Former Nashville resident Coco Hames first made waves as a member of the underground garage rock trio The Ettes. Although she now calls Memphis home, she’s back in town tonight, June 13 for a headlining show at The Basement East in celebration of her debut solo album. Along with a first listen to her new tunes, you can hear the killer music of stylized country group Little Bandit, and local country traditionalist Joshua Hedley backed by Steelism, along with a reading from resident punk rocker Pujol. Tickets are still available here, so grab yours now and read on to learn more about the show!
Ten years ago, Coco Hames was still rocking and rolling alongside her two bandmates in the garage rock group The Ettes. The band parted ways in 2011, and gave Hames the opportunity to explore a new season of life while evolving her own sound. The result of that period is her first self-titled solo LP, which blossomed from the ups and downs of a past relationship. Instead of the edgy, grittier sound of the underground, Hames opted to move into the territory that ’60s pop singers like Dusty Springfield and Patsy Cline first blazed. The result is a reflective, hopeful and honest project that features all-star players like The Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence and The Whigs drummer Julian Dorio. If you’re looking for the perfect soundtrack to you summer, Coco Hames has it ready and waiting.
We’ve sung the praises of local DIY punk rocker Daniel Pujol (a.k.a. Pujol) for years now. Over the years, he’s supplied hard-hitting and energetic performances while showing off his incredible songwriting sensibilities. Last year’s EP, KISSES, showed off a new level of poetic artistry that mixes ’80s pop and psychedelia flawlessly alongside elements of classic and punk rock. And that’s no easy task. For this performance, however, Daniel will be flexing his strong literary knack (another medium in which he’s become increasingly prolific), and hosting a reading of new short stories and fiction.
A collection of some of Nashville’s best players, Little Bandit are a project that came together despite a myriad of busy schedules. Lead vocalist Alex Carass also plays in Adia Victoria’s band, while bassist Kevin Black and Luke Schneider are often playing alongside Margo Price. But their talents finally merged for their debut LP Breakfast Alone, a captivating project that splices traditional country themes with experimental and theatrical elements. Check out their video for “Best of Bad Luck” below, which was shot in East Nashville’s own Edgefield Bar & Grill.
JOSHUA HEDLEY w/ STEELISM
A longtime fixture of Robert’s Western World and of East Nashville’s country traditionalists, Joshua Hedley has made waves with his unmistakable voice. He was also a focus of the 2015 documentary film Heartworn Highways Revisited, which explores how the Nashville songwriting community evolved since the heyday of Guy and Susanna Clark and their closely-knit group of musical talents in the mid-1970s. His songs are impassioned and full of true honky-tonk themes, from love and lust to loss and sorrowful heartbreak. Site faves Steelism will also join Hedley for his performance.
Coco Hames, Pujol, Little Bandit, Joshua Hedley, and Steelism will perform tonight, June 13 at The Basement East. The show is 21+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $7-10.