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Folk artist Sierra Blanca "Paints the Road" in new video

Nashville-based, El Paso-born Jethro Gaglione is the multi-instrumentalist behind Sierra Blanca. Having recently been featured by Spotify's Fresh Folk playlist, the artist is looking to continue building on the momentum by premiering here "Paint the Road", a DIY project crafted from footage Gaglione shot during his trip from Nashville back to his home of El Paso, featuring many friends and family he met along the way. It's a road trip song in the tradition of Willie Nelson's classic "On the Road Again", yet closer to the relaxed front-porch style of Iron & Wine. Sierra Blanca's EP Honorable Mention is out November 10, 2017, and you can catch him live on the 9th at The Cobra for the release party. - Chris Thiessen





TAYLS bringing psych pop fun to The East Room for Halloween (10.27)

Taylor Cole, formerly of Nashville’s Chalaxy and Creature Comfort, is back with a new psych pop outfit, TAYLS. Their first single “Pop Tart (Queer Boy/Small Town)” was released earlier this year, highlighting Cole’s soaring, Beck-like vocals over a grooving and swaying pop track bringing to mind the likes of Grouplove. “I want to change the way Nashville views music and art,” Cole states. “I want to make you forget about your real life, make you feel like you’re back on the playground.” If what is to follow carries the same sense of carefree joy as their first offering, TAYLS are going to be a welcome change to Nashville’s already diverse scene. Make sure to catch them playing a Halloween party at The East Room October 27th at 9 PM along with Spaceface, The Subnovas, and TWEN! - Chris Thiessen

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Blackwood Row Releases 'Werewolf' EP

The 7-piece Americana band, Blackwood Row, was formed nearly two years ago by ambitious songwriter and vocalist Raquelle Blackwood shortly after starting her first semester in college. From early on it was clear that the band would be destined to achieve significant recognition in the Americana/Folk community; a premonition that seems even more achievable with the release of the band's debut EP, “Werewolf.” The project combines insightful songwriting with lush instrumentation, where story-like verses seamlessly transition into howling choruses. From the opening track, “Broken Bone” to the consoling closer, “Little Time,” the project masterfully captures a contrast of perspectives on sensitive experiences and self-reflection.

Go listen for yourself on Apple Music or Spotify, and be sure to catch Blackwood Row's next show here in Nashville, November 11, live at the Black Lodge!

 

 

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Wheetay brings semi-electronic soul to The Tin Roof (10.11) & The Country (10.13)

The funky, stripped-down Southern soul made by emerging act Wheetay—fronted by Thomas White—is exactly what the Nashville scene needs right now. White takes on the responsibility of writing, recording, producing, mixing, and mastering all the tracks, yet he still considers the project a collaborative effort as his friends play a role in inspiring his tracks and bringing them to life. Explained in his own words as a “lo-fi approach to high fidelity music,” Wheetay is finally taking to the stage with a lineup of live shows, in which he will combine live instruments with looping tracks. The sultry, semi-electronic sound created by White and co. is fresh, fun, and a nice change of pace for Music City. If you can’t make his show tonight at the Tin Roof, then definitely make sure to catch him opening for Willie Shaw at The Country on the 13th. - Lilly Milman

Listen to our favorite track “Probably Nothing” streaming below.





A Q&A With Nashville's TWEN, playing The Cobra (10.14)

Since moving to Nashville from Boston, psychedelic slackers TWEN have made the scene entirely their own. Made up of members Jane (vox, guitar), Ian (guitar), Cory (drums), and Jim (bass), the quartet's style of eclectic, avant-garde indie garage rock has carried them through the creation of a live EP, a summer tour, and a local show circuit. Their unique sound is perfectly captured by their debut EP, TWEN LIVE, an endless assault of reverb-soaked guitar parts, hypnotic vocals, and tight percussion lines. TWEN's only release to date, it shows a band on the brink of something special. The Deli caught up with guitarist Ian to talk about the new release on the way, the long list of upcoming shows, and the experience of being on tour. You can find them playing The Cobra on October 14th. - Lilly Milman, Photograph by Ben Burns

What’s your origin story? To my knowledge, you weren’t all born here, so my question is how did you all meet? More importantly, how did you all end up in Nashville?

