Posts Tagged Nashville

new music and tour dates: Cage the Elephant


Set to release its fifth album Social Cues on April 19, 2019, Cage The Elephant and Beck will co-headline their “The Night Running Tour” in North America this summer. Spoon will open all dates with additional support from Starcrawler, Sunflower Bean and Wild Belle in select cities.

here’s the band’s new single, “Goodbye:”

The GRAMMY®-winning, Nashville-based band is: vocalist Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar), Jared Champion (drums), bassist Daniel Tichenor, Nick Bockrath (lead guitar) and Matthan Minster (keyboards).


May 4 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees Music Festival

July 11 – Ridgefield, WA at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*^

July 13 – George, WA at The Gorge*^

July 16 – Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater*^

July 17 – Irvine, CA at Five Point Amphitheater*^

July 19 – Las Vegas, NV at Park Theater*^

July 20 – Chula Vista,CA at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*^

July 21 – Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion*^

July 23 – Denver, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater*^

July 26 – Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater*#

July 27 – Dallas, TX at The Dos Equis Pavilion*#

July 28 – Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*#

July 30 – St. Louis, MO at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*#

July 31 – Chicago, IL at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*#

August 2 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center*#

August 3 – Detroit, MI at DTE Energy Music Theater*#

August 4 – Indianapolis, IN at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*#

August 11 – Toronto, ON at Budweiser Stage*&

August 12 – Saratoga Springs, NY at Saratoga Performing Arts Center*&

August 13 – Darien Center, NY at Darien Lake Amphitheater*&

August 15 – Mansfield, MA at Xfinity Center*&

August 16 – Gilford, NH at Bank of New Hampshire*&

August 17 – New York, NY at Forest Hill Stadium*

August 20 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center*&

August 21 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion*&

August 22 – Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion*&

August 24 – Raleigh, NC at Coastal Credit Union Music Park*&

August 25 – Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion*&

August 27 – Birmingham, AL at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*&

August 29 – Tampa, FL at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*&

August 30 – West Palm Beach, FL at Coral Sky Amphitheatre*&

* co-headlining with Beck, with special guest Spoon

^ with Starcrawler

# with Wild Belle

& with Sunflower Bean

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music review: Hannah Miller


Nashville-based singer-songwriter Hannah Miller composes edgy folk songs on her self-titled album out today. Her sonorous, introspective and sometimes haunting vocals perfectly suit her passionate and commanding lyrics. Portishead vibes through dark, serene electronica blips and hip percussion on “Help Me Out” as well as the ardent “Been Around.” “Fighting” is a contemplative song about relationship challenges. A mesmerizing lounge feel propels “You Don’t Call.” Sweeter lyrics and melody on the soothing “Watchman.” Things grow deep on the rather lovely and contemplative “Outside In”—“always been on the outside looking in/tired of trying doors that don’t open.” Hannah Miller will sonically and spiritually swathe you through this exquisite album.


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TV review: Chasing Nashville


Yet another chance for parents to exploit their children on national television. Chasing Nashville debuts on Lifetime at 10 pm ET/PT and these girls seem very young, naïve and inexperienced. On the first episode, singers from the Appalachia region compete at the “Hillbilly Days” singing competition in Pikeville, Kentucky. This year there’s a Nashville producer as a judge so that’s major for these girls.

Lauren Marie

Lauren Marie

Lauren Marie Presley IS merely 13-years-old. Her single mom seems convinced that her birth father was related to Elvis Presley and constantly reminds Lauren. Her mom says: “you have Presley blood in you. You have the King’s blood in you.” No pressure Lauren Marie.



Autumn Blair comes from a “back holler” of West Virginia, a third generation coal-miner’s daughter. The Nashville producer says to Autumn: “You’re a star. You’re going to have a bright future.” What seems a worry: her family has a lot riding on Autumn’s success. It will get her father out of the coal mine. No 18-year-old needs the responsibility to rescue her entire family.



“Spoiled girl” Savannah Little from Pikeville, Kentucky wears braces and lots of makeup and pretty dresses. Evidence that she’s 16 going on 26. Her “momager” will give her whatever she wants and needs to succeed as a singer and performer.



Talented singer and banjo player Helena Hunt lives in a log cabin in Clyde, North Carolina. She’s quiet and rather geeky compared to the other girls. Before her performance she says: “ I’m a bit nervous about what I’m going to say to the crowd. I’m afraid they’re going to think I’m weird if I say the wrong thing.” She’s so sweet.

Behind-the-scenes with a Nashville producer working with musicians intrigues me. I just wish these were adults not teenagers. What’s the fascination with such young girls all the time? I worry about these girls.

Chasing Nashville premieres October 22, 2013 on Lifetime at 10 pm ET/PT.

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Everlife: music review


Nashville sisters Amber Hezlep, Sarah Ross and Julia Ross are spunky women with big hearts singing catchy, upbeat country-pop. Strong vocals, lovely harmonies and positive messages make the songs stand out. Themes include love, inspiration, relationships. Having the sisters singing together brings the dazzle for me. I have a soft spot for girl groups. The sisters sang back-up for Miley Cyrus and signed on with Disney as teenagers. So you get that edgy wholesome vibe.

