All Feature Articles

Thanks Were Given During Pre-Holiday Concert at at Glencliff UMC in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Music is everywhere in Nashville, Tennessee and on November 19, 2022 we found ourselves at an intimate concert at Glencliff UMC. The event was hosted by the United Cigar Box Band who supported their guest artists. First up was Jeremy Dean. In the course of his set he shared that some of his songs had been cut and based on the quality of tunes like "Ain't God Good" it was clear why. He also sang about each day getting better - a much needed hopeful message to end his showcase.

Jeremy Dean, Tom Mason, Melody Guy and Bronson Herrmuth at Glencliff UMC.

Melody Guy-Ketcham played originals and a rocking Bonnie Raitt cover but her best was a moving ode called "What Do They Do With Mistakes Like Me". Melody mentioned that she and her son are in the spectrum of autism so this piece was a powerful look at the struggles and negative perspectives that someone with autism faces.

Melody who is often on tour tells tales of love, loss and independent triumph of the spirit. Various artists have covered her songs and she has shared the stage with Keith Urban, The Avett Brothers, Leon Russell and Tanya Tucker - where Melody earned a standing ovation at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

Next was Tom Mason who is sort of a local celebrity. "Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers are a wild band of Nashville musicians who dress like pirates and play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rousing historical rave-ups, afro-cuban tinged ballads, Cajun sea shanties, and bluesy Irish jigs, transforming big festivals, performing arts centers, and urban nightclubs into bustling seaside taverns at the turn of the seventeenth century."

Tom's set was quite diverse. He opened with a visually pleasing piece call "Out of the Blue" countered by the perhaps too true "The World Is Drunk" on piano that would have been right at home in a seedy pub. Mason switched to a dobro and presented the personal "I Thought I Heard A Train" a song that he had performed at both his parent's funerals. Moving into pirate mode he sang about going down with the ship but finished his set with the idea of love carrying him through some tough times.

The United Cigar Box Band with invitees presented "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad". It is believed that this song was first recorded in 1923 and it has been covered by many artists including the Grateful Dead. The house band also did an uplifting version of the classic "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" to conclude the concert.

Based on the prayer towards the end of the show, it sounds like Glencliff UMC is an open community where all are welcomed. Their meeting place is an older more traditional church where there are still hymnals in the pews rather than big screens. Glencliff is part of the United Methodist Church denomination with a goal of reaching and transforming their community.

Related Links: For more information on GLENCLIFF UMC and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Glencliff UMC | Tom Mason | Melody Guy | Jeremy Dean


The Kats Assume Leadership Role in New Arena Football League in Nashville

Tracing the Roots of Country Rock at the CMHOF in Nashville

Amos Lee Plays the First of Three at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville

Sumner Humane Society Preps a Half Century Celebration in Hendersonville

Alejandro Escovedo Resonates in Return to Music City

Herrick and MCAR - Talented Musicians Backing a Worthy Cause in Nashville

Eric Church Preaches to the Choir at Chief's on Broadway in Nashville

Nashville Kats Make a Ferocious Return to Music City in AFL Relaunch at Municipal Auditorium

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates 65th Anniversary Season at the TPAC in Nashville

Illustrator and Muralist Alexandria Hall Is Doing Big Things in East Nashville and Beyond

Music City Open Gets Bigger and Better at Mill Ridge Park in Antioch

Cats & Coffee Equals a Win-Win at The Catfeine Cat Cafe in Murfreesboro

Crowder Draws a Huge Crowd at Spring Festival in Murfreesboro

Musician ISMAY Travels Long and Far to Find Herself in Finding Lucinda

Carter Vintage Guitars Opens Their New Home Fit For a King in Nashville

The Catio Opens Its Purrfect New Home in Nashville

Rebel Rounds at Bassline Brewing Company Hosts a Hot Industry Mixer in Music City

Carter Vintage Guitars Makes a Big Move in Nashville

Roy's Meat Service - It's All About BBQ and Community in East Nashville

Taj Mahal Remains a Blues Wonder of the World at Grimey's in Nashville

© 2024
All Rights Reserved