Third Shift Spotlight: Luella and the Sun

We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Third Shift Lager and some of our pals Electric Western RecordsElevent Productions, and East Nashville Underground for a one-night, two-stage, ten-band bill celebrating the diversity of Nashville’s independent music scene, and to send off the bands that have been selected to represent Nashville at South By Southwest 2013. The show is March 2ndadmission is totally free, and there will be a free beer sampling provided by Third Shift. For the next two weeks, we’re going to spotlighting a different artist on the bill each day.

On Monday, we told you about retro rockers The JAG. Tuesday we were talkin’ bout them Howlin’ Brothers. Wednesday you learned a little about Los Colognes. And today, friends, we’re shedding some light on Luella and the Sun.


Music Connection Magazine calls their sound “feverish, bluesy jungle territory” offering listeners a soulful blend of blues-hop, gospel and rock. You can call it whatever you want, because once you take a listen, you’ll definitely want to talk about what you hear. You can give their track “Fly So Free” a preview below with a little visual aid to accompany your audio experience.

Fans of local act, The Electric Hearts will no doubt dig Luella and the Sun’s gritty, visceral vibe.

Our very own, Andrew, recently ruminated on band’s dynamics and compelling moniker for The Nashville Scene. Imma block quote the man…

The name Luella and the Sun may sound like a simple combination of lead singer and remaining band members, but it suggests more about the band’s musical dynamic through careful metaphor. What does the sun do? It provides light, direction and hope. Frontwoman Luella often sings soulfully strung lyrics onstage a cappella — usually before the band kicks in, almost as if she has purposefully isolated herself for a moment. She reaches out doubtfully and hopelessly in the dark, until the band rises and gives her direction with Delta blues guitar riffs and in-the-pocket drums and bass. Her already powerful voice seems enhanced and transformed by the Sun’s guidance. She claims to come from a poverty-stricken upbringing, and it takes time, experience and the rising and setting of many suns to dig yourself out of that hard life.

Find out more about Luella and the Sun on their website, like the band on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Catch Luella and the Sun and many more for FREE at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt on March 2nd. Click the poster below for full details!

RSVP HERE on Facebook and learn more about Third Shift here.


Related Posts:

Third Shift Spotlight: Los Colognes
Third Shift Spotlight: The Howlin’ Brothers

Third Shift Spotlight: The JAG


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