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8 Off 8th feat. Scott Fernandez, Adrian Krygowski, Kristen Cothron, Grace and Tony, Bashly, The Al Holbrook Band, Diamond Carter & RavenhillPop/Rock
Bonnaroo Warm Up Addition
You going to Bonnaroo? We are! And you can bet we're excited. You not going? We bet you're bummed! Either way, come to the 8 off 8th and get excited about amazing live music, or come out and depress yourself!
This is quite possibly the most eclectic 8 off 8th we've thrown together! Come out and ruin your Tuesday morning with us!
Nashville TN | Instrumental
Scott Fernandez is an artist that has chosen to use the bass to create his art. There is no other instrument that sings with the same timber or paints with the same brush, so after starting on the Upright bass about 11 years ago, Scott switched over to the Electric all without ever taking a lesson, yet has become a world-class bass virtuoso in a remarkably short period of time. His dedication to his art form is awe-inspiring, practicing over 3 hours per day, and gigging several times a week around Nashville, Scott is set to venture out and share his talents with the entire world. While his music will continue to be difficult to classify, Scott remains steadfast to the theory that if you write music that means a lot to you and put it in a format that people can understand than people from all across the world will enjoy it. This is holding true with hundreds of thousands views on his YouTube videos to prove it. Demonstrating a remarkable proficiency in a wide variety of styles and techniques, Scott brings the magic to whatever instrument he picks up, from the traditional 4-string the to his 12-string behemoth that is sure to draw your attention.
Washington DC | Country
Americana Cow-Punk artist Adrian Krygowski is based out of DC, Nashville, & Chicago. He has added 140,000+ miles to his Toyota Corolla odometer, just breaking over 250+ shows in 38 states, and 3 countries. He usually plays live with upright bass, fiddle, and pedal-steel, although he tours primarily solo-acoustic.
A regular on the East coast music scene, Adrian has shared stages across the country with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken, Johnny Corndawg, Derek Hoke, E-S Guthrie of The New Familiars, and even Joe Shade of the legendary CBGB's band The Sic Fucks. A veteran of the east-coast touring “The Nine” singer/songwriter showcase series, Adrian has performed at Arlington's own IOTA Club & Cafe, Nashville's The Basement and 5-Spot, The Elbo Room in Chicago, the legendary Bitter End in New York City, and Club Passim in Boston. Long-time fan of Winnipeg's Punk-Folk band, The Weakerthans, as well as childhood influences like Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles and Detroit's venerable Motown label.
The past year for Adrian Krygowski has been a whirlwind of tours, new songs, sounds, and recordings. New Nashville-born EP "Hope For Us" with start-studded lineup of Ed Pettersen (Song of America, Freedy Johnston, Otis Gibbs), Garrison Starr (Margaret Cho), Al Hill (Bettye Lavette), Brian Keating (Carter Twins), Washington DC staples Mike Smirnoff (Justin Jones), Alissa Taylor, Dayana Yochim, and tons of help from Freddy Holm (The Black Country, Nazca), Bob Ohlsson (Marvin Gaye, Jerry Garcia, Matt the Electrician.) Recorded over two days in July 2011 at Quad Studios Nashville.
Nashville TN | Pop
The music of Kristen Cothron is born from a dark Southern psyche charred by half-burned cigarette ash then soaked in sweet tea.
Kristen's musical career began early. She was onstage at 13, singing the standards, but at some point she dropped out of the jazz clubs, dropped out of Berklee College of Music, and was dropped onto the dim stages of the Nashville alternative scene, where her persona took shape, took a drag, slid into thigh-high boots, and then got fed-back and distorted through an amplifier. Kristen carries her jazz background the way a gunfighter carries a rosary. To Kristen, jazz is heritage. It is interwoven in her twisted roots, inseparable, but masked by the mysterious character that has grown out of it.
2006's Love Letters from a Fool marked the beginning of her on-going collaboration with producer Ben Strano and signaled that a strong, strange, and sexy iconoclast had arrived to destroy and rebuild the temple of the female singer-songwriters.
Kristen builds further on this foundation with her latest, Show Me Where the Edge Is, a bold new work with Strano that showcases her expert songwriting alongside that of her strongest musical influence, Elvis Costello. Whether on the three Costello re-workings or her own originals, each of the 13 vocal takes is impeccable - Cothron is truly a singer's singer, equally at home nailing one-take vocals in the studio and entrancing live audiences. Producer Ben Strano says, "If I could only listen to (or record) one voice for the rest of my life... I'd want it to be Kristen. She sings so effortlessly that the barrier between what she sings and what she feels is non existent... a pure channel between emotion and voice that few if any can match. Normally a singer is hindered by what their voice will actually allow them to do. Kristen doesn't have this (seemingly mortal) problem."
For Kristen, Show Me Where the Edge Is also marks a daring comeback and evolution. After a serious car wreck turned her world upside down in 2008, she faced an unprecedented period of musical inactivity and self-doubt. For someone who often gigged 7 nights a week, the prospect of wiping the calendar clean was debilitating. True to form, Cothron came back swinging, building a new band around her and her trademark Telecaster, and pushing her art further than ever. With her renewed focus, she was able to turn the dark experience into the fire that fueled much of the writing for the new record. From "Edge" "To Edge" this is the work of someone who has seen the edge and declared no surrender...
Grace and Tony
Lawrenceburg TN | Singer-Songwriter
She played bluegrass. He played punk… When Grace Shultz and Tony White met, they fell in love and the music just followed after.
“I had seen Grace play years ago and, not only was I impressed, I developed a serious secret crush,” Tony reminisced. “When I found out that she was learning mandolin and banjo, I took a shot and asked her to jam with me. The rest, is history.”
