Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
“I’ve always considered myself an outsider as far as the music industry goes,” Dana Cooper says. “I focused on a grassroots career by making albums I liked and that I took to people by playing live. Now that’s what everyone says is the new music model, that you build a sustaining career by playing live and sticking to your own vision. If that’s the case, then I figure I’m ahead of the game, because I’ve been doing it that way for more than 30 years.”
With his newest release, The Conjurer Cooper strikes a powerful balance between a lived-in, natural artistry and a passionate desire to speak one’s truth. Finding that balance between craft and art takes experience, and this is where Cooper’s lifelong commitment to his work shows: Having started performing more than 40 years ago at age 16, he owns an expert craftsman’s skilled hand and a dedicated artist’s constant desire to tap deeper into his own experience.
Michael Kelsh is a native of Tarboro, NC. while attending UNC in Chapel Hill, NC, he became a central figure in that city's thriving music scene as the frontman for Jack And The Cadillacs and as a member of southern culture on the skids. as a solo artist, Kelsh released two critically acclaimed song collections: "Ghost Dance" and "Steel Blue Ballads". his music soon found the ears of producers and publishers in Nashville and since 1993, Michael has made music city his home . Kelsh quickly found kindred spirits eager to support his artistic vision. his list of collaborators reads like a who's who of today's americana music. Michael's live band brings together people like Joy Lynn White, John Cowan, Rusty Young Of Poco, Stu Cole of Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bill Lloyd and Danny Flowers. Rodney Crowell offered his personal recording studio, legendary producer Bill Halverson (Eric Clapton, Csny, Texas Tornadoes) helped bring Kelsh's unique, heartfelt sound to fruition. Michael's new cd "Well Of Mercy" reveals a searcher, a true love believer with a keen poetic voice and an intimate relationship with hard-won truths. folks are talkin' about Michael Kelsh with good reason. listen up
Nashville TN | Pop
Will Kimbrough born in Mobile, Alabama in 1964 is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kimbrough started his musical career as a founding member of Will & the Bushmen, a popular college band in the eighties that produced a handful of albums and singles and made it to MTV. He then went on to form the Bis-quits with long-time friend Tommy Womack. The Bis-quits produced an eponymous album which was released on John Prine’s Oh-Boy label.
Kimbrough is also a producer and has produced albums for Adrienne Young, Rodney Crowell, Todd Snider, Kate Campbell, Kim Richey, Garrison Starr, Matthew Ryan, and Josh Rouse.
Kimbrough teamed up with Tommy Womack, John Deaderick, Paul Griffith and Dave Jacques in 2005 to create the five piece band, Daddy. They recorded a live album in Frankfort, Kentucky Daddy at the Women’s Club and later an album called For a Second Time.
Nashville TN | Rock
As both an artist and a person, Tommy Womack has been called everything from “Tom Lehrer with a Telecaster” to “Nashville’s best loved musical eccentric,” and he might blushingly, but proudly, accept both titles. That’s because separating Womack the man and Womack the artist is impossible, as they’re both the same guy. An award-winning recording artist and a published author, Womack writes songs as honest as anything Hank Williams or Steve Earle ever recorded, and has attracted the attention of the national press while accumulating a loyal following.
Womack came to Nashville from Kentucky, where he led the legendary post-punk band Government Cheese. Then came the short-lived bis-quits (who made one great record for John Prine’s Oh Boy! Label and brought Tommy and Will Kimbrough together for the first time of what has become a long, fruitful partnership). After the demise of the bis-quits, Womack immortalized Government Cheese’s story in the cult classic rock bio Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock ’n’ Roll Band You’ve Never Heard Of. (With the release of a 2 CD anthology of Government Cheese’s, a sell-out reunion tour, and the success of the book, the Cheese is arguably a bigger band now than they ever were when they were together!)
On his fourth solo album – the career-defining There, I Said It! – Womack, sang about how his better days appeared to be behind him. “Nice Day”, a heart-tugging tale of a father enjoying a day swimming with his son while financial worries swirl in his head, won the “Best Song” award in the 2007 Nashville Scene Critics poll (an award he’s won twice). That record also features his epic tour de force “Alpha Male & The Canine Mystery Blood” is 8 minutes of cathartic musings on life, love and aging that often moves audiences to standing ovations.
