Tony Keats
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Keats

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A fork in the road doesn't always look like a poem. To Tony Keats, it looked like a guy cashing in the nickels and dimes he’d saved to try out a different path. Or what he thought of as a different life.

Tony had spent the entirety of his 20s traveling with his band in a van bouncing around the Southeast playing college towns and juke joints from Georgia to Ohio and Memphis to Virginia before settling in Nashville.

“It got to the point where I was waiting tables between rehearsals and shows and saving my change, literally in jars. Frustrated from what felt like a lack of growth, I cashed it in at a grocery store, bought a computer and enrolled in software programming class."

It led to a different life professionally. But he wasn’t giving up on art or the dream – just finding a way to balance it all and learning that the writing happens always through experience, even when it doesn’t look and feel like writing.

"This was before everyone had Garage Band on their laptop and a recording devise in their pocket. What I didn't realize was that this would ultimately move me into the direction that I thought I was drifting away from." 

For the next chapter, in between his day job, Tony transitioned to a guitar-player-for-hire role playing with a wide variety of singer-songwriters both live and in the studio. But he never stopped writing leaving scraps in notebooks, and eventually, melodies on voice recordings and in computer programs.

Radio Sounds is a collection of songs from recent years. It was recorded at Howard’s Apartment Studio in Nashville and produced by Dave Coleman. 

“Most of these songs reflect on growth, change and continuing to move towards something -- whether it be art, love or happiness. I no longer think in terms of destinations or end results but more in terms of paths and changes.” 

In the song "The Dream," Keats alludes to that age-old philosophy recognized by many, regardless of their path: “When you dream of something for so long / it’s not the something that sets you free / it’s the dream.

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Boo Ray
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Boo Ray

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His dramatic southern sound will draw you in, his voice will have you hanging on every lyric and his songs will stick with you like a good friend does. Boo Ray is a southern troubadour who has forged & honed his sound in South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast jukes, Nashville nightclubs & Los Angeles songwriter joints. Hailing from the mountains of Western North Carolina and now spending equal parts time in Nashville, Tennessee; Los Angeles, California; and Athens, Georgia; Boo Ray is set to release his fifth album. 

Following in the footsteps of southern songwriters who journeyed to Los Angeles like Jerry Reed, Kris Kristofferson and Gram Parsons, Boo Ray headed out west in 2006 after doing a couple of years of steady troubadour work in the southeast. While living in LA, he worked with Noah Shain on a couple of tracks that ended up on his 2010 Americana release Bad News Travels Fast. Sol Philcox produced Boo Ray's 2013 hit outlaw country album Six Weeks In A Motel in Nashville and flew out to Los Angeles to play guitar on Boo Ray's new album. 

Boo Ray says his approach to writing and making records "is like a dirt track race team, "where the shorthand and elbow-grease of a few close buddies can squeeze another 25 horsepower out of small-block motor to make a scavenged together machine run a little faster each week." 

Noah Shain has masterfully captured Boo Ray's sound, conjuring a classic Muscle Shoals session; drums stout and close, round hollow bass, guitars growlin' and warm wailin' vocals. His vocal style and his voice as a songwriter are powerful, unassumingly sophisticated and uniquely his own. The new Boo Ray album, Sea Of Lights, is a songwriter's champion, a trucker's sound track and an analog aficionados delight. 

Shain recorded Sea Of Lights live to 2” tape at his White Buffalo Studio in downtown Los Angeles with an all-star band anchored by Steve Ferrone on drums, Paul Ill on bass, Sol Philcox-Littlefield on guitar, Dallas Kruse on Hammond B3, Smith Curry on pedal steel, and the world-class background vocals of twin brothers Todd and Troy Gardner. 

"Sea Of Lights is important to me,” Boo Ray explains. "I've been working with these guys for ten years doing one-offs and single-track jobs, and we're all great friends. We got together and cut this new record live-to-tape, everybody standing in the room together with sound baffles & Persian rugs as isolation. We cut 10 songs in 2 days and just had a damned ball doing it! I’m not writing to impress the aficionados or experts. It’s a trucker album, it’s a party album, and I hope it’s a good album to play cards to and a good road trip album."

