In the midst of a full-on rock revival, Nashville, Tennessee’sMODOC has established itself as one of the most irresistibly and undeniably fearless new acts to emerge from Music City, USA.
Having turned out two blistering, full-length albums of potent, unvarnished rock in little less than 18 months, the hard-hitting four-piece is turning heads and earning favor with many of the city’s industry heavyweights, not to mention fans. Managers, producers, publishers – even network television – have taken notice of one of the smartest, most original sounds to come out of Nashville in a long time.
“True rock n roll, coming from Nashville!” raves producer Nick Raskulinecz. The multiple Grammy-winner would certainly know, having worked with acts like Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Rush, Superdrag and Queens of the Stone Age, just to name a few.
“One of my favorite new acts,” confirms Nashville producer Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Wertz). “Definitely on the rise and poised to be a break-out band from Nashville.”
Veteran rock manager Steve Hutton (Kid Rock, Better Than Ezra, All That Remains) pegs the MODOC vibe perfectly: “Urgent rock n roll. No gimmicks, just raw soul.”
Even Hollywood has been quick to recognize MODOC’s refreshingly elusive sound. In 2012, Universal Music Publishing heard a rough version of the band’s “Devil On My Shoulder” and immediately put them in touch with Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak. When the finished version ended up in the hands of executives at ABC, the network snatched it up for the fall promos of its 666 Park Avenue television series.
While Nashville was once regarded almost exclusively as a boots n’ buckles kind of town, the city has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, with diverse rock entities like Jack White, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Paramore and JEFF the Brotherhood all calling Music City home. Since relocating to Nashville in 2011, MODOC has been welcomed like a long lost brother, collaborating with rock royalty like Black Crowes guitarist/co-founder Rich Robinson and working with revered producers Raskulinecz and Moak. In February, the band celebrated a new management and publishing deal with Nashville-based Zavitson Music Group, and this summer they landed a coveted spot at the Nashville Dancin’ downtown concert series. Clearly, MODOC has found its rightful place in Music City.
“I think this band is really something special, and people are taking notice of it,” says ZMG President Russ Zavitson. “MODOC has a unique ability to create songs that punch you in the gut, but somehow it just feels good! They’re raw, passionate, forceful – exactly the kind of band that rock music needs today.”
The four members of MODOC (Clint Culberson on vocals/guitars, Kyle Addison on lead guitars/vocals, Caleb Crockett on bass/vocals and John Carlson on drums/vocals) first met through the regional music scene at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Culberson, who had previously lived in a nearby, one stop light town called Modoc, suggested the name during a band brainstorming session. The moniker was unique, direct and memorable. And it somehow fit perfectly.
After migrating south to Nashville, MODOC wasted little time putting out its gritty 2012 debut,Fortune & Fame, as well as a single and music video for the fan-favorite “Coward.” Fortune & Fame’s indie-vintage aesthetic – smart, punchy melodies, shifting rhythms and occasionally Zeppelin-esque riffs bubbling over gang style backing vocals – was a fitting way to announce MODOC’s arrival as a serious rock n roll contender. On stage, Culberson balances the band’s feverish intensity with innate coolness, leading the unit with a ragged howl that can morph seamlessly from a startling shriek to a soul swagger to a pleading falsetto.
“I think Fortune & Fame was really about us trying to get over the hump of life, in general, and trying to come to terms with how to do something you love to do and make a living at it,” reflects Culberson.
Within months, the band was back in the studio, itching to record some of the new material they had written in the wake of their debut effort. Turning to a mounting pile of work tapes, the band began recording their 2013 release, the self-titled powerhouse MODOC. While the project often mirrors Fortune & Fame in its pure electric force, the new record broadens the MODOC sound with a mix of introspective tracks (“If I Can’t Live For Love”), ominous rockers (“Devil On My Shoulder”) and some of the band’s most radio-friendly material to date (“Runnin”). More than anything, the twelve tracks on MODOC sound very much like a band finding its niche in the modern rock world.
“We wanted this record to sound a little more live, so we kept a lot of raw tones and scaled back on stacking so many tracks,” says Culberson. “We were still conscious of song structure and the overall quality of the songs of course, but we paid a little more attention to the recording and production process. On the other hand, just like Fortune & Fame, we kept this record brutally honest in the lyrical and musical sense. We wrote what we felt, and played like MODOC. It’s the only way we know how to do it.”
With their new album due out in August, the band is ready once again to hit the road and play a new batch of songs for their fans. Following an appearance at Austin’s legendary SXSW, the foursome began penciling in a series of key 2013 summer festival dates, including Milwaukee’sSummerfest, St. Louis’ Loufest and the Nashville Dancin’ concert series, among others.
FnF is FUN. highly energetic, infinitely passionate and making a serious impact on the Nashville indie rock scene. With an electric grouping of songs written by singer/songwriter Michael Fabrizio FnF leaves a mark on all of their audiences. More than music, FnF is striving to promote peace and unity in a movement and it’s catching on.
With Nathanial Lee on standup bass and Steve Wolfe on drums/percussion, the groove of FnF is strong and full of force. Alex Conerly and Brian Wooden add to the mix with wicked guitar melodies. Fabrizio provides a solid musical contribution with vocals acoustic guitar, piano and harmonica.
“We come from a good place, we want to see the good in people and promote the idea of understanding, Musically, we really love what we do, you can see that passion in our performances” -Fabrizio
Lightning 100 debuts “Fixman” by Roots of a Rebellion. ROAR is in the very house that once belonged to Hank Williams Sr. that has risen up a new spirit, a new generation, and a new sound. In a town filled with country music comes a sound so unique and diverse that attention must be shifted. Having shared the stage with such acts as The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, NEEDTOBREATHE, North Mississippi Allstars, Iration, and Passafire. Roots of a Rebellion actively seeks the hearts and ears of its fans everywhere!
Lightning 100 debuts “Scrapin’” by Blank Range. More info on the band coming soon!
Formerly one of Nashville’s most eclectic bands, Buffalo Clover now feeds a more fitting hybrid of roots-rock and soul into the Music City bloodstream.
Hailing from somewhere in the Midwest, front lady Margo Price grew up in a farming town where music didn’t thrive. Fortunately, it did thrive in the more obscure parts of her lineage. Price traced her creative genes to a great-grandfather who played piano using only the black keys.
A restless soul brought her to Nashville in the early aughts where she met guitarist Jeremy Ivey. The two made a couple as well as co-writers and got married. In late 2008, they met bassist Matt Gardner whose guitar chops were so good, he eventually switched instruments. They added bassist Jason White later, and drummer Dillon Napier joined in late 2010.
