Jay Farrar to Perform Songs from Son Volt’s ‘Trace,’ Sept. 20 at 3rd & Lindsley

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Son Volt founder and ex-Uncle Tupelo frontman Jay Farrar is gearing up to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the former’s now-classic debut album, Trace, with a deluxe reissue, available Oct. 30 with a slew of extra tracks, including highlights of a February 1996 show at New York’s The Bottom Line, and will embark a very special tour in support. Billed as “Jay Farrar Performs Songs of Trace,” the trek will welcome back original Son Volt pedal steel player Eric Heywood, along with multi-instrumentalist Gary Hunt, who is a current member of the still-active band. The tour will kick off with a performance at Nashville’s own 3rd & Lindsley on Sept. 20, as part of the Americana Music Festival, in conjunction with Lightning 100’s weekly Nashville Sunday Night, and will also feature opener Parker Millsap. For those of you wanting the full festival experience, you can head here for tickets and details, or, if you’re just in just looking for Jay Farrar tickets, those can be purchased right here. Enjoy a walk down Son Volt memory lane after the jump!

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Nashville Writer’s Room Premieres New Compilation Album

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Nashville is known for its songwriters, and finding a talented, independent group of them breaking the country stereotypes of the past is extra special. Nashville Writer’s Room is a free, monthly writer’s round “built on story, song, and community,” a fact which is evident in their newest project: The Writer’s Room Compilation, Volume 1. The collection is made up of songs from 12 writers who played at Nashville Writer’s Room in its first four months. No strangers to No Country, the list includes Andrew de Torres (KAPTAN), Matt Hires, Joshua Fletcher, Ryan Alexander, Corey Bost and Derek Martin, as well as Kyle Cox, Cory Quintard of Volunteer, Rocko Wheeler, Jeffrey Slape, and Danny Leggett. The album was released through Nashville-based Firebreath Records, and can be download or streamed for free right here. Check out one of the tracks below!

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Don’t Miss Rayland Baxter Sunday, Aug. 30 @ 3rd & Lindsley & Monday, Aug. 31 @ Grimey’s

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Rayland Baxter will strike his lightning twice in the coming days here in his hometown of Nashville, first at Lightning 100’s Nashville Sunday Night show at 3rd & Lindsley this Sunday, Aug. 30 (tickets here) along with Ruby the Rabbitfoot and then again the following day for a FREE Grimey’s in-store performance on Monday, Aug. 31.

Baxter’s new album Imaginary Man was released Aug. 14 through ATO Records and has received glowing praise from top music news sources.  American Songwriter gushed that his “…songs will absolutely bring you to your knees…” Rolling Stone Country said it well, saying “…his work has the unique power of sounding unusual and familiar all at once.”  The emotionally deep and creatively extravagant Imaginary Man was featured on NPR (talking about the story behind “Yellow Eyes”), where he enlightened listeners with the stories, real and unreal, behind his new songs.

Nashville is glad to have Rayland back from touring, and the shows will surely be full of friends and supporters. The album includes appearances from these friends and family like his father, Bucky Baxter (who has toured with Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, and Ryan Adams among others) on pedal steel, and Jessie Baylin, Isaaca Byrd (MYZICA), Mikky Ekko, Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Steelism), and Matt Vazquez (Delta Spirit) on background vocals. Many of these collaborators recorded with their shared producer Eric Masse (Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis) in his studio, dubbed “The Casino.” Maybe one or more of these musical friends from the community will come out onto the stage for a song or two; you’ll have to be there to find out. 

We at No Country whole-heartedly support this town’s beloved troubadour. Stream “Yellow Eyes,” and “Young Man” by clicking on the song titles. Buy a copy of the album or stream it here, and watch Rayland’s recent session video (reminiscent of James Taylor) for “Mr. Rodriguez” below in order to prepare for these exciting shows!

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Review: Live On The Green w/ Cold War Kids, J Roddy Walston & The Business, and Houndmouth | 8.27.15 [PHOTOS]

Cold War Kids.  Photo by Sundel Perry.Cold War Kids. Photo by Sundel Perry.

Live on the Green
w/ Cold War Kids, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Houndmouth
Public Square Park; Nashville, TN
August 27, 2015

Review by Matt Hall. Photos by Sundel Perry.

The second week of Live On The Green was greeted with below average temperatures that almost had us wishing we had packed a hoodie, but the cool weather was incredibly enjoyable for a huge crowd that gathered to cheer on indie rockers Cold War Kids, the exuberant bar room rock of J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and the chill harmonies of roots rockers Houndmouth.  Like we will be next Thursday and then for the three-day weekend blowout, we made out way to Public Square Park to revel in the fun and to catch another great edition of one of Music City’s most popular events.  Read on below for our thoughts and some shots from photographer Shawn Jackson of Sundel Perry.

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HoneyHoney Premiere “You and I” Video Ahead of Performances at AmericanaFest, 3rd & Lindsley!

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Kidnapping, theft, car chases, and murder – it’s all just another day in the life of the alt-country duo HoneyHoney. Well, not really, but you’d think that after watching the video for their new single “You And I” from their third album, appropriately titled 3. Guitarist Ben Jaffe and vocalist/violinist Suzanne Santo, who were based here in Nashville at one point but have since relocated to LA, brought back the film noir-inspired concept to make this video a prequel to the one for 2012’s “Angel of Death” (which you can watch here), which pairs perfectly with the sultry tone of the song. These two are as incredible live as they are on-screen, and you’ll have not one, but two chances to see them here in Nashville this fall, so click through to watch the video and get tickets to see the group at AmericanaFest on Sept. 17 and/or at 3rd & Lindsley on Oct. 11.

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