Summer Updates

Hey friends it's been a little while, I wanted to update you on the music side of things. I've been hard at work writing songs for my upcoming full length album. Without giving too much away a cool theme has emerged that I'm excited about. I have a couple new songs that haven't been put online yet and I hope to change that soon. I'm looking into Kickstarter as a possible way to try and fund my next album. It's going to cost more this time around for a couple reasons. It's going to be full length so it'll be more songs. Also many of the songs will be full band and just a bigger sound in general. One of the other ways I'm trying to fund things is through the sale of merchandise. If you didn't catch it in my last email I launched a new store with CDs and shirts so definitely check that out!

 

I've started auditioning musicians for a backing band I'll be playing with. My main focus aside from writing songs is expanding the radius I play in and venturing outside of Nashville. On the 21st of this month I'll be playing Nebulosity Festival in Atwood, TN. Then on the 29th I'll be down in Tullahoma, TN with a couple friends for a show at The Celtic Cup. I plan on playing shows in other states as well soon, check my full list of upcoming shows here!

 

Josh Gray at Nebulosity Festival in Atwood, TN

Josh Gray at Nebulosity Festival in Atwood, TN

At the end of June I played a great house concert here in Nashville with my Baltimore friends ilyAIMY. I seriously love everything about house concerts. I could go on and on as to why but I think I'll dedicate a separate blog post to it soon. We had a great time and got an awesome review on Nashville Offbeat which you can read here! I'm planning on putting together small tours and would love to play more house concerts. If you think you may be interested in hosting me at a house concert sometime you can email me at joshgray@joshgraymusic.com and I'd be happy to explain what goes into hosting one.

Josh Gray performing at house concert in Nashville

Josh Gray performing at house concert in Nashville

I recently visited the newly opened Patsy Cline museum downtown. Hers is a tragic story but also one of inspiration. She came from poverty and fought her way to the top. She was born in Virginia and for a period of four years lived in Frederick, MD where I used to live before moving to Nashville. 

Patsy Cline's mother Hilda was a seamstress. She made all of Patsy's performance outfits throughout her career. 

Patsy Cline's mother Hilda was a seamstress. She made all of Patsy's performance outfits throughout her career. 

Patsy Cline with second husband Charles Allen Dick

Patsy Cline with second husband Charles Allen Dick

Fancy outfits

Fancy outfits

Her life was cut short but her voice lives on as beautiful and strong as ever. 

Her life was cut short but her voice lives on as beautiful and strong as ever. 

Next I went and checked out the Willie Nelson and Friends museum. To me Willie Nelson is one of the few true outlaw country musicians. What I mean by this is having a bad attitude and a criminal record and calling yourself a rebel is easy. Willie's history of activism however is far more rebellious and admirable. 

  

Willie Nelson's Opry debut

Willie Nelson's Opry debut

Little known Tootsie's history

Little known Tootsie's history

Cool little Lefty Frizzell display

Cool little Lefty Frizzell display

 

When you get in the car and start driving you never know what to expect and that's part of the fun. Occasionally you get more than you anticipated and that's exactly what happened when I visited Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. The park sits in Tennessee's Coffee County about an hour Southeast of Nashville. The museum is small but has an interesting little documentary about the area and is worth watching.

The Old Stone Fort as it's called is a prehistoric Native American structure constructed sometime between 80 and 550 AD. It's the most complex hilltop enclosure found in the South and is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes. The walls consist of stone and earthwork and average 4-6 feet high. They appear as mounds now as soil has covered them over the years. There's a great trail that takes you around the perimeter of the fort where you'll see some beautiful waterfalls. I'd definitely suggest visiting, especially if you go to Bonnaroo which is right near there.

Start of the trail around Old Stone Fort

Start of the trail around Old Stone Fort

Remnants of the Old Stone Fort Paper Mill

Remnants of the Old Stone Fort Paper Mill

Please like and comment if you enjoyed this post. It's encouraging to know that people are actually reading this. I'm going to have a lot for you in the next post as well as I travel to Memphis. Until next time, take care and keep moving forward!