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 Jesse Taylor & Dave Evans
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Jesse Taylor & Dave Evans

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Unlike most of the musicians in Nashville, singer songwriter Jesse Wayne Taylor is a middle Tennessee native. Growing up with a love for music, he experimented with writing lyrics as young as 7 years old. While singing in church through out middle and high school, Jesse did not pick up the guitar until he was nearly 19. In his early years of college at Lipscomb University, he quickly realized that music would be a very big part of his life. While still in school he played around town any chance he could get. Following his college graduation, he decided to give the full time musician dream a chance. Over two years he has played in the bars to make a living, and to “cut his teeth”. Jesse has been writing songs all throughout this journey. If you love a good story, then lend him your ears. You won’t regret it.

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Daniel Mason Band
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Daniel Mason Band

Soul. Groove. Heritage.
 

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Plenty of words could be used to describe the music and performance of the Daniel Mason Band, but these three stand out among all the rest. The band showcases a diversity of styles as they combine elements of Rhythm & Blues, Southern Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country to create their own distinct sound. The songs are comprised of catchy melodies, soaring vocals, and infectious rhythms that deeply resonate during even the first listen. Hailing from four different hometowns in four different states, Daniel, Scott, Jase and Joel formed the group in Nashville, Tennessee, after each making the move to pursue their own musical dreams. Now, they come together to create one of the most exciting and soulful original music experiences found in Music City. 


The belief in the power of one note to communicate a lifetime’s worth of heartache or triumph and the potential for one song to perfectly capture a feeling… the Daniel Mason Band seeks to fill their songs with the same human spirit that has made American music so powerful and relatable throughout the years and to repackage it for listeners in the modern day. 


Soul, groove, and heritage.


The Daniel Mason Band.

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Spencer Maige
Sep
9
8:00 PM20:00

Spencer Maige

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Country music front man, Spencer Maige has been playing music for nearly 25 years and he will still be performing for at least another 25 years. Spencer will tell you, "I love to sing. I love to entertain. I live and breathe music... maybe to a fault. It was my first true love, and is something I will do until I die."

Spencer was born in Tallahassee, Florida and excelled as an athlete in high school.  He attended Godby High School where he played football and was a captain of the wrestling team.  Spencer was a Florida state finalist in wrestling his junior and senior years.  However, he discovered his love for music in his sophomore year when he was the front man for a country band.  He also regularly sang at his church as a teen.

In high school, Spencer knew he wanted to pursue music as his career.  In 1995, he asked for a guitar for graduation from high school and began to teach himself to play.  Once he was able to play and sing, he was hooked.  At this point, he began writing music as well.

After graduation, Spencer attended Tallahassee Community College and earned an Associate of Arts degree, then went on To Florida State University, where he studied Business Administration.  

While in college, Spencer was asked to front a local Tallahassee band called “The Redwood Band.”  He did that for a couple of years.  Then in October of 1999, Spencer and the guitarist decided to start their own band:  “Reckless.”  They signed with a booking agent and began playing all the time.  “Reckless” had a great following on the campus of FSU since they played at Potbellies every other Tuesday night.  They played a lot of parties for the Greek community.  They were very popular on campus and Tallahassee, and gained notoriety on other campuses as well. 

During his senior year in college, Spencer transferred to Belmont University to finish up a bachelor’s degree in Marketing of Music Business.

Personally, as Spencer was pursuing his music career, he was courting his wife, Brandi.  They met when he was 13 and she was 12.  On August 7, 1997 they started dating.  Life was busy for Spencer as he was working full-time, going to school full-time, playing in a band part-time, and planning a move to Nashville to attend Belmont.  He was continuing to write music as well.  In 2001, Spencer and Brandi were married.  Today, they live just outside of Nashville with their two beautiful children.

Most of the gigs for “Reckless” are down in Florida, Alabama, Georgia or Mississippi, so Spencer was travels a lot.  Spencer explains, “The band has always been my baby and it became my sole source of income and still is.”“Reckless” has been playing the college, club, and corporate circuit for over 15 years.  “Reckless” is primarily a cover band, although they have recorded a few albums.  Spencer has plans to release a solo EP of 5 songs that he is currently recording.

 

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Elles Bailey
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Elles Bailey

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Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever.  

 

Her debut album Wildfire (Sept 1st 2017) which debuted at no.2 in the iTunes blues Charts was tracked in Blackbird studios Tennessee. Produced by Brad Nowell ‘Wildfire’ assembled a host of Nashville’s finest, including Grammy Award winning guitarist Brent Mason and three-time ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ Bobby Wood. Blended together back in the UK with the likes of Jonny Henderson (Robyn Ford, Matt Schofield) on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering guitar, the result is a unique trans-Atlantic coming together of styles.

