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Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Growing up in sunny Sarasota, FL, Gavin Shea got into music for the same reason so many young kids do these days.. "I wanted to be cool! My friend had a drum set which made him awesome and I wanted to be awesome too", says Gavin, beaming from the fond memories. Not coming from a musical family, learning to play drums in his early teens provided Gavin with a sense of direction and purpose that has remained with him his entire career. Now 27, it seems like we've only begun to see how far he's planning to take it.
As he continued to develop his drumming, Gavin began noodling with other instruments and listening to more punk and rock-oriented music. While attempting to fall in with this high school crowd (and with assistance from "the late, great AOL buddyfinder*"), Gavin made some close friends who quickly became the members of Awestruck. Forming in Sarasota in 1999 (with Shea playing drums and providing one voice of the group), Awestruck amassed a nice following and garnered quite a bit of buzz throughout the Southeast. After their transition to Orlando for college, a music business classmate of Gavin’s heard a demo and immediately introduced the band to ROA Records. They soon released 'Beyond the Merely Mechanical' under ROA but, amicably, decided to part ways for their next release. That decision subsequently hooked them up with a local Orlando producer who rushed them into the legendary Allaire Studios in upstate New York to record a live album. “Capturing the essence” of the music, was the plan. The Black Crowes had just finished recording there a few weeks earlier and it seemed like the perfect opportunity. The mountain getaway was an ideal environment for work however time was limited and, as these things often go, the recording experience was more complicated then they could have imagined. Eventually, they abandoned the live recording route and finished what they could in the time they had left before going home.
Awestruck's 'Telemision' was released almost a year after that trip, in November of 2008, and was well received throughout their fan base. They continued to plug away as one of the tightest and loudest rock bands in Florida, until their separation in June of 2010. After a decade together, life had come between them and Gavin found himself in desperate need of a re-start. Six months in Montana with his dad and brother sounded like a great idea.
Upon returning to Florida in January of this year, Gavin has emerged with a renewed sense of energy and drive. “I'm healthy. I didn't play a lick of music for months but as soon as i got back, I started writing like a maniac,” he says. “Days and days of wandering around the front yard, playing. I had never enjoyed the guitar so much.. and the dog's just staring at me like, ’yo, put that down for a sec, you need to eat or something.’ I didn’t care.” Non-stop songwriting alone at his grandparents remote house south of Orlando, gave Gavin the space he needed to put together a collage of variously catchy acoustic songs that very quickly garnered him a showcase spot at the 2012 Florida Music Festival.
As the SoundFire Entertainment Showcase Grand Prize winner at the 2012 Florida Music Festival (in association with Tortoise and the Hare Records/Nashville) Gavin Shea was provided the opportunity to record his debut solo project at Handmade Studios in Nashville, TN with Gold record producer and songwriter Chris Gill (Shinedown/Atlantic, Big 10-4/Universal Republic, There For Tomorrow/Hopeless and Sullivan/Tooth and Nail). His first single “The Brains” (released 10/2/2012 via Tortoise and the Hare Records/SoundFire Entertainment), expresses the essence of Gavin’s retro, 70’s club-style take on rock n' roll. With the subsequent release of his debut EP “Alive and Well” (released 10/23/2012), Gavin Shea brings a fresh and unique sound to the indie rock scene, reminiscent of the Paul McCartney days. The simplicity and depth of his lyrics paint a vibrant picture of the dichotomous nature of a young man’s journey.
The Electric Hearts
Nashville TN | Alternative
The Electric Hearts draw on the soul of Stax and the blues of the delta to create an original sound that breaks the mold of the city they reside and perform in. Their music weaves together new sounds with classic throwback elements. The Electric Hearts released their debut LP August 23, 2011, which was produced by local producer and band-mate, Mike Odmark. The record tells the stories of love, love lost and redemption while painting vivid pictures of the struggles and temptations of the soul. Meanwhile, they have been dominating the Nashville rock scene with their “no-holds-barred” approach anchored by Jessica’s undeniable stage presence and vocal prowess. After recently winning the “Battle on Third” competition against 36 local bands, opening for Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Alabama Shakes, The Wooten Brothers, and more: The Electric Hearts are quickly becoming the band to see in Nashville.
Jessica Breanne - Vocals
Matt Johanson - Bass
Sam Stewart - Guitar
Stephen Smith - Drums
Diamond Carter is a music project based in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Carter was born in 1990 in Southern California, where he was drawn to the 60's revivalist groups that were sprouting out of Orange County. He began playing the guitar when he was thirteen, and music soon became the most important thing in his life.
Diamond started and played in several local bands throughout high school, all inspired by the sound of the 60s.