Throughout the band’s formative decade, Buffalo Clover, even in its developmental stages, attracted a variety of talent. Price has worked on two different projects with Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Pianist Micah Hulscher, who plays with rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson on the road, recorded on Buffalo Clover’s last record, Low Down Time, and sometimes joins the band for live performances. They’ve also shared the stage with The Flaming Lips, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and legendary sax player Bobby Keys, proving their southern soul style can match up with anyone.
In the simplest terms, Buffalo Clover are vintage rock ‘n’ rollers, but the South tends to creep in. This brand of southern soul bears a striking resemblance to their idols, the Rolling Stones and The Band. Taking a cue from Bob Dylan with a lyrical poeticism inspired by the troubled times, and Janis Joplin with her rough-hewn-but-honest, bottom-of-the-heart soulful lilt, Buffalo Clover emulate their musical paragons in a style of their own.
Never playing the same show twice, the band’s genuineness translates to a loyal local fan base. It makes them just as much at home playing in the UK, which they toured last summer, as The 5 Spot in East Nashville.
Ever the victims of wanderlust, what Buffalo Clover has in mind for 2013 is getting back to those places, in both Europe and the states, and continuing to bring the southern soul to a wider audience.
Lightning 100 debuts “Losing Streak” by Seth Wood on 100.1 FM. More coming soon!
Thursday was a brilliantly crisp yet foggy morning, perfect for sitting outside of Ugly Mugs with a piping cup of coffee and chatting with Cali band Diamond Carter. They wandered into Nashville a little under a year ago after forefront man Tyler Tuohy decided it was time to get out of town. Sax player Cameron Black, drummer Trevor Hunnicutt and bassist Josh Cropper, having collided when they were each swirling through life’s madness inside of LA’s Silverlake Overpass speakeasy, decided to follow Tuohy across state lines. “I told each one of them, just give me five years and you’ll come out with the greatest stories, memories and experiences of your life,” recanted Tuohy.
They refuse to give pardon or surrender to anyone who would get in the way of following after their dreams. They’ve succeeded in planting their colorful flag in new territory by refusing to waste any time getting noticed in Nashville, and as Tuohy explained, “We didn’t want to be ‘that one guy sitting in the corner by himself.’ Lightning ushered us into the scene, for sure.”
Full of love for supporters, the guys have kept it positive even as they fight through the daily struggles of their living/work relationships. As dirty dishes pile up in the sink at home tensions grow but never cross over into the sacred places of songwriting, and they certainly have no chance of echoing through the soundproof walls of the studio. “It’s a brotherhood. We only really fight about food and dishes,” Black laughed.
The guys have found refreshment in Nashville’s “more community based” music industry than that of LA. Tuohy and Black both grew up in Orange County originally, never meeting until the cards aligned later in life, and they brought very different styles and talents to the same foundation where, in their musicianship, they found commonality.
They’ve recently been celebrating their new residency at 12th and Porter, where you can find them on the second Thursday of every month. Their upcoming performance (Nov. 13th) will be on a Wed., a tribute to Elliott Smith and his passing ten years ago.
True to the band’s nature, their previous 14-track Pink Balloon is a shadow of trippy experiences and Motown and sixties influences. Originally written for acoustic performances, the album had to be redesigned by Tuohy to work for a full band. Even in naming the title, Tuohy draws from his past with heavy drugs and the smuggling of Heroine through balloons, pink being his favorite.
All of the guys have felt the recent itching to hit the road again. Their future plans include touring fulltime and only coming back to Nashville when it’s time to record. Their upcoming Flowers of Evil resonates a heavier disco feel and will be something different for a new record because it will be the first that was originally written for a full band.
By, Kaitlyn Crocker
Black Sea Royalty has been rolling with the rock vibe, but they’re introducing more ambience and layers in their upcoming album expected early next year. For now, they have their studio faces on as they’re jumping into sessions to pull out a new single Blood Brother by the end of the week. Shadowing the transition from youthful innocence to growing up and accepting new realities, the single will highlight the dynamics and importance of having a brotherhood to surround you as you enter new phases of life and learn that growing up is never what it seemed, but has something exciting and unique to offer if you’re willing to join in.
Jon Marc first met (now ex-bandmate) Sammy Mitchell at Belmont in 2011, connecting through a mutual love for the guitar. When Jon Marc pulled a no-show to class one day as did fellow student Jordan, they were automatically grouped together on a class project. After jamming together shortly thereafter, Jordan joined in forming the band and brought in his roommate at the time Matt. Since the start of the band in 2012, Black Sea Royalty has produced their first single Irene and a self-titled, debut EP.
Dan Fernandez, studio musician and good friend, has taken on the role of producer for the band’s recent projects in his private Nashville studio. Dan’s pay-it-forward investment and strong belief in the band’s potential could mean the difference for their recording process as they focus on writing, composing and preparing for future touring. And although Nashville holds a unique place in their hearts as the band’s birthplace, excitement is building about the upcoming tour after the early 2014 release of the new album.
“The intense energy at our shows is a standard we strive for. We have never set out to write rock and roll, we just do what we love as best we can and this is what it has turned out to be… We feel like our music translates from energetic stage energy to powerful and dynamic recordings.” (Jon Marc)
Working odd jobs in between to support their passions, band and room mates Jon Marc Winchester (lead vocals, guitar), Jordan Williamson (drums), and Matt Green (bass, vocals) have become more entrenched in the last two years with writing, producing, marketing and booking gigs while expanding their fan base. As their experience and music grows, the band expects to move forward independently. Jon Marc said they plan on incorporating promotional help for the new album and already have others booking upcoming tour dates and venues because trying to run all aspects of the band weighed heavy on their creative expressions at times. However, as far as expounding on the band’s discography and gearing up for travel, they feel more than capable of holding it all down.
By Kaitlyn Crocker,
From LAX to BNA, Mitch Allan and Steven McMorran crossed the vast chasm of writing for big artists and producing songs such as David Archuleta, Celine Dion, Pink, Faith Hill, Bowling For Soup song “1985,” and much more, to finally honing in on their own talents. With the spotlight shifting into their own sphere, and joined by music biz veterans Josh Dunahoo and Erik Kertes, something big was bound to change.
“It’s been the catalyst of who I’m becoming. The difference has motivated me to find out what it would sound like to be the one without rules. There’s a lot of time that went by with me just waiting on something to change. This feels a lot more proactive,” Steven revealed.
