PREVIEW: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 8/26/2018

Athens, Georgia-based collective Family And Friends is known for their percussive style and unrivaled live-show energy. Recently, they unleashed Felix Culpa, their long-awaited debut full-length album. “When we finished our two EPs, especially when we finished xoxo, we knew it was time to write a full-length album,” says vocalist Mike MacDonald about their highly-anticipated record. … Read more PREVIEW: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 8/26/2018

PREMIERE: “ANDY” by WANDERWILD

Since its beginnings as the folk-y solo project of Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter Matt Martin, to its current indie rock incarnation and full-band status, you could say Wanderwild has come a long way. Change is inevitable, but growth is optional, and in the case of Wanderwild, the growth curve is off the charts. Today the band … Read more PREMIERE: “ANDY” by WANDERWILD

PREVIEW: NEW MADRID at THE BASEMENT EAST on 4/28/16

About a year ago, I got the chance to see psych-rockers New Madrid perform live in the Music City—there was excitement, there was entrancing music, there was charismatic stage presence.  And, there was lots of hair.   “There will be a little less this time,” says frontman Phil McGill with a laugh. The Athens-based four … Read more PREVIEW: NEW MADRID at THE BASEMENT EAST on 4/28/16

#tbt: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with FAMILY AND FRIENDS

My chat with Athens-based folk-rock tribe Family and Friends at Savannah Stopover was like watching an improv comedy ping pong match best held around a circular table: Me: What would you like my beloved readers to know about Family and Friends? Tuna: Well, I am a Capricorn, 6’2”, muscular build. Mike: You also have a girlfriend. … Read more #tbt: AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with FAMILY AND FRIENDS

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE NORM

The musical hotbed that is Athens, Georgia is generally known as Americana, folk, and jam band central. “Our stuff is very different,” laughs Bryan Rucker, co-frontman of alternative hip hop-infused rock band, The Norm. “I’ve been around music my whole life; my dad was a member of the Bee Gees’ band, he played with Johnny … Read more AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE NORM

RECAP: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at MUSICIANS CORNER

Athens, Georgia-based musical collective Family and Friends brought the house down at Musicians Corner recently; if you haven’t had the chance to see them live, you haven’t yet lived.  You can stream their brand new EP XOXO, and catch them on tour in August and with The Oh Hellos and Cereus Bright shortly thereafter; I don’t see … Read more RECAP: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at MUSICIANS CORNER

PREVIEW: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at MUSICIANS CORNER on 6/20/15

Athens, Georgia-based folk rock collective Family And Friends will be performing in Nashville this Saturday at Musicians Corner, a glorious (and free!) summer concert series here in the Music City.  I caught up with Mike MacDonald (vocals, guitar) and JP McKenzie (guitar), who were in Athens getting geared up for Saturday’s show: Eo8:  How did y’all become a band? … Read more PREVIEW: FAMILY AND FRIENDS at MUSICIANS CORNER on 6/20/15

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