VIDEO PREMIERE: “OH ELEANOR” by FOREST FIRE GOSPEL CHOIR

It’s been said that love is all we need—and in Forest Fire Gospel Choir’s whimsical new video “Oh Eleanor,” that statement rings true between two humanoid bug creatures who meet on a bus and dance their way through the streets of Memphis. Of the video, the band says: “‘Oh Eleanor’ is for daydreamers and hopeless…

WORD ASSOCIATION with BISHOP GUNN

With its eleven powerful tracks that pay tribute to the swampy southern blues of their origin, edged with gut-punching rock n’ roll, mostly Mississippi-based outfit Bishop Gunn’s new album Natchez, named for their hometown, represents the sound of the South as they know it. The band is made of Natchez sons Travis McCready (lead vocals),…

Eo8 ON LOCATION: RHYTHM N’ BLOOMS FESTIVAL, DAY 1

Nestled in Knoxville’s Old City, the annual Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival calls one of the Scruffy City’s scruffiest and diverse neighborhoods home. Boasting a diverse lineup mixed with local favorites and national touring acts, it’s a can’t-miss event. I was so excited to get the party started, I left Nashville without putting my suitcase…

PREMIERE: “LETHONOMIA (I NEVER KNEW MY NAME)” by THE DELTA TROUBADOURS

“With the end of the world looming, why wouldn’t we do exactly what we want to do?” says Gytis Garsys, lead vocalist of The Delta Troubadours, of the band’s decision to relocate to Nashville and set their sites on conquering the world with their muscle-y brand of Southern grunge. “The feeling of playing to an…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD

I always argue that there is something special that sets the Nashville music scene apart.  At 3rd & Lindsley, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood broke from their mold of two sets and added a third—thereby treating fans to over three hours of jam-infused southern rock.  Whether intended or not, I am readily using that third set…

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY!

The Belle Game – Fear/Nothing Vancouver alt-pop outfit The Belle Game released their sophomore album Fear/Nothing today via Arts & Crafts, With wall-to-wall atmosphere, Andrea Lo’s powerful vocals, and pop sensibilities that are blissed-out at one moment and shrouded in dark mystery the next, Fear/Nothing is a synth-y exclamation of celestial sound. Get your ears on this one.…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE MAGPIE SALUTE

With a rumble of southern rock guitar shaking the rafters, a hush fell over the expectant crowd at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works recently.  With one of the widest stages in town—one side filled end to end with The Magpie Salute’s array of artists, the other side lined with expectant fans—the scene was set. The Magpie…

PREVIEW: THE MAGPIE SALUTE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 8/25/17

It’s 1992. I’m too young for a license, but my cousin volunteers to teach me to drive his blue Chevy Cavalier on a dusty dirt road in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. From the tape deck, this gut-punching Southern rock n’ roll music surges into the car, and I am mystified. “What is this??” I think…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BEHOLD THE BRAVE

”I like to think that I’m a thinker. I think a lot about being a thinker,” laughs Clayton Davis, guitarist and vocalist for Nashville-by-way-of-Chattanooga, Tennessee band Behold The Brave; the group recently released a nine-song self-titled stunner which deftly blends their Southern rock roots with subtle psychedelia. “Before this album, we were in the indie…

ALBUM PREMIERE: “TAKING OFF” by FLYING BUFFALOES

Flying Buffaloes, composed of Barry Stone, Johan Stone, Jordan Harazin (co-frontmen), Danny Pratt (drummer), and Tommy Leland (lead guitarist), blend together the traditional rollicking rhythms of classic country with the unapologetically gritty rock n’ roll wave currently crashing over East Nashville. Their debut, Taking Off, features five tracks of storytelling doused in rich vocal harmony,…