Michael Nesmith & The First National Band @ The Heights Theater, Houston [7 September]

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band


108
07
September
18:00 - 23:00

 Facebook event page
The Heights Theater
339 W 19th St, Houston, Texas 77008
Michael Nesmith & The First National Band at The Heights Theater, Friday, September 7. Tickets on sale 6/8 at 10am at theheightstheater.com

Almost fifty years ago, in May 1968, Michael Nesmith ventured to Nashville to record a series of groundbreaking sessions with local musicians. What they produced is now recognized as the foundation of the country-rock and alt-country movements.
“I could just feel this happening, that there was this ‘thing,’” recalled Nez. “So, I headed off to Nashville to see if I couldn’t get some of the Nashville country thing into the rock’n’roll or vice versa.”
Nez’s intuition was correct; he was on the leading edge of a new genre. His exploratory work caught the attention of legendary RCA A&R man Felton Jarvis who had produced the Nashville sessions with Nez. In February 1970, Jarvis signed Nez and his new band, the First National Band (pedal steel virtuoso Red Rhodes, bassist John London, and drummer John Ware), to a deal with the venerable imprint and produced their first record, Magnetic South.
Despite the eight innovative country-rock LP’s Nesmith created between 1970 and 1978, he is one of the less heralded architects of the genre. The First National Band’s three classic albums — Magnetic South, Loose Salute, and Nevada Fighter — spawned four charting singles, including “Joanne” which reached #21 on the Billboard Top 100. However, live success for the fledgling band was harder to come by and the musicians Nez collected to bring his country-rock dream to market soon scattered. Nez played out his remaining RCA albums with Red Rhodes and toured with him throughout the ‘70s. Yet the full-blown sounds of the First National Band were never to be heard on the concert stage again.
In January 2018, Michael Nesmith will bring this music back to the live arena with a series of shows focused on his RCA recordings, including a show on January 25th at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, where he debuted the First National Band in March 1970. Songs like “Different Drum” (a Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys), “Listen to the Band”, “Some of Shelly’s Blues” (covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), and “Silver Moon” will join lesser-known but equally transcendent album sides in a rebirth of what was labeled by critics as “the greatest music that you never heard.”
Discussion
image
Only registered users may comment.
Pass a quick registration or authorization.

Upcoming events @ The Heights Theater:

Coco Montoya at The Heights Theater
Coco Montoya at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets
The Heights Theater
Jackopierce at The Heights Theater
Jackopierce at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Billy Joe Shaver at The Heights Theater
Billy Joe Shaver at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Billy Joe Shaver with Jeremy Lynn Woodall
Billy Joe Shaver with Jeremy Lynn Woodall
The Heights Theater
The Voidz at The Heights Theater
The Voidz at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour
Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour
The Heights Theater
Andy McKee at The Heights Theater
Andy McKee at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
The Steeldrivers at The Heights Theater
The Steeldrivers at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
SOLD OUT - Mary Chapin Carpenter at The Heights Theater
SOLD OUT - Mary Chapin Carpenter at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Shooter Jennings at The Heights Theater
Shooter Jennings at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Buxton 'Stay Out Late' Record Release
Buxton 'Stay Out Late' Record Release
The Heights Theater
Rebirth Brass Band and Big Sam's Funky Nation
Rebirth Brass Band and Big Sam's Funky Nation
The Heights Theater
KT Tunstall at The Heights Theater Houston
KT Tunstall at The Heights Theater Houston
The Heights Theater
Jon Batiste at The Heights Theater
Jon Batiste at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights with The Black Lillies
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights with The Black Lillies
The Heights Theater
The Black Lillies in Houston, TX
The Black Lillies in Houston, TX
The Heights Theater
Trevor Hall with Will Evans
Trevor Hall with Will Evans
The Heights Theater
BoDeans at The Heights Theater
BoDeans at The Heights Theater
The Heights Theater

The most anticipated events in Houston :

Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys
Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys
NRG Park
Movie On The Water - JAWS (Houston, TX)
Movie On The Water - JAWS (Houston, TX)
Magnolia Garden Park
Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour
Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour
Houston Toyota Center
Houston Margarita Festival
Houston Margarita Festival
Water Works Park
Movie in the Woods - Hocus Pocus (Houston, TX)
Movie in the Woods - Hocus Pocus (Houston, TX)
Magnolia Garden Park
Elton John
Elton John
Houston Toyota Center
Astroworld Festival 2018
Astroworld Festival 2018
NRG Park
October 7 Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys
October 7 Houston Texans vs Dallas Cowboys
NRG Stadium
Monster Jam
Monster Jam
NRG Park
Korean Festival Houston 2018
Korean Festival Houston 2018
Discovery Green
The most popular events in your news feed!