Satellite was a work in the making for some time, and as Steven, Mitch, Josh and Erik transitioned their focuses onto the band, it became more apparent that, while their careers had left definite marks on their own sound and how they fit into the music arena, those experiences only enriched what they were welding into one work of art.
“Making the record was all we did in the beginning, and shows were a slow-cooked-development. Working with artists allowed me to bank off of their individual approaches. The people that impress me the most are the people who stopped caring whether the audience approved.” – Steven
Listening to Satellite’s self-produced single Say the Words from their Ring the Bells EP went something like this for me:
Lost for four minutes and twenty seconds, I felt like I had rested my head in the lap of a great protector who, while brushing his mighty fingers through my hair, reminded me that it’s okay to feel fear and frustration, encouraged anger towards all of the things that try to keep me hung up in life, and rallied me to shout out with bravery all of the things I’d held inside.
They’ve woven their extensive histories with working in the music industry into their own raw talent for songwriting and performing, leaving audiences with something tangibly powerful to dance to, cry to, laugh to, and live by. They’ve drafted the best fighting words they could find, and have enlisted them to march into battle on your behalf, shining with bravery for those of us who sometimes can’t find the words on our own. Steven has found the words for us.
“I definitely feel more like myself in Nashville over Los Angeles. I lived there for 8 years after moving from Little Rock, where I’m from, and they were a formative chapter in my life. You’d have to drag me back if you expected me to move there again. Feeling this good makes me stop worrying about what I used to, so I could say that I feel more successful here.” – Steven
Look forward to more from the band as they grow, more shows and “a lot more songs of course.”
Find them at home, on facebook, or on twitter.
Written by Kaitlyn Crocker of EVOLve – Facebook – Twitter
Listening to Vinyl Thief takes me right back to O2ABC in Glasgow, Scotland where I joined a packed room to welcome Cold War Kids into town. Something in their sound, their audible presence allows you to escape to either places they want to take you or paths you decide to tread down on your own. They empower self exploration, acceptance of life’s difficulties, and the freedom to dance if you want to.
Since their 2010 release of the Control EP – followed by singles White Light (2011), Rebel Hill (2012) and latest Smooth (2013) – they have garnered much attention from Nashville and fans beyond. Grayson hasn’t found his favorite track on the album yet but he said he knows it will happen once they begin playing it live.
“I am really proud of the entire record though, front to back. There’s a lot of heart and soul laid out pretty clearly. It goes through loss, avoidance, and acceptance, in a lot of different forms. We’re trying to get it out as soon as possible.” – Grayson
So, with much anticipation we wait to bath in the pool where Vinyl Thief’s distinct sounds and creativity have collected. In the meantime, Lightning 100 has helped us to revel in older tracks, especially as they gave the featured artist of the week extra air time and made plenty of “Smooth” picks for local audiences.
“Lightning 100 is no doubt one of the biggest influences on Nashville’s music culture. If you look at how big the crowds were at Live on the Green this year, there’s no doubt about that. High five on that one Lightning!” – Grayson
There’s also no doubt that Nashville is loving these guys for what they’ve made together, but each member of the band brings a unique something that makes the whole thing work. To say the least, Vinyl Thief is one energetic, diverse compilation of kindred spirits.
Grayson – Singin’, dancin’, and synthesizin – “I grew up in Texas. I wasn’t country enough for Texas, so I moved to Nashvillle… smart thinking. My mom and I shared a love for anyone with a serious voice and a serious attitude: Steven Tyler, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and the like. She had Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith on vinyl, but we didn’t have a record player because it was the 90′s and that wasn’t cool anymore/yet. But I had it in my room and would listen to the tape while looking at the record.”
Logan – guitars – “I grew up going to see KISS with my dad one month, and then seeing U2 the next. If that doesn’t make you want to be a musician, who knows what will. I would listen to records on repeat, while reading a book about the record I was listening to.”
Sam – Keys and other things - ”I began and remain in this band because the other four guys are my best friends. It’s the only way I get to see them! But seriously, it was just what we did growing up. I couldn’t be in a band with anyone else. I listened to anything with a good bass line and groove to it; a lot of soul and funk.”
Andrew – Drums and such - ”I used to listen to my mother’s collection of piano pop artists such as Elton John and Billy Joel, and my father always had Cool and the Gang on.”
AJ – Bass and the likes – “From Freemont, MI. I grew up listening to Harry Connick Jr., Michael Jackson, and the Doobie Brothers.
Growing up in Columbia together, attending the same schools and “dating each other’s sisters (well, one of us…)” tethered Grayson, Logan, Sam and Andrew to a banded brotherhood. AJ was pulled in later in the game, but he is making some equally powerful plays.
“I met the guys because they were recording their old single “White Light” at a studio in Franklin that I was living in. I then sold the lie that I was a bass player, and they let me join.” – AJ
As they sailed out together into the turbulent waters that can be a Kickstarter campaign – crowdsourced funding for their album – it was revealed to them just how expansive and loyal their new fan base had become. ”Fans let you make music for a career. They’re incredible,” Grayson proudly said.
“Once we launched it and the pledges started coming in, I was blown away. In an era where a lot of people don’t pay for music anymore, the fact that they were giving us money to make music was mind-blowing. It was an incredible motivator to go and stretch ourselves to our limits for these fans and friends who gave us so much.”
“Nashville is very supportive of us. I am excited to see how [everyone] responds to the new record. Who knows what will happen?”
“We played The House of Blues in Boston with The Joy Formidable back in June… But some of our favorite memories from shows are ones that have been here in Nashville, at Exit/In and Mercy Lounge, playing with some of our best friends. There’s no place like home.”
“There are so many talented musicians in Nashville, that if everyone was competing with each other, there couldn’t be any growth.”
By, Kaitlyn Crocker
Lightning 100 debuts “The Shape I’m In” by Marc Scibilia on 100.1 FM.
I’ve never been one to frequent dive bars, but Bobby’s Idle Hour made for a great new find and a new night out of my normal routine. I turned up for an interview and stayed for a hangout with Alex and Larry, making for an easy Wednesday night in Nashville.
As the smoke gave the bar a bit more haze, the stories being served at the bar were tastier to me at that moment than any beer that could have slid over the old, slick countertop.
Larry shared some insight about rock and roll with me by noting that songwriting of this kind requires a liberal use of the word “baby.” Them Vibe’s Facebook profile reveals little “About” them initially by only displaying the quote “Rock and Roll every day of the week… Baby.”… and now I get the joke….
