Friday 7-3-08

Okay, I’m tired of hearing that I haven’t written anything in months so it’s time to catch up a little bit.
Cloverbottom played at Springwater on April 11 with Ghettobilly, Dirty Works (from Knoxville) and The Vivs (from Chattanooga). What a night!!! The show was not well attended, but all the bands sounded great, and the way we all got along and partied well into the morning made it one of those gigs to remember. Turns out that some members of The Vivs played in a band called Hank like a million years ago in the eighties, and they actually stayed at the house where Rock and I were living on Beechwood once when they played Cantrell’s. I’ve got a cassette of that show somewhere. Dirty Works were so cool, and their CD “Biscuits And Liquor” is one to own.
On April 26th Ghettobilly and Cloverbottom invaded The Commodore, located at the beautiful Holiday Inn on West End, across the street from Springwater. There were a lot of Ghettobilly fans there and many of them stayed for the Cloverbottom portion of the evening. Unfortunately it was not one our better sets. Had a few technical problems and individual performances were not necessarily up to snuff. We didn’t have the chance to rehearse for this show either, and it was the first time we’d played together since Springwater…just two weeks I know, but to say we were rusty would be kind. After the show I headed to The Limelight (or is that Limelite) to see Jonesworld, from there me and L.J. went to 12th & Porter to listen to The Addiction (formerly Groove Addiction), then back to Limelight to finish the night. Thanks L.J., we’ll have to do it again soon.
On June 7th we played up in Greenbrier at a place called Loudhouse Coffee. That’s right, a coffee shop. But it’s also a recording studio and a great listening room and gathering spot for people of all ages. We shared the bill with Losers Beat Winners and Paradise Daze.
On June 28 it was the big “Return To Elliston Square” show at the Exit-In. The final night of the multi-day fest “Big Bad Nashville”, it was one of those nights that make it all worth doing. We played first, then Royal Court Of China, The Bunnies, and Walk The West closed the evening. Eighties bands and eighties fans turned it into a true reunion. We did an 11 song set: Battery, #17, Perfect Life, Ears Ain’t Easy, My Dad, Unpinpointable Frustration, Mile High Rider, Good Time Jesus, Cottage Cheeseheads, Life Is A Game, Nuclear War. We were gonna do Anarchy In Music City for an encore if we got one, but didn’t. Probably should have taken one, but just waited too long. Rumor has it that Spat! Records wants to release some of the show on CD and I-Tunes. We’ll see.
Oh yeah, we’ve since found out that we’re banned from The Commodore. Seems our language, volume, and original material were not up to Holiday Inn Lounge standards.
Unrequited love sucks.