At the End of Everything
Hollywood Records
release date: February 19, 2013

my picks:

“Missing You”

“Stop Sign”–“you never win if you stop fighting/ let’s all stand up, wake up the crowd/ it’s all about the here and now/ you never know if you don’t go and find out how to have a life you love and live it now.”

“Love in Rhythm”



purchase at Amazon: At the End of Everything

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Folk/Americana NEWS: Peter Bradley Adams to Preview New Album on Spring Tour


Friday, March 8th at Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge MA 02138
Tickets $18 adv / $20 dos; All Ages; 8 pm

singer/songwriter Peter Bradley Adams—and former member of the duo Eastmountainsouth– will be touring this spring to preview his [yet] untitled fifth full-length album.

Adams graduated from the University of the South with a music degree. He earned a Master’s degree in Music composition from the University of Alabama. He later studied film scoring at USC Thornton School of Music. The Folk/Americana musician and Birmingham, Alabama native currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Adams will give away free download to all those who attend the March shows.

In 2011, Adams released Between Us— recorded in Nashville and written during his move to New York City from Nashville in 2009.

Stream Between Us


self-titled ep (2005)
Gather Up (2006)
Leavetaking (2008)
Traces (2009)
Between Us (2011)



Jammin Java
227 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA
All Ages / $12.00/$15.00

World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
All Ages / $12.00/$14.00

Club Passim
47 Palmer Street
Cambridge, MA
All Ages / $18.00/$20.00

Rockwood Music Hall II
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
21+ / $12.00

The Altamont
18 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801
All Ages / $ 15

Kirk Avenue Music Hall
22 Kirk Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24011
18+ / $ 14

Red Clay Theater
3116 Main Street
Duluth, GA
All Ages / $18.00/$22.00

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A Cup Full of Midnight: book review

A Cup Full of Midnight by Jaden Terrell. Publisher: The Permanent Press (August 2012). Mystery/thriller. Hardcover. 288 pages. ISBN 978-1-57962-225-1.

The photo showed a naked young man stretched across a pentagram drawn in blood. His own blood, according to the lab results. Drawn postmortem, though how you could sacrifice a guy who’d already bled out was beyond me.

Nashville. Horses. Country music. Murder? It worked in Jaden Terrell’s debut and it works in her second novel A Cup Full of Midnight. Welcome back private investigator Jared McKean, a sensitive tough guy which should appeal to a wide swath of readers. His housemate has AIDS, his son has Down’s Syndrome, he’s divorced, loves his ex and respects his ex’s new husband and new situation. He likes to ride his horse in his down time. He’s been a decent advisor/ father-figure to his teenaged gay nephew Josh.

Unfortunately his nephew’s been involved with a much older man, Sebastian Parker. Twice his age. Not really the best first relationship for a confused teen who’s just dealing with coming out to his parents while establishing his individuality and sense of self-worth. All the confusing things teens go through anyway. Then to be preyed on by a more experienced older man promulgates his issues with his parents. Draws a wedge between them. Josh recently broke up with this guy who apparently was a vampire.

Josh attempted suicide by slitting his wrists in a warm tub of water. Jared found him in time. Now Josh wants his uncle to find out who murdered his former lover-boyfriend. Of course Jared will do anything for his nephew if only to protect his nephew from further harm and hurting himself anymore.

Author Jaden Terrell takes the reader on a twisted ride through Nashville’s darker streets and seedier lifestyles in which people think they’re vampires and witches and demons. In practicing these dark arts what do these people intend to accomplish? Why did Sebastian Parker end up killed as he did? Is Jaden’s nephew involved? Is he in further danger? Plenty of details and descriptions take you right inside the ritualistic alliance. Terrific characters and a disturbing mystery makes for a solid summer page-turner.

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This is Sugar & the Hi Lows

who: Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup

from: Nashville

discography: Debut self-titled album out February 14.

sound: catchy folk-pop that swings with old-fashioned charm, bluesiness and honky-tonk beats

My picks:
“I Think I Said Too Much”
“Two Day High”
“Stubborn Lover”

PR: think press

on tour now

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book review: Racing the Devil

Racing the Devil , by Jaden Terrell. Publisher: The Permanent Press (January 3, 2012). Mystery. Hardcover, 264 pg.

Former police officer Jared McKean currently works as a private investigator in Nashville. What differentiates him from the pack is that he’s sensitive [still loves his ex-wife & she loves him although she’s married someone else], open-minded [he shares a house with his gay friend who has AIDS] and patient [his son has Down’s Syndrome]. That temperament and personality leads him into trouble.

The opening line of Racing the Devil: “Even in the dim light of the bar, I could see the bruises.” This PI’s drawn to dangerous situations. His nature pushes him towards protecting and helping others. Jared finds himself the target of a twisted set-up and he’s racing against the clock to find out who framed him for murder. What is Jared’s connection to the woman? Was someone holding a grudge against him?

I’ve said before that mystery isn’t my genre—meaning that I don’t gravitate toward mysteries or read them all the time– but that I appreciate a real page-turner now and again. This is just that. The observant dialogue, detailed settings and characters will both endear and anger readers. I didn’t realize that Jaden Terrell was a woman until I was well into the story. That then made me contemplate gender influences of writers on story and voice. Racing the Devil is a wonderful read with its vivid portrait of Nashville, plenty of horse scenes and fascinating characters.

purchase at Amazon: Racing the Devil

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