By the end of our conversation I had dubbed them the “’Okay guys,” because they seem to be ever in the wake of giving friends and open windows – even after the door itself has closed – and in their hour of need have been offered help and opportunities and had to merely sit back and humbly, gratefully reply “Okay!”
From Queens and Boston, Larry Florman and Alex Haddad not only survived but have evolved since the breakup of former band Her and King’s County. Back in NYC Larry performed under the guise of Brother Love, recording two albums and working as a singing waiter to make ends meet. First a drummer, Larry knows percussion and adds dimension and complimentary rhythm to Alex’s get-up guitar playing, and some moments of falsetto that draw you back into the room from wherever your mind could have been wandering throughout their harmonies.
Their musical chemistry was already apparent to them before the band split, and the natural next step was for newer-member Alex and “Brother Love” to jet off on a duo venture, revamping their inner rock and soul and shaking it up for old fans. Together they have made East Nashville home and joined in the giant web-weaving of artists, techs and business bodies. Affluent in creative types, the east Nashville area attracted these gentlemen with its sweet aroma of diversity: “Diversity is natural. Your voice is your voice…” When they discovered Lightning 100, they pursued fast on the heels of the local artist promoter, hoping to catch some air time and build another bridge in music city.
For an album that they began recording only in January of this year, Them Vibes has literally rock and rolled their way speedily through a process that comes so natural to them. But while “Rock and Roll” is “everything – being made up of many different parts of other things,” performing in the Country industry impressed upon them the difference storytelling makes in songwriting. It is the element for painting these stories through song that keeps them writing and recording.
Their first album as a duo is estimated to drop digitally Sept. 17th, and hopefully sooner than later it will be followed by an LP.
Lightning 100 radio station has been looping the single “Lorelei,” a tune about being so crazy in love that the overwhelming emotions result in jealousy, murder and finding a way to make it into eternity together. “…. it’s really just about love and madness. The name Lorelei was one of the very last things we actually came up with when writing.” While capturing more of the sporadic jealousy, this love song packs a real punch at the romantic idea of we’ll be together forever - this woman stands for something we all can understand, getting sometimes too caught up in the moment and following the way we feel. But sometimes you just have to follow those good feelings and them good vibes.
By, Kaitlyn Crocker,
After spending much of the Milktooth‘s short history touring the US (with stops in L.A., Seattle, Austin, Portland & Chicago), lending their music to TV & quickly earning a reputation for their haunting arrangements & blistering live performances, Milktooth returned home to Nashville, TN to record their sophomore EP, Wild Before Our Eyes.
The young indie rock band’s sound has been hailed as “mesmerizing” by NPR, “vast & unexpected” by New York Minute Magazine & “infectious” by The Dallas Observer & has drawn comparisons to such critical darlings as The Walkmen, Arcade Fire & Wild Beasts. Wild Before Our Eyes was produced by Tom Laune (R.E.M., Alex Chilton) & mastered in Montreal, QC by Harris Newman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade).
Milktooth garnered worldwide attention earlier this year when Beck, one of their musical heroes, shared their music video with his Facebook/Twitter following of over one million fans. This praise helped the video grab 8,000+ views, along with 300+ retweets/shares, in its first week of release.
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Recorded live in Nashville, this is Milktooth’s cover of “Eyes That Say I Love You” from the Beck album Song Reader, which was released only as sheet music.
It was once noted that Colorado-raised / Nashville-based Samantha Frances would be the one you’d want on your team for Trivial Pursuit: the 90′s Edition. A short time ago when ‘jagged little pills’ were prevalent and My So Called Life, or MTV (when it was MTV), swirled in the background of your mind while your taste in music evolved with the culture. You learned how to really move forward, but not without the breakup sex and mixtape-sounds of bands like Frances & the Foundation.
“We’re not here to hate the world anymore or dwell on what anyone’s been through.” says Frances. Vulnerability, honesty, and sex move people forward”. As for the influences in her stories, it’s the rabbit hole and background story most people couldn’t imagine that she and guitar player / singer Matt Simms explore when they write, bringing a relatable and optimistic depth to each song.
Capturing a distinct 90′s alternative rock quality, the three-piece has a clear past and an even more definitive future. Frances & The Foundation’s debut self-titled EP (2012) references influences like The Cranberries, Florence & the Machine, Concrete Blonde, and Nada Surf. Having recently opened for the Alabama Shakes,and The Gas Light Anthem the band released their second EP One Voice Among Many in July 2013. New singles coming Soon.
Half-blind kid moves to Nashville to go to school. Sticks around. Writes songs. Gets sad. Gets happy. Starts a band. Makes a joyful noise.
“This is rare and special music, and unlike anything coming out of Nashville right now.”
- Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene
“Ben Cameron possesses two of my favorite new voices. He sings with one and writes with the other. And now he’s made an album worthy of praise and envy.” – Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
“More relevant to my beat was that our Vietti artist last night, Ben Cameron, exceeded all expectations. In fact I can’t remember one of our “emerging artists” having more impact. He brought a big band, with two gal backup singers, and filled the barn with a joyful, uplifting sound. He gets a lot of comparisons with Paul Simon, because of his powerful high-register voice and his often intricate use of language. Ben does evoke Simon, but also any number of great artists from that era who straddled genres and worked with bold strokes – Van Morrison, Bruce Cockburn, James Taylor, etc. The song ‘I Think I Know I Love You’ just hit all my buttons with its epic arrangement, fat sound and genuinely moving lines. Can’t wait to see what Ben does next.”
– Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots
“Jack come back/bring back with you the America even outsiders loved/ the America of open highways/the America of boundless forests/the America of sunsets by the river-pier/ an America generous of spirit.” – Jack Kerouac, ‘Gentleness’ The American rock n’ roll of the ‘50s and ‘60s ran on raw, unfiltered emotion, and was driven by ardent soul. The muscle cars, steel mechanics, and never ending highways were the image, but the spirit was inherit in the far reaching melodies and layered vocals — the ideal at the heart of American Thunder, Harrison Hudson’s third full-length album. Behind the languishing spacious guitars and the overall smooth vibe there is Hudson himself, sharing the best moments of the American rock radio that lavished his childhood.
