VIDEO PREMIERE: “HOLLYWOOD GOLD” by THE PRESCRIPTIONS

Nashville-based rock outfit The Prescriptions recently partnered with GemsOnVHS to film a live back porch performance video for their new single “Hollywood Gold.” “‘Hollywood Gold’ happened very fast,” says The Prescriptions’ Hays Ragsdale. “The verses and chorus came together very quickly, probably took 15 minutes to finish writing. It was one of those rare moments…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

Recently, Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater was treated to a double bill from Nahko and Medicine for the People and Dispatch. The two groups are environmentally conscious activists that moonlight as headlining folk/reggae-leaning musicians who have performed internationally for years and accumulated a loyal and well-traveled fanbase.  Nahko and Medicine for the People were placed in the…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: SLOSS FEST, DAY 1

Following the 2017 Sloss Music and Arts Festival, I kept hearing from friends that I had missed out on an amazing weekend.  I wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice, so this year I made the short trek from Nashville to the Magic City–Birmingham, Alabama–to see what all the fuss was about.  Based in…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with GEORGE TAYLOR

“I hold my hands and pray that you’ll be there on my final day, and if you are, will you come with me?” sings London-based singer/songwriter George Taylor in his new single, “Come Follow Me  Down.” With its slinky groove awash in a minor key and a sinister edge, Taylor’s “come hither” vocal style would…

PREVIEW: ANIMAL YEARS at THE BASEMENT on 4/30/18

If you happen to have a free 19 minutes, head over to your favorite streaming service and check out Far From Home, the recently-released EP from Brooklyn-based folk-rock outfit Animal Years. It’s a rollicking good time, one that will make you stomp your feet and clap your hands—it’s evident that the band behind the music…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 1

Nestled in Knoxville’s Old City, the annual Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival calls one of the Scruffy City’s scruffiest and diverse neighborhoods home. Boasting a diverse lineup mixed with local favorites and national touring acts, it’s a can’t-miss event. I was so excited to get the party started, I left Nashville without putting my suitcase…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BLITZEN TRAPPER

“I’ve been here so long, the weird stuff is normal,” laughs Eric Earley, frontman of Portland-based folk-rock outfit Blitzen Trapper, of his hometown. The band, which toured last year to support their latest album, Wild And Reckless, is gearing up to hit the road again with a show in San Jose, California on February 16th.…

PREVIEW: FRUITION at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 2/18/18

With Watching it All Fall Apart, their rocktastic new record which released February 2nd via LoHi Records, Portland-based outfit Fruition explode the confines of the rootsy box in which they’ve traditionally been placed. “We’ve always kind of been a rock band in a string band’s body,” explains vocalist Jay Cobb Anderson. “Since the band’s inception,…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: KELLER WILLIAMS

Keller Williams dazzles crowds with his wacky lyrics while he produces every single guitar riff, drum beat, or horn blast heard from the stage.  “One man band” isn’t a proper description, since Keller has been known to put together diverse collaborations over the years; most recently, his accomplished groups include his “Grateful Grass” and “Grateful…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: BLITZEN TRAPPER

While some might complain about going out on a “school night,” I argue that there is always something special about catching a Sunday night concert. Blitzen Trapper at the Exit/In last Sunday was no exception—the venue packed with true fans and lovers of music, the band feeding off the crowd’s energy. For the proof behind…