Friday, May 23, 2008

Nashville Review: Corndawg a Surprise @ The 5 Spot

Greetings once again from Nashville. Not all future posts will be Nashville related, but there is just too much good music here to pass up.

Last night I attended a Corndawg, Alcohol Stuntband, Spiritual Family Reunion and Caitlin Rose show at the The 5 Spot in East Nashville. The show started late - real late. Spiritual, the opener, didn't go on until after 10:30 p.m. and Caitlin then followed.

Poor Caitlin. She was sans her main picking fingernail last night and that seemed to really throw her off. She wasn't used to using a guitar pick. Kind of crazy right? Add that the sound was not to her liking, and well she just seemed flustered. But put all that aside, when Caitlin brings it, the room listens. Even when battling a cold, Caitlin's voice is near perfect.

Here comes the surprise - Corndawg. Johnny Corndawg, as he refers to himself, is originally from Virginia (that's where he gets his southern soul) but now resides in Philadelphia (he likes it because everything is cheap.) Johnny let his guitar sound and energetic personality facilitate. There is no describing the sound of his guitar. Picture if you can, a 45-record of Robert Johnson or Leadbelly crackling through your speakers - Ok you got it? That's what his guitar sounded like. Standing with members of the local band And the Relatives, we were taken back. Talk about old tyme. Johnny played a great show.

Chris Crofton (Alcohol Stuntband), played solo and had the unfortunate time slot, playing last. At that point, the clock read 12:40 a.m. and bar-goers were getting restless. We all had work the next day, including the musicians. Chris seemed rightly upset about having to close at such a late hour. His energy was not lacking however.

Goodnight all in all.

Future Dates:

Spiritual Family Reunion @ MCA Channel 9, May 24 - 7:30 p.m
Corndawg @ Springwater, May 24 - 10:00 p.m.
Caitlin Rose @Springwater, June 1 - 8:00 p.m.
And the Relatives @ Springwater, June 6 - 9:00 p.m.
Alcohol Stuntband - TBD

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