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Introducing...Lilly Hiatt & The Dropped Ponies.

It took Lilly Hiatt quite sometime to come to terms with her Nashville status. After her initial flee, she came to embrace the fact that home truly is where the heart is, and eventually returned to Tennesssee. Hiatt enjoyed some successes as a solo artist, including a shared stage with Emmylous Harris and Jim Lauderdale, as well as a guest appearance on the Craig Ferguson show. Upon her introduction to North Carolina guitarist, Beth Finney, a new beast began to form. Hiatt’s aching melodies combined with Finney’s tender yet turbulent guitar licks yielded a sound that the two were unable to find prior: women shedding their childhood skin and coming into the unraveled and emotional world of adulthood. Soon after, the girls hooked up with drummer John Radford (Charles Walker and the Dynamites, Drew Holcombe Band) and bass player Jake Bradley (Over the Rhine). The Pony Stampede had began. Since then, The Dropped Ponies have graced the stage of the Ryman, opened for Lyle Lovett, and enjoyed success over seas. They currently reside in Nashville, TN and are working on their debut album, “Let Down”. Produced by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Gretchen Peters), the album is to be released in September.

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FRANCES CONE is Christina Cone, Andrew Doherty, Adam Melchor, and Aaron Hamel. The Nashville based indie-pop band, fronted by Christina Cone, is named after Christina’s father and great-grandfather, both musicians themselves in South Carolina and both born on September 11th. The band has been praised for their compelling, emotional live show and captivating recordings. In 2016, Frances Cone released, “Arizona,” the first single from their forthcoming full-length album, Late Riser, which is set to release in 2018. Stereogum praised “Arizona” for “Cone’s melodic vocals, rich harmonies, and an electrifying guitar sound.” Written about her brother, filmmaker Stephen Cone, “Arizona’s” .

The band’s second single, “Leave Without You,” was released in March 2017, is an emotional song about the band’s decision to leave Brooklyn. Cone says, “it is the only place I’ve known as an adult person, and (the song is about) what and who I’ll carry with me.” Billboard raved that the track “employs the band’s signature slow build before exploding with synth and drums into the song’s chorus.”

“Arizona” is the first track off Frances Cone’s new album, “Late Riser” due summer 2018.

Band Members
Christina Cone,
Andrew Doherty,
Adam Melchor,
Aaron Hamel,

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Indie folk singer-songwriter from small town Montana. Based in Nashville, TNIra Wolf’s music and writing is filled with “..original and accessible lyrics without a hint of cliches.” With two studio albums to share, Ira has performed on stages across the US, the UK, Scandinavia, and Southeast Asia since she began touring in 2014. She draws from personal experience, and connects on an intimate level with her audience through her honest lyrics and melancholy vocals. With roots in folk, americana and bluegrass genres, Ira has found a unique sound that resonates with an eclectic listening crowd.

A former Berklee College of Music student, Ira has been recognized for her lyrical content and vocal capabilities in numerous festivals and songwriting contests including Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase,   

Along with her talent, Ira has received recognition for her fearless dedication to a full-time touring schedule as a soloist. As she has continued living on the road throughout the past two years, her music and lifestyle have been featured in blogs such as She-Explores ‘Women on the Road’, as well as Sonicbids ‘Success Stories’.

Although Ira Wolf continues to make Nashville her home-base, she maintains a life on the road, both inside the states and overseas. 

Singer-songwriter Savannah Conley has released her sophomore EP, titled “Twenty-Twenty.” Savannah Conley is a singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. Her music has been classified as “organic pop”. It has a quirky, edgy feel to it, but also utilizes instruments such as upright bass and ukulele

The new batch of songs from the Nashville native was produced by Dave Cobb and is being released on his label Low Country Sound“She really reminds me of a southern Mazzy Star and I was blown away with her lyrics,” Cobb said of the young artist.

