LIVE SHOW REVIEW: RON GALLO

It’s no longer a secret that Nashville’s music scene is more than a love-hate relationship with its country music stereotype. With indie and alternative rock now a dominating force, the music floods out of concert venues, clubs, and bars nightly. While there are numerous faces in the crowd of the city’s emerging rock acts, there…

PREVIEW: THE DEVIL MAKES THREE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 2/2/18

“We have a band that is kind of without genre. People are asking us who we listen to and what we like, and we’re trying to explain it to them and it doesn’t really make much sense,” laughs Pete Bernhard of electrified Appalachia stomp-folkabilly roots trio (see, we can’t classify it either) The Devil Makes…

PREVIEW: JD McPHERSON at THE BASEMENT EAST on 11/18/17

“Check, check, and check, Check all those boxes,” reveals Nashville’s JD McPherson when asked about the pressures he faced when making his new record, Undivided Heart & Soul, out now via New West Records. “I’m a compulsive worrier,” he admits. “I’m confident in my taste, and I have, at the same time, this incredibly crippling…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from THE TEXAS GENTLEMEN

“There’s gonna be some pain in your life, that’s for sure,” begins “Pain,” a keyboard-heavy strut-tastic tune from TX Jelly, the glorious new album from Lonestar collective The Texas Gentleman. With their new album, released last week via New West Records, the perennial backing band has stepped squarely into center stage with TX Jelly, and we…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE SECRET SISTERS at MUSICIANS CORNER

With the clear summer sky came a touch of balmy heat that didn’t go unnoticed on the Musicans Corner stage.  “Pretty soon we hope that your tears will mingle with the drops of sweat running down your face,” quipped Laura Rogers, who, with her sister Lydia, composes Americana duo The Secret Sisters.  “We are going…

PREMIERE: “ZOMBIE HEARTZ” by THE WHISTLES & THE BELLS

“Every time a pop star is born, a distant planet dies/Science finally points to God, and He rolls His eyes,” posits Nashville’s Bryan Simpson, who makes music under the moniker The Whistles & The Bells, in the first words of his new single “Zombie Heartz.” The track is featured on his sophomore effort, Modern Plagues,…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from THE WHISTLES & THE BELLS

Nashville’s The Whistles & the Bells, alt-rock moniker of acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, will release his sophomore LP Modern Plagues via New West Records on April 28th. Prior to launching The Whistles & the Bells, Simpson had already won substantial success as a bluegrass mandolinist, serving a seven-year, three-album stint with the acclaimed progressive-bluegrass quartet Cadillac Sky.…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: ALL THEM WITCHES at HIGH NOON SALOON

Touring is a way for a band to expand their musical reach and gain new fans beyond the hometown crowd. A remarkable tour can elevate a band to new heights and build unstoppable confidence; on the other hand, a challenging tour can generate tension and end careers.  Nashville psych-rock outfit All Them Witches has certainly encountered obstacles on their…

ALBUM REVIEW: “SLEEPING THROUGH THE WAR” by ALL THEM WITCHES

Take a breath, and lean in closely for a very important announcement: Great rock n’ roll isn’t dead, it’s just under-appreciated and under-promoted in the mainstream media. At East of 8th, we love good rock’ n roll, we’re here to appreciate and promote it, and we are currently under the spell cast by All Them…

AN EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE from RON GALLO

Rocker Ron Gallo, who relocated his frenetic style and his giant curly hair to the Music City last year, has strong opinions about the state of cultural affairs. “It’s like everyone’s asleep these days, we’re all distracted, we’ve become drones, looking at screens, not thinking for ourselves. We are the problem, we just need to take responsibility…