Exposed to music early on in their lives by family (Grace’s liked the Southern styles from gospel all the way to rock, while Tony learned from his brother, John Paul White of The Civil Wars fame), Grace & Tony experimented with an unlikely blend of genres by mixing punk, folk, bluegrass and Texas swing, to create something new. What resulted was a blend of music for those searching for what’s beyond the norm: “Punkgrass” was born.
“Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk rock back round, and Grace’s southern gospel and bluegrass upbringing,” stated Tony. “It isn’t forced, it’s very organic and it stands out because it’s a real fusion of what’s new and old. We play whatever pops into our heads; from classic rock to southern gospel, we scratch every itch. It’s dark, yet happy; silly, yet serious. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun to play.”
Crafting and singing lyrical tales of murder, addiction, and lost love that are wrapped in a happy twist, Grace & Tony honed their newfound brand of music on the sidewalks of downtown Nashville with no idea where their music might lead them. Showcasing an ability to create emotionally connective music, they built a solid fan-base of dedicated listeners the old-fashioned way… one by one.
“We made ourselves available,” said Grace. “We appreciated every single one of our fans, and set out to answer every single question they had. We are making music that isn’t for everyone so we had to pick them off one at a time to build our audience. It worked and they began asking for more music!”
Working with Lloyd Aur Norman and Stephen D Jones of Villain Place in Nashville, Grace & Tony released the acoustic EP, INSIDE A 7-TRACK MIND, in 2011. Since then, doors have opened and they have succeeded in their goal to be heard by bigger audiences by headlining the historic Crockett Theater (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.) and performing on the legendary “Daytrotter Sessions,” Balcony TV, and Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special” programs. In addition, two of their videos (“Let You Down,” “November”) are being played in regular rotation on The Country Network.
In anticipation of a full-length release, the young couple launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and will release NOVEMBER on 11/12/13. Accompanied by a full band to fill out their unique sound, this album answers the most common question the couple is asked, “What do you call this music?” You see, for Grace & Tony, NOVEMBER defines the sound “Grassphemy,” a progression of the style “Punkgrass.”
“This album is the next chapter for us, it’s a new set of stories we need to tell,” said Tony. “This music is more mature and shows our natural progression as songwriters. We battle tested the songs and chose the ones that would represent our growth as a duo.”
A lover of English literature and old-style murder mysteries, Grace’s influence on the album is stamped like an antique wax seal; it’s no accident that the album listens like epic musical storybook filled with engaging super-hero like characters struggling with love, loneliness, and the identity of self. NOVEMBER is 11 haunting and elegant chapters featuring heroic protagonists in a variety of settings taking on evil mastermind kidnappers, electromagnetic bombs, schizophrenia, and, perhaps the trickiest of all, their own minds. Those looking for that breathtaking happy ending won’t be disappointed either — as the stories come to a close, and an imaginary THE END is heard, Grace & Tony live happily ever after.
More opportunities for Grace & Tony wait on the horizon as they begin promoting NOVEMBER and prepare for its radio release later this spring. Their dance card is filling up quickly as shows are added to their schedule on a regular basis too.
To further the excitement, they are to wed on July 27! Matrimony will no doubt provide more stories and be an influence as they solidify their union and create more music together.
So, as they continue to gain fans and industry acclaim, we can’t help but ask: What’s next for this amazing, super duo?
Well, we certainly can’t wait for the sequel.
Nashville TN | Alternative
Hello, my name is Ashly. I go by the name Bashly. I thought that would make me cooler, but really, has it you may ask? No it has not. I'm am a one (girl) band shall I say. I play the guitar. I sing. And for your listening purposes I try to make the quality fairly good. The words I sing are about my life. You have a lot of the deepest stories of mine in your hands. You just have to figure them out.
The Al Holbrook Band
The Al Holbrook Band
Continuing his musical evolution, Singer Songwriter,
Al Holbrook transforms and alters his mellifluous sounds,
carving creative gorges thru hills of wishy-washy hum drum.
While still promoting his last experiment of sound (Future Harmony) A Futuristic Blend of Electro Funky Super Rap Holbrook has since been in his workroom, crafting more clever concoctions for the deprived cochlea.
Holbrook's stylings on his current release "Dirt Road"take listeners on a time traveling journey from present to past. A leap thru the vibrant and rich musical heritage of western culture. Steeped in the blues, poured from a folk singers tea pot, and served with heaping side order's of Rock and Soul. Now available on iTunes and other online distribution sites.
Equipped with the Rhythmical Prowess of drummer powerhouse Aaron Ferrier, guitarist Chris Suttle, and Bassist Nathen Warden The Al Holbrook band are bringing entertaining experiences to Venues all over!
Nashville TN | Rock
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.
Nashville TN | Rock
In an age where the indie rock scene has become saturated with spinoffs and sound-a-likes, this much is clear: Ravenhill is not one to be typecasted.
Armed with the immense vocal versatility of Josh Clifton, these Southern Illinois rockers have, in one album nonetheless, bridged the seemingly improbable gaps between rockabilly, blues, and good old-fashioned rock and roll. So if you ever wanted to know what the handsome lovechild of Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, and Elvis Presley would sound like, look no further than "Lions."
Then again, we all should've seen this coming. After their debut album, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I Present to You," Ravenhill followers were clued in on a secret that the rest of us unfortunate souls were yet to realize: nothing is impossible with this band. No instrument is unplayable, no melody is out of place, no genre is out of touch. Nothing is impossible, and therefore, everything is obtainable for this dynamic group. The only question that begs to be asked is "what's next?"