Following on from last years compilation “Collection”, Nashville based Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy now brings us her debut album proper. Produced by Gabe Wax (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Beirut), the new album is a huge step up from her earlier bedroom recordings. The fuller sound works perfectly with Sophie’s finely crafted, bitter-sweet pop songs that have a world weary quality beyond her 20 years. Whole record is stellar, new version of Last Girl makes me really happy. A contender for the best record so far in 2018,

Twenty-year-old Sophie Allison, cuts to the core on Soccer Mommy’s Cleanas if she’s already in hurry. Her flat delivery and lack of lyrical pretense lay bare moments of obsession and rejection in a frank, almost detached fashion. Her album takes its title from Taylor Swift’s freedom ballad, but there’s also a sense of the world-burning defiance borrowed from Liz Phair’s ’90s debut. “I don’t want to be your f****** dog,” she snarls in answer to decades of obliviousness. Clean betrays simmering anger, hurt and an ever-present humor and self-deprecation (not surprising for someone with a moniker this silly). The emotions are felt, but Allison revels in none of them. As if to say there’s a lot of life yet to live, she keeps a sense of the absurdity of it all. “She’ll steal your joy like a criminal,” Allison sings in admiration. “I wanna be that cool.”

We love the delicate-yet-fearless vibe of Soccer Mommy’s new songs “Cool,” “Still Clean,” and “Your Dog,” the latter of which she performed for us live in the Paste studio last month. The young Nashville songwriter’s debut full-length, Clean, finally drops today.

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Released March 2nd, 2018
Sophie Allison – Guitar, vocals, bass
Julian Powell – Lead guitar
Nick Brown – Drums
Gabe Wax – Piano, synth, mellotron, bass, guitar, drum programming, percussion

Nashville label and small press, Cosmic Thug Records, will release a digital split single from Emma Swift and Pony Boy next week featuring two reinterpretations of classic Neil Young songs.

Emma Swift performs a wonderfully poignant version of Mellow My Mind maintains the melancholy of Young’s version but trades the melodrama for her unique voice and a delightfully warbly guitar. and Pony Boy (Marchelle Bradanini)  offers up a slow-as-molasses, haunting take on Like A Hurricane turns the somewhat anthemic original into a mournful lamentation, expressing the underlying sadness of the song.

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Both are great versions and well worth a listen. There is also a rather nice video for Mellow My Mind too. Released by: Cosmic Thug Records

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The 12 new songs on Losing feel like perfect anthems for a generation still learning to harness the power of resistance. With a vocal style that is as pretty as it is powerful, and emotionally resonant lyrics, Alicia channels the loss of innocence and reveals a raw honesty in songs that are distinctly hers. I love Bully the way I love Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr and the Breeders.  A good reason to be with Sub Pop, who have always been associated with this type of music . Alicia says I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record – Losing – kind of says it all,” Alicia says. “After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.

“‘Cause what I want with you is none of your business,” Alicia Bognanno sings in a soft bedroom voice, layered above a repeating and driven guitar riff in the opening verse of “Kills to Be Resistant.”

This release off of Bully’s sophomore album, Losing, is not hard to identify with. The drums in this song lay down a foundation, perfectly mirroring Bognanno as she ebbs between gentle verses tip-toeing around the topic, and choruses riddled with gravel, grit and the pain that comes with accepting circumstances as they are. With just drums and bass to hold the words, Bognanno confesses, “When I’m alone, I stare at your picture,” a habit with which most of us are all too familiar. When the guitar riff comes back in for the bridge, it’s an embodiment of that cyclical, anxious thought process that’s attached to facing an end to or a shift in a relationship.

“It won’t stop / Do you feel nothing?” she asks in the chorus leading into an outro that matches the built-up frustration in the lyrics with dissonant chords and skillfully-played drum fills.

This is all anyone could have hoped for when anticipating new music from Bully. The sound is full, but nowhere near overly-complicated. Every necessary element is there, coming together to sound so effortless and raw. The only thing more to ask for is a ticket to a live performance.

Lately Alicia has been lending her voice as an advocate for gun control, women’s rights and speaking out in support of animal rights.

