JESSIE BAYLIN & THE WATSON TWINS TO PERFORM BENEFIT FOR SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

Miller Made Music and Jessie Baylin, with additional support from LabelLive and Lightning 100, have come together in support of Baylin’s December 7th show at The Basement East in Nashville to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to feed the hungry and work to solve hunger issues in our community.…

“TOGETHER” – NEW ALBUM from THE EXPLORERS CLUB

“I listen to grandparents music,” The Explorers Club‘s Jason Brewer admitted to the Austin Chronicle, “I was like, ‘I want to be on the Lawrence Welk show’.” While the Explorers Club has more in common with the Beach Boys than, say, an all-female polka group, they are heavily influenced by the work of Burt Bacharach,…

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…

PREVIEW: SUN SEEKER at GRIMEY’S on 2/6/16

Sun Seeker frontman Alex Benick has a sense of humor that is as dry as the Sahara Desert: Me: Tell me about Sun Seeker. He:  We’re just a bunch of goofy boys that play sensitive songs.  We’re not all that sensitive, we’re just goofy, goofy guys that like to have fun. That’s about all I…

PREVIEW: THE LONELY WILD at THE MERCY LOUNGE on 7/10/15

Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit The Lonely Wild, comprised of Andrew Carroll, Ryan Ross, Andrew Schneider, Jessi Williams, and Dave Farina will be performing with The Family Crest at The Mercy Lounge this Friday, July 10th.  The self-described “purveyors of Spaghetti Western-influenced Americana” think of Nashville as a second home of sorts; when I spoke…

PREVIEW: ALANNA ROYALE AT THE GRAND OPENING OF THE BASEMENT EAST ON 4/24/15!

If you are familiar with Nashville, you’ve probably heard of Grimey’s, a.k.a. Grimey’s New and Preloved Music (owned and operated by Mike Grimes and Doyle Davis), my favorite local record store, located in a big, old, creaky house on 8th Avenue South…and if you’ve heard of Grimey’s, chances are you’ve heard of The Basement, the…

PREVIEW: JESSIE BAYLIN’S “DARK PLACE” ALBUM RELEASE at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 4/11/15

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin will be celebrating the release of her highly anticipated new album Dark Place at 3rd & Lindsley on Saturday, Aprill 11th.  The album is officially out today, April 7th. Baylin joined forces with longtime collaborator and producer Richard Swift to create the LP; over the course of nine days in Swift’s Oregon studio, she…

SXSW SPOTLIGHT: AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE FROM HUMMING HOUSE

If you aren’t familiar with Nashville-based Humming House, you soon will be.  This fantastic five-piece is nothing short of a formidable force in folk music (how about that alliteration, huh?) and are making a splash wherever they go.  Literally…when I interviewed them, they were fresh off the week-long Cayamo Cruise; the band’s mandolin player Joshua…

PREVIEW: THAT’S MY KID at SOULSHINE PIZZA FACTORY on 1/16/15

Nashville-based alt-rock outfit That’s My Kid, Lightning 100’s Local Artist of the Week, will be performing at the Weekend Kickoff Party at Soulshine Pizza Factory.   The party starts at 5pm, but That’s My Kid will bless us with all their garage-y swagger and play a free set at 7:15pm. Comprised of Forrest Arnold, Abraham Fongnaly, and Jashaun…