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Strung Like A Horse
Chattanooga TN |
So far, this the only description that nearly fits Strung Like A Horse. Their acoustic driven sound fires people off to the darker areas of this strange universe. These unique individuals and their music is like a hellbender found under a rock; not hard to find, but damn hard to get a grasp on. Built in a garage two years ago, these fellas resemble a psychobilly diesel pick-up. There’s BJ Hitower’s manic bass work providing the suspension of the band; bouncing, at times weird, but always reliable. Ben Crawford and his “s-s-s-s-string drum”. Slothimus Prime and Bertha, his chairdrumset, ping-ding-crack-and-rumble like a pieced together yet functional engine. “Spooky Chicklets” exists as an otherwordly force surrounding the truck; his violin sings the sounds of night-woods on the sides of the highway. Clay Maselle with his guitar in the shotgun steers the band into the depths of the wood with lyrics to narrate the adventure. To bring it down to a point, these junkyard dogs bring “honest, playful, head-bangingly interactive fun” to any venue their rocket crashes.
The Kernal and His New Strangers
Jackson TN | Country
The Kernal is a singer- songwriter who, as he calls it, plays “Imaginary Country Music.” Listening to his debut album, Farewellhello (which comes to you hand-delivered by your postman as a digital download code packaged inside a beer bottle), this is an apt description. Farewellhello has a wonderfully worn-in feel to it; like it was custom built for long drives. With its Johnny Cash-style rhythm section, the playfully plucky opener “Where We’re Standing” is a great introduction to the record, welcoming the listener in with its beautiful simplicity. But don’t let that simplicity fool you, there’s a confidence here that allows room for each song to breathe, giving way to subtle surprises in each song and at time a real sense of humor. While rooted in the nostalgia of yesterday’s country sound, it also feels incredibly modern. This complexity builds an intriguing tension within each song, which never feels forced. Each subtle movement feels natural, progressing the sound of the album from track to track.
Don Gallardo and How Far West
East Nashville TN | Americana
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Gallardo unites introspective lyrics, gritty twang, and honey-warm vocals, producing a rootsy, personal sound that exists between the boundaries of Americana, Folk and 70's classic rock.
Don Gallardo - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Travis Stock - Bass, Vocals
Clint Maine - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Joe Andrews - Mandolin, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Squire - Drums
Born in Fairfax, CA, Gallardo is the product of wide-ranging taste in artistic influences, absorbing healthy doses of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, The Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as contemporary acts like Wilco, The Jayhawks, Whiskeytown, The Mother Hips, Tom Petty & Ray LaMontagne. Gallardo moved around California for years being an active member of the music scenes in cities such as Chico, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007.
Gallardo released, "When The Daylight Whispers Darling...", was released in February 2011. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Kim Richey, Glen Phillips, Jill Andrews, The Apache Relay, The Farewell Drifters, Garrison Starr). The album has received high praise from Americana review sites in Europe and the U.S. such as No Depression, AltCountryForum.nl, Common Folk Music, and The Nashville Scene, who called it "his strongest effort yet: country-rock with brains, charm and experimental impulses that are perfectly integrated into a familiar context.” It also received airplay on BBC Radio in the UK.
Don Gallardo entered the studio in April 2012 to record "The Art of Troublesome Times," his 3rd full-length album and second project with producer Neilson Hubbard (The Apache Relay, The Farewell Drifters, Kim Richey, Jill Andrews). As he and Neilson began whittling down Don's catalog of folksongs and heartfelt Americana numbers, the singer/songwriter decided he wanted the album to nod to his past while also pushing toward his future. “I just wanted to have this album loaded with songs that tell people ’this is where I came from and this is where I’m going’,” he says.
The songs that make up "The Art of Troublesome Times" speak for themselves. They are stories and testimonies of a songwriter who's spent the past 15 years crisscrossing the country, appearing with musicians such as Rosanne Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, and Yonder Mountain String Band. During the last decade, Don averaged 120 shows a year, and he began touring the UK in 2011. This album encompasses all those years, from his earliest shows in Chico, CA, to more recent performances in Nashville, TN, his adopted hometown.
The 11-track album opens with "Sinking Ships," a dark love song about the end of the world. From there, it moves between lovely folk songs, 1970s Cosmic country-rockers, and bluegrass tunes like “Burgundy Wine.” Joining Don is his road-tested band, How Far West, as well as guest musicians like organ/piano extraordinaire Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Todd Snider, Sheryl Crow), Eamon McLoughlin (The Greencards, Robert Earl Keen), and Jill Andrews (The Everybodyfields).
Gallardo has appeared with artists such as Roseanne Cash, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Delbert McClinton, Rogue Wave, The Mother Hips, Molly Hatchet, Peter Rowan, Webb Wilder, Hot Buttered Rum, Yonder Mountain String Band and Drivin' n' Cryin'.
In the midst of a full-on rock revival, Nashville, Tennessee’s MODOC has established itself as
one of the most irresistibly and undeniably fearless new acts to emerge from Music City, USA.
Having turned out two blistering, full-length albums of potent, unvarnished rock in little less than 18 months, the hard-hitting four-piece is turning heads and earning favor with many of the city’s industry heavyweights, not to mention fans. Managers, producers, publishers – even network television – have taken notice of one of the smartest, most original sounds to come out of Nashville in a long time.
