Moved Up

“I finally get to sleep with the head of the record label,” jokes
BR549’s Chuck Mead of his new venture as a solo artist. Of
course, the head of Mead’s record label is his wife of 20 years, who is
helping him now that he has made a break from his critically acclaimed
hillbilly band. Born and raised in Lawrence, Mead hung around Kansas
long enough to raise a ruckus with his roots-rock band the Homestead
Grays and play the afterparty for Danny and the Miracles in ’88. He’s
one of the rare few to have gotten exactly what he wanted from a move
to Nashville: a career playing music. After spending the past few years
writing songs for a Nashville publishing company (Jimmy Buffet recently
picked up his tune “Cinco de Mayo in Memphis”), Mead is heading out on
the road again to support his debut solo album, Journeyman’s
. Catch the prodigal son tonight at the Bottleneck (737 New
Hampshire in Lawrence, 785-841-5483), where he’ll swing through his old
stomping grounds with a new band. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets
cost $11-$13.

Sat., May 23, 8 p.m., 2009