Formed in 2005 in Atlanta, GA Harrison Hudson began as a songwriter backed by a band. In 2006 his debut Angel On One Side…And the Other On The Other displayed a dark shade, a monument of Hudson’s life at the time, but by 2008 Harrison Hudson had become a full band, a trio that found a new home in Nashville, TN releasing the no-frills, full volume, Blood, Sweat, and Sweat. As soon as recording was finished Hudson began writing again, 70 songs that would be sliced down to an integral 12 of pop hooks and rock twist free of overbearing romantic gestures, the shape of American Thunder.
In one aspect American Thunder can construed as one love story, one that goes bad as the girl just must leave, but that’s a stretch as even the hyperbole romantic gestures of the more light-hearted songs (Bookstore Girl, Indie Rock N Roll Queen) can’t take the sarcastic cynical voice that lies in the punch line of other tracks (Stay, Fire and Fizzle Part Two). This voice is the grounding point of the album, the reality of relationships brought to the front.
“It’s the kind of thing where you see a beautiful girl and she’s definitely the answer,” Hudson describes the voice. “When she turns out to be just another human being like you, you resent her for it because she’s is not perfect like you expected–and no one is.”
To keep the spirit of the gritty early days of Rock N’ Roll without ending up with a throwback record the band entered a modern studio with Kevin Dailey and Micah Tawlks behind the boards. To jump into an old rock studio of AM radio glory in Nashville would have been easy, but the end album would have been a plastic design. The old idea lost in a chase to recreate.
American Thunder accomplishes the goal. The spirit of the old days of Rock N’ Roll radio have been captured and embraced, not re-manufactured.
The Electric Hearts’ sound is a blend of 60s and 70s rock, pop and psychedelia with a touch of modern indie rock. The Electric Hearts are a Nashville, TN-based indie rock group. After releasing their first record (s/t, 2011) the band has spent the last year and a half building their name across the Southeast. During that time they have supported acts such as the Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark, Jr., Reignwolf, and The Sheepdogs. Several of their songs have also been featured in television shows. “The Life and Death of Fritz Pepper,” the newest release from the group (out June 21st), features six songs that bring to mind a blending of 60s and 70s rock, pop, and psychedelia with a touch of modern indie rock. Grammy Award-winner Mitch Dane teamed up with The Electric Hearts to mix the EP and multi-Grammy Award-winner Richard Dodd handled the mastering.
Inspired by great cologne, JJ Cale and the daily challenge as Nashville musicians to grow and work harder, Los Colognes decided to root themselves in Music City “to be apart of it in any way possible.”
This brotherhood of Jay Rutherford (guitar player, vocals, waiter, english major), Aaron Mortenson (drummer, bgvs, waiter, gluten free), Gordon Persha (bassist, lover of p90x, audio/visual specialist), Micah Hulscher (keys, seattle bred, mayor of greasy-town), Chuck Foster (keys, nashville bred, laid back delivery man), Zach Setchfield (slide guitar, 5 spot bartender, member of lonely h), and Wojtek Krupka (guitar, artsy and craftsy, teller of jokes) has a passion for more than just Cloning their favorites, but are each bringing unique flavor to a table laid for a great feast.
Jay divulged my curiosity by sharing a bit about the passionate hearts behind Los Colognes and where their sights are set.
From “The Clones” to “Los Colognes”…
“GoDaddy.com shut our old website down because someone else had copywrited “The Clones.” We spent a few months farting around with ideas, but it was difficult because everyone on the east side knew us as “The Clones.” We toyed with “The Colognes” because it sounded similar and because Gordo wears some super sweet cologne when he rocks the Monday Night Keep On Movin! party, but it wasn’t different enough to catch. One day someone took to pronouncing it with a Spanish accent – Los Cuh-Lone-Aze – and it stuck.”
Despite challenges, these guys are still having fun and re-associating audiences with their sound and talent that can never be altered by a title.
The birth of the band – high hopes and no boundaries…
“Mort and I came down to Nashville a little over 3 years ago in the hopes of finding some like-minded musicians who liked to play laid back music in the vein of JJ Cale. Nothing too fancy.”
Have you felt well embraced by Nashville and its wide scope of audiences?
“Nashville music culture has been incredibly supportive. We have been blown away by the encouragement and positive vibes thrown our way. The players in this town are legendary. We are constantly challenged to engage with our own playing on a daily basis. Not to develop heavy ‘chops,’ but to become better musicians who know the value of restraint and musicality.”
Have you found Nashville’s strong country roots to pull the classic-countrified sounds out of your more Americana-style tunes?
“’Real’ country music is celebrated by all of the players within our collective. Many of us play or have played down on Broadway (Roberts, Laylas, Wheel). We can only hope that some of the older (pre-Garth) country influences spills over into what we do as Los Colognes.”
You’ve done a LOT at 5 Spot, how did you initially get connected with this venue?
“Initially we were curious because it was so close to our house. It seemed like a friendly neighborhood bar that would be affordable and relaxed. We found it to be those things and much more. The staff are the coolest people in town and we are fortunate to call them all friends… Eventually Derek Hoke asked us to be a late night house band for Tues nights. We are grateful to him for the opportunity and for the exposure.”
Has the band spent much time touring? Do you more enjoy being on the road or playing local shows?
“We’ve done plenty of regional weekend runs, but… in September we’ll be in Seattle and Portland. We have plenty of touring in the works. The Nashville response has been great, but we’re also itching to spread our wings.”
How are the unique styles of each band member bringing something flavorful to what we collectively know as Los Colognes?
“You have to see a show… The best thing about a Los Colognes show is that everyone that plays with us can bring his or her identity to the table. We don’t really rehearse or map out arrangements the way that many other bands with ‘static’ sets do. This allows for freedom and expression within the songs, which are basic enough to expand upon with exciting results.”
“Working Together” – this song about how “working together is easy but living together is hard,” – sounds like a domestic issue, but does it also translate to time spent in close quarters with the band on the road or other living situations?
“The basic level of the song lyrics is definitely a domestic thing, but the deeper notions of relationships apply to all kinds of contexts. Within the band there’s been a kind of ‘economy’ for years, i.e., I’ll pack the van if you buy me a beer, you owe me Chick-Fil-A if I beat you in FIFA, I’ll play for free if you mix a song, etc. True success in any relationship, we reckon, is based on balance and communication.
What’s next for the band?
“Play, play, play, write, play, play, sell merch, write, play, eat chic-fil-a, play, meet chics, play, sleep.”
By Kaitlyn Crocker,
“For a guy whose dad’s-uncle wrote the book on How to Play the Guitar, I should be a better guitar player…” but no matter how well tuned or strummed his instrument may be, Jeffrey’s voice alone could carry him alongside his band.
