Maynard Terrace will be running the first leg of its three show residency at Belcourt Taps tonight and we welcome all comers. And though the rumors of a Maynard Terrace judged wet t-shirt contest are completely false, we do have some fun surprises up our sleeves. For the record, we have nothing against t-shirt contests and heartily endorse such free spirited behavior; however, none of us feel fully qualified to judge such a competition and we prefer to remain non-partisan in the eyes of our t-shirt wearing fans. The band takes the stage around 9:30, but will begin its pre-game warm-ups at 9:00. May the road rise up to meet you!-MT
It is with with a heavy collective heart that we inform you Zack “Smooth Hound” Smith is leaving us and returning to his Hollywood homestead for the foreseeable future–his departure is set for the end of July. In the six short months that Zack has been involved with Maynard Terrace’s whistle-pig rodeo, he has gained the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children. Smooth Hound has become a beloved member of our family and will be missed. We will have to rely on our fond memories to get us through the sleepless nights until he returns to the Music City, which he has assured us will eventually happen. Thus, we have placed Smooth Hound on an indefinite leave of absence from Maynard Terrace without pay until further notice.
In the meantime, the show must go on. We have a residency with Taps and Tapas in Hillsborough Village which will begin on Friday, August 31st at 9:00pm. We are feverishly inspecting all of the nooks and crannies around Nashville to find a replacement with big enough feet to fill Smooth Hound’s blue suede sadlebreds and welcome all comers who think they have what it takes. We wish the hound the best, and we can only hope that the cast of freakish characters on the Venice Boardwalk will serve as a constant reminder of the family he left in Tennessee.
On Sunday evening Maynard Terrace had the opportunity to once again transform our acoustic instruments into wedding bells, as a backyard in the heart of Music City was converted into matrimonial grounds with all the trimmings of a low country hootenenny. Beneath a blanket of mid-spring stars shimmering with the faint scent of pipe smoke, bourbon and homemade lemonade, a fetching red-headed lass from the Pacific Northwest and a strapping southern gentleman from the North Georgia Hills became Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Rose, and we were so happy to do our part to make the ceremony righteous. The balmy weather and the enthustiastic celebrators made for a hot one, and we all had sweat dripping from our strings before all was said and done. The hospitality was second-to-none and the immense love of both families was palpable. We send our best to the Roses – MT
Saturday’s Iroquois Steeplechase was memorable for all the wrong reasons, as Arcadius, an 8-year-old Gelding, suffered a heart attack just moments after completing the 3-mile race. Arcadius passed away after capturing the $90,000 winner’s share at Percy Priest Park. Maynard Terrace has tremendous respect for Arcadius’s brave finish and sends its condolences to the family. Though sad and unfortunate, its hard to imagine a more heroic and romantic death for a thoroughbred like Arcadius.
The tragic finish, drab skies and perpetual precipitation could not dampen the spirit of the Steeplechase “Official” after-party in Brentwood on Saturday night as artists, hipsters, industry types and bluebloods conveniened and collaborated to celebrate the completion of the race. Musicians entertained the hodgepodge audience from mid-afternoon until the wee hours of Sunday morning and Maynard Terrace was proud to be included in the festivities. Dressed to the nines in an attempt to keep up with the Joneses, the band performed a brutally energetic one-hour set to a packed house that left the audience clamoring for more Terrace. Regrettably, we were unable to play an encore because of the long queue of bands yet to grace the stage. Though our performance was over before 11pm, the band had more excitement in store, as Zack “Smooth Hound” Smith, our fearless master basser, was pulled over by Johnny Law on his journey back to his East Nashville home. Fortunately, the officer showed sympathy for Zack’s lack of respect for Stop Signs and let the Smooth Hound off with a “not-so-stern talking to”.
Today is Mother’s day, and on this Mother’s Day MT gives a loud and clear THANK YOU to all the Maternal Figures that allowed us to get where we are and help us continue to go where we’re going. We love you all and look forward to connecting with you on this memorial day. -MT
We just returned from yet another exciting weekend of performances in the heart of Georgia. Saturday kicked off with wedding bells–The Band was honored to entertain at beautiful Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Georgia. We embraced the opportunity to celebrate holy matrimony in typical Maynard Terrace fashion–we laughed, we cried, We sang and played, we made new friends and then we packed up and headed to Atlanta for a nightcap at Hand-in-Hand Pub, seemingly the band’s home bar away from home. The Saturday Patio Party was raucous as usual, and, though exhausted, we harnessed our energy and played two high energy sets with all the bells and whistles the law will allow. MT is compelled to send a big thank you to our friends David and Will for their generosity, as they once again hosted the band in highly agreeable fashion. We plan to be back in Atlanta in late May, but are looking foward to enjoying a few restful weekends in our own beds in Nashville in the coming weeks. Later on down the road-MT
We had a wonderful time performing at the 5Spot in East Atlanta last night and were honored to join Sailing to Denver, The Georgia Crackers & Sans Abri for Wuhmbi Productions’ Wednesday Bluegrass Showcase. We performed a forty-five minute set to a small but spirited audience, but the highlight of the evening was probably the after-party pickin’ session that stretched into the wee hours of the morning and featured some of MT’s talented friends from Packway Handle Band and Smokey’s Farmland Band. A very special thank you to David and Will for letting their humble abode double as a Terrace crash pad for a night. We are sad that we missed a lot of the familiar faces we typically see in Atlanta, but fret not if you missed us–we will be at Hand-in-Hand on August 28th for another Terrace Attack on Atlanta. Until then, we’re flying low and beating the radar in Nashville -MT