 

Reviewers have been wowed by Elles and her debut album with Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) calling every song ‘Fresh & Original’ and Blues In Britain reminding us that ‘It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage but Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now the product.’

 

2018 continues to be a busy, successful year for this talented singer-songwriter with Elles nominated for four different U.K. Blues awards, continuous European tour date, appearances at key Country, Blues festivals and mainstream festivals, and a recent return to the studio in Nashville to record some eagerly-anticipated new material. Watch this space for news of a new album and headline tour coming soon.

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Hi-Jivers
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

Hi-Jivers

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The Hi-Jivers are an early Rhythm & Blues/Rock N' Roll group formed in Nashville in early 2015. The combo performs a variety of originals and covers, drawing from the vintage sounds of 50's and 60's artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, and Wanda Jackson. The band is  made up of Dawna Zahn (lead vocals), Austin John (lead guitar) and Hank Miles (upright bass). The band's undeniable chemistry, sultry looks, and high energy performances make them an act not to be missed.

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Matt Prater Band
Aug
12
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Prater Band

Ten years, more than 1,000 live shows and three recording projects ago, Matt Prater wrote his first song. 

Prater, a singer songwriter, is the perfect blend of country, folk, and bluegrass that remains relevant to all generations.  Son to a cattle farmer in north Alabama, that had a passion for music, simple living, hard work, and were honest God fearing folk. It's no surprise that Matt draws upon his family and his upbringings as a source of inspiration for many of his songs. Matt has been surrounded by music and musicians his entire life, but only started writing and performing live in 2006.  

In 2010, he recorded his first album, "Small Town Son” followed by “The Mountain” in 2013. The albums arefilled with stories of family, poetry, humble beginnings, and Southern American tradition.  His music is real and authentic, its "Roots Run Deep."   

Following those successes he independently produced“Tables and Chairs.”  In Tables and Chairs, you really get to enjoy his storytelling genius abilities, especially in "The Barber," and "Bozeman." With heartfelt original music that has received great reviews from many industry professionals. Matt has been an opener for such acts as Shenandoah and The Henningsens. 

“A long, tall, cool drink of water with old school country in his veins. Storyteller of old!!” – Lucky Mud

The Alternate Root Magazine states “Picking up a guitar and learning to play is the easy part of songwriting. Stitching stories with a straightforward frankness and making it look easy is the tough part. Matt Prater aced both.” 

Matt is currently working on his next album scheduled to be released Spring 2017. Follow on Facebook, subscribe via Youtube and continue to check out the show updates here on the website. Matt performs a couple of shows weekly and is available for booking with a full band or solo acoustic.

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The Hogslop String Band
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Hogslop String Band

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee.  Featuring Kevin Martin on the fiddle, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, Daniel Binkley on banjo and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and soirees.

Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike.  Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughters!

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Mckinley James Band
Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

Mckinley James Band

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McKinley James is a 16-year-old Rock & Roll guitarist/singer from Rochester, NY.

His father, drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, JD McPherson Band) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household. He started on the Hammond organ at 7 but discovered his passion for guitar at 10. His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King and Otis Redding. He started performing in Rochester blues and jazz clubs at age 13 and has performed with Chris Duarte, The Nighthawks, Joe Beard, and JD McPherson. McKinley is also the face of the latest Eric Church album campaign, having starred in his music videos, and also appears on the album cover for Church's latest record, Mr. Misunderstood. McKinley is also very excited to announce the release of his first EP, Live In Nashville. Record in October 2016, at the Family Wash.

 

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mckinleyjames101@gmail.com

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James Carothers
Jul
29
8:00 PM20:00

James Carothers

 James Carothers

James Carothers

MIXING TOGETHER TENNESSEE TWANG, SOUTHERN STORYTELLING, AND A BIG, BOOMING BARITONE, JAMES CAROTHERS MAKES THROWBACK COUNTRY MUSIC FOR MODERN TIMES.

It's an old-school sound that ignores the trends of contemporary radio. You won't find any bro-country songs here. No Auto Tuned vocals, either. Instead, Carothers dishes up a reminder of country music's golden years — a time filled with fiddle solos, analog production, and slyly simple songs about heartaches and hangovers. His first full-length album, Relapse, available May 5th, 2017, offers plenty of all three.