Mod, Mo-town, and surf rock became his primary musical focus. After scraping by the last year of high school, Diamond and a couple close friends bought an old van from a "dead head", who, once learning of the boys intentions, drastically lowered the price and offered to continue paying for the satellite radio as long as the boys promised they'd only keep it on the Grateful Dead station. They kept this promise, as they drove through the states playing several house parties, and dive bars getting paid in food, liquor, and the occasional bag of mushrooms and a place to stay. They'd perform on the street by day to get gas money to get to the next town, and leave immediately after each gig because they had no place to spend the night. During these drives, Diamond became fascinated with the Dead's approach on folk and country music and began to start writing a catalogue of acoustic songs.
One of the boys got arrested, and Diamond and the remaining member temporarily planted themselves in Santa Cruz,where they lived in a 100 square foot lockout space in an old warehouse by the train tracks. During this time, Diamond developed a deep love for Santa Cruz, and it's weirdness. He spent his nights indulging with the crusties and singing the blues with the old timers on the avenue. The good times slowed down as his new friends began getting picked up by the cops, or moving on to a new town.
Heavy Sole is an American twosome filling up the muscial spectrum as minimalists and breaking the current mold of the "modern duo."
This unsigned self proclaimed "Regional" act owes its development to all the bars that have put up with their Rock n Roll Antics. Whether its Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, Washington D.C. or Alabama, you can always find Heavy Sole cranking up the intensity.
New Bedford MA | Singer-Songwriter
Mercy Bell writes crunchy folk-pop music heavily inspired by the 60s and early 90s songwriters and more traditional folk she grew up listening to.
She moved to New York hardly knowing anyone, a duffle bag, an air mattress, and a guitar.
She has a considerable amount more than that now, but likes to remind people that even with holes in your shoes and no friends, you can always make music.
Nashville TN |
After studying music at Milikin University, the pieces began to fall in place and Stacey’s musical career took her on travels to Italy, China, and throughout the USA, only to find herself settling down in Music City with only one goal in mind: To share with the world, through the most intimate way imaginable, her story. Step by step, a new chapter of her life began to unfold. Beginning with the most basic of chords, a pen, and a paper – the blueprints for ’Steady Rhythm’ , the debut album from Stacey Randol, were officially underway. Brought into the studio by producer Tyler Cain, it became apparent that this project was going to be something special. A vibrant, energy filled, truly unique album was on it’s way, and as each day passed the excitement for this project grew. ’Steady Rhythm’, in it’s finished form paints a clear image of what Stacey Randol represents. As she continues to grow as one of today’s most stand out artists, her puzzle continues to piece itself together. A puzzle that in retrospect looks so clear to the viewer, that you wonder how you didn’t notice the picture all along. Stacey Randol, accompanied by a personal selection of songs that seem to have written themselves in ’Steady Rhythm’, has set her sights on a similar journey that many of her influences in Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, Vampire Weekend, Angus & Julia Stone, Beach House, and Brandi Carlile have already taken. A journey that allows her to not only catch a glimpse of her own personal picture, but allow the listener to dive deeper within their own.
The Weakenders are an American rock and roll band from Nashville, Tennessee.
Comprised of Eli Chastain, Joshua Sales, Blair White and Joel Lauver, the band
began in the spring of 2009 and have been gaining noteriety and press steadily
by writing solid songs, tipping their hat to their influences and speaking openly
about their craft.
Self releasing their debut EP, Everything and Nothing, the band generated considerable online and traditional press based on it's direct and to the point presentation. Recorded in two studios in Nashville and Indianapolis, the band embraced an all-analog technique and kept the process simple.
With their new release, the interactive full length record Super Major, the band have taken a large step forward, and are helping to usher in the new era of the shared musical experience. Again self producing, the band enlisted the aid of Nashville mix engineer Jason Miller (The Devious Angels, Shane Tutmarc) and mastering engineer Greg Rierson (Paul Westerberg, The Cure) to help bring Super Major to life. The band achieved a sound that brings their newest material to a much wider, thicker and sonically stunning level.
The Cultivation is a Nashville based pop-rock sensation comprised of Emerson Wells, Kevin Martin, Tony Thompson and Jay Averitt. Their feel-good, melodically intricate tunes, driven by the flawless vocals of Wells have drawn attention from Nashville’s very own Lightning 100, putting them in the heat of the fire with some of Nashville’s most established bands in the Indie Radio’s Music City Mayhem Contest. Their radio debut has drawn attention, practically over night, from local and national press and industry, pushing them into the ranks with the best.
Their recently released, self-titled EP, is grounded, yet progressive (Think Fleetwood Mac meets Gotye.) With hook-driven songs that are as perfect for a road-trip or cranking at a party as they are for mulling over the lyrics and pondering the delicate arrangements, The Cultivation’s unpretentious tunes give a little something for everyone. And, their live show is something not to be missed. At the root of it all, these boys like to have fun and make sure to entertain. They play from the heart, and love what they do. They’re tight, well-rehearsed, and have a plethora of catchy originals. This fresh band is beaming with talent and vigor. The hype has begun, and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on.
Emerson Wells - Lead Vocals, Keys
Kevin Martin - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Jay Averitt - Bass, Vocals
Tony Thompson - Drums, Percussion