That Nashville Moment music musings zach clayton“That Nashville Moment” is a phrase I used to describe when something unique happens because it is in Music City. While I realize that other cities can have their moment, but most other cities don’t have the plethora of musicians that we have here in Nashville. Maybe Los Angeles, but they are all probably to hung up on details like “who is introducing me?” or “does my hair look okay?” for it to happen.

This phrase stuck in my mind because of the recent announcement that Billy Joel was performing in Nashville this March. Mr. Piano Man holds one of my favorite Nashville Moments among those I have listed:

  • After a concert at Starwood Amphitheatre (Nashville’s former outdoor venue), Billy Joel went back to the Vanderbilt Plaza hotel and showed up at the piano bar in the lobby. Rumor has it that he played until the bar closed at 2:00 a.m.
  • Amy Grant was to play a fundraiser for the marching band at the high school where I live. When curtain time rolled around, Vince Gill (Amy’s husband) came out and announced that Amy was sick & she asked if he would fill in.
  • Jimmy Buffett seems to love bringing guests up on stage with him during his shows. During the years, I have seen Jimmy bring Clint Black, Marshall Chapman, Kenny Chesney, and John Kay from Steppenwolf on stage for a song or two.
  • During a recent show at the Bluebird Café, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) showed up and sang Jaded with the song’s writer who was playing a songwriters’ round that night. During the same week, Tyler also joined Keith Urban on stage at a “honkytonk” on Broadway where Urban was promoting his recent release.
  • When Marshall Tucker (current incarnation) was opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd a few years ago, they brought founding member George McCorkle  out on stage for most of the set.

These are just a few that I have heard of or experienced. I’m sure Billy Joel could find a piano bar in Davenport, Iowa, but let me think that the music vibe in Nashville is what caused him to do it. These are just more examples of why it is important to get out and experience live music. You never know what you will miss.

About Zach Clayton

Zach Clayton started Music Musings in 2013, but isn’t a stranger to music. While he may be a mild mannered accountant by day, he always has tunes going and forces his staff at work to play music trivia when they enter his office. He is a self-proclaimed lover of all music genres with over 3,500 songs in his iPod. Zach’s first concert was Eddie Money in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym in 1979 and claims to have seen Van Halen (all three incarnations) over 25 times. There have only been one or two years since 1979 that Zach hasn’t been to a concert. He also has the uncanny knack of getting to know several folks in the music scene – both out front and behind the scenes. Zach is in the process of indoctrinating his two boys into the rock and roll way by exposing them to concerts and various music while holding them hostage in his truck screaming the mantra – “rap is crap!”

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