Sunday Morning Coming Down
Sunday, September 16 – Gates At Noon – Music 1-7pm
Free – All Ages – at “The Compound”
919 Gallatin Ave 37206
Featuring JP Harris & Friends, The Watson Twins, Elizabeth Cook, Erin Rae, Creamer, Kevin Gordon, Kristina Murray
Bands – Booze – Vintage and Handmade Goods – Homemade Gumbo by JP
In 2014, with little more than a family heirloom gumbo pot, a handful of his
friends’ bands, and a pile of wits, JP Harris pulled together the first “Sunday Morning Coming Down” in the backyard of an East Nashville record store named Fond Object. Originally a rogue event unconnected to the growing AmericanaFest conference and festival, the Americana Music Association caught wind of the good times and extended the invite to return the following year, under the sanction of the festival.
In 2015 and 2016, JP saw the very DIY event grow in both profile and attendance, featuring acts like Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs, Steelism, Clear Plastic Masks, Nikki Lane, Aaaron Lee Tasjan and many more. Always with his now-legendary gumbo boiling in the background, the event focused on Nashville bands and artisans and the true grassroots community JP was enmeshed in; it even garnered attention internationally, with dozens of music fans and industry players prolonging their Nashville pilgrimage an extra day to stay for the event. 2016’s party saw nearly 1000 pass through the gates throughout the day, with locals and conference-goers alike flocking to a truly handmade display of what Music City’s underground looks and sounds like.
With a vision to represent Nashville’s local culture at its finest, JP took 2017 off to regroup and returns Sunday, Sept 16th at a larger location, “The Compound” at 919 Gallatin Avenue. Home to not just co-presenter The East Nashvillian’s new headquarters but also abuzz with artist studios, woodshops, textile fabricators, luthiers and more, The Compound naturally lent itself to the swelling crowds attending this hand-curated mini festival. In the spirit of JP’s community-oriented approach, the event is as always free to the public and all ages.
With a stage generously equipped by Bose and Fender Guitars & Amplification,
and nearly 1400 square feet of open tent space covering it, this years’ event is ready for a good time rain or shine. Vintage sellers, local artisan makers, openstudio pop ups from the resident artists, and food trucks will create an environment more akin to an open air market than a backyard concert. Specially priced beer and cocktails will be flowing as soon as the gates swing wide.
2018’s lineup includes JP Harris & Friends, The Watson Twins, Elizabeth Cook,
Erin Rae, Kevin Gordon, Kristina Murray, Creamer, and many more special guests TBA. This event runs 12:00 – 7:00 PM.
JP HARRIS – “Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing” – October 5, 2018 on Free Dirt Records
JP Harris doesn’t fancy himself a musician as much as a carpenter who writes country songs. With his forthcoming album, Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing (out October 5 on Free Dirt Records), Harris is back after a four-year hiatus to remind us what it’s like to actually live the stories we hear so often in country music. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Harris left home at 14 and traveled the country hopping freight trains, working the odd job, and living without electricity or running water for over a decade. For this record, his third full-length, he tapped a handful of his favorite players and called on the production prowess of Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) to capture the stories of his stranger-than-fiction life. Dripping with pedal steel and telecaster twang, the record has the rugged edges of outlaw, the danceability of honky tonk, and classic country’s beloved emotional candor. After more than a decade in the trenches, Harris is more in love with country music than ever. If he hasn’t already, his latest effort will make you a believer.