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Salon 615: The Home (and Heart) of the Blues in Printers Alley

 

Sandee Gertz - Author/WriterNashville, TN – As you know by now from my columns, Printers Alley, where I live and write is literally the “home of the blues” as the famed Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is situated right in the heart of the bustling historic district of downtown off Church Street. And though there are a few regulars here who are declared (or claim) to be the “mayor of the alley,” only one man is king of the blues in these parts: Gil Gann, “the man.”

If you’ve walked through the alley only once, you’ve likely seen him in his signature performing regalia of top hat and black cotton matching shirt and pants—either putting out the signs for the club, sitting on the café chairs outside grabbing a smoke, or where he weaves his daily magic “on da porch” as they call the famed stage at Bourbon.

Gil Gann performing in Nashville.

Gil Gann performing in Nashville.

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Grammy-Award Winning Blues Artist Keb Mo to Perform on Tennessee Titans Party Stage

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN - The Tennessee Titans on Sunday welcome three-time Grammy Award winning blues musician, Keb Mo to perform pregame on the Titans party stage  at LP Field.

A singer, guitarist and songwriter, Keb Mo has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994 and worked with notable talent such as India.Arie, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, James Taylor, The Dixie Chicks, Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray and Herbie Hancock, to name a few. In addition, his songs have been covered by greats like Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, BB King and Wynonna.

Keb Mo

Keb Mo

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William R. Ferris, Rock Star of Southern Culture

 

William R. Ferris, keynote speaker for the Seventh Annual Clarksville Writers’ Conference authors’ reception and banquet, held at Clarksville Country Club on Thursday night, is as close to being a rock star as you can get in the world of Southern culture and its study.

Although now the Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, professor of history, and adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was formerly the chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) beginning in 1997 when he was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton.

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