With the release of 2012’s Now What!, Womack picks up where he left off. “This record is totally a sequel. Hence the title. The last record was all about being washed up.” he says, “This one is about what happened when ’There, I Said It!’ gave me my career back. Songs about home and family (“Play That Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick Play”; “It Doesn’t Have to Be That Good”) collide into songs about the perils of road life (“On and Off the Wagon” and the hilarious - if blood-chilling - “90 Miles an Hour Down a Dead-End Street”.) In between, we meet old flames in the grocery (“Bye & Bye”), grow old ungracefully (“Over the Hill”) and ponder simple love (“I Love You to Pieces”; “Wishes Do Come True”; and the album closer “Let’s Have Another Cigarette”.)
Womack is omnipresent in Music City, both live and on record, whether working with Will Kimbrough in their band DADDY, who have released two records, to leading the Alphabetical Kinks with Bill Lloyd (playing a night full of Kinks tunes done in alphabetical order, starting with “All Day & All of the Night” and ending with “You Really Got Me”), or leading his Clash tribute band Tommy Gun, or being in his harmony vocalist’s band backing Lisa Oliver-Gray (who’s record he co-produced) on simply playing his own show being backed by his own fine band, the Rush to Judgment. “I like being busy.” Womack says, “Keeps me out of trouble. I’ve been in enough trouble as it is. I feel lucky getting to do all this. After growing up such a square peg and spending so much time miserable, I like getting near 50 and actually thinking, ’hey, it’s fun being me.’”
With the release of “Columbus and the Colossal Mistake”, Bob Delevante, once again graciously offers dispatches from the stronger side of the heart. This collection of eleven new songs and five companion photographs ponder the unforeseen consequences of exploration. Delevante has once again assembled some of Nashville’s most respected musicians including Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller and Garry Tallent (The E Street Band) to create a body of work that pushes the boundaries of country music steeped in traditional American roots music.
To understand Bob Delevante though, one must abandon the traditional chronological timeline of the ’artist’ for that of a compass. It would be easy to start from Hoboken, New Jersey and follow him to Nashville where today he securely remains one of a few mainstays of post-modern country music. It would be easy to list his achievements along the way: performances on national late night talk shows, major label record deals, collaborations with Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Alison Krauss and Steve Earle. It would be easy to speak of his critical acclaim whether it be glowing quips from ’The New York Times’, a four star review from ’Rolling Stone’, or the countless other national publications that herald him with each new album. Using chronology, one might discern a detail of Bob Delevante, but not the complete image of who he is as an artist.
As well as being an award winning songwriter and musician, he is an accomplished photographer who’s work has been featured in B&W magazine, national ad campaigns and on the cover of magazines. As a graphic designer he has won numerous awards. He has designed bookcovers for Farm Aid, album covers for Ricky Skaggs, and the occasional birth announcement of his children. Furthermore, as a producer Delevante has recorded albums for countless bands in and around Nashville. In 2002, he started his Studio, a creative company that facilitates all of these various mediums from a workspace behind his house.
Delevante has accomplished what few artists are able to do-merge these varied forms in a lyrical and cohesive manner which allows you and I the ability to see the hands, the eyes, and the heart.
The release of “Columbus and the Colossal Mistake” serves as a true reflection of who Delevante is, not only a singer/songwriter, but more importantly an artist concerned with the place where medium and form intertwine to create something much larger than the individual parts.
Now and then, here or there, near or far.
Nashville TN |
Snakehips are survivors in a world of near rock & roll extinction. With critical and artistic successes that include Lit (1993), Memphis Juke (1997), Turn You On (2001), Monster Bars (2005), and Month of Sundays (2009), they now offer their sixth full-length release Must Be Present To Win. In a bluesy, booze-soaked 80's Memphis environment awash with slinky soul and skewed pop, singer/guitarist Mark Harrison received his musical education. In 1989, after a summer of gigging with Shag Nasty, Neighborhood Texture Jam, and Tav Falco and Panther Burns, Harrison formed Snakehips. The sonic foundation of the band distilled elements of early rock, blues, and the trippier aspects of the southern muse as ingredients for their own home brew. Harrison has quietly released an enduring catalog of power pop, rock, and hauntingly spare ballads. Each is colored by an assortment of musical flourishes, from the country tinged pedal steel, to a Wurlitzer organ, a horn section, strings, and Moog synthesizers.