Baritone and brassy, his melodies roll like thunder across audiences, unintentionally bridging regional stereotypes as his Indiana-bred body belts out sounds of the deep south.
“Being such a low-key signer, there’s only so many guys you can idolize. I was into my parents’ music growing up, naturally, so I was filled from an early age with a love for groups like The Temptations and The Doobie Brothers.” As of late, he accounts Jonny Lang and Marc Broussard for inspiration.
“It’s been a long search trying to find something that was really me… having a different voice has kept me from choosing anything easy.”
Somewhere along this journey, he found himself performing at a German theme park for three months over a summer break at Belmont. With another male student and two female students, they dished out endless American music reviews of classic rock and pop hits.
“I’ll go wherever I have to go – chasing opportunity. I Love touring – I play guitar only because I have to. Love having the band because I want to be able to focus on putting on a show!” With a background in show choir throughout high school, he’s received plenty of training on how to perform and entertain. He pursued this “nerdy” extra-curricular through college until he began exploring the songwriter’s sphere of performance with three to four writer’s rounds a week Senior year.
But as much as Jeffrey loves to entertain, he loves more the feeling after writing a good song and playing on stage with his band when the song is clicking together perfectly between them all. “Whether the crowd is feeling it or not, I think they’re feeling it and I know I am doing my very best.” And whether his crowd is saturated with fans or new audiences, Jeffrey noted additionally, ”Nothing pushes you more than a crowd thinking ‘who the hell is this kid?’”
While his frequent touring has accrued within him a love for big cities – especially New York – his stay in Nashville is for now indefinite. And, while his pause seemed lengthy after asking him how long he felt he would remain here, he did concede, “I can’t see a future right now that would pull me somewhere else.”
The Wide Awake Project |
“The idea behind the Wide Awake project is to not wait around for an EP. Things went really well in the recording process with my producer Mark Snyder, and after finding someone who really got it I was all set to just keep pushing out songs.
We have put out as much content as possible… we live in a “singles world” where people usually want to just buy one track on an album anyways.”
Beginning with six-or-so songs each month, Jeffrey and Konrad work their way down to the best track for recording. This process of living wide awake has not only reflected benefits for audiences but for Jeffrey as well: ”I am constantly writing and being creative so I’ve been growing.”
“We’ve been doing this since February. For a year we will continue the project, learning and growing as we go. After that point, we will re-assess.”
Jeffrey offers you his whole world as he follows up each song with videos and vlogs for days. “I want to connect with people like that, to be open. They can learn anything and everything about me.”
“I’m Wide Awake” was their 4th single, and his “Bad Woman” will show her face august 6th for audiences all a-broad.
“With releasing these songs in such proximity to one another, they are coming out with potentially the same album-like sound. The last two releases and this upcoming one could possible end up in a set together.”
Catch Jeffrey with house-show-circuit Cause a Scene on August 14th at The Basement – catch the details HERE
All about Jeffrey
By Kaitlyn Crocker,
Brooke Waggoner isn’t just “another chick on a piano.” A classical soloist with relevant flair, her tiptoeing through Nashville with soft, haunting melodies resonates with stampede-like fury as she drags us all along for the irresistible ride.
Many of her songs tell the stories of those nearest to her in an unsuspecting manner. “Songwriting is very relational for me. The last record is about a lot of our close friends; there were a lot of divorces and but also other life-things happening.”
Beyond pulling from personal experiences though, Brooke hides, tucked away in her inspirational arsenal, a one-of-a-kind perspective on music that very few musicians get the chance at experiencing. Fresh out of college in Baton Rouge, her home state of Louisiana, Brooke pursued an opportunity to live and research music in Indonesia about 7 ½ years ago. As one of the first white visitors to step onto the small island where she would soon dive full force into ethnomusicology, Brooke was just as much shocked as she was shocking.
The goal of her research was to gather information on the indigenous music culture of the island, which consisted of large rings of gongs that relied almost entirely on the Pentatonic scale, a typically eastern style of composing music.
“This was the first time I viewed playing music for a different reason. For us [Americans] it’s about us as individuals and how we’re effected – a heavy focus on entertainment. Over there it was about keeping balance and peace. Music is their contribution to and of something greater and not self-fulfilling.”
Months later and safely back home, Brooke moved to Nashville to pursue her own music career, where the perspective-shift that had begun to rear its head in Indonesia was now becoming fully known. Her songs may not ooze with third-world chants or melodies, but her understanding of why she writes and the part of her soul that gives her up to music every day has been indefinably altered.
She spends much of her time now touring, but Nashville has been undoubtedly marked with her fierce independence. This same independence challenged her to never leave a venue without booking another show, sheltered her from endless co-writes – a practice she has never been overly fond of – and landed her on Jack White’s 2012-13 tour.
Opportunities such as the latter don’t come knocking every day, and comically enough Brooke’s simple acquiescence to a phone call and speedy attendance to an impromptu studio session landed her smack-dab in the middle of White’s new album and worldwide tour.
Many countries, performances and worn down piano keys later, Brooke has found herself anchored to Nashville by her inevitable love for the city and her husband of four years. She still writes by “fusing a lot of my world into the culture here. I couldn’t be just another chick on a piano – I’ve got to make it interesting.”
“I always try to make each show like it’s the first.”
With so much talent and drive, this beautiful, wandering soul has gratefully and hopefully settled down to call Music City home, even if she is often away. You can find her on the west coast in September, and after releasing her fourth album in the spring there is no telling where you might find her as she sets off for a heavy season of touring.
“The touring coming up includes a lot of theatres.” Audiences like this pose a challenge for Brooke as she explains: “The super respectful listener is highly unnerving for what I do. I want to earn your respect instead of me coming in and you already being complacent – like the traditional audiences of classical performers.”
Hubby Brad, drummer and now full-time therapist, has been hailed by Brooke as genuinely supportive and understanding of every moment in her career. The beginning of their journey together was very off and on, she told me, with both of them working on music full-time, but even while she was often away he just wouldn’t let her go.
“He is never trying to get in there (my music) or influence it; we treat it delicately and he has so much respect.”
The couple had been travelling on the same path for some time before their crossing. Both recently moved to Nashville, Brooke opened for his band at the basement. A friendship grew into the sweetest thing possible, and after a wedding and consequent honeymoon in Italy, they both decided that their love of this city trumped, at least for now, the potential for career growth on the west coast.
So what could be next for them?
