A baseball player or fashion designer, pro skateboarder or surfer, helicopter pilot (you know, like the kind you see in ski movies), and a coffee roaster. Seems like an eclectic bunch of individuals, but this is exactly what the Nashville-based group Judah & the Lion would have been if they hadn’t met and pursued music. While things don’t always pan out the way you imagine, these guys seem to be handling that just fine. The band is composed of frontman Judah Akers, drummer Spencer Cross, mandolin player Brian Macdonald, and banjo player Nate Zuercher.
I’m talking to The Hunna in their tour bus after their show in Austin. They’re talking about getting some new tattoos on 6th street. At this point, I’ve seen them twice and each set showed off their power as a band. Even during their show in Houston where they faced some technical difficulties the band seemed unfazed and performed like pros. They’ve been climbing up the alternative charts and they originally caught my attention for their unfiltered, raw energy.
Last week we got an exclusive look at the new concert hall at 12th and Porter, a downtown live-music venue in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN. For the past 25 years 12th and Porter has hosted acts to its intimate, 300-person capacity, venue stage. Acts varying from Kings of Leon, Twenty Pilots, Keith Urban, Jacob Whitesides, and even Run-DMC have played this eclectic offering stage.
Why Don’t We is an internet sensation, their video “Taking You” already has over 200,000 views and is growing fast. Their “Only The Beginning” EP hit #15 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums Chart and I’m certain that they’re the next big thing.
It seems fitting that my first interview of 2017 takes place with a band from my city of Memphis, Tennessee. Within five minutes of speaking with Graham Rowell, Andrew Isbell, Spencer Stewart, and Jeffery Jordan, I knew this was going to be a unique interview. Even off-stage, these guys who form the group The Band CAMINO exhibit an exceptionally electric chemistry.
I think “Yes Girl” was one of my favorite songs this year. Easily. Bea has an incredible voice and the lyrics. Relatable AF. It’s been on my mind lately and I think Bea is such a star. She’s on the rise right now and her outfits are so badass.
If you know me at all, you know I love bands – especially the sort made up of boys – so you can imagine how excited I was to interview rising band ABT LST NT (pronounced About Last Night) as they begin to gain traction in the music world. This year has been a big year for ABT LST NT, made up of Eben Franckewitz, Mikey Bromley, Jackson Owens and Jack Taylor – they released their first EP as a foursome in August and have hit a stride on social media through recent mash-ups of songs like Justin Bieber’s Cold Water combined with Ben E. King’s Stand By Me and covers like The Weeknd’s Starboy.
I pride myself on finding new music before my friends, so imagine my surprise when I realized that underground turned pop duo, SIGMA, had been around for about the last decade creating music. The duo is comprised of Cameron James “Cam” Edwards and Joseph Aluin “Joe” Lenzie.
As soon as I heard Nightly’s song “XO” on the Spotify discover playlist I was immediately hooked. I jotted it down in my phone, re-listened and immediately sent it to all of our contributors. I put them on all of my playlists and everyone always asks me about them. I knew we needed a interview before they were out of reach.
Believe it or not, you’ve heard Maty Noyes and her ridiculous talent. You probably just didn’t know it. Prior to releasing her own EP, the singer/songwriter worked with some pretty familiar names. Not only did she write “Stay” with her collaboration with Kygo, but she’s also the sultry voice you hear in The Weeknd’s “Angel.”