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.

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Filed under: General Rambling, Show Preview

Want some free, local music?

My record label, Hackberry Records has just reissued two releases from recent signee Callooh! Callay!.

Live from The Bama Theatre and The Bird’s Run are now HAC-005 and HAC-006, respectively.  Best of all, they are available for FREE download from their website…

…which you can access by clicking here.

It’s also worth noting that they will be appearing live this Thursday night with The Motions at Mellow Mushroom as part of the Fall WVUA 90.7 benefit concert. More on that event coming soon.

Filed under: Announcements, New Releases

The Sunday Hangover Grips Tuscaloosa

Obviously, many of you took the advice of these pages and you got out last night and heard some music.  There were a TON of new faces around town, in all kinds of different spots…and that’s really great.

That’s not just shows I was promoting, either.  Friends all over town were telling me that there were an unusual amount of people out last night to see live music, especially for it being an away weekend in football.  Sure– “away” is a relative term when we’re talking about a Mississippi State game, but it’s still a great sign.

Spirits were high last night, and I’m sure that a collective hangover is gripping the city at this very moment.  You should all be proud of yourselves.

In the meantime…

Recover from this weekend by listening to a recap of it, and a preview of the upcoming week (it’s gonna be cool).  Where can you do this?

WVUA 90.7 FM.  LIVE!  Tonight from 8-10PM!

I’ll be a guest on The Local Show tonight, along with Toby and Max from The Motions!  Who knows who else might stop by?

So listen up, tonight.  It should be fun.

Filed under: Announcements, General Rambling

Weekend Roundup: 11.12-14

There’s a ton going on in Tuscaloosa this weekend.  I’ll expound later, but for now, here’s a list of stuff you can enjoy.

Thursday, November 12th

  • Evil Rico at the Booth.  Great musicians playing great tunes.  It’s a no-brainer.  9:30 PM
  • Stuart Bond and Jonathan Stephens at Gnemi’s Topshelf.  Get your acoustic/electric/acoustic/whateveritis on at Topshelf.  Maybe Stuart will play that “song” that everyone likes.  10:30 PM

Friday, November 13th

  • Callooh! Callay! at the CAVE at Coleman Coliseum.  Weird spot for a show, but it’s going down.  I think it’s before a volleyball game or something.  You probably won’t stay for that, but C!C!’s got some great new material and you should check it out.  5:30 PM.
  • The Classic Flame/Come Up For Air at a House Party.  318 Wesley Place.  Don’t tell them I sent you.  Early evening-Late PM.

Saturday, November 14th

  • Callooh! Callay! and The Classic Flame at Little Willie’s.  Cool, interesting combination at a cool, interesting venue.  Gotta love that.  10:00 PM.
  • The Motions and Charmed I’m Sure at Egan’s.  The final Egan’s appearance of 2009 for The Motions, accompanied by a stellar indie-rock group from Jackson, MS.  People will be talking about this one.  10:00 PM, or, immediately following the ass-kicking of Mississippi State.

No excuses.  Get out there and support some local artists.  I’ll expound on a few of these, and present a whole lot of exciting news coming up later.  Now, off to work.

Filed under: Calendar/Schedule

Tuscaloosa Bands in B-Ham Friday Night

If you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO BE in Larryland, a.k.a. Birmingham, this Friday, then we have some Tuscaloosa acts that will be in the area that you should check out.  Normally, we don’t talk much about the ‘Ham, but I suppose we should since there isn’t much going down Friday night in Tuscaloosa.

  • The Motions will be playing a house party at Magic City Wholesale with Model Citizen Friday night.
  • Matt Mackey and the Still Guns will be playing at The High Note Lounge Friday night, as well.

So there.  Tuscaloosa jams in the Ham.  Hit it up.

Filed under: Announcements, Calendar/Schedule

Bama/LSU Weekend Happenings

Well folks, this is the biggest game of the year in Tuscaloosa…which means there are entertainment options galore this weekend.  Lets just try to leave the guns out of it this weekend, alright?  It wasn’t real fun hearing gunshots in Temerson Square.  Enough of that nonsense.  Anyway, here’s some stuff going on this weekend.

  • Tonight at the Kentuck Art Gallery, Blaine Duncan and the Lookers will play as part of Kentuck’s Artrageous Night.  Susan Brown Freeman is the artist in residence for the evening.  5:00-9:00 PM.
  • Also tonight, Ben Joseph and Jonathan Stephens will be playing some tunes at Bo’s Bar.  It should start up around 10, and go until close.  Shows with cover songs are a LOT better when the players can actually play their own stuff, too.  This is the case here.
  • Saturday night at The Depot will feature Model Citizen, Mansfield and a late-night set from DJ Bin Rockin.  All this will come after Alabama beats LSU.  Hopefully.
  • Also Saturday night, Silver Lions 20/20 will be playing at Egan’s if you must be on the Strip post-game.

If I’ve missed anything, let me know.  Roll Tide.

Filed under: Calendar/Schedule

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

Craigslist Gold #1

Here’s a new series for the blog, a new way to help with the midweek downtime that usually happens here.  One day, hopefully, there won’t be a need for such a thing. But until then… lets enjoy some of the things that make Tuscaloosa great.  In this series, I’ll spotlight an exciting Craigslist entry from our city’s very own page.

This week, a desperate plea for like-minded individuals, posted on October 22nd.  If you fit the bill, get in touch!

Looking to start a Fight Club

I am looking to start a group of people to meet weekly to fight. No payment, no experience, just good fun. Have 2 pair of Medium sized MMA gloves and 2 mouth pieces. If you are looking to fight, have fun, meet people, then please email me. Any style fighting accepted, MMA, Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, doesn’t matter. Wanting to get large groups together for free, fun fighting.

Viva la Tuscaloosa!

Filed under: Craigslist Gold

Ladies and Gentlemen…

Filed under: UA

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

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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".