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‘BITCHY REDHEAD’

TRAVIS HUNTER-BROWN PAYS THE PRICE FOR HIS ART Paying a personal price for your art has become a cliché, but it’s one that singer and songwriter Travis Hunter-Brown experienced recently in the real world when he was fired from his job as a barista over a song he wrote and recorded. According to Hunter-Brown, his song “Bitchy Redhead” proved to be a step too far when... Read More

THE ALLEN THOMPSON BAND TAKE FLIGHT THIS WEEKEND AT THE CORNELIA FORT PICKIN’ PARTY

The second installment of this year’s Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Parties touches down this weekend with the Allen Thompson Band and Rorey Carroll. Although both acts have roots in the more traditional definition of country pickin’, both push musical boundaries differently. The East Nashvillian spoke with Allen Thompson about his band’s new album, Brace Yourself and Saturday... Read More

SAM OUTLAW BRINGS SOCAL COUNTRY TO NASHVILLE WITH A TENDER HEART

Southern California singer and songwriter Sam Outlaw burst upon the music scene in 2015 with his critically acclaimed debut album Angeleno. Co-produced by legendary guitarist Ry Cooder and his son Joachim Cooder, Angeleno was a showcase for what Outlaw termed "SoCal country" — a hearty mix of Bakersfield honky tonk and Southern California singer-songwriter pop. Outlaw will... Read More

NO FOOLIN’ — David Olney Debuts DON’T TRY TO FIGHT IT April Fool’s Day At The 5 Spot

Songwriter extraordinaire, David Olney, has worn a lot of hats since he arrived in the Music City over four decades ago. In addition to recording over 20 albums, his songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Steve Young and many others. In recent years, he’s become an Internet celeb with his weekly YouTube streamcast, You Never Know. And... Read More

Joan Osborne and friends perform to benefit immigrant and refugee rights in Nashville

  Singer, songwriter and multigenre performer Joan Osborne brings a special evening of guests and musical friends to City Winery on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. The one-night performance will benefit Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), a statewide collaboration dedicated to empowering immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee by creating a unified voice to address... Read More

EAST NASHVILLE SHOOTING VICTIM MATT LOVELL TO APPEAR AT BASEMENT EAST BENEFIT

Nashville musician Matt Lovell has experienced both tragedy and kindness first hand after he was shot in an attempted car-jacking in the Five Points area on January 30, 2017. Walking into the Red Door Saloon East just minutes after the incident, he reportedly said, “I’ve just been shot,” before patrons and staff rushed to assist him. Fortunately, their fast action and the... Read More

JUMP JIVE AND WAIL

EIGHT O’FIVE JIVE CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF “SWING SET” The East Side’s own homegrown jump blues combo, Eight O’Five Jive, is jumpin’ to the beat and kickin’ up a ruckus with good reason. In August they won the 2016 Nashville Industry Music Award for “Best Blues Band.” Last weekend, they competed in the International Blues Challenge in... Read More

Singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone delivers 'A Woman's Work,' a record of loss and hope

Jude Johnstone has never considered herself a country songwriter —even though Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, and Trisha Yearwood have recorded her songs. That same self-image applies to her newest album, A Woman’s Work. The absence of twang doesn’t prevent her from drawing from the same well that fed so many classic honkytonk heartbreakers. “A Woman's Work is a... Read More

MUSIC CITY ROOTS: BIG BAND STYLE

  UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. REFUND INFO AT WMAROCKS.COM.   SPECIAL PRE-VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW BRINGS THE SWING TO DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE Since its launch in 2009, Music City Roots has hosted all manner of American music from country to rock and blues to gospel. Now the weekly radio show and live performance is adding classic big band swing to its roots... Read More

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