Gearing Up For The Final Eastside Hoot

Dated: 06/19/2013

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by T.J. Anderson

It's only Monday. This means that the East Side Hootenanny is still five long weekdays away.

But already we're feeling bummed that the next Hootenanny (set for this Saturday, June 22 in East Park) will be the final installment of the free East Nashville music festival, at least for this year. It's been a helluva way to transition from spring to summer, to get everyone in East Nashville—and beyond—circulating, socializing, and celebrating how good we all have it as Nashvillians. Events like the Hootenanny remind me why I love this city—because the people are friendly to a fault, and the talent is just endlessly astounding.

Before we discuss this week's artist lineup, have a look at this new promo video for the Hootenanny, made by my friend Nekos Barnes:

East Side Hootenanny June 22 Lineup (descriptions excerpted from the Hootenanny website):


Derek Hoke: Derek Hoke has crafted a collection of equally endearing and infectious songs for his long awaited sophomore release–Waiting All Night. Out August 21, 2012 on Electric Western / Thirty Tigers, Waiting All Night picks up right where Hoke left off with his first release Goodbye Rock N Roll. There is a significant difference here though. If Goodbye Rock N Roll was slow crafted, simmered in Hoke’s brain on low, and came to life on a lazy saw dust floor one night in town, then Waiting All Night was born under the lights on stage. It’s clear that Hoke and his band have been affected by the past years of playing week after week. Nashville has a way of doing that to a singer.


Blackfoot Gypsies: Matthew Paige and Zack Murphy are the Blackfoot Gypsies. Breaking the lines between hipsters, punks, posers, dads, normies, cowboys, rockers, and burnouts; everyone gets stripped to the core on the floor. And no one leaves the same as they came before.


Chris Henry: While Chris Henry grew up in the bluegrass and folk circles, he has followed a natural muse that has opened his own sound to country, rock, and hip-hop music. “I’ve not tried to sequester myself from any of the modern influences, and even though you can’t hear it distinctly, the hip-hop is there,” Henry says of his album, Making My Way To You. “In fact, one line in my song, “Down” is directly lifted from GZA of the Wu Tang Clan. Medicine Man has drums similar to ones I would use for a hip-hop track.” His band is called Hardcore Grass, and the reason is because of the intensity with which they perform his music. It’s best described as a kind of “white-knuckle, bite the cap off the coke bottle grit.”


Goodbye June: First cousins Tyler Baker, Brandon Qualkenbush, and Landon Milbourn began writing songs together in 2005 to cope after Baker's brother died in a car accident. “We decided to name [our] band Goodbye June, to honor the memory of our brother passing and encapsulate what inspired the beginnings of this band,” explains Brandon, “if he wouldn’t have passed, I’d probably still be painting and never would have pursued music as a career.” Brandon’s father, a Pentecostal preacher, and Landon’s father, a choir director, evangelized throughout the Bible belt during their childhood. Naturally, the cousins played and sang during these fiery Pentecostal church services. But you can also hear these shadows of black gospel, blues, and old country hymns mixed into Goodbye June’s brand of rock. Their debut album Nor The Wild Music Flow has just ben released with CVR (Cotton Valley Records) along with their highly anticipated debut music video featuring St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and country star Steve Holy.


Sage & The Saints: Sage began her journey as a singer/songwriter and actress when she was a wee child. Music was always around from stories of her grandmother who worked with Elvis or her mother’s dearest friend and record producer Leonard Cohen dropping by. Some early highlights of Sage’s career would be dancing with Michael Jackson in the music video Black or White, singing “Thank You” with Natalie Merchant at the Lilith Fair, starring on the Disney Channel, Toon Disney Summer Sundays with Sage and Beau, and a co-starring role in the ABC mini-series Dreamkeeper. Upon graduation from Yale, Sage went to L.A. and started to work on her new musical venture. This led her to London and Nashville where she wrote and recorded her solo EP, “Learning to Walk“. The video for the first single, “Edie Sedgwick,” was produced by Twilight star Nikki Reed and featured English folk artist Johnny Flynn.

We can't wait to check out some of these artists at the June 22 Hootenanny. And I want to know: What's been your favorite part of the 2013 Hootenanny? Please tell us in the comment section.

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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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