If Relapse bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, it's because Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he's performed hundreds of shows at the venue, playing acoustic duo sets throughout the week with loyal sideman Jerry Lee Combs on bass and a weekly Saturday night band show on The George Jones Rooftop. George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to do something he’s thankful for and that so many aspiring artists moving to Nashville only dream of doing – make a living playing music.

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Hi-Jivers
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Hi-Jivers

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The Hi-Jivers are an early Rhythm & Blues/Rock N' Roll group formed in Nashville in early 2015. The combo performs a variety of originals and covers, drawing from the vintage sounds of 50's and 60's artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, and Wanda Jackson. The band is  made up of Dawna Zahn (lead vocals), Austin John (lead guitar) and Hank Miles (upright bass). The band's undeniable chemistry, sultry looks, and high energy performances make them an act not to be missed.

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 Phillip White and Friends
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Phillip White and Friends

Phillip White is a Alabama native that has spent the last 20 plus years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, Josh Turner and Neal McCoy are some of the artists that have recorded Phillip's work.

Among these include the 2003 ACM song of the year "I'm Movin' On", The Theme song for Reba's self titled hit tv show "I'm A Survivor" and Blake Shelton's "Nobody But Me". 

Over the past couple decades he's been published by some of music row's most respected publishers including stops at Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Seagayle. He most recently signed a new deal with Frank Rodgers new company Fluid Music Revolution and Spirit Music Publishing.

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Pryor Baird - Homecoming Party
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Pryor Baird - Homecoming Party

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From Orcutt, California to Nashville to Hollywood, Pryor Baird’s blues and country sound continues to attract thousands of fans and excitement. Born and raised on the Central Coast, he spent most of his time playing guitar and listening to a variety of music genres. He found success touring the Blues world however Pryor wanted more so he moved to Nashville. Baird was most recently a fan favorite on NBC’s The Voice making it all the way to the semi-finals with the Top 8 contestants. Pryor plans on using his national platform to share his fused country/blues music, and have some fun doing it! - Pryor Baird has powerful yet delicate guitar work, nimble fingers aren't his only asset. Pryor is very well known for his solid gritty vocals and burning slide guitar melodies. This soul-pro will be sure to get you out of your seats and moving your feet with his sound. His style is a combination of many things - fusing the traditional with the new for a unique sound of his own. He has mastered the art of making each performance tailored to the audience's liking. Pryor Baird is always a mainstage, festival, club favorite.

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Tony Keats
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Keats

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A fork in the road doesn't always look like a poem. To Tony Keats, it looked like a guy cashing in the nickels and dimes he’d saved to try out a different path. Or what he thought of as a different life.

Tony had spent the entirety of his 20s traveling with his band in a van bouncing around the Southeast playing college towns and juke joints from Georgia to Ohio and Memphis to Virginia before settling in Nashville.

“It got to the point where I was waiting tables between rehearsals and shows and saving my change, literally in jars. Frustrated from what felt like a lack of growth, I cashed it in at a grocery store, bought a computer and enrolled in software programming class."

It led to a different life professionally. But he wasn’t giving up on art or the dream – just finding a way to balance it all and learning that the writing happens always through experience, even when it doesn’t look and feel like writing.

"This was before everyone had Garage Band on their laptop and a recording devise in their pocket. What I didn't realize was that this would ultimately move me into the direction that I thought I was drifting away from." 

For the next chapter, in between his day job, Tony transitioned to a guitar-player-for-hire role playing with a wide variety of singer-songwriters both live and in the studio. But he never stopped writing leaving scraps in notebooks, and eventually, melodies on voice recordings and in computer programs.

Radio Sounds is a collection of songs from recent years. It was recorded at Howard’s Apartment Studio in Nashville and produced by Dave Coleman. 

“Most of these songs reflect on growth, change and continuing to move towards something -- whether it be art, love or happiness. I no longer think in terms of destinations or end results but more in terms of paths and changes.” 

In the song "The Dream," Keats alludes to that age-old philosophy recognized by many, regardless of their path: “When you dream of something for so long / it’s not the something that sets you free / it’s the dream.

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The Hogslop String Band
Jul
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Hogslop String Band

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee.  Featuring Kevin Martin on the fiddle, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, Daniel Binkley on banjo and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and soirees.

Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike.  Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughters!

