No Country Christmas Carol Show Spotlight: Magnolia Sons | TONIGHT December 19 @ The Stone Fox

2013 Caroling Party

Twas a week before Christmas, but by all accounts,

Not a soul was rejoicing, except in the South.

Where musicians were stringing guitars with great care,

Preparing to carol at to-night’s affair.

No Country was busy, all up to their heads,

Printing off lyrics, and scouring for threads’.

So you can all sing, and you can all clap,

And win some free drinks, donning old Christmas crap.

El El will be there, with synth-poppy clatter,

And Tesla Rossa — oh what brains they will splatter.

Don’t forget Pretty Ugly what a name that band has,

Just like that old Brandon — his forces of jazz.

Luella is hot, much hotter than snow,

Like Sherbert and Richie, and ol’ Josh Farrow.

All Them Witches will rock, and bust up your ears,

But no need to fear — Cotton Wine will be here.

And Ms. Heidi Feek — she’s getting big quick,

Like  Thelma and friends, boy they lay it on thick.

And Waterfall Wash, but wait! That’s not all!

There’s Magnolia Sons, most of soulful of all.

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Carbon Leaf w/ Andrew Duhon | TONIGHT @ The High Watt


Even if you’re not into adult-alternative roots/jam-rock, you have to respect bands like Carbon Leaf. Though the genre experienced a renaissance in the ’90s with the rise of names like Blues Traveler and DMB, it remains perhaps the most “blue-collar” domain of popular music. Blue-collar not necessarily in terms of the genre’s audience, but in terms of the work-ethic of the bands that occupy it.  At Carbon Leaf‘s stop tonight at the High Watt, the Richmond, Virginia natives will be drawing on material from 15 albums (the last five of which were independently recorded and released), will be showcasing their prowess on the tin-whistle, bouzouki, bodhran, uilleann bagpipes, mandolin and fiddle (in addition, of course, to the guitar, drums, and bass), and will be coming off of 22 prior performances in October alone. So, ask yourself, 1: What have I done today? and 2: Who deserves my $10 more than Carbon Leaf?

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Luella and the Sun Benefit Preview: DUGAS

Are you excited to come out and show your support at this Friday’s Luella and the Sun Benefit Show at Mercy Lounge yet? We certainly are.  In case you haven’t heard, Luella and the Sun guitarist, Joe McMahan, recently lost a portion of his home and their studio to a fire, and we’re helping to put on a benefit show with some of Nashville’s best talent to help out one of the most kick-ass bands we have here in town.  Yesterday, we published an interview with Justin Townes Earle, who will be performing at the event.  Today, we bring you an interview from a recent chat we had with Sarah Dugas of local duo DUGAS, who we are thrilled to see.  We caught up with Sarah about her thoughts on DUGAS’s music, Luella, and flea markets. Follow on after the jump to read the interview and sample some of their tuneage.
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[Ticket Giveaway] Truth and Salvage Co. | @ Exit/In | Tuesday 7.23

It’s my opinion that well-written, non-trite website bios are extraordinarily difficult to come by in the world of music, so it’s quite a treat when I dig up those that just say it much better than I was ever going to. From Truth and Salvage Co.‘s website:

Afraid of destruction?  Doom got ya down?  Flirting with disaster on the dark side of town?  Truth & Salvage Co. is just the band to keep the bad times from getting you down.  Something resilient and genuinely hopeful reaches out from this West Coast-dappled, Southern-tinged outfit.  They are steadfast purveyors of a silver lining for gray-cloud days whose music is a beautiful rag ‘n’ bone buffet of unshakeable rock, classic country strains, unfiltered blues, and folk’s bonhomie, accented with winningly human harmonies – i.e. great American music in the heartiest melting pot tradition of the Byrds and the Band, substantive fare with radio-ready pop instincts that coalesces into some of the most readily enjoyable, soul-nourishing music being made today.

[Preview] Nashville Scene Sounds Like Summer | Mercy Lounge, Cannery, & High Watt | 7.19-7.20


I don’t always go out. But when I do, I usually prefer to go out to Mercy Lounge, Cannery, or High Watt. As I mentioned in last week’s  TWiN, there is no better place to “maximize your weekend-ly intake of beer, loud music, and general shenanigans than at good ‘ol 1