About Tim Ghianni

Tim Ghianni is a lifelong journalist and author in Middle Tennessee. He was a nationally honored columnist and editor at The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville for 14 years, at the Nashville Banner for its last 10 years of existence and then spent the final 10 years of his newspaper career at The Tennessean before being “bought out” in August of 2007. His newspaper years – which included encounters with murderers, mayors and movie stars, from James Earl Ray to O.J. Simpson and his friend Kris Kristofferson – are chronicled in his 2012 book "When Newspapers Mattered: The News Brothers & their Shades of Glory." When John Seigenthaler hosted Ghianni for a Word on Words show about that book, he called it “an obituary on newspapers …. but it’s funny” (or words to that effect. ) Ghianni continues to write for local and national publications and for his They Call Me Flapjacks blog; he is also Tennessee and Kentucky correspondent for Reuters. His recently published book, "Shoebox Full of Toads: Farewell to Mom," chronicles his hours spent at his mother’s deathbed, telling her how she affected his life. A heartwarming, occasionally funny book, it is available for $25 – including shipping and handling -- from Ghianni by writing him at 471 Rochelle Drive, Nashville, TN 37220. His latest, “Monkeys Don’t Wear SILVER SUITS: Kelly’s Little Green Men & the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse,” a “non-fiction novel” (co-authored with his “When Newspapers Mattered” partner Rob Dollar) chronicling the folklore and fact of a 1955 alien invasion in Southern Kentucky, just has been released. All three books are available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

People Get Ready: Jerry Lawson Records with Red Beet Records

Jerry Lawson praises God almost every other breath. “Ain’t God good?” he’ll ask, without waiting for an answer, of course, when talking about his recent stint in Nashville to record a country and R&B-laced album for Eric Brace’s Red Beet Records. The CD will be released in the autumn. “It’s the first-ever Jerry-only recording,” says Lawson, […]

Bobby Bare Jr. Unbowed and ‘Undefeated’ With New Album Release

It’s a heavy-eye-lidded late-morning in Maumee, Ohio, when Bobby Bare Jr. telephones and apologizes for missing by an hour-and-change a mid-morning interview. “Sorry I’m late. Do you have time to talk now?” the affable music-maker asks the writer who has left several voice mails responding to Bare’s recorded message, a direct rip from an old Doors […]

Gold Rush as Folk Opera in Brace and Straub’s ‘Hangtown Dancehall’

Red Beet Records Album Officially Out Today The bright lights of Broadway are a long way from the near-mythic Red Beet Bunker – Americana nice guy Eric Brace’s home and label HQ in the cracked asphalt hollers of East Nashville. But Brace isn’t ruling it out. “Who knows? Broadway? I don’t know,” says Brace, 53, […]

Ray Price: For the Good Times…For All Times

“Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over.” That line from the lover’s lament, “For The Good Times,” which Ray Price took to No. 1 on the country charts and No. 11 on the pop charts in 1970, is appropriate after the 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member – regarded by many as country’s […]

‘JFK 50’ is Musical Tribute to Slain President and His Vision

Half-century dream fulfilled by retired professor, Kennedy admirer Dan Jewell’s stark, acoustic-guitar-accompanied dream — born in a time of national trauma and personal confusion and loss — percolated 50 years, unfinished but never forgotten. Perhaps his own advancing years – he’s 73 now – convinced him it was time to finish the task sparked when bullets […]