On the second Wednesday of each month, something special has been happening in a smoky club on Nashville’s East side called the 5 Spot. There the city’s tight-knit community of Americana musicians gets together for Country & Western Wednesdays.
Masterminded by bandleader Jerry Pentecost (drummer for Jonny Fritz, Caitlin Rose), the show has a loose, house-party feel, and functions like one, too. It’s really a chance for friends to dance and cut up. It just so happens that this group of friends can sing and play the hell out of some classic country music.
Backed by Pentecost’s exceptional house band, artists hang out in the crowd until called onstage, sometimes on their own and often in groups. Guests have included Elizabeth Cook, Robert Ellis, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Sturgill Simpson and Deer Tick’s John McCauley.
For the February show, Shelly Colvin, Nikki Lane and Rose were among the ladies pouring their hearts into luxurious love songs like Lucinda Williams’ “Passionate Kisses.” They were joined by gentlemen of the road like Josh Hedley and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Cory Younts, while birthday-boy J.P. Harris (of J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices) celebrated the stroke of midnight with C.W. McCall’s “Convoy.”
Check out some of the fun from February’s Country & Western Wednesdays at the 5 Spot.