gig where I get to listen to Darrin and try to catch him play every chance. He’ll be heading out west with Tim Easton soon, but will be back in town in time for a June 15th performance at Music City Roots. (He’ll do much more than just the Vietti Chili song this time, I assure you).

This will be my first opportunity to hear Robbie Fulks play. Everything I have heard and read leads me to believe it is going to be right in my wheelhouse. Based in Chicago, he is a true pioneer in the genre we now call alternative country. Robbie is a true performer with a long list of accolades including multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, Whadd’ya Know, Fresh Air, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, Acoustic Cafe, Austin City Limits, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and 30 Rock. TV/film use of his music includes True Blood, My Name Is Earl, and Very Bad Things.

Fun fact: Matt and Robbie both have theatrical credits. Robbie’s include “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and Harry Chapin’s “Cottonpatch Gospel.” Matt has been in “The Hank Legacy” and “The Cash Legacy.” Put the name of the play, real or imaginary, that you would like to see Darrin lead in the comments.

Paying $15 to see any of these gentlemen perform is a good deal. All three for $15 is an absolute steal. Buy your advance tickets here.

Robbie Fulks, Matt Haeck, Darrin Bradbury | 12th & Porter | 114 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN, US | Tomorrow, April 30|7:00 pm | $15

Our first Featured Show of the Week occurrs tomorrow at the Basement.

Darrin was one of the first artist I had the pleasure to write about for another publication and I have been fortunate to call him a friend ever since. I find Darrin’s songs to be uplifting and humorous. They are uplifting in the sense that they describe life as I know it: complete with all the dirt, grime, and grit that you normally don’t hear about in popular music. After decades of borderline transience, Darrin has recently settled into his own house just outside of town. Can’t vouch for the picket fence, but it does come complete with a cat and dog and a human partner-in-crime. This is a major improvement from his first Nashville residence: sharing the back of a Ford Focus with his bass player, Cameron Carrus, for months in a Walmart parking lot.

I have yet to hear Joey, but he comes highly recommended and am looking forward to it.

Austin Lucas is headlining the evening. Austin hails from and currently hangs his hat in Indiana. He’s done the Nashville thing off and on for a while now. This show is a celebration of the upcoming release of his album Between the Moon and the Midwest, due May 27. Last time I heard Austin, it was a mostly solo set with some vocal accompaniment from his dog, Sally. He was able to get a tremendous amount of sound out of his guitar by himself. Tomorrow will be a special treat with the full band. His sound definitely fits within the Americana catchall genre blending traditional country sounds with harder rocking with just the right proportions. Can’t wait.

Advance tickets can be bought for $5.00 here.

Here’s a glimpse of what you have to look forward to tomorrow:

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

 

The Basement Nashville | 1604 8th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 | 8:30 p.m. | 21+ | $5 Advance, $7 Door