Articles, blog posts, and videos relating to Nashville artists, figures, news, events, or performances.
- 2022 Photo Dump ()
Photos shot September 17, 2022 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa (for the Iowa State Cyclones vs. Ohio Bobcats football game), plus some shots from The Flying Elbow in Marshalltown (and the Mr. Mac’Man and Bang! Bang! burgers). Photos taken Saturday, June 18 at Mini Pines Miniature Golf Course in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photos […]
- villin on the Fringe Radio Show, Round 2 ()
On Monday, June 20 host AL-D invited me to select another hour of music for his radio show, which hit the radio airwaves on Radio Free Nashville, featuring 20 tracks from Nashville artists: 1) Kaby & Brian Brown “Showstopper” (produced by Ohdee)2) 2’Live Bre feat. Kyle Jefferson “Put The Work In”3) Jody Joe “Nonchalant” (produced […]
- Percy Warner Park (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos taken May 12, 2022 along the entirety of Percy Warner Park’s paved road, including shots of the Steeplechase set-up, in Nashville, TN. (Also, a few photos from the long-overdue retirement of my black ADIDAS trainers.)
- villin on the We Own This Town Podcast ()
For well over a decade, We Own This Town has been a staple in Nashville, putting local music in the spotlight via their blog and podcast. I was asked to take part in WOTT’s 300th podcast episode, selecting a track for the milestone mix, which went live April 19, 2022. To celebrate, I went with […]
- villin on the Fringe Radio Show ()
On March 7, 2022 host AL-D invited me to select an hour of music for his radio show, which hit the radio airwaves on Radio Free Nashville, featuring 19 tracks from Nashville artists: 1) B. Cooper “The Introduction” (produced by Dirty Rice)2) Negro Justice “G.T.S.H. (Got That Shit Honest)” (produced by JustVIBEZ)3) Mike Floss “Never […]
- villin: Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-Ins ()
This past month I’ve dedicated myself to learning more about the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, which began in February of 1960. Moved by the process, I’ve made a two-part audio/video collage in tribute to the heroes who so greatly impacted our city (and nation). Part one (released February 2, 2022) is titled “peace, quiet and […]
- 2021 Photo Dump ()
Hiking and nature photos taken August 22, 2021 at Beaman Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Hiking and nature photos taken August 27, 2021 at the Warner Parks, via the Burch Reserve Trailhead, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photos of the sun dial art taken September 4, 2021 at the Tennessee Welcome Center on Interstate 40, mile marker 267 […]
- Laurel Woods Trail (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos taken along Beaman Park’s Laurel Woods Trail (~13.5 miles total) via the Highland Trailhead in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Picasso Figures at Frist Art Museum (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos taken March 14, 2021 at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring the Picasso Figures, Liliana Porter: Man with Axe and Other Stories, and Creating the American West in Art exhibits.
- Beaman Park (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos taken January 10, 2021 at Beaman Park in Nashville, Tennessee, including the Sedge Hill Trail, the Henry Hollow Loop Trail & the Laurel Woods Loop Trail via the Shortcut Connector (making that leg a 6 mile trail).
- Percy Warner Park (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos taken January 1, 2021 along the white and red trails at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Timberland Park (Franklin, TN) ()
Photos taken December 26, 2020 in Timberland Park along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Franklin, Tennessee.
- Chihuly Christmas at Cheekwood (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos of the Christmas lights and Chihuly exhibit shot December 16, 2020 at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Percy Warner Park (Mossy Ridge Trail, TN) ()
Photos taken at July 25, 2020 at Percy Warner Park’s Mossy Ridge Trail in Nashville, TN.
