ALBUM PREMIERE: “BLUE WORLD” by DELLA RAY

As a Southern girl, a real breakfast (and sometimes dinner if there is shrimp involved) includes a big, buttery bowl of grits. Any self-respecting grits aficionado will tell you that while the five-minute kind will do if you’re in a pinch, there’s nothing like the stone-ground, long-cooking kind of grits. Those are a labor of…

THE EAST OF 8TH TOP 15 OF ’15: “Dunes” – Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes definitely blew the idea of a sophomore slump out of the proverbial water with the release of their stellar LP Sound & Color this year.  While there are so many list-worthy options on this record, I found myself turning up the volume every time groove-tastic tune “Dunes” popped up on the rotation (“Future…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BONDURANT

Nashville has this fiercely irresistible electromagnetic pull, drawing artisans and creatives from all over the world who relocate to its sweet, Southern landscape to make their dreams come true; in the not-so-distant past, a non-country musician would receive blank stares and confused looks from his or her peers at the mention of moving to the Music…

WHO IS WRAY?

FROM THE MAGIC CITY TO THE MUSIC CITY Birmingham’s David Swatzell, David Brown, and Blake Wimberly, otherwise known as Wray, made Nashville’s Exit/In the first stop on the tour supporting their recently released eponymous album on label Communicating Vessels. Veterans of various bands, mostly in the realms of punk and post-punk, the members of Wray were born and…

THE EAST OF 8TH DOG DAYS OF SUMMER PLAYLIST

The Dog Days of Summer: the period of time falling between late July and late August, characterized by sultry temperatures, sweltering humidity, and the sound of cicadas.  This playlist of oldies and newbies provides a soundtrack for these upcoming days, whether you are lazing on your deck or driving around with your windows rolled down.…