No one wrings profound moments of clarity from ephemeral thoughts quite like Mississippi songwriter Andrew Bryant. Singing, “Iron Man was on the TV / I was pouring myself another beer / Thinking about all the pain that’s in my heart / Thinking about Robert Downey Jr.’s scars,” the suburban mise-en-scène Bryant paints on “Robert Downey Jr.‘s Scars” devolves into an adrenaline rush of rock and determination.
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For the last seven years, Derek Hoke has found himself as the host of $2 Tuesdays at the 5 Spot in Nashville. There, he’s hosted the likes of artists like Shovels & Rope, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, and many others.
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Brooklyn’s Bette Smith possesses a one of a kind voice, deeply drenched in hot soul of the nearly incendiary Southern type. That voice could rock the biggest of stages and move mountains if it had to. Smith has a bit of an old-school vibe, but her music is thoroughly contemporary because we all know that great soul music is timeless and always relevant.
The Sound of Ghosts was initially comprised of spouses James and Anna Orbison alongside guitarist Ernesto Rivas. Since their founding in 2014, the LA-based folk-rockers have expanded their sound considerably with the contributions of drummer Jon Sarna and multi-instrumentalist Phoebe Silva.
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