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James Carothers
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

James Carothers

 James Carothers

James Carothers

MIXING TOGETHER TENNESSEE TWANG, SOUTHERN STORYTELLING, AND A BIG, BOOMING BARITONE, JAMES CAROTHERS MAKES THROWBACK COUNTRY MUSIC FOR MODERN TIMES.

It's an old-school sound that ignores the trends of contemporary radio. You won't find any bro-country songs here. No Auto Tuned vocals, either. Instead, Carothers dishes up a reminder of country music's golden years — a time filled with fiddle solos, analog production, and slyly simple songs about heartaches and hangovers. His first full-length album, Relapse, available May 5th, 2017, offers plenty of all three.

If Relapse bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, it's because Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he's performed hundreds of shows at the venue, playing acoustic duo sets throughout the week with loyal sideman Jerry Lee Combs on bass and a weekly Saturday night band show on The George Jones Rooftop. George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to do something he’s thankful for and that so many aspiring artists moving to Nashville only dream of doing – make a living playing music.

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Hi-Jivers
Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Hi-Jivers

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The Hi-Jivers are an early Rhythm & Blues/Rock N' Roll group formed in Nashville in early 2015. The combo performs a variety of originals and covers, drawing from the vintage sounds of 50's and 60's artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, and Wanda Jackson. The band is  made up of Dawna Zahn (lead vocals), Austin John (lead guitar) and Hank Miles (upright bass). The band's undeniable chemistry, sultry looks, and high energy performances make them an act not to be missed.

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Brit Stokes Band
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Brit Stokes Band

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The Brit Stokes Band is a Nashville based band that truly enjoys making music together, and not just regurgitating the notes of the previous artist. The Brit Stokes Band is lead by the soulful, yet powerful Vocal stylings of Brit Stokes, road veteran Jerry Lee Combs on Bass,  and flashy slackmaster  Marshall Moody on Lead Guitar.  Every night is more exciting than the previous.
            In addition to a full set list of covers from old country to new rock, the Brit Stokes Band has a full show of originals.  Like the Nashville fan's favorites “When the Buzz Fits,” and “I Like You.”

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Jesse Taylor & Dave Evans
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Jesse Taylor & Dave Evans

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Unlike most of the musicians in Nashville, singer songwriter Jesse Wayne Taylor is a middle Tennessee native. Growing up with a love for music, he experimented with writing lyrics as young as 7 years old. While singing in church through out middle and high school, Jesse did not pick up the guitar until he was nearly 19. In his early years of college at Lipscomb University, he quickly realized that music would be a very big part of his life. While still in school he played around town any chance he could get. Following his college graduation, he decided to give the full time musician dream a chance. Over two years he has played in the bars to make a living, and to “cut his teeth”. Jesse has been writing songs all throughout this journey. If you love a good story, then lend him your ears. You won’t regret it.

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The Young Fables
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Young Fables

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The Young Fables are the promising country duo comprised of three-time American Idol vet Laurel Wright and accomplished guitarist and vocalist Wesley Lunsford. The act hails from Maryville, TN and the team has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize of the Texaco Country Showdown which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium Stage at age 16. 

 

Today, The Young Fables can be found playing all over the country supporting their debut release “TWO”, as well as gracing the pages of many country music columns including the world renown "The Boot”.  Laurel and Wes are recognized for their prolific online presence, featuring numerous video collections, including the fan favorite “Covering Your Tracks” series. Since winning the Nashville finals of NASH FM’s countrywide NASH NEXT competition, the radio giant has embraced the duo as an America's Morning Show favorite, regularly highlighting The Young Fables' songwriting strength in the Ten Minute Tune segment. 

 

It is not hard to understand why Laurel and Wes have been turning heads. Country music staple Keith Urban claims Laurel’s voice “had me immediately” and BIG MACHINE CEO, Scott Borchetta went as far as to label her tone and control,“a flawless vocal”.

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James Carothers
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

James Carothers

 James Carothers

James Carothers

MIXING TOGETHER TENNESSEE TWANG, SOUTHERN STORYTELLING, AND A BIG, BOOMING BARITONE, JAMES CAROTHERS MAKES THROWBACK COUNTRY MUSIC FOR MODERN TIMES.

It's an old-school sound that ignores the trends of contemporary radio. You won't find any bro-country songs here. No Auto Tuned vocals, either. Instead, Carothers dishes up a reminder of country music's golden years — a time filled with fiddle solos, analog production, and slyly simple songs about heartaches and hangovers. His first full-length album, Relapse, available May 5th, 2017, offers plenty of all three.

