15th Street Dinah

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The Opposite of Libel

As most of you know, or as you might have gathered from reading through this blog, I run a fledgling independent record label called Hackberry Records.  Now, on this blog I attempt to maintain some sort of balance when it comes to talking about artists that I represent.  Yes, they make up some of the local music that we are trying to celebrate in Tuscaloosa…and no, they aren’t the only ones.  Sometimes the balance dies, and my affection for these bands creeps through, and it probably nauseates you.

I’m sorry.

With that being said, I’m about to launch into a brag session that would probably send the previously offended into an outright fit.  Again, I’m sorry.  If you can’t take it, go read Pitchfork or something.

Tonight, two of my bands are playing at the Mellow Mushroom for the Fall 90.7 FM benefit show.  Callooh! Callay! and The Motions.  Yeah, you need to be there.  It’s $5 bucks, and it supports the revival of a station that we really, really need in Tuscaloosa.  Is it everything that I want?  No.  Do we sometimes have to make concessions in order to get some of what we want?  Yes.  This is why I wholeheartedly support WVUA 90.7 FM.  It may not be the indie-rific, free-form beacon of light that some of us have hoped for, but it does support local music and it beams it out to the masses.  We have to back that.  So for those reasons and more, get out to Mellow tonight.

As for the bands, well– I couldn’t be more proud of them.  Callooh! Callay! is a band that has played alongside me for years, and it’s a complete honor to rep them now.  Adam and Dan both know how I feel about their talent– I’ve never been shy about telling them.  The difference now is that they’ve discovered the sound to back up that talent, and they’ve tapped into an area of sound that is unique and impressive.  They’ve finally found their sound, and we’re all thrilled about it.  With the help of their sometimes quiet (but obviously talented) bassist and the addition of a complete behemoth on drums, you’re going to hear a lot more from them.  I went into their rehearsal this week planning to stay 30 minutes…and I was there nearly 2 hours.  They are great friends, great people and great musicians.  They’ve worked their asses off to just peek their head into the collective conscience, and I think all that work and toil and struggle is about to pay off.  Don’t be late to the game on them.

The Motions have had a hell of a year, and it’s been a complete thrill and honor to be able to rep them during it.  Before I had any title and a cut, I was really thrilled to call them all friends, though.  I kept an eye on them, and when I got their CD in the mail, I was floored.  They asked me to be a tour manager, and that went amazingly well– and then they asked me to be their manager.  I immediately asked them to be on my label.  For me, it’s been a match made in heaven.  They work hard and are always thinking about what they can do and what we can do to move forward.  I’ve never met a more driven bunch of kids in my life.  I probably communicate with Toby is some form or fashion every single day, and I’d like to think that our drive and enthusiasm keeps each other keyed up and focused.  Either way, people really don’t understand just how much harder it is for a band of underage kids to compete in a “of-age” world.  Every single gig, every single break and every single mention and bit of adoration is earned with determination, sweat and the occasional tears.  They’ve earned their buzz this year, and I am beaming proud to have been able to watch it all happen from behind the scenes.  At this point, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard somebody talking about this band–  tonight is your chance to catch them on a big stage with lights, pro sound and, hopefully, a loud and enthusiastic crowd.

I don’t know who is opening and who is closing, and frankly, I don’t care.  This is a split bill show that showcases two of my most exciting acts for a good cause.  Each band is going to push the other to play their best.

Trust me– you’re gonna hear some good tunes tonight.  I couldn’t urge you more to check it out.

WVUA-FM Fall Benefit Show feat. Callooh! Callay! and The Motions–  10pm sharp, $5, 19+.

Hope to see you there.  Come and say hello.


Filed under: General Rambling, Show Preview

Halloween Weekend in T-Town

There’s definitely some notable stuff going down this weekend in town, so here’s all the info you need to get out there and take advantage.

First off, Oz Music will be having a Halloween sale and it’s worth stopping in for.  Come shopping in costume and you’ll get 15% off your TOTAL purchase.  That’s a good sale.  They’ll also have candy for, and I quote the owner here, “kids of all ages”.  So check that out and support independent businesses here in town.

Here’s some of the live music you can look for this weekend:

  • The Dexateens are playing at Mellow Mushroom on Saturday night.  Because it’s at the Mushroom, Shane Lollar will be running sound– and that means it’s the best spot to see the ‘Teens.
  • Evil Rico is playing at the Jupiter tonight.  Now, I will admit that I’m not the biggest fan of the Jupiter (that’s another story for another time), but you can’t find nicer folks than the guys that make up Evil Rico.  Good band, good people, good choice for tonight.

and in a moment of vanity….

  • Yours truly will be playing with The Still Guns on Saturday night at Bo’s Bar downtown.  I don’t want to make any claims, but the last time I guested with the band, Bo’s Bar reportedly had it’s best night ever.  Records will be smashed, floors will be danced upon, and debauchery will be had this Halloween night.  I wouldn’t be shocked if Saturday night saw the debut of the new Stuart Bond/Rachael Roberts/Reed Watson project, either.  I know that it’s vain, I know that it’s self-serving, but I have to go ahead and put the following stamp on this show:  Dinah Recommends!!

Happy Halloween, and thanks for the support so far everybody!

Filed under: Announcements, Calendar/Schedule, Show Preview

Must See Shows This Weekend

Saturday:  Taylor Hollingsworth at Egan’s. No cover, great show.  Hollingsworth’s always been a name in the local world, but he got a little bigger with the help of Conor Oberst, who invited him to join his “Mystic Valley Band” last year.  This will be a quality show, and you just can’t beat free– especially after Bama taps that Vol ass.

