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The Harmaleighs
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College pals  Haley Grant and  Kaylee Jasperson bonded over shared musical tastes as students at Belmont University, . They were both also familiar with the hardships possessing the voices of angels; it was inevitable that a musical project would come of the union. The Harmaleighs formed in 2013, and the two proceeded to develop their sound, learning how to filter their shared experiences through an Americana sieve, until every heartbreak and setback sounded as though it occurred decades ago somewhere in the Appalachians.

The Harmaleigh's debut album, "Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush" will be released February 3rd. It covers the gauntlet of relationships that a young adult can encounter: partners, friends, hometowns. It also showcases the pair as the crackerjack musicians that they are. The same razor-sharp tightness that makes bluegrass so satisfying to hear is present in the entire album. Everything rings out as clear as a bell, and nothing is overdone or unnecessary. The girls have a healthy respect for the traditional, and can whip out a down-home rhythm as easily as a teenaged missive on heartbreak.  

Speaking of teenaged missives, a delicate balance is at work here. There are moments that the pair hit Watson Twin-levels of harmonies (like the ghostly intro of opening track "Hesitate") and there are times they turn right around with something more juvenille like "Got fired for dropping a glass of wine/ screw it I'm running out of time," in their recent single, "I Keep Ticking On." There's alot that can go wrong: their music acoustic guitar driven, with some lap steel and banjo thrown in, and they have a propensity to break into foot-stomping jags that recall the receding arena-folk wave. But it doesn’t matter. They’re so good, by grace of their conviction and clarity, that I’d probably be sucking this album down and singing along even if I were a 50-year-old truck driver.

That's the appeal of "Pretty Picture..." The album concentrates being young and new into something potent and delivers it with a little bit of sass; that's a combination capable of crossing quite a few boundaries. It's the emotional equivalent of four seasons of summer camp, thirty friendship bracelets, or ten viewings of "Milo and Otis." This album is bound to strike a chord within the most jaded of bastards. Keep up with The Harmaleighs at their website www.theharmaleighs.com


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Some bands are formed out of convenience. Others are built with the intent of fame. But the best are magnetically drawn together, with all of the natural elements needed to create something organic, earnest and beautiful.

Oliver Ocean is one of those fatefully created bands, and their EP "Until I Go" is a luminous showcase of their individual talents and collective creativity. Layering folky harmonies, indie rock guitar riffs and jazz-infused percussion in waves of waxing and waning soundscapes, "Until I Go" is an impressive and refreshing effort.

Hear the full EP below, and see them live this Saturday at Foobar with Only, The Business People and Creature Comfort. -Caroline Bowman

 

 
July 07, 2015
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 With temperatures rising around East Nashville, nothing's better than a chocolate-drizzled, sprinkle-covered, cherry-topped lo-fi single from hometown indie sweethearts Waterfall Wash.

"Panama (Reprise)" is a follow-up to Foreign Chords, their well-received EP released earlier this year. With Gameboy-esque synth, autoharp and hand claps, the track bends genre lines to fit any beachside playlist.
You can catch Waterfall Wash at The East Room this Sunday, grab a copy of Foreign Chords at SoundstampMusic.com, and cast your vote in Music City Mayhem to see them perform at this year's Live on the Green. -Caroline Bowman
 
 
 
 
July 07, 2015
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Did I fall asleep reading Mars Attacks! and listening to party metal? Is The Twilight Zone now populated only by attractive girls with X's over their eyes?
Or did I just watch The Dead Deads' brand new "Lemonade" video?
 
Directed by Seth Graves, the video is freaky extraterrestrial fun, and "Lemonade" is the best blend of sweet and sour (with a kick of Tito's.)
Watch the video below, and pick up a copy of their latest album Rainbeau at SoundstampMusic.com. -Caroline Bowman
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

July 06, 2015
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Sifting through all the local tunes Music City has to offer can be a little daunting. Luckily, the guys at Notable Nashville have done the digging for you, and they're cranking out interviews and in-studio performances by your new favorite artists in their weekly podcast.
Hosted by Groove Doctor J and produced by Gary Branigan (Palaver Records) and Jordan Johansen, each episode features insightful interviews and acoustic performances with the cream of Nashville's bountiful crop. Pair that with a snappy theme song and Gary's Pick of the Week, and you've got one heck of a program.
Check out this week's episode, featuring singer/songwriter Kiernan McMullen, here.
July 03, 2015
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Anemoia is nostalgia for a time you've never known, and if you've never experienced it, you've never listened to Nashville's vintage desert rockers, Blank Range.

Originally from the Midwest, the 5-piece troop has blended earthy guitar riffs, warm organ chords and earnest rock lyrics into a one-way ticket to a cool desert night with a heartache, a six pack and a turntable. Blank Range will soon wrap up their nation-wide tour at Sloss Fest in Birmingham, AL, and begin recording their debut full length album. Until then, sink your teeth into their 7" vinyl or EP, Phase II. -Caroline Bowman

 

July 02, 2015
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The Southern rock revival is happening, and Blackfoot Gypsies are behind the pulpit. Snakeskin boots, fringe vests, flowing locks and oversized sunglasses: This Nashville 4-piece radiates rock-and-roll stardom. And with the musical chops to match, Blackfoot Gypsies are making sure Southern rock is alive and well, and having a damn good time doing it.

Shortly after signing with Plowboy Records earlier this year, the guys dropped their latest LP, Handle It, in April, followed by a video for their swampy voodoo single, "Under My Skin." Their home-cooked brand of Southern punk rock deserves to be cranked loudly and often, and their live show, packed with harmonica wails and high kicks, is more of a psychedelic spiritual experience than anything else.

Catch them on the road this summer, and order your own copy of Handle It on vinyl at SoundstampMusic.com. -Caroline Bowman

June 28, 2015
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