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Minnesota native Caitlyn Smith has been one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets for a couple of years now as co-writer of hits for everybody from Cassadee Pope to Meghan Trainor. But the secret will be out with her upcoming album (titled Starfire, due later this year), a deeply personal collection of songs that sound like she opened a vein. Of particular note: “This Town Is Killing Me,” a pensive ode to Music City’s darker side, and “Tacoma” which shows off Smith’s sonic boom of a voice to devastating effect.

She Says: “Every time I perform that song, I almost go into a trance where I’m just transported into the story,” Smith says of “Tacoma.” “I can’t not sing that one at 100 percent, it’s all emotional. ‘This Town Is Killing Me’ is emotional, too, from a very real and honest place. This industry is not for the faint of heart. There are days I just face-plant on the couch and don’t want to get up.”

The yearning “Tacoma,” captured live here, is the best example of Smith’s full-on howl. Caitlyn Smith live at Paste Studio NYC!

Songs:

1. Starfire 0:45 2. Before You Called Me Baby 8:49 3. Tacoma 17:20

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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Liza Anne Odachowski, who goes by Liza Anne, has never shied away from exposing her deepest, darkest emotions and even as she treads onto an exploration of a more pop-focused sound, she continues to tackle that melancholy. For “Paranoia”, Odachowski explores the role of her anxiety in her relationship, as it festers her thoughts and insecurities.

The song itself presents the duality of her new pop sound and distorted guitars, illustrating the contrast between how she presents herself and the reality of the obsessive, anxious thoughts that overwhelm her.

In this video, directed by Josh Gilligan and art directed by Brett Warren, they perfectly capture this by the use of two bedroom sets: one features Odachowski in natural lighting wearing a white-colored blouse, while the juxtaposing room features her in ultraviolet lighting wearing opaque makeup and a black outfit. As she dreamily coos in the first room, her dark self plays distorted guitar chords matching the intensity of her emotions, with both sides colliding.

“We wanted to express how the state of our rooms and how we aesthetically present ourselves mirrors, even elaborates on, our internal experience with emotions,” says Odachowski . “It was wild and healing to see so much of my internal world being externally experienced — it gave me a door into myself I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m not sure anything but art lets us look into ourselves in that sort of realized way.”

“Paranoia” is one of the singles off the singer-songwriter’s upcoming album Fine, But Dying, her first release for Arts & Crafts Records, out on March 9th.

We’re only one week away from the release of Let The Record Play! But before it hits, we wanted to share one more song with you. The last song we wrote for the record, and a phrase that came up a lot while we were recording. Be sure to check out “Not Too Late” available everywhere .

Moon Taxi is an American indie-alternative rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was founded in 2006   The five-member band has released four albums since their inception that each landed in top spots on several hitmaker charts, and were the featured bands on late-night talk shows like “Late Show with David Letterman” and others. The band members who round out the group along with Terndrup are lead guitarist and producer Spencer Thompson, keyboardist Wes Bailey, bassist Tommy Putnam and drummer Tyler Ritter. The band will be releasing their new album on RCA Records.

Last but not least, we’ll be hitting the road for the Let The Record Play Tour next month.

Moon Taxi’s new album ‘Let The Record Play’ coming January 19th

The rock band Moon Taxi also shared the debut of the music video for their huge single “Two High.” Having sung the single during their tour earlier this summer, it has become an instant hit with fans and newcomers to their music alike. As noted in the press release the music video “trails the band and their fans throughout the world, backstage and on stage at their electrifying live shows that have them millions of fans.” Similarly, lead singer Trevor Terndrup states in the press release that the single is about “hope for understanding, hope for acceptance, and hope for our future.”

To celebrate the album release next week, we’re teaming up with Nashville’s Lightning 100 and Adventure Science Center to throw a one of a kind Planetarium Listening Party on Thursday, January 18th. We’re excited to be there to experience this along with you. Tickets include entrance to the planetarium show, a signed copy of LTRP on vinyl, koozie, commemorative laminate, and access to an open bar. A portion of proceeds will benefit Adventure Science Center, a non-profit education center.