ALBUM PREMIERE: “GATHERING THE GOOD” EP by DEVON HEATH

I’ve been told all my life, ‘Oh, you should be a singer.’ I’ve never thought of anything else,” says Nashville-based artist Devon Heath, who will release his latest EP, Gathering The Good, on August 3rd. As it goes, Heath’s path has been a long and winding road, one that began in a tiny town in West…

PREVIEW: BIRDS OF CHICAGO at MUSICIANS CORNER on 6/15/18

Husband-wife duo  JT Nero and Allison Russell, otherwise known as Birds of Chicago, relocated to the Music City not too long ago and will perform their first proper gig in their new hometown at free summer concert series Musicians Corner on June 15th. The pair met in 2006, and there were fireworks between them from the…

PREVIEW: THE NIGHTOWLS at THE 5 SPOT on 5/22/18

”I am literally folding t-shirts,” says Ryan Harkrider, frontman of 10-piece Austin-based alt-soul outfit The Nightowls. The band was gearing up to begin touring in support of the release of their latest album, We Are The Nightowls, out on April 27th.“We travel in this big RV. I picked it up this morning and drove it…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THIRDSTORY

From finding their wildly popular YouTube cover videos to recently releasing their debut album, garnering over a million Spotify streams, and touring with the one and only Chance The Rapper, it’s safe to say that soulful New York City-based trio Thirdstory has had an exciting journey so far. “Chance’s musical director contacted us about performing…

PREVIEW: HIGH UP at THE BASEMENT on 3/5/18

“The winters are still brutal, and I haven’t gotten used to it even after five years. Every time winter rolls around I ask myself “Why?? Why did you move here?” laughs Christine Fink, frontwoman of Omaha-based alt-soul outfit High Up. “We’ve made so many good friends here though, there are a lot of opportunities and…

ALBUM REVIEW: “YOU ARE HERE” by HIGH UP

Nostalgia in pop culture is at a current all-time high. Social division and unbridled technological advancement runs rampant, and has left many longing for something that feels familiar–for something safe, warm and comforting, something easily agreed upon and easily understood, a shared sense of time and place we can confide in to lift spirits as…

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…

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…

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 NEW RESPECTS

The holidays are always a time of hope and optimism, even if the holiday is the not so traditional, like Nashville’s much-loved Festivus (a holiday inspired by the TV series Seinfeld).   Last Friday, Nashville indie-rock radio station Lightning 100 partnered with Marathon Music Works to raise money and collect donated toys for the Salvation Army…