Thanks to the support of East of 8th, I’m able to photographÂ plenty of shows — which leads to hearingÂ great new music! I’d heardÂ Rayland Baxter before, but Ruby the Rabbitfoot was totally new to me. Both played a great set at 3rd andÂ Lindsley in August as part of the Nashville Sunday Night Lightning100 series. A nice space with lots of viewing options (including bountiful balcony seating!) Be sure to check out both Rayland and Ruby if you ever get a chance!
Last of the long-overdue High Watt posts. Headlined by Frances and the Foundation, this July show rolled in five bands with five styles in one rocked out night.
The main event of Frances and the Foundation was well worth the wait — saying that Samantha Frances and her band has “presence” is akin to saying that rocket engines are “loud”. There isn’t any way to describe the show beyond “go see this band” over and over again. So, go see this band!
Thanks as always to East of 8th and I look forward to many more collaborations!
Sometimes all that an evening needs is a guitar, a drum kit, and two singers. Jay Nash and Josh Day, also known as The Contenders, gave a wonderful performance — mellow, tightly played, and fun. Check out their site and go see them if you have the chance!
Thanks to East of 8th for the opportunity to collaborate!
Remember the blue album? Yeah, you probably do. You may even remember that the bassist from that album — Matt Sharp — started a new band, The Rentals, and released their first album in 1995. I remember playing a few tracks from their second effort during my radio dj years. Twenty years after their formation, I finally had the chance to see them live at The High Watt courtesy of East of 8th.
As a bonus, I not only got to be up close and personal with Mr. Sharp, but the first two bands were stunning as well. Especially Radiation City! Their show was, to be honest, the highlight of the night for me. Double female vocalists and another male singer, mishmash of instruments and yet all of it came through clear as can be. Here’s hoping they come back through Nashville again soon!
After meeting the folks from East of 8th blog at the Apache Relay show earlier this year, I’ve collaborated with them by providing photos from four High Watt shows. I also realized I haven’t posted any of the work on my site, so here are recaps from each of the shows!
Christopher Porterfield with Field Report is the new king of singer/songwriter Americana in my mind (although he’d probably decline the throne and insist he’d be the court joker instead). Joe Pug brought a high energy show — with tight banter, smart songs and a stunning set of backing musicians. Both acts are well worth seeing — definitely check them out.