ALBUM REVIEW: “WIDE AWAKE” by RAYLAND BAXTER

Rayland Baxter is an artist whose music falls under the “alternative country” genre, but his unique sound can’t be put in a box. Stylized “rayLand,” the singer and his mustache are about as funky and fun as his music… and for long-time fans, new album Wide Awake is even more abstract, even more incredible, and … Read more ALBUM REVIEW: “WIDE AWAKE” by RAYLAND BAXTER

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018, DAY 2

Weeks ahead of time, I had eagerly awaited my Friday schedule at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  With the day containing a mix of rising artists I had somehow missed throughout the winter concert season, as well as a few artists that I could not wait to see again, I had assembled the … Read more Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO 2018, DAY 2

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with RUBY FORCE

Evolution is the the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form; it’s a process that can be slow and painful, but one that is absolutely necessary in order to grow into whom we are meant to be. Such is the story of Erin McLaughlin. McLaughlin, the creative power behind … Read more AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with RUBY FORCE

Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO, DAY 4

Sunday morning at Bonnaroo always brings a conflict of emotions–it’s when you realize that there is only one more day on The Farm and the real world is waiting on the other side. However, that feeling is quickly pushed aside by the realization that there are still hours of music to be heard, and this … Read more Eo8 ON LOCATION: BONNAROO, DAY 4

EO8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 3

The third day of Rhythm N’ Blooms was destined to be one for the books–as we prepared mentally and physically for one last day in Knoxville, anticipation mounted as I perused the schedule for the day. First stop–the Cripple Creek Stage to check out Ruby Amanfu + Steelism. Steelism opened the set with a few … Read more EO8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 3

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SUSTO

As SUSTO frontman Justin Osborne and I sit and talk over coffee recently, he delivers some shocking news. “Tony Dong is no more,” he informs me, of the band’s beloved tour van, which was commemorated on a band t-shirt and was integral to SUSTO folklore. “Last time you and I talked, we were on tour—we … Read more AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SUSTO

ALBUM REVIEW: “LATIGO” by WILDERADO

On July 22nd, Los Angeles-based band Wilderado (formerly Bird Dog) will release Latigo, their brand new four-song EP via IAMSOUND Records that was mixed and recorded in the band’s own studio, set up in a dilapidated house in Latigo Canyon in Malibu, California—a location that had a palpable and obvious influence on the sonic landscape of the the aptly-named record. … Read more ALBUM REVIEW: “LATIGO” by WILDERADO

NEW TO ‘ROO: MAIL THE HORSE

“The pedal steel makes people initially think ‘oh, that’s country,’ but if you dive deeper into the songs, there’s so much more to it,” says Michael “Donny” Amidon of Brooklyn five-piece band Mail The Horse, who make their debut Bonnaroo appearance this year.  “You can’t really classify music by its instrumentation; our new EP doesn’t … Read more NEW TO ‘ROO: MAIL THE HORSE

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: SUSTO at MERCY LOUNGE

In Nashville, there’s no such thing as a school night when it comes to live music, so it was no surprise that there was a healthy crowd at Mercy Lounge last Tuesday to witness the raw energy of Charleston-based progressive Americana outfit SUSTO. The band has been on tour for a while playing shows coast-to-coast, recently … Read more LIVE SHOW REVIEW: SUSTO at MERCY LOUNGE

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: JONATHAN TYLER at MERCY LOUNGE

Texas-based Jonathan Tyler, performed recently at local venue Mercy Lounge, providing opening support for Ron Pope & The Nighthawks.  Tyler, who has played Mercy Lounge many times, appeared solo this time, equipped with a guitar, a harmonica, and a kick drum (at one point, he introduced the “band” saying, “…and on the kick drum, my … Read more LIVE SHOW REVIEW: JONATHAN TYLER at MERCY LOUNGE

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