Another Night in Old Nashville

7 Jul

Recent TMZ headlines have brought to mind a night from many years back that I spent with some friends. We were crazy about concerts and would always find a way to see our favorite people. Nashville had venues for the popular performers, but there were plenty of smaller places for those on the rise. One of those was called 328 Performance Hall.Performance Hall

It is not around anymore. In fact, I drove past it on the way back from our anniversary celebration and wondered what was going on in its space. Way back when, it was a slightly sketchy part of town with a strip club across the street. These days, new development is moving in, and the old buildings are probably not long for the world.

The interior was a stage in an old warehouse. There could have been a few seats, but I never found them. The deal was to get there early and find a standing spot in front of the stage.

That is exactly what we did to see Edwin McCain, a performer with a cult following who always seemed to be on the cusp of stardom. However, he never made it over the top to the big time. Edwin was one of the numerous examples of a great talent who fell short of great fame.

The place was packed. We were up against the stage. I have no recollection of the show put on by Edwin McCain. It has nothing to do with libations. It is purely one of those things that has slipped from my mind. However, I have not forgotten everything about that night.

First, my buddy got visibly uneasy when one of the women in our group felt the need to feel him up from behind. For most of my buddies that would have been an awesome experience. The problem for this friend is that his wife was standing in front of him.

Then, there was the opening act. This young girl came out with a big smile and a guitar. She sat on a stool directly in front of us and started to sing. There was no band. There was just her, the guitar and her high voice. She sang mostly slow songs about love and heartbreak and would have been perfect in a coffeehouse. Unfortunately, we were not in a coffeehouse and wanted something more rocking. She sang a few fast songs that made her, well, jiggle, and I can remember that being a highlight.

The bottom line is that she had some good songs, but there was nothing that compared to the Edwin McCain stuff.

Fast forward to a month later. I am flipping through the radio when a familiar voice singing a familiar song comes through the speakers. It takes a second, but I realized it was the girl from 328 Performance Hall. We had seen her live, and, suddenly, she was the biggest thing around. The radio and the listeners could not get enough of Jewel.Jewel

Jewel had several hits in a short amount of time, then she married a rodeo star. Now, TMZ says they are getting divorced. I wonder if she will start touring again. I also wonder whatever happened to Edwin McCain.


6 Responses to “Another Night in Old Nashville”

  1. Your hero :) July 8, 2014 at 02:15 #

    Edwin played in Nashville not too long ago! Jewel was always your favorite & you didn’t want her to fix her teeth. 🙂

    • Rick July 8, 2014 at 02:32 #

      Nothing like a good anonymous comment from my hero. I need to see Edwin again.

  2. DyingNote July 8, 2014 at 03:08 #

    Never mind Edwin, I need to see Jewel 🙂

    • Rick July 8, 2014 at 03:16 #

      She was something to see, and we were just a few feet in front of her.

      • DyingNote July 8, 2014 at 03:29 #

        Lucky people. She was one of many that I was bowled over. I wonder if you’ve heard of this artiste called Tanita Tikaram – she was another. Very mature musician even though she was just in her teens when she came to the fore. Incredibly sensual voice. She was quite the rage in the UK, Europe, Asia…Sadly she faded away. To the best of my knowledge, she stopped making music.

      • Rick July 8, 2014 at 03:37 #

        I haven’t heard of her, but I will search for her music.

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