“True rock n roll, coming from Nashville!” raves producer Nick Raskulinecz. The multiple Grammy-winner would certainly know, having worked with acts like Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush, Superdrag and Queens of the Stone Age, just to name a few.
“One of my favorite new acts,” confirms Nashville producer Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Wertz). “Definitely on the rise and poised to be a breakout band from Nashville.”
Veteran rock manager Steve Hutton (Kid Rock, Better Than Ezra, All That Remains) pegs the MODOC vibe perfectly: “Urgent rock n roll. No gimmicks, just raw soul.”
Even Hollywood has been quick to recognize MODOC’s refreshingly elusive sound. In 2012, Universal Music Publishing heard a rough version of the band’s “Devil On My Shoulder” and immediately put them in touch with Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak. When the finished version ended up in the hands of executives at ABC, the network snatched it up for the fall promos of its 666 Park Avenue television series.
While Nashville was once regarded almost exclusively as a boots n’ buckles kind of town, the city has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, with diverse rock entities like Jack White, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Paramore and JEFF the Brotherhood all calling Music City home. Since relocating to Nashville in 2011, MODOC has been welcomed like a long lost brother, collaborating with rock royalty like Black Crowes guitarist/co-founder Rich Robinson and working with revered producers Raskulinecz and Moak. In February, the band celebrated a new management and publishing deal with Nashville-based Zavitson Music Group, and this summer they landed a coveted spot at the Nashville Dancin’ downtown concert series. Clearly, MODOC has found its rightful place in Music City.
“I think this band is really something special, and people are taking notice of it,” says ZMG President Russ Zavitson. “MODOC has a unique ability to create songs that punch you in the gut, but somehow it just feels good! They’re raw, passionate, forceful - exactly the kind of band that rock music needs today.”
The Gills are 4 siblings on a mission to build a dream of creating and sharing music they love, spreading hope and strength through Jesse's story, and raising money and awareness towards helping other people who are going through the absolute hell of cancer.
The main motto on stage is to pour every ounce of sweat and emotion out, and spill it into every human soul that's present.
Jesse Wheeler - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Wheeler - Guitar, Vocals
Andy Prince - Bass, Vocals
Matt Prince - Drums, Vocals
If you like hard hitting rock trios then you'll love The Wans. With hints from the 60's all the way to the 90's they've formed their own sound. With Mark Petaccia's thunderous drums, Noah Denney's monsterous bass, and Simon Kerr's droning guitars it makes up for quite a loud trio. The trio recently finished their record and are extremely excited to share it in the next few weeks.
The Wans picked up their name from Simon's hometown in Ireland. Simon explains it as an "everyday slang term in Derry, Northern Ireland." He goes on to say, "It pretty much means 'The Ones', but the way it's spelled is the way it's pronounced in an Irish accent. So everyone has to pronounce it that way. I find it funny listening to Americans speaking with Irish accent. I may be the only one who finds it funny, but what the hell! All that matters to us is that the songs are solid and the music is rocking."
Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
KATE TUCKER is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Akron, Ohio. She plays rich, emotive alt-country and americana influenced rock. Her sonic influences reflect shades of Neko Case, Cat Power, Ryan Adams, Wilco, Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star with occasional forays into a land inhabited by the Cocteau Twins, Blonde Redhead and David Lynch.
Growing up in a family of truck drivers, Kate became acquainted with the American road from the window of a semi. From an early age she was familiar with constant comings and goings, departures and homecomings. A sense of place, space, home, and the vast unknown continues to inform her work both in mood and lyric.
This frequent travel set in motion what would become Kate's musical journey, beginning as a street musician in Paris, settling down to make three records in Seattle, and then leaving town again for Brooklyn, Akron, and now Nashville, Tennessee.
In the midst of all this, she's built a strong catalog of work and garnered a devoted fan-base grassroots style, releasing everything on her own label, Red Valise Recordings. Her songs have been featured on Starbucks compilations, in indie films, and on major television networks.
March 27, 2012 brings the release of Ghost of Something New, a collection of songs recorded with the Sons of Sweden and other longtime collaborators, in Seattle, Brooklyn, and Nashville. Kate wrote these songs while working on other projects including the White Horses LP and a second Sons of Sweden record that was never finished. After long development, Ghost of Something New emerges as somewhat of a departure from the melancholia of White Horses, Kate's most recent release, while hearkening back to the atmospheric mystery heard in Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden.
In the coming months Kate will be both on the road and back in the studio, working out songs for her next record, and recording with k+nikku a new chamber rock/electro pop project based in Seattle.
"Everyone talks about rock these days, the problem is they forget about the roll" - Keith Richards. The BIRDWINGS is a four piece rock band from Nashville that picked up on this advice, and learned how to roll. Channeling influences of Chuck Berry, The Faces, Gram Parsons and more, the BIRDWINGS have quickly hit the ground running since their inception in summer of 2012. Staying busy through short tours of the South, the band is in the works of a brand new album scheduled for its release in the summer of 2013. Yet to be titled, the album looks to open new doors for the group, while providing a platform for more tours. Complied from groups across the nation such as The Booze, The Fantastic Harlan Jones Band, Tim Lee 3 and Thieves, the BIRDWINGS promise to play your town and give you some much needed roll with your rock.
Cosmic Country Soul from Nashville TN.
Ricky Dover Jr
Bill Van Vleet