- Media List #6: The Money Where Your Mouth is Edition ()
“I Don’t Feel Like Buying Stuff Anymore” by Anne Helen Petersen for BuzzFeed News While we’ve opened back up society to a limited degree, some things may never be the same as they were. Thank god. It feels like so much has changed in just a few months. When all of this began, the minority […]
- William Tyler ()
As William Tyler wrote me for an interview in 2011, “I think anytime I find myself settling into a pattern of consistency I start panicking. So while, yes, there is a certain framework of tools and methods that you need in order to be able to do linear things like touring or even recording an album, […]
- Media List #4: Derecho Edition ()
While time moves slowly many days, life is happening too fast right now. Last Sunday in Nashville we had a big storm blow through knocking out power for upwards of 200,000 people. Not a tornado, which devastated spots of town and outlying areas just two months ago, but a “derecho.” “A derecho is a widespread, […]
- Remembering Cafe Coco ()
After some 27 years of business Cafe Coco is closing, to be reopened as one of Coco’s Italian Markets. Writing for the Nashville Post, William Williams succinctly summarizes the coffee shop/bar/restaurant/hang as “a Midtown institution of sorts popular with Vanderbilt students, health care workers and random bohemians and hipsters.” Owner Chuck Cinelli broke the news […]
- Recycling Lives on in Nashville (For Now) ()
I’m trying to place why I find the continued implementation of recycling programs so interesting. Thinking back a little, while growing up in Calgary we had recycling, but the majority of my memories surround the “bottle depot.” These were facilities around town that specifically took glass bottles, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. When buying soda, […]
- Montgomery Bell State Park (TN) ()
Photos taken at Montgomery Bell State Park in May of 2020.
- Media List #3: Tennessee Pledge Edition ()
This week officials carved out the first crack at roadmaps to reopening the city and state. I say both city and state because Nashville is not included in Governor’ Lee’s plan, which has been dubbed the “Tennessee Pledge” by state officials (Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga will also rely on metro-centered plans for their re-opening strategies). […]
- Media List #2: Safer at Home Edition ()
I’ve been reading through a few long-saved bookmarks the past couple of weeks and one article, Olga Khazan’s “The Opioid Epidemic Might Be Much Worse Than We Thought,” brings to light information that I found incredibly poignant with regard to what’s happening right now. Her article focuses on the findings of a February 2020 report […]
- Media List #1: Bailout Edition ()
Jason Isbell’s Twitter account is one of the reasons I could find myself returning to the platform (update: turns out I did open a new Twitter account amid the pandemic); I’m ashamed to say I probably appreciate his tweets more than his music (which is no knock on his music). Then again, I don’t know […]
- Recycling in Nashville (and All of America, Actually) Might Be Dead ()
“We like to think that our society is employing every area of human knowledge in order to achieve peace and happiness, but this is not true.” Sometime last year I remember reading an NPR article about how America’s recycling stream had hit a roadblock. Trade restrictions have reduced the number of incoming shipping vessels (mostly […]
- I Don’t Believe You ()
The night was nearly over by the time she joined the band on stage, but something opened up within me as Tristen encouraged the audience’s participation. With a gentle bob to her knees she stared into the crowd and crooned, “I don’t believe you, I don’t believe you.” It’s just a song, but it’s hardly […]
- Harpeth River State Park (Kingston Springs, TN) ()
Photos taken November 21, 2018 at Harpeth River State Park in Kingston Springs, TN.
- Stepping Stones ()
The first photos here were taken in March 2017, with the brick patio project running from May 2018 into November 2018. Essentially, I finished the project last week, when I brushed out and set a layer of cement sand across the patio to lock it, but I’ll return to the back yard in the Spring […]
- Kris Kristofferson at The Basement East (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos of Kris Kristofferson taken May 16, 2018 at The Basement East in Nashville, TN.
- Please Yourself ()
December 2017… There was a little voice inside me saying, “Don’t do that because, really, who the fuck are you, anyways?” but in August I sent Ron Gallo an email asking for an interview. “Aside from your music,” I wrote him, “I’m really interested in talking about some philosophical ideas… for instance, I’d read (or […]
- Bells Bend Park (Nashville, TN) ()
Photos taken March 2, 2018 at Bells Bend Park in Nashville, TN.