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Nick Redmond is a musical treasure. In an auto-tune, plastic-beauties obsessed world, it was refreshing to see Nick’s worth as an artist, doesn’t depend on the push of a button or some gimmicky physical attribute. Although his über-cool, Samuel L. Clemens inspired mustache is a conversation piece, its coolness doesn’t come close to Nick’s obvious talent and passion for music.

After a few days of playing phone/text tag, I met Nick last Wednesday for a brief interview, in the Memphis Music Room, at Neil’s Bar & Grill in Midtown and witnessed a rising star.

Once inside Neil’s, I kind of felt out of my element, and there was no one to greet me, except a thin layer of cigarette smoke. While maneuvering between odd couples and loners who peppered the restaurant, I looked for my friends. Shout-out to Sarah, the waitress, who helped me navigate the dimly-lit bar to find them. Minutes after I joined Valerie and Khara, I turned around and saw Nick. He sat with us and we began the interview with polite, breezy conversation about Apple’s new iPad and then I launched some hard-hitting questions.

“27. Geez, you are forward. ‘How old are you?’ How many years young are you, that’s the way I like to think of it,” Nick said, after I abruptly asked how old he was moments after glorifying Apple’s latest gizmo. Smooth. I know. Ok, lesson learned: save the indiscreet questions for the end of the interview or text them. I also learned, in addition to being a solo artist, Nick makes up a third of the group Star & Micey (founding members Joshua Cosby and Geoff Smith complete the trio).  For a year and a half, they’ve been playing together and traveling the country. Out of boredom, Nick would often leave work at the renowned and prolific Ardent Recording Studios, also located in Midtown Memphis, and perform at Neil’s during their Artist Round night, where Nick and Joshua first met. Joshua gave Nick a 24-track CD to listen to and the rest is music history.

“I loved all the songs. I thought they were beautiful. I said you should let me produce some songs some time. [We] basically started on an 8 track quarter-inch tape machine, recording simple songs,” he said. “[We] went to Ardent, they liked what was going on, [they] signed the band, and the next thing we knew, they were saying you can make a record in the studio. Which is weird, because I started out helping them in a completely different light and then I ended up, after a certain point, joining the band. I love them so much.”

The chemistry they share as band mates is appreciated, he said.

“We all kind of met in this room and completely, coincidentally, ended up starting, I’d say, one of the (most fun) projects I’ve ever had a chance to be on. I mean, the guys in that band are great. We may not hit all of the right notes, but we get along,” he said.

Congeniality can go a long way in the music biz; it can make or break a band, according to Nick.

“I’ve been in projects for a long, long time, that, you know, we would get to a point and work so hard and then someone’s pride screws the whole thing up,” he said.

Six minutes after our conversation, it was time for Nick to play.  While on stage he acknowledged “some of the most talented musicians” he knew, Rebecca Almond and Jeremy Stanfill. It was a great set of original music by people, undeniably devoted to the art and craft of singing and songwriting. You can see a bit of his performance here. With genuinely talented and animated artists like Nick, it gives us a glimmer of hope that the music industry isn’t dead yet.

Article: KLG
Photo: Valerie Harris

> Thanks Nick for being the first musician featured on this homespun blog. We couldn’t have interviewed a better subject.
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Want to hear more music? Check out Nick’s Myspace page here.


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Who is WASE? I believe this is his/her artwork. You can see these cats Downtown on Union Ave across from the Commercial Appeal’s building. One question: would you be grinning if your tale was partly skinned off? What does this say about the artist who created the work?

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“Am I in Memphis? It doesn’t smell, doesn’t sound, doesn’t look like Memphis,” I wondered, this Friday, as I visited galleries and shops along Broad Avenue for the 4th annual Broad Avenue Arts District Art Walk. I discovered there are a lot of people who live there, work there on Broad. What a cool gig. There was a comic book art show. You know I love the cartoons. I checked out Odessa, finally. I’m definitely going back and staying longer. When I walked inside I was pleasantly greeted by some beautiful work done by artist Brooke Kanther, she’s a student at MCA. I liked the organic, serpentine, look-and-feel of her artwork. After visiting a few more galleries, I wriggled my way into this crowded room that wasn’t quite a library, wasn’t quite someone’s apartment, and wasn’t quite an exhibit space. And it smelled like old books, which I curiously liked.

It’s so refreshing to see the Arts progressing and being supported here. Could we do more? Abso-freaking-lutely. I see the creative class in Memphis is expanding, and I want to be apart of or support it in any way I can. Memphis will, as a result, become a more diverse and less polarized place to live. The kind of city, I could hang out with, show-off to my friends – a trophy city. The kind of city, that would make my ex-boyfriend jealous. The kind of city, I could whoop-and-holler for during its graduation ceremony. The kind of city, I could cut the crust off of its bread, because I loved it so much.

Next year’s Art Walk, you should come with me.

I have pictures and a small video clip. See.

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Poster Design by Kong Wee Pang, Photograhs by Jay Adkins

What a treat this year’s Evergreen Home Tour was. It was my first. I’m definitely excited and anticipating next year’s show of historic homes. Here’s all the homes on this year’s tour and my humble opinion of them (I’m sure y’all care). We started at 1862 Overton Park and then meandered our way to our last stop, which turned out to be the best stop for more than one reason, at 277 Kenilworth. I couldn’t have done a better job, if I tried to plan the sequence. Everything worked out perfectly. There’s a concert following the tour at the Levitt Shell, and as soon as I stop typing this post I’ll be making my way toward Overton Park for music and a pleasant late-April breeze. The Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood is immensely charming–so glad we moved here. It does Memphis and Midtown proud.

Ok, now off to the Shell.

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Facts: Arts and Craft Style / Built in 1912 / Green tile roof with a widow’s walk

What I Loved: There’s an art nouveau map cabinet in this home from the 1800s (I believe) it was the most interesting piece to me. The tour guides were very informative, the house smelled delicious (there were candles burning everywhere), and the interior decoration was done with care.

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Facts: Evolving Farmhouse style / Stained concrete floors

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Facts: Location of the first commercial business in the neighborhood / One of the first homes built in the Evergreen Historic District

What I Loved: The garden was beautiful.

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Facts: Tudor style / Built in 1927 / Adjacent to the Memphis Zoo

What I Loved: This home has a beautiful painted mural in the upstairs bathroom and original pink marble on floor in the entry way.

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Facts: Tudor style / Built in 1913 / Working steam boiler

What I Loved: Everything (especially the original wood trim work). This in my opinion was the most beautiful home. Here are a few pictures of the inside of this breathtaking, charismatic home. The purple painting with the big yellow moon rising and firefly glows (it’s about the fourth picture down), that’s my mom’s work, NJ Woods. The painting hangs in the butler’s pantry.

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