Sunday:  Alabama Blues Project Benefit at Little Willies. Sounds boring, but trust me, it isn’t.  Not only is this a rare Sunday show, but the bands playing this thing are phenomenal.  Those that know me often hear me singing the praises of The Brooms, a local blues-rock band that simply slays. Again, they look young and play old.  The show will also include the ABP band, Debbie Bond, Simple Interest and the Blue Light Specials.  $5 for students, $10 for adults…and it supports one of the finest causes our city has to offer.  Alabama Blues Project for more information.  Don’t miss this one.

Filed under: Calendar/Schedule, Show Preview

Witness Greatness TONIGHT

The undisputed KING of Country Western Troubadours is in Tuscaloosa TONIGHT for a show that will go down in Tuscaloosa lore.

UNKNOWN HINSON.  TONIGHT!  at the Mellow Mushroom.  Don’t miss it.

Filed under: Show Preview

Chinese Dentist this Friday at Egan’s

So as a precursor to Alabama’s thorough ass-whipping of Tennessee this weekend, you should get on out to Egan’s Friday night for a Chinese Dentist performance to celebrate our good friend Bo’s birthday!

Bo’s a good dude, and he runs Well That’s Cool, our fellow stalwarts in the Tuscaloosa Blog Universe.  He’ll be bartending the Happy Hour to raise money for a…get this…CASINO TRIP to celebrate his birthday in style.

Obviously, we wholeheartedly support casino trips.  So get out there, tip heavily and hear a great local band.  Guaranteed good time, guaranteed good guy, guaranteed no cover.

Filed under: Show Preview

The Depot House Party this Saturday Night

Here’s the lineup for the grand return of The Depot house party:

  • The Motions
  • The Last Great Fiction
  • DJ Bin Rockin

Obviously, we highly recommend this as your entertainment option for Saturday night.

Filed under: Show Preview

Tonight: Hackberry & Well That’s Cool team up

Here’s one last reminder for a show that we DEFINITELY recommend.

Tonight, Well That’s Cool and Hackberry Records are putting on a show at The Booth featuring soon-to-be-but-probably-already-there local legends The Motions and an opening set by Callooh! Callay!.

Great venue, great bands and a great chance to support the efforts of WTC and Hackberry Records.  All the money is going to the bands, so this isn’t a benefit show…but coming out and making some noise only helps push forward some of the efforts that we’re all trying to see through.

Look for more WTC/Hackberry ventures in the future, but for now, get out to The Booth tonight and support independent ventures in T-Town!

Filed under: Announcements, Show Preview

The Motions THIS FRIDAY NIGHT at The Booth

This show was literally lined up about 5 minutes ago, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a blowout.

Newly reformed and wonderful Tuscaloosa group Chinese Dentist had to cancel tomorrow night’s show at The Booth, so new Tuscaloosa favorite The Motions will fill in.  I could literally write you an essay about how fucking great The Motions are, but I’ll ask you to trust me on this one and make The Booth your Friday night stop this weekend.  This will be their first show back in town since their completely epic performance at last edition of “The Depot” houseparty.

Somewhere in our archives is a “Five Questions” feature with Motions’ frontman Toby Hartleroad, so scroll down and check that out.  Also, they maintain a band blog and are one of the flagship signees of Hackberry Records (full disclosure, blah blah blah).

I asked Toby for a quick thought on tomorrow night’s show at The Booth:

“We’re really excited to get to put our feet in a place like The Booth.  I mean, we’re playing an opening slot for a show in Columbus that night and then loading out and heading to Tuscaloosa for it.  Obviously, there’s a lot of history with that place, and a lot of folks have a lot of great memories of great bands that played at their old spot.  It’s gonna be fun to, hopefully, start a new tradition at their new place.”

Missing this show will be the biggest mistake you make this week.  Don’t let that happen.  See you Friday night.

Filed under: Announcements, Calendar/Schedule, Show Preview

Unknown Hinson is coming to Tuscaloosa

Don’t say you weren’t warned.  Pull out your Sharpies, mark October 23rd on your calendar, and make plans now to be at the Mellow Mushroom for what will be one of the most memorable Tuscaloosa shows in a long time.


I’m not even going to attempt to describe this guy on here, but you’ll get a good idea if you go check out his site.  I’ve seen him a couple of times, each time being an absolute blast.  This guy will KILL in Tuscaloosa, and I have a good feeling Shane Lollar down at the Mushroom had a major say in this booking decision.  Nice work, Shane.

Don’t say you weren’t informed:


Filed under: Announcements, Calendar/Schedule, Show Preview

Joshua Folmar at The Filling Station TONIGHT

Ladies and gentlemen, Hackberry Records artist Joshua Folmar will perform tonight at The Filling Station in Tuscaloosa.  I couldn’t be more excited for Josh to make his formal live debut to the public, because his songs and his talent are truly unique and the road he travels with his music is one you probably haven’t walked down.

Josh served our country in Iraq– a truth that cannot be avoided when listening to his material– but like any modest person, the tunes don’t necessarily revolve around his bravery.  He’s a storyteller, and there’s room for you in the story.  This is all just me bragging about the guy (Full Disclosure:  I represent him.), but I invite you to head down tonight and check him out.

I’ve tried to stay out of his hair on this one, but I expect a solid range of covers (good ones, I’d bet) and a good sample of his own material.  It’ll start at your normal bar starting time.

It’s a good option for live music on Wednesday night.  Give Josh a shot tonight.

Filed under: Show Preview

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15th Street Dinah is a blog primarily about music coming to and coming from the Tuscaloosa, AL area. From time to time, we might veer off course...but for the most part, that's our thing.

We're named in honor of the great Dinah Washington, Tuscaloosa native and "Queen of the Blues".