If Relapse bears similarities to classic releases by George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, it's because Carothers wrote most of the songs between daily gigs at The George Jones in Nashville. Since its opening in 2015, he's performed hundreds of shows at the venue, playing acoustic duo sets throughout the week with loyal sideman Jerry Lee Combs on bass and a weekly Saturday night band show on The George Jones Rooftop. George Jones' own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the gig, giving him the opportunity to do something he’s thankful for and that so many aspiring artists moving to Nashville only dream of doing – make a living playing music.

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Dylan Taylor with special guest Kyle Nachitigal
Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Dylan Taylor with special guest Kyle Nachitigal

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Born in Atlanta, GA, but raised in Nashville from the age of 11, Dylan Taylor has unapologetically explored herself as an artist/writer on the stages of Music City while growing into the artist she is today. Dylan credits her writing ability and style primarily to her father, Karl Braun, (formerly a rock singer/songwriter now turned entertainment attorney), and singer/songwriter, Harley Allen. Harley ended up being her father’s best friend when they got to town.

Dylan also credits her own life which has already been filled with the experiences that inspire classic songs. Most of which have to do with the world of mental illness and addiction, something she’d been exposed to and in turn, learned to navigate at a younger age than most. She later survived her own rock bottom and found herself in recovery at age 20 while in the middle of her first pub deal, her first tour dates and shortly after releasing her first EP. 

Dylan’s next 2 projects were described as dark, moody, almost disturbing but with undeniably unique and masterful lyrics set to melodies that crossed genres enough to become her own thing. This difference became one of her greatest qualities but also her biggest frustration. As she grew as an artist, and Nashville began to change, it seemed harder and harder to find an established industry place to call home; people didn’t understand Dylan and Dylan didn’t understand why they wouldn’t try. So she abandoned the path she’d grown up watching her friends travel (and expected to travel herself) for a path guaranteed to be more difficult, but which would allow her to be herself and, as she would say, “make for better writing material.”

That decision lead her through a multitude of good and bad situations that seemed to shape her into somewhat of a Nashville music industry rebel, pushing the limits with her lyrics and subject matter, while also refusing to adjust her naturally unique appearance at all. Like any true artist, you can hear Dylan’s journey in her music and feel her passion when you see her perform live. She’s released one single so far this year, “Sarah Dreaming,” and she’s poised to release another single soon while also working on a new 6 song EP.

 

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The Hogslop String Band
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Hogslop String Band

The Hogslop String Band is a Nashville based old time string band comprised of four energetic young musicians hailing from Georgia & Tennessee.  Featuring Kevin Martin on the fiddle, Gabriel Kelley on guitar, Daniel Binkley on banjo and Casey "Pickle" McBride on the washtub bass, these boys surely raise a ruckus.

Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hog Slop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands. Known for their outrageous facial hair and a rollicking repertoire heavily based on Georgia and Middle Tennessee fiddle tunes, these boys have provided entertainment for fashion shows, political conventions and whiskey distilleries as well as countless weddings, festivals and soirees.

Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike.  Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughters!

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Matt Prater Band
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Prater Band

Ten years, more than 1,000 live shows and three recording projects ago, Matt Prater wrote his first song. 

Prater, a singer songwriter, is the perfect blend of country, folk, and bluegrass that remains relevant to all generations.  Son to a cattle farmer in north Alabama, that had a passion for music, simple living, hard work, and were honest God fearing folk. It's no surprise that Matt draws upon his family and his upbringings as a source of inspiration for many of his songs. Matt has been surrounded by music and musicians his entire life, but only started writing and performing live in 2006.  

In 2010, he recorded his first album, "Small Town Son” followed by “The Mountain” in 2013. The albums arefilled with stories of family, poetry, humble beginnings, and Southern American tradition.  His music is real and authentic, its "Roots Run Deep."   

Following those successes he independently produced“Tables and Chairs.”  In Tables and Chairs, you really get to enjoy his storytelling genius abilities, especially in "The Barber," and "Bozeman." With heartfelt original music that has received great reviews from many industry professionals. Matt has been an opener for such acts as Shenandoah and The Henningsens. 

“A long, tall, cool drink of water with old school country in his veins. Storyteller of old!!” – Lucky Mud

The Alternate Root Magazine states “Picking up a guitar and learning to play is the easy part of songwriting. Stitching stories with a straightforward frankness and making it look easy is the tough part. Matt Prater aced both.” 