I: We were each born in separate corners of the country - conceived by mothers and fathers, assigned names at birth, and are living out narratives as these characters (Jane, Ian, Cory, Jim) which we're coming to learn are actually illusory and made up... these four physical bodies of ours came into orbit of each other around 18 months ago in Boston, and because all of our previous incarnations/bands had broken up upon graduating college there, we decided to move to Nashville and try this experiment which we're calling "TWEN"! It was serendipitous, but you could also feel the gravity of the thing forming before it actually bore any fruit. But for now; yes, our bodies are residents in the land of Irises and Volunteers...

That brings me to my next question: what is it like being apart of such a dynamic music scene? Nashville is called Music City for a reason—you can find pretty much anyone there, and you’re basically right in the middle of a big tug-of-war between the commercial and the D.I.Y. music scenes of the city. How does this inform your music?

I: I don't know if it informs our music at all. If it did, that might not be the best thing, because we'd be doing it for reasons outside of our selves; for us the composition process is VERY intuitive and from the gut. We don't polish or contextualize much, at least we haven't up to this point - though I can kind of feel the pressure to, being here in the commercial scene as you mentioned. Mostly we feel our music has been informed by our college years in Boston and the bands. We're bringing that flavor to Nashville, which seems to be going down in a good way.

Who are some of your favorite acts in the local, D.I.Y. scene right now? Any recommendations for our readers?

I: For Nashville: homies in Sad Baxter, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Shell of a Shell, The Minks. For Boston: homies Bat House, Skinny Pigeons, Model/Actriz, Superteen.

Speaking of D.I.Y. music, tell me more about your TWEN LIVE EP.  What was this recording process like? Do you think that your music, and your image as a band would have been different if this hadn’t been a live EP?

I: That was our first show ever! Right before we moved to Nashville, we showed up to the "Track Shack" venue in Allston, and this dude Nick Ertman had mics set up and was like, "Is it cool if i record?" We're all, "YES! PLEASE!" because we felt we really needed some demos before our move to Nashville, as we didn't know anyone here and we thought it would take us a while. That's what I mean by you could feel the gravitational pull of the thing. Nick Ertman showed up as the right guy at the right moment and that recording - which Cory Best mixed and fixed up for release - has been CRUCIAL for us this past year, and us growing our name nationally. We think it sounds great, especially for our first show ever (in our friends' basement).

You guys just got off an East Coast tour—what was your most memorable live show from the tour and why?

I: Probably the Track Shack show, as it was their final show as a house venue, and that was where we played our first show & recorded our Live EP, so it was a full circle moment. So many friends and good times.

I also noticed you use a lot of pedals during your shows, as well. At the Deli, we love to talk about gear (we even have a blog dedicated to pedals.) What’s one piece of gear you couldn’t have lived without on your tour, and why?

I: Probably our TC Helicon MicMechanics - we have two versions, 1 for Jane and 1 for me... pretty crucial stuff!!!

You just got home from your tour, yet you’re already lined up to play so many local shows. Besides these shows, do you have any plans for TWEN in the near future you could tell us about?

I: Debut Album in Spring 2018: 10 songs. More quality content & more quality shows, coming to a city next to the one you live in!

Last, but not least, what is your favorite thing to order at your local deli?

I: Bahn Mi from Mitchell Deli in East Nashville.

header image: 
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author: 
Lilly Milman
Subtitle (brief and awesome): 
TWEN's Ian Jones talks about fate, the live EP, the local scene, and life on tour.
Excerpt (short interesting quote from the Q&A): 
"We decided to move to Nashville and try this experiment... It was serendipitous, but you could also feel the gravity of the thing forming before it actually bore any fruit."
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