Those Darlins & Friends, January 2016

February 15, 2016 at 10:47 pm

The last Nashville show of Those Dar­lins was late Jan­u­ary at The Base­ment East. They played with Adia Vic­to­ria and Tris­ten, both of whom were beyond excep­tional as well.

I’ve been going to Those Dar­lins shows for many years, well before liv­ing in Nashville, and they will be missed.

Charlie Murphey Leaving Town, January 2016

January 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

It’s a sad, sad day when a good friend moves away. Even in those sit­u­a­tions where you know the move is a good one, that a fresh start will help your friend grow and find new com­mu­nity, it’s still a dif­fi­cult scene. For­tu­nately, some­times that friend knows lots of other friends and they all come together and throw a big party with lots of music and even the friend him­self gets on stage and opens up for everyone.

From Char­lie Murphey’s last show (at least…for now) in Nashville.

 

High Watt, Jan­u­ary 2016.

Georgia English and the Jukebox Kids, The Basement, October 2015

November 14, 2015 at 6:40 pm

On a warm night in Octo­ber two bands — Geor­gia Eng­lish and the Juke­box Kids and the Cal­i­for­nia Hon­ey­drops — played to a totally jammed audi­ence at The Base­ment in Nashville. These pho­tos are from the Geor­gia Eng­lish and the Juke­box Kids set — loved their sound and presence.

Check out the Cal­i­for­nia Hon­ey­drops pho­tog­ra­phy and a review of the show by Mother Church Pew!

Rayland Baxter & Ruby Rabbitfoot, August 2015

November 9, 2015 at 12:41 am

Thanks to the sup­port of East of 8th, I’m able to pho­to­graph plenty of shows — which leads to hear­ing great new music! I’d heard Ray­land Bax­ter before, but Ruby the Rab­bit­foot was totally new to me. Both played a great set at 3rd and 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!

High Watt Recap 4 of 4: Frances and the Foundation & Friends, July 2015

August 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

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.

Open­ing acts Lines in the Sky, Tower Defense and The Car­toons were fol­lowed by Frances, and then the night closed with Hotel War.

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!

High Watt Recap 3 of 4: The Contenders June 2015

August 17, 2015 at 11:49 am

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!

High Watt Recap 2 of 4: The Rentals, Radioactive City, Rey Pila May 2015

August 17, 2015 at 9:46 am

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!

Apache Relay, Milktooth and Evan P. Donohue at Exit/In. April 2015

April 19, 2015 at 5:55 pm

When you leave some shows you know that it is going to be seared into the mind for­ever and I’d def­i­nitely count this one as one of them. Three great acts at one of my all-time favorite venues. Lots of superla­tives, I know — but it truly was an out­stand­ing evening of rock and roll.