Matt is currently working on his next album scheduled to be released Spring 2017. Follow on Facebook, subscribe via Youtube and continue to check out the show updates here on the website. Matt performs a couple of shows weekly and is available for booking with a full band or solo acoustic.

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Phillip White and Larry Fleet
Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

Phillip White and Larry Fleet

Phillip White is a Alabama native that has spent the last 20 plus years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, Josh Turner and Neal McCoy are some of the artists that have recorded Phillip's work.

Among these include the 2003 ACM song of the year "I'm Movin' On", The Theme song for Reba's self titled hit tv show "I'm A Survivor" and Blake Shelton's "Nobody But Me". 

Over the past couple decades he's been published by some of music row's most respected publishers including stops at Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Seagayle. He most recently signed a new deal with Frank Rodgers new company Fluid Music Revolution and Spirit Music Publishing.

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Chelsea Bain (with special guest Rachel Farley)
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Chelsea Bain (with special guest Rachel Farley)

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When you hear Chelsea Bain belt out a song – be it a beautiful ballad or rousing rocker – you know it comes straight from her heart.

A distinctive vocalist and instinctive songwriter, every word she writes and every note she sings proves her strength, her passion, is born from experience.

Chelsea harbored two great passions as she was growing up on an Arizona farm. When not listening to Shania Twain or the Dixie Chicks, Chelsea picked up a love for horses from that cowboy culture in which she was raised. As young as 4 years old, she was trying her luck at barrel racing. Later she graduated to doing breed shows. Sometimes her two interests intersected — on one occasion, with embarrassing results.

“One of the classes I was competing in was right after the break where I’d been asked to sing the national anthem,” she remembers. “After I sang, I hurried back toward the stall, holding my chaps up. My horse was ready to go. They’re throwing my jacket on me and saying, ‘You’re next! Are you ready?’”

She laughs, and then observes, “I guess I get it in my head sometimes that I can take on the world. I can do everything at once. And it’ll all be fine.”

It’s easy to see why. In addition to winning more than 10 world and national titles in the American Paint Horse Association, this determined young woman won notice around Phoenix by singing at rodeos, giving vocal recitals and performing in grade-school productions of ChicagoLes Miserablesand other Broadway shows. “I was extremely competitive about it,” she recalls. “There were some interesting moments between some girls and me, battling it out for solos.”

Still, Chelsea didn’t have many opportunities to perform her first love, country music, in her hometown. And so, like so many other hopefuls, at just 19 years old she made the move to Music City.

Much of her learning process came from performing nearly 30 weekends per year at NASCAR and NHRA racing events. “NASCAR taught me everything about getting up onstage and being in front of a crowd,” Chelsea says. “The people aren’t there for a concert. They’re there to see Dale Junior. To play to thousands of people in those circumstances is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Every single weekend, I had to win them over and share my music with brand new people. Luckily, and I’m thanking God for this, they loved it and I built an entire fan base from it.”

Always a songwriter, Chelsea’s creativity, heart and outright boldness were ramped up to an entirely new level when she befriended singer/songwriter Rachel Farley. The two began collaborating, and Farley helped pull out emotions and attitudes Chelsea wasn’t even aware she possessed. The two co-wrote all five songs on Chelsea’s upcoming EP, and songwriter/producer/instrumentalist Jordan Sapp joined them on four of tracks.

Having learned, matured, reexamined her roots without letting go of the high-energy throttle, Chelsea is very candid about her next project. “This new music really showcases who I am as a writer and an artist,” Chelsea explains. “I’ve gone through so much in life since I was a kid,” she muses. “It’s taken a long time to figure out how I wanted to put all that I’ve experienced together and incorporate it into my music. But now I feel that the next album is exactly what I want it to be — Chelsea Bain, through and through.”

She smiles, having spoken as she sings, with the power of truth, assurance and total confidence.

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Spencers Own
Jun
8
9:00 PM21:00

Spencers Own

 Meet Nathan, Morgan, Jordon, Nic, and Quinn – together they are  Spencer’s Own .  Spencer’s Own with their new generation approach to harmony combined with a multi-influenced modern country sound; are one of the most exciting groups to appear on the country music scene in years. The group comprised of five brothers, deliver a rare one of a kind family harmony, that is sure to inspire a whole new generation of music fans.  The quintet began their musical journey growing up in a small farm town in Twin Falls, Idaho. Just like most small towns they were raised with the core values that family and friends are essential to life. They echoed these messages as a young band of playing anywhere from schools to festivals just for a chance to share their music.  Today the band enjoy loyal fan base, challenging many of the accepted rules by crossing genre lines and stigmas. The group has quickly gained praise for their pure modern approach, steering away from trends, but most importantly cutting a pathway with their own sound.

