LIVE SHOW REVIEW: ERIN RAE at HEAL THE MUSIC DAY

You can always count on Nashville entertainers and music lovers to come together for a good cause. Earlier this year, Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry proclaimed that Friday, October 20th would be Heal the Music Day to raise awareness of and provide support for the over 42,000 Nashvillians who work in the music industry who are…

PREVIEW: THE SHOOK TWINS at THE HIGH WATT on 10/9/17

 “Sometimes we ask other twins we meet if they’re the kind of twins who like being twins or hate being twins. It’s totally a thing. We’re definitely the kind that like being twins,” laughs Laurie Shook, who, with her identical twin sister Katelyn make up Portland-based indie folk duo The Shook Twins. “Maybe it’s because…

ALBUM PREMIERE: “LOVE & LUST” by JADEA KELLY

Canadian indie folk artist Jadea Kelly, who counts Nashville as her second home, will celebrate the U. S. release of her new album, Love & Lust, on Friday, April 21st. Love & Lust is Kelly’s third studio album–and her most vulnerable work yet, documenting her journey through anger, shame, mercy, and her ultimate celebration in…

BEHIND THE SCENES with JADEA KELLY

It’s Day 3 of Jadea Kelly Week, and the excitement continues! Be sure to check out her upcoming album release show at The High Watt presented by East of 8th, with Adam Agin and Natalie Schlabs providing opening support. For most music lovers, the live performance is the ultimate connection to the art and its maker–but…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with RYVOLI

It’s an exciting day in this music writer’s world when raw talent makes its way to my admittedly cluttered inbox—when I get to hear someone making music, the sound of which is so pure that it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand at attention. Those instances make writing worth the effort—like…

PREMIERE: “JANUARY EYES” by SHLOMO FRANKLIN

Several months ago, New York-based singer/songwriter Shlomo Franklin found himself in a vintage guitar shop in Teaneck, New Jersey called Lark Street Music, sampling a 1940s-era Gibson and quietly singing a song he had never before sung. Little did he know, the owner of said shop was listening, thought it was a record playing in the back of the…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “ABOVE THE TREES” from TIM McNARY

“This song means a great deal to me and was one of the first songs I wrote that I was really proud of lyrically, emotively, and musically,” says Nashville’s Tim McNary of the title track to his latest EP, released earlier this year. The video, filmed and directed by CRFT/SVCS is a stunning interpretation of…

“COASTLINE” – NEW MUSIC from HOLLOW COVES

Aussie folk duo Hollow Coves has released a new single, “Coastline”, the second from their forthcoming debut EP, Wanderlust, set for release on February 3, 2017. The pair see travel and adventure as their inspiration for their debut; introspective and understated, “Coastline” taps into a universal yearning for escape to a simpler, more beautiful life. The song was penned…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with NICOLETTE SMITH

“My dad told me he sang to my mom’s stomach when she was pregnant with me, and he’d sing to me a bedtime when I was little. Music has always, for me, represented a soothing and calming expression of love,” explains indie folk songstress Nicolette Smith. The Southern California native hails from a large musical…

PREMIERE: “MONTEREY” by TANYA GALLAGHER

Singer-songwriter Tanya Gallagher will release Virginia, a collection of seven songs recorded three years ago with friend Brandon Hoffman, on September 30th. “I had just moved to Vancouver and after recording them I felt that the songs were a bit too fresh to release immediately,” she explains. “They needed time to breathe and settle a bit.”…