“I remember childhood like it was yesterday, but I feel very maternal about a future child.”
For now, as a testament to the talent of her great-great-Grandfather who was a professional classical pianist in Germany before the world war, hope springs for Brooke as she continues to record, perform and drench her audiences in consistently on-key euphony.
An unforgettable snippit of the melodically enticing Brooke Waggoner
What does it mean to be free? Do you have enough money to “live free?” These are some of the questions Kink Ador is searching for in their new album that is set to drop some time late fall. As a pre-release, the “Sunshine” single explodes with endless summer fun and, true to the lyrics, with lead singer Sharon Kiltock the sunshine’s almost never over.
Even as she walked in the door of Ugly Mugs coffeeshop, she was alight with as much glow as any sunshine-farer could be – despite the bleak and rainy weather we had to run through from our cars to get safely inside.
Bringing trumpet, guitar and songwriting talents to the mix, Sharon, along with electric guitarist Nick Hamilton and new drummer Josh Lockridge, they’re spicing up Nashville’s songwriter rounds with some Indiana-bred classic rock’n'roll. After all, Indiana born-and-raised Sharon and Nick know so well the “folk music of their people… rock is all they play on the radio, it’s all we know.”
Sharon grew up playing instruments with her family, but admitted, “I was an awkward kid, and it was always easier for me to make friends through music rather than having to talk to them to get to know them.”
When college rolled around, Purdue and the life of a poem seemed a viable first choice until looking at future job prospects and the suicide rate for poets… “Maybe this life was for some, but nooooooo! Not for me.”
It was a fairly simple decision from there that Nashville was the place to be for music. “What stood out most about this city is its support for songwriting. And I grew up in the midwest anyways, gotta stick with your people!” She laughed brightly.
Don’t be fooled though. This sweet, bleached blonde songwriter hardly hides the hardcore soul dancing close by. When she moved to Nashville she didn’t waste a moment trying to figure out who she was or where she wanted to be. She knew setting off from home that music was her ultimate expression and enjoyment, so she made a straight dash for Craigslist and stumbled upon her current guitarist and long-term band partner Nick. After seeing him perform only once she knew that no one else could do the job like he would.
“He’s almost spiritual when he plays, he gets lost in it.” Finding a drummer, however, wasn’t such an easy task. “There’s such a need for drummers in Nashville, I feel like, that it’s really hard to keep one for a long period of time.”
What could have been a turn for the worst though, Kink Ador has taken in strides and retained everthing that made them stronger through these struggles while letting the rest fall away.
“We’ve had to filter through several drummers in the past couple of years, but this has forced us to strengthen our vision because we have to translate it through so many people. We’ve kept a consistent sound and vibe through all of these changes. Now our current drummer of two months, Josh, is our ‘dream drummer.’”
The band has tethered themselves tightly to the songwriting process, and this has anchored their lively sound to a happy middle ground – loud without being obnoxious, crazy without total madness, and unquenchable energy known as Kink Ador.
A hopeless logophile, Sharon even crafted the band’s name so that it carries plenty of their energetic rhythm.
“Kink is like rhythmic and has a hard edge. And Ador is soft to the mouth. We’re a groove based rhythmic band – we’re trying to soulfully capture these two sides of love.
Calling her mom for opinion and feedback on the name idea didn’t go so well, but throwing a respectful yet unaffected laugh my way she added, “ if it offends my mom it’s rock’n'roll.” With this first expectation already set of weird things to come, it seems only natural that Kink Ador follows suit, and while they have set themselves securely in the rock genre, they have love for all different types of music.
“People here can execute their ideas well, so if you don’t like someone you are critizing their idea not their execution.We like stuff that’s weird. Big fans of Prince – he can just get down to it. But his music also hits you on deeper levels. We also tune into some Jeff Buckley and others genre artists who can do that.”
“I take pieces of inspiration from everything in life… it can hit you at any time, so I just always keep my antennas up.”
With birthing pains setting in, they are kicking it into high gear in the studio while looking forward to the big moment where their previous Sunshine single, 3 Sided Single EP, The Shape of Life EP and I Am Animal EP come together to welcome their first full album into the world.
It’s a strange process of simplifying – Being as simple and true as possible. It’s all about the songs that unlock the door to connecting with people; you look at songs like that and they’re so simple. Stay pure.”
While staying pure in their music they’re also ”living lean” in hopes of saving up for optional touring as they make they big release. The east coast will see the most of them, but you never know what could happen for these guys.
Young and alive, Guthrie Brown decided at age 18 what was most important to him: music. Ready to go all in or all out, he flew out of Montana and landed in Nashville with nothing more than talent and a desperate hope for success.
“I’m glad I’m doing it here [music] over anywhere else.”
Not many people would advise you to drop out of high school to pursue your dream, and I would be surprised at finding more than a couple people encouraging such a thing, but Guthrie’s got guts, and here he is a year and a half later living that dream he left everything else for. He didn’t rule out all schooling, though. He had quite the attendance record at the “college of YouTube” he assured me.
Back in Montana, Guthrie and his first band played with other acts like North Mississippi Allstars, The Spill Canvas, The Lumineers, Hanson and many others. But he is running full steam ahead here in Nashville now and has his sights set on touring in the fall after releasing a new album which will possibly include some special tracks he recorded back home. After a spell of playing 4-hour sets three times a week at The Listening Room, his new-found second home and family have cushioned him with a nice bed of contacts and new fans.
19 now and still fairly fresh to Music City, Guthrie “conned” 3 close friends from home into leaving school behind to move to Nashville and join him in the music-making adventure he had himself so eagerly set out on. More to reality, Guitarist John McNally, the solo East Nashvillian, and the other 2 live-in bandmates drummer Kenny Hardy and bassist Jake Batts decided that after a summer visit they simply wanted more. Nashville must have worn an extra cute dress that summer because these guys made the move almost as instantly and ruthlessly as Guthrie did a year before.
“Our place is blow-up beds galore. Tons of fun though… took them to Motown Monday at the 5 Spot and everything just goes out the window from there.”
Not everything was fun and games for Guthrie at first, however.
“I didn’t leave my house for the 1st year.”
“Well, I mean, you live in North Nashville,” I naturally had to retort back, trying to make a bad slap at the dodgy parts of town.
“Ha, yes! It was probably safest to stay inside,” he laughed back.
As the self proclaimed “chubby kid that was always singing,” he grew up emulating all of the cool things his older brother did. Once his 11-year old senior picked up an acoustic, it was on!