Meet Nathan, Morgan, Jordon, Nic, and Quinn – together they are Spencer’s Own.

Spencer’s Own with their new generation approach to harmony combined with a multi-influenced modern country sound; are one of the most exciting groups to appear on the country music scene in years. The group comprised of five brothers, deliver a rare one of a kind family harmony, that is sure to inspire a whole new generation of music fans.

The quintet began their musical journey growing up in a small farm town in Twin Falls, Idaho. Just like most small towns they were raised with the core values that family and friends are essential to life. They echoed these messages as a young band of playing anywhere from schools to festivals just for a chance to share their music.

Today the band enjoy loyal fan base, challenging many of the accepted rules by crossing genre lines and stigmas. The group has quickly gained praise for their pure modern approach, steering away from trends, but most importantly cutting a pathway with their own sound.

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Wildeyes
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Wildeyes

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Deep Nashville roots, rich Western influence, a veritable fortune of experiences touring in support of a-list artists,  and a non-sexy, woodshed, 1950ʼs American work-ethic have unified  Daniel and Emily Kohavi and Max Hoffman to forge the marvel of Wildeyes.
A writing machine, Wildeyes has the uncanny ability to viscerally connect  across generations, ideologies and genres with pure American music wandering South and West. Wildeyes performances are inimitable gifts that sonically, visually and emotionally retrieve and elevate you. 

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Tristan McIntosh
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Tristan McIntosh

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Tristan McIntosh quickly made a name for herself on the public stage when her American Idol audition performance of Mickey Guyton’s “Why Baby Why” brought the judges to tears and earned her a “golden ticket” to Hollywood to compete in the final season of the long-running television series.

She went on to become a fan favorite and finished in the top six, earning praise from country music star and Idol judge Keith Urban for having a “beautiful voice” and a “God-given gift.”

 

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Hi-Jivers
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Hi-Jivers

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The Hi-Jivers are an early Rhythm & Blues/Rock N' Roll group formed in Nashville in early 2015. The combo performs a variety of originals and covers, drawing from the vintage sounds of 50's and 60's artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Etta James, Johnny Burnette, Elvis Presley, and Wanda Jackson. The band is  made up of Dawna Zahn (lead vocals), Austin John (lead guitar) and Hank Miles (upright bass). The band's undeniable chemistry, sultry looks, and high energy performances make them an act not to be missed.

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Tony Keats
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Tony Keats

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A fork in the road doesn't always look like a poem. To Tony Keats, it looked like a guy cashing in the nickels and dimes he’d saved to try out a different path. Or what he thought of as a different life.

Tony had spent the entirety of his 20s traveling with his band in a van bouncing around the Southeast playing college towns and juke joints from Georgia to Ohio and Memphis to Virginia before settling in Nashville.

“It got to the point where I was waiting tables between rehearsals and shows and saving my change, literally in jars. Frustrated from what felt like a lack of growth, I cashed it in at a grocery store, bought a computer and enrolled in software programming class."

It led to a different life professionally. But he wasn’t giving up on art or the dream – just finding a way to balance it all and learning that the writing happens always through experience, even when it doesn’t look and feel like writing.

"This was before everyone had Garage Band on their laptop and a recording devise in their pocket. What I didn't realize was that this would ultimately move me into the direction that I thought I was drifting away from." 

For the next chapter, in between his day job, Tony transitioned to a guitar-player-for-hire role playing with a wide variety of singer-songwriters both live and in the studio. But he never stopped writing leaving scraps in notebooks, and eventually, melodies on voice recordings and in computer programs.

Radio Sounds is a collection of songs from recent years. It was recorded at Howard’s Apartment Studio in Nashville and produced by Dave Coleman. 

“Most of these songs reflect on growth, change and continuing to move towards something -- whether it be art, love or happiness. I no longer think in terms of destinations or end results but more in terms of paths and changes.” 

In the song "The Dream," Keats alludes to that age-old philosophy recognized by many, regardless of their path: “When you dream of something for so long / it’s not the something that sets you free / it’s the dream.

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