This past Sunday, Tail Gate Brewery celebrated one year of “officially” being open to the public. In 2014, Wesley Keegan relocated his operation from San Diego, to the corner of Charlotte Pike and Old Charlotte. The building was the home to the Moose Lodge for many years. After the Moose Lodge downsized and moved a few doors down, the building was briefly a church. After being dormant for several months, the building became the new home to Tail Gate Brewery.
Here’s one of the cool things that happened in Tail Gate’s first year:
On the rainy morning of May 16th, 2015, a black tour bus pulled into the Tail Gate parking lot. Off stepped Rob Chapman and a few members of his UK rock band, Dorje. Chapman is also the founder of Chapman Guitars, and Nashville was the final stop on the “Riff City Guitar” tour.
The event at Tail Gate was a promotion for the Chapman line of guitars. However, when Johnny Hiland showed up, it turned into a full blown rock and roll show.
Hiland, a well-known and respected Nashville sessions player, is also a solo artist and has performed with the Steve Vai, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa…to name just a few.
Thankfully, a camera was rolling to catch the two meeting and jamming on the guitar.