“It sucked moving here just because I used to have romantic ideas about songwriting, and being in charge now of really running my career I have so much more of the business side to worry about. Learning about the business side causes you to lose some of your innocence you had at the beginning of your songwriting life. Your first years you listen to the records that change your life, you know?”
“Now my job is trying to keep the innocence of my love for music. I mean, I don’t want to sound selfish, but it’s the most important thing to me. Music is my life. I will never do anything else!”
Thank goodness he has the passion to ride along the skirts of his talent, and it is in this that we can be able to believe in bigger and better things to always be lurking in his future. He will refuse anything less.
“When I learned about lightning 100 and the music scene in east Nashville, I realized that’s why I moved down here. The community is more supportive of any music scene than I’ve ever seen. Not cut throat – people genuinely want their friends to succeed here.” And with a three second assessment of his last statement he quickly added, “Well… at least all the people I’ve met!”
So on he treks in the furious battle to retain his pure love for the music and to produce the best communal enjoyment he can for his audiences.”You have to be shameless but have a little bit of pride… a little bit.”
At a tender age, this rag tag band of brothers with a joy for painting melodies has gained a lot of momentum in just a couple of years. Garreth Spinn, the band’s foreman, was bravely drinking hot coffee on an already too-warm afternoon in east Nashville. And after getting lost on a run through Shelby Bottoms Park, where 3 miles turned into 8 1/2, I made my way hesitantly to the coffee shop carrying the weight of a 45 minutes late tardy pass. And still he genuinely thanked me for meeting up with him.
Only a little over a year after moving their newly formed band from Murfreesboro to Nashville, the JOP band has released ears-ful of material. Two albums, multiple singles and an EP have brought Garreth Spinn, Mark Bullock, Chris Hauser, Kyle McCormick and Josh Nelson into a new realm of music making where their sound is always fresh and hot out their in-house studio.
“It seems longer because we’ve put out a lot of things… I’ve always hated when bands take too long to release not a lot of music…”
Their love for vinyl is inspiring and should alert any music lover with aesthetic values that they have high standards for everything they release. It is a great joy to watch them fawn over the music itself as well as the process. Recorded, mixed and released from Bullock’s home in Nashville, all of their releases encompass something unique in their sound due to this raw but brilliant individual style of each track. Spinn and the boys are, naturally, picky in their choices of vinyl. For a wider dynamic range and better sound quality, only 12″ vinyl at 45rpm will do for them. This heavier vinyl with wider grooves gives them some extra room for packing in the love they have for the songs and their audiences.
They are signed to a small vinyl label, hopeful that people will hang on to these treasures more than the DIY coasters of the cd age.
Their humble beginnings in Murfreesboro are looked on fondly rather than wastefully by the band as all of them are grateful for the chance to “cut our teeth” before hitting Nashville with all they have.
“It happened really quickly… start of the band, 6mos in and talking to a producer and made the first record and got signed. It was a quick progression… but it wasn’t fast enough for me. Never is.” – Spinn
They are possibly more grateful still for their growing career in Nashville. Music City has taken kindly to the boys and holds much promise for them – a guarantee of success (measured by their ability to reach fans and non-alike through their tunes) because they refuse to take anything less.
“We took every show for a while… now we don’t take very show. We just had to become choosier and pick the right shows. Now we fight for the best set time, date and always take into account who’s playing and where.”
Their most recent spin in NATIVE magazine, a two page visual spread of the guys being doused in cereal and milk, left Spinn having to explain to me this seemingly absurd but true love for cereal. Tricks are for kids? Think again.
“I mean, you can talk to anyone about cereal for as long as you want.” His personal favorite? Waffle Crisp – which can be found at your nearest Piggly Wiggly.
“Right now has been the most fun… everyone is bringing so many different things to the table. Everyone is as valuable as the next person.”
They played at Grimey’s record shop on June 8th – something that was “a dream come true” for Spinn. Recalling the first time he walked into the record store and seeing this great band [Dr. Dog] just finishing up their show, he hit sensory overload between the live sounds, the records, and the musical carnival all overwhelming his attentions.
Spinn is determined to say the least, and this radiated through his final words of his vision for himself and the band:
“If you want to be good at your job, the sky’s the limit, not monetary success. It’s doing the things you grew up watching and dreaming of, and for me, creating for others a sense of what I felt when I was in the audience. I don’t want there to be a cap on that. ”
Photo Ops, aka Terry Price, is a solo venture with a purpose to be anything but solo. After 6 years of touring and making records with Oblio, Price went his own way in 2010 when the band broke up. Music is in his soul, so inevitably a new sound was soon to come. “Photo Ops” – or “photo opportunities” – is a remembrance of Price’s father who passed away. Travelling across the U.S. in the 70s, Price’s amateur-photographer dad captured timeless moments and sights through his bout with taking pictures. Many of these photos have been revived through Photo Ops’ album artwork, and many of his songs encapsulate the powerful influence that Price’s father had on him. Along with saying goodbye to a lifelong friend and parent, Photo Ops’ latest album How to Say Goodbye reflects this learning how to say adieu to things like youth, friends, family, and anything else that we as humans tend to hold on to.
“I don’t want to be heavy handed with death and loss, but there is a definite need to express it. I want to let people know its okay to feel alienated or sad. I just want to make something simple and beautiful and easy to understand – and also honest.
For the album, he shocked me by admitting that he wrote 50 songs for the album before adventuring into those expansive seas of lyrics to pick the best 10. His wife, whom he left his then-current college girlfriend for to date for 4 years before wedding, and close friends helped him sort through all of the songs to cut the album down to the basics of life, loss and remaining hope through community and love.
“I’m all about quality confessional expressionalism – there’s not enough of that out there.”
Price carries a distinct style throughout his music and media, catering not to any one specific group of people but also not handing it over emptily to the masses.
“My music mission: when people feel a certain way they come to me for that – I want to be a very specific thing. But I’m also going to be honest and say things in a way that connect with as many people as possible – without sacrificing artistic integrity.
“I’m a big fan of timeless melodies with lyrics that are clever but don’t try to outsmart the listener.”
Price described himself as a student of all kinds of music; from classical to jazz to rock to something you’d hear just down the street in East Nashville. He doesn’t have any love though for what he called “pitchfork orgy dance tunes.”
Price will be flying out of town Thursday for some touring and musical adventures, but you can find him any stime on his main site, facebook or twitter.
By: Kaitlyn Crocker,
Creator of & Writer for EVOLve Nashville magazine