Tony Gerber and the Cotton Blossoms Band
Nashville TN | Ambient
Musician, visual artist, and record-label entrepreneur - Tony Gerber has proven to be the Renaissance man of Nashville's music underground. Prolifically creative, Gerber has helped broaden Music City's artistic palette. As a member of the trailblazing electronic music band Spacecraft and as the owner of the Internet-based Space for Music record label, Gerber has helped popularize space music both across the United States and in Europe.
Gerber's Space for Music began in 1985 as a listening group following the weekly radio broadcast of Music From the Hearts of Space. The space music genre was just beginning to take shape, influenced by the groundbreaking ambient works of Brian Eno, Krautrockers like Kraftwerk, and electronic artists like Cluster. A year later, Gerber organized the first of several multimedia performances he called Space for Music, featuring computer visuals and live music. In 1988, Gerber formed Space for Media, one of Nashville's first MIDI recording studios, a high-tech multimedia production house utilizing Macintosh computers. Among the artists associated with the facility were Gerber, Giles Reaves, Kirby Shelstad, and Aashid Himons.
Gerber's interest in electronic music was not a casual one. Growing up in Indiana, Gerber's grandfather gave him a guitar at the age of seven, which he taught himself to play, emulating his first musical heroes, the Beatles. The gift of a copy of Wendy Carlos' Switched-on Bach from a fifth-grade music teacher opened Gerber's eyes to an entirely new world of music, however. A fascination with electronic gadgetry led to Gerber building his first synthesizer at the age of 14, and Gerber subsequently taught himself to play keyboards, theremin, harp, and saxophone.
From the late '80s through the '90s, Gerber pursued his musical interests, releasing a series of regionally distributed cassettes that showcased Gerber's growing skills both as an electronic artist and as a talented guitarist with jazz and classical overtones. Recorded during a solar eclipse in 1986 with William Linton and Mason Stevens, Cosmic Flight would be one of the albums (the other being Giles Reaves' Wunjo) that would place Nashville on the space music map. Cosmic Flight received airplay on the popular Hearts of Space program on NPR and would subsequently open many doors for Gerber, leading to his work being used in independent films and performance-art pieces across the country.
Many of Gerber's recorded works are the result of live performances, many of which take place in planetariums or outside, under the stars themselves. Several of Gerber's performances have been broadcast live on public radio in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana and the subsequent recordings have received airplay on syndicated shows like Echoes and Musical Starstreams. A pioneer in the use of computers for creating music and graphics, Gerber has also consulted with Apple Computer and has given many speeches on art and technology. An accomplished visual artist and craftsman working with both computers and wood, Gerber has enjoyed exhibits sponsored by the prestigious Cheekwood Gallery in Nashville and the Visual Artists Alliance of Nashville.
The growth of the worldwide web during the early '90s had its appeal to the computer-savvy Gerber, who initiated the spaceformusic.com website in 1995 for the region's electronic artists. The website evolved into a "virtual" record label, with Gerber soliciting music from friends and other like-minded artists and selling CDs through the MP3.com website. The label accumulated over 70 titles during a three-year period beginning in 1999; the popularity of the "space radio" channel on MP3.com led to over 500,000 downloads during the same period. The label moved toward a "traditional" music business model in 2001, releasing CDs from Spacecraft and John Rose and distributing them through normal retail outlets. In 2002, Gerber formed an "on-demand" division of Space for Music, reissuing many of the early MP3.com CDs on high-quality CDR discs, which eliminated the need for costly inventory for a growing genre label with nearly 100 titles in its catalog.
Even while running a record label, Gerber continued to write and record music at an astonishing pace equaled, perhaps, only by his friend and frequent collaborator Aashid Himons. Among Gerber's electronic music releases are Clearly Opaque (1988), Native Spirit (1990), Aural Overview (1992), Travelers (1993), and Altamira (1999), while Blue Western Sky (1995) and Guitarscapes (1999) help illustrate Gerber's six-string mastery. Gerber has also appeared on several CDs as a member of Spacecraft, is a member of Aashid Himons' Mountain Soul Band, and has collaborated in the studio with experimental musicians such as John Rose and Christopher Blazen. As the growth in popularity of the space music genre continues, Tony Gerber will be one of the artists spearheading its movement toward the mainstream.