“BROWN EYED LOVER” – NEW MUSIC from ALLEN STONE

After spending months in the studio working on new material, R&B singer/songwriter Allen Stone is finally giving us a taste of what he’s been creating. In his newest soul-filled single, “Brown Eyed Lover,” Stone tells the struggle of being a touring musician while also being in a serious, committed relationship. Despite its external appearance, the…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with JASON ESKRIDGE

There are people who can sing, and then there is Jason Eskridge. For the last 18 years, Eskridge has made a name for himself as a go-to session and touring vocalist with heavyweights in all genres. After several years touring with gospel singer Nicole C. Mullen, Eskridge joined Lyle Lovett’s band, toured with bluesman Jonny…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: MEMPHO MUSIC FESTIVAL, DAY 2

Having stretched my musical muscles the night before, I was prepared for a marathon of artist talent coming up on the second day of the MEMPHO Music Festival.  It only took a quick look at the lineup to see that the Saturday’s performers boasted strong ties to the Memphis and Tennessee music scene. Friday night at…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with VECTOR XING

Los Angeles-based enigmatic R&B/soul artist Vector Xing began life as a musical sort, but never dreamed he could make a career of making his own art. After graduating from Princeton, the undercover singer entered the management side of the music industry, working for the legendary Quincy Jones for several years. “I managed artists and saw…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS

Last night, with the stage bathed in glowing purple and the dark, intimate confines of Nashville’s High Watt as the setting, Durand Jones & The Indications brought some soul to the Music City. In a town known for country music, along with growing Indie rock and Americana scenes, the club filled early to get a…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: STELLE AMOR at EXIT/IN

Love is in season, and soulful siren Stelle Amor is an ambassador, doing her part to spread that love with her fiery brand of soul music. She kick-started her EP release show celebration with all the funky-pop vibes at one of Nashville’s favorite venues, Exit/In, and began her night speaking to the crowd. While she…

PREVIEW: MORGAN JAMES at CITY WINERY on 5/23/17

“Nina Simone was the gateway drug for me,” says New York-based soul-singing songstress Morgan James. “It made me want to dig deeper into the blues and into soul music. From there, you find some of the best singers with the best sounds, and if you’re lucky, you can try to emulate certain parts of their…

ALBUM REVIEW: “THE MORNING COMES” EP by BERNHOFT

“It’s good to take flight,” sings Grammy-nominated Norwegian soul maestro Bernhoft in “The Morning Comes,” the opening track of his forthcoming EP of the same name, set for release on January 20th via Big Picnic Records. With this five-song stunner, Bernhoft takes us on a journey of awakening, a coming of age of sorts. “The…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with HIGH UP

“When I was a teenager, I wrote the typical 15 year old angsty songs,” laughs Omaha-based High Up frontwman Christine Fink, who received her first guitar as a Christmas gift from her sister, singer/songwriter Orenda Fink. Music fell by the wayside when the Alabama native went to college and pursued a degree in theater. An…

ALBUM REVIEW: “STONE” EP by WHITNEY MONGÉ

There’s definitely something in the water around Seattle; whatever your musical persuasion, there has been a steady stream of outstanding artists from the area for decades. Sometimes, those musically fertile grounds produce an artist whose talent is undefinable. With her new EP, Stone, out January 16th, Whitney Mongé is one such artist whose work summons viscerally…