Eo8’s TOP 8 of 2017

Ah. It’s that time of year again when tastemakers and pundits compile lists of the year’s best musical offerings. We at East of 8th decided to focus our efforts on highlighting albums that impacted us in 2017, whether they were recognized by the mainstream or not. Some of these artists hail from our own backyard,…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE DISTRICTS

There is a rawness that puts the ‘indie’ in indie rock.  I look for a certain grittiness both musically and lyrically; there must be more than just a stage presence—more of a stage attitude that binds audience with band, both locked in the passion for pure rock music. Sometimes, even for seasoned indie rockers, it…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with ROOKIE SEASON

Sanders Bohlke, the Virginia-based Mississippi native, dad of three, and one of the most creative folks we know, has been refining his musical palate. “I listen to a lot of kids music these days,” he reveals with a laugh. “It’s funny how when you first hear some of it, you’re like, ‘Man, is this really…

DON’T MISS JASON ESKRIDGE & FRIENDS at CITY WINERY TONIGHT!!

If you don’t have plans tonight (and heck, if you have plans, you should totally change them), definitely head over to Nashville’s City Winery for Eo8’s favorite soul man Jason Eskridge, who is hosting a Christmas extravaganza with a stellar lineup of friends to serenade you with all the holiday classics and more. The show…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ

While I can always find a bit of dancing—or at least some rhythmic toe tapping and finger pointing—at most concerts, the fans of Turkuaz showed up to the Exit/In ready to move.  Sneakers were the footwear of the evening, and it was clear the crowd was ready to get down with the nine-member funk band…

Eo8 EXCLUSIVE: ALL WHISSELL WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s no secret around here–we love us some Whissell, y’all. The Nashville-based pop songcrafter is one-of-a-kind, and as we’ve said previously, her “distinct and soulful tone places her head and shoulders above the current female pop vocalist status quo as she takes her place amidst very “of-the-moment”electro-blues stylizers like Bishop Briggs and Rag N’ Bone…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JASON ESKRIDGE

There are people who can sing, and then there is Jason Eskridge. For the last 18 years, Eskridge has made a name for himself as a go-to session and touring vocalist with heavyweights in all genres. After several years touring with gospel singer Nicole C. Mullen, Eskridge joined Lyle Lovett’s band, toured with bluesman Jonny…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE LUMINEERS in PORTLAND!

When you finally get a chance to see a group you’ve liked for years perform live for the first time, the excitement and anticipation is next level.  You spend more time getting ready.  You rush your friends out the door so you’re sure to get a good vantage point. You’re amped the minute you walk…

ALBUM REVIEW: “GET UP AND GO” EP by THE DELTA TROUBADOURS

Rock n’ roll is an ever-evolving genre that builds on its past. By studying the riffs and harmonies of those who’ve come before, new artists add their own personalities and experiences in a myriad of ways that challenge the ideas of what rock n’ roll is and what it can be. Nashville’s The Delta Troubadours…

PREVIEW: COBI at THE BASEMENT EAST on 12/8/17

“I was playing in bars at age 12,” reveals Los Angeles-based artist Cobi, whose tour with explosive alt-rock duo Black Pistol Fire concludes at Nashville’s Basement East on Friday, December 8th. “We’d play blues covers from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., that’s how I got started. I grew up in a really small town, there…