Short takes: Sarah Gayle Meech at Layla’s, Nashville, TN 5/11/13
We welcome an old friend, Teri Jo , now recovering from cruising Music City!
The hottest scene in Nashville is the strip of honky-tonks that surround the Historic Ryman Auditorium in the area known as Lower Broadway. Old time tonks like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Ernest Tubbs Record Shop don’t look much different today than they did in the fifties and sixties when Tubbs, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn would drop in to play a few numbers before, during and after shows at the Grand Ole’ Opry, but the music inside is some of the best around, and the price is right. Hot new bands play venues like Orchid Lounge, Layla’s, Roberts Western Wear and Legends all day long, and pass the hat each hour for tips. The musicians are hoping for just the right industry exec to be in the audience showcasing new talent, plus they chat with audience members and take requests. Our tribe, in town for the Vanderbilt graduation of an esteemed law student, hit the street early, tossing back coldies while watching hot bands at Robert’s, Legends and Layla’s.
Our hardy band of revelers spent three late afternoons/long early evenings at Layla’s evenings listening to the hottest new young alt-country darling, Sarah Gayle Meech and her band. Meech belted out old standards like “Crazy,” “Six Days on the Road,” “Don’t Come Home A-drinkin’ With Lovin’ On Your Mind,” and plenty of her own tunes from her debut album “One Good Thing.” On Saturday, our last night in the audience, Sarah’s stand-in guitar player was Chris Scruggs, grandson of Earl Scruggs; even though Scruggs had joined the band on just thirty minutes’ notice, he smoked!!! What a treat listening to his fast fretwork while Sarah put down the mic for some well-deserved vocal cord rest. Some old-timers (you may recognize them from the photos) were lured onto the dance floor, even without the promise of more free beers. We all became big fans in just one afternoon.
Country Fried Rock calls Meech “nouveau rockabilly,” but we call her a phenom and great to dance to, and highly recommend purchasing her album,” One Good Thing”! Check it out at www.sarahgaylemeech.com
They let anyone on the dance floor in Nashville!
Many thanks to Teri Jo for sending this along!
– the Editorial staff