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Featured show of the week.

Maggie Rose

You may recall when I invited Nashville to the album release for Change the Whole Thing. Well Houston, It is your turn. Please join Maggie and the whole damn band at Warehouse Live this Friday. I assure you, you won’t regret it.

Forget “little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.” Maggie is an incredibly talented vocalist with no boundaries, blending the best of of American music including rock, soul, country, rhythm and blues and gospel. As we learned in the last article, Larry and Alex from Them Vibes co-wrote about half of the new record with her. Even better, both of their bands joined forces to create the thirteen-piece ensemble that appears on the album. It’s not often you get to see a group of that size so in synch on stage.

This will be my first time to the venue. Share your thoughts on the place in the comments below. In the meantime, here is a preview of what you can expect Friday night. 

If you’d like to buy the new record before the show, you can get it on CD or vinyl here. Find out more about Maggie and the band on her website. And, of course, all the socials:

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Cordovas

Georgians, unite. Nashvillians, gas up your cars. If you’ve seen a Cordovas show, this is probably already on your calendar if you live within a four-hour radius. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, do yourself a favor and make it a point to be there and you will become a life-long fan. No exaggeration. For my money, this is the best live act touring these days.

Their latest album, That Santa Fe Channel, was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of Milk Carton Kids and I have been listening to it daily since before it was released. The first single, “This Town’s a Drag,” has been getting love from terrestrial radio stations as well as those emanating from outer space.

Just noticed the boys will be at the Georgia Theater tomorrow, so I wanted to get this quick announcement out into the ether. Stay tuned for a more in-depth article about the band and their sound in the coming weeks. Joe doesn’t know it yet, but I’m scheming away on a sort of then-and-now follow-up to the story behind a song or two on his first album.



Cordovas 2018 Fall Tour Dates

Oct 3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Free show)
Oct 4 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre#
Oct 10 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Free show)
Oct 15 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre (Free show)
Oct 19 – Knoxville, TN – Barley’s Taproom
Oct 29 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works*
Oct 30 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground*
Nov 2 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Hall*
Nov 3 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall*
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA*
Nov 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw*
Nov 8 – Toronto, ON – Opera House*
Nov 9 – Columbus, OH – Newport*
Nov 10 – Chicago, IL – The Vic*
Nov 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theatre*
# with Blackberry Smoke  * with Elle King


Cordovas are: bassist/vocalist Joe Firstman, drummer Graham Spillman, keyboardist Sevans Henderson, guitarist/vocalist Lucca Soria and guitarist/vocalist Toby Weaver.


Get That Santa Fe Channel here.


Maggie Rose & Them Vibes @ the BEAST Tonight (9/26)@8:00

Maggie Rose’s Change the Whole Thing is coming out today and we’re having a party! Well, Lightning 100 is throwing them a party, but you’re all invited.

This much-anticipated album is full of epic, funky, soulful, rocking tunes spanning the broad range of Maggie’s musical tastes and influences. Larry Florman & Alex Haddad have been friends and fans of Maggie since moving to Nashville and forming Them Vibes, but it was only last year that the three of them sat down to write a song together. The trio penned “I Won’t” in their first writing session which ended up on Maggie’s Dreams > Dollars EP.

Apparently, they enjoy writing together, because the three of them co-wrote half the songs on Change the While Thing together. Maggie was around when Bobby Holland was producing Them Vibe’s Electric Fever last year and dug what he was doing. She teamed up with him for this record and Maggie’s band joined forces with Them Vibes to have ten musicians recording live in a room. No overdubs. Just taking it from the top until you capture the magic, like the good old days.

Come on down to the BEAST tonight to see them tear it up. I will be updating this post soon with all the pertinent download links, social media,  and touring info.

Robbie

The FTNB show of the week is tomorrow and I’m excited to share the details. Two local story-tellers, Matt Haeck and Darrin Bradbury, are opening the show. Robbie Fulks, a Chicago-based artist who has released a dozen albums over three decades will bring us home.

Matt’s debut album, Late Bloomer, is true to its name. It was recorded in a mere five days at the Eastside Manor Set under the watchful eye of producer David Mayfield. Those five days occurred over a year and a half ago and now we are a mere month and a few days away from the June 3rd release. The album features the likes of Critter Fuqua (Old Crow Medicine Show), Paul Defiglia (The Avett Brothers), Caitlin Rose, and Elizabeth Cook. Looking forward to getting my hands on one of these and excited for a preview tomorrow night. Stay tuned for more information here as the release approaches.

If you’ve been following FTNB for long, you know we’re a big fan of Darrin Bradbury. Hell, that’s a picture of him at the bonfire back when he had hippie hair on top of the page! It’s been a pleasure to watch him become more comfortable with his own voice, naked and exposed with just his guitar as opposed to fronting the Big Wilson River Band. (Don’t worry, he won’t actually be naked.) Darrin is a master of observation, weaving interesting tales based upon ordinary experiences and objects like grocery shopping and lawn chairs. I miss having a regular weekly gig where I get to listen to Darrin and try to catch him play every chance. He’ll be heading out west with Tim Easton soon, but will be back in town in time for a June 15th performance at Music City Roots. (He’ll do much more than just the Vietti Chili song this time, I assure you).

This will be my first opportunity to hear Robbie Fulks play. Everything I have heard and read leads me to believe it is going to be right in my wheelhouse. Based in Chicago, he is a true pioneer in the genre we now call alternative country. Robbie is a true performer with a long list of accolades including multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, Whadd’ya Know, Fresh Air, Mountain Stage, World Cafe, Acoustic Cafe, Austin City Limits, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and 30 Rock. TV/film use of his music includes True Blood, My Name Is Earl, and Very Bad Things.

Fun fact: Matt and Robbie both have theatrical credits. Robbie’s include “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” and Harry Chapin’s “Cottonpatch Gospel.” Matt has been in “The Hank Legacy” and “The Cash Legacy.” Put the name of the play, real or imaginary, that you would like to see Darrin lead in the comments.

Paying $15 to see any of these gentlemen perform is a good deal. All three for $15 is an absolute steal. Buy your advance tickets here.

Robbie Fulks, Matt Haeck, Darrin Bradbury | 12th & Porter | 114 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN, US | Tomorrow, April 30|7:00 pm | $15

Our first Featured Show of the Week occurrs tomorrow at the Basement.

Darrin was one of the first artist I had the pleasure to write about for another publication and I have been fortunate to call him a friend ever since. I find Darrin’s songs to be uplifting and humorous. They are uplifting in the sense that they describe life as I know it: complete with all the dirt, grime, and grit that you normally don’t hear about in popular music. After decades of borderline transience, Darrin has recently settled into his own house just outside of town. Can’t vouch for the picket fence, but it does come complete with a cat and dog and a human partner-in-crime. This is a major improvement from his first Nashville residence: sharing the back of a Ford Focus with his bass player, Cameron Carrus, for months in a Walmart parking lot.

I have yet to hear Joey, but he comes highly recommended and am looking forward to it.

Austin Lucas is headlining the evening. Austin hails from and currently hangs his hat in Indiana. He’s done the Nashville thing off and on for a while now. This show is a celebration of the upcoming release of his album Between the Moon and the Midwest, due May 27. Last time I heard Austin, it was a mostly solo set with some vocal accompaniment from his dog, Sally. He was able to get a tremendous amount of sound out of his guitar by himself. Tomorrow will be a special treat with the full band. His sound definitely fits within the Americana catchall genre blending traditional country sounds with harder rocking with just the right proportions. Can’t wait.

Advance tickets can be bought for $5.00 here.

Here’s a glimpse of what you have to look forward to tomorrow:

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

 

The Basement Nashville | 1604 8th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 | 8:30 p.m. | 21+ | $5 Advance, $7 Door