AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with TIM McNARY

Tim McNary is a seeker; always with a book in tow—Rainer Rilke, Beat poetry from the likes of Lawrence Ferlinghetti as of late, and facing challenges with resolve and curiosity.  After college, he ventured alone to South America, backpacked through Peru and Bolivia, eventually landing in Brazil, teaching English to children.  “I got my mom…

RECAP: DARLINGSIDE at CITY WINERY

Gathered together around a microphone or two, Darlingside, masters of vocal harmonies and conquerors of all things stringed, dazzled and delighted a rapt City Winery audience; currently on tour with Mexo-Americana group David Wax Museum, the busy Boston folk quartet brought “more Doug” to the Music City.  Friend and new Nashvillian, Americana songstress Caitlin Canty, joined the group onstage for a…

PREVIEW: DARLINGSIDE at CITY WINERY on 4/16/16

When I last spoke with indie folk ensemble Darlingside–with whom I had a philosophical post-Thanksgiving discussion about the difference between “dressing” and “stuffing”–they had just released their latest album, Birds Say, and had been on tour with the likes of Patty Griffin, King Cardinal, The Ballroom Thieves, Tall Heights, and Caitlin Canty. Since then, they have continued to…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with THE BALLROOM THIEVES

If you follow this site (and if you don’t, you really should), you saw that we recently covered the Savannah Stopover Music Festival, which was, in a word, amazing.  I had the chance to chat with Martin Earley, Devin Mauch, and Calin Peters, a.k.a. indie folk trio The Ballroom Thieves,  who had, only a few…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with PENNY and SPARROW

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Andy Baxter, who, with Kyle Jahnke, comprises folkicana duo Penny and Sparrow.  The pair released their delicious new album, Let A Lover Drown You, on March 11th via Single Lock Records, and were en route to a venue in Seattle: Andy: Social media has been kind, and people have…

“MISTY MORNING” – NEW MUSIC from WANDERWILD

Wanderwild, the passion project of Athens-based Matt Martin, has released “Misty Morning”, an ethereal indie pop/folk single from his debut EP, Fleeting, due out this Friday, March 25th.  Martin says it’s a song “about the cyclical nature of life, using season as a metaphor for change, process, and personal progress.” I can assure you, if you…

ALBUM REVIEW: “ABOVE THE TREES” by TIM McNARY

Music is something that we connect to and long for in good times and bad; it connects with something inside of us that longs to be explored and solidified. With Tim McNary’s new EP, Above The Trees, the singer-songwriter has dug deep into the well of the soul to find sounds that echo with my own personal questions…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from OLD SEA BRIGADE

Atlanta folk singer-songwriter Ben Cramer, who performs under the moniker Old Sea Brigade, released his debut self-titled EP this January.  While Cramer was in town recently, we met at cozy local studio, Villain Place, where he played “Georgia”, a ballad from the EP, with a transfixing tenderness that gave us a serious case of the feels.  SWOON. Without further ado, East of…

PREVIEW: BROOKE WAGGONER ALBUM RELEASE at EASTSIDE MANOR on 1/16/16

Brooke Waggoner has music in her DNA; her singing brothers can play a multitude of instruments, and her mother is a pianist.  Her great grandfather, a renowned classical pianist who fled Germany during the Second World War, started a piano company in New York, eventually relocating the family business to south Louisiana.  Waggoner herself began…

“ECHOES OF A WHOLE” – NEW MUSIC from TIM McNARY

Nashville-based songcrafter Tim McNary has a life story worthy of a song itself.  Born on the southside of Chicago, he was raised in a strict evangelical environment without secular music, followed his wanderlust to tiny seaside towns in South America, and sang in a southern rock band along the eastern coast of the United States. Before moving…