The only thing happening today was the Aussie BBQ at The Basement below Grimey’s record store on 8th Avenue South. I knew that it ran from midday until 9.00pm what I didn’t know was the playing order which I found out when I arrived at 12.30pm and discovered that there were 22 musicians playing 20 minute sets.
The BBQ was put on by the Nashville Tigers AFL team who had the novel idea of using weeners instead of sausages, so it was hot dogs (not the same) and burgers in bread rolls. In true Aussie style they dispensed with preparing any wide salads. I think they need me to run the BBQ next year.
After a couple of hours, I decided that I needed to break the day. I hadn’t been for a stroll down Broadway. So I caught a cab back into town and had a walk around assaulted by the sounds of country music of various types (but usually reasonable quality) coming from every bar along Broadway, a gaudy strip that also contains Ernest Tubb’s record store.
It seems the entire entire part of the city behind Broadway and adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame is under construction. There is a new convention centre being built and it is huge. It would dwarf the Melbourne convention centre (Jeff’s Shed). Roads have been disrupted, large drainage pipes lie everywhere. This apparent chaos will be over sometime next year.
I returned to The Basement around 6.00pm just in time to have a chat to Jordie Lane. Then caught a number of other acts including Lachlan Bryan and his sister, Caitlin Harnett and Chris Altmann.
The evening ended around 10.00pm prompting me to make Dobe Newton (Sounds Australia) promise that next year it will run no longer than midday to six! Ten hours is a little lengthy!!