You are invited to a special “Dave Pomeroy & Friends” show at the Exit/In at 8 p.m. this coming Wednesday, October 5, the 45th anniversary of the day I moved to Music City in 1977. In addition to my 45th “Nashiversary,” we will also be celebrating the iconic legacy of the Exit/In, one of Nashville’s most historic venues. We will take a trip around the world of music with a diverse lineup musical guests, including iconic blues rocker Johnny Neel, gospel and R&B vocalist extraordinaire Regina McCrary, rootsy singer/songwriter/producer Jon Randall Stewart, authentic Afrobeat/world music ensemble AfroKokoRoot, jazz power duo Pat Bergeson and Annie Selleck, and more. In between acts, we also will be showing some historic video footage filmed there over the years. This night will honor the best of Music City and the incredible legacy of the Exit/In. The doors open at 7, show starts at 8 pm, the cover is $20, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all!
The Exit/In has played a big role in my 45 years in Nashville. I played therewith Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver in the late ‘70s, and I was in the band for the video for Roseanne Cash’s “Seven Year Ache,” filmed at the Exit in 1980. In 1985, Biff Watson and I were co-musical directors for the “Nashville Skyline” tv series, and we filmed 54 songs in one very long day at the Exit with 18 artists including Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Dickey Betts, and Jimmy Hall. In the early ‘90s, I hosted 2 years of “Monday Night Madness” shows at the Exit with guests including Sam Bush, Lucinda Williams, Larry Cordle, Andrea Zonn, and many more. Excerpts of those shows were edited into a weekly“Monday Night Moments” segment that aired on Saturday nights on WPLN Public Radio. I have performed solo gigs at the Exit numerous times over the years, including the Middle Tennessee Bass-Off in 2019 and most recently, in April 2022.
A bit of background: Putting together concerts that demonstrate the diversity and authenticity of Music City has been a longtime passion of mine. After years of Monday night gigs in the 80s with Blue Monday at the Bluebird Café, the Exit/In and elsewhere, I began hosting my own “Monday Night Madness” variety shows at the Exit in the early ‘90s. Those shows became “Monday Night Moments,” live segments recorded at the Exit and broadcast on Nashville Public Radio, and led to the 13 episode “Nashville Unlimited” radio show I produced for WPLN in 1998. In 2000, this concept evolved into my annual “Nashville Unlimited Christmas” benefit concerts for Room in the Inn at Christ Church Cathedral that have raised almost $500,000 for Room in the Inn over the past 23 years. This year’s show will be on December 13 at Christ Church Cathedral.
I hope you will join us on Wednesday night for a memorable concert celebrating the Exit/In and my 45th “Nashiversary.” Thanks in advance for spreading the word about this unique night of music.
Dave Pomeroy – Bassist, writer, producer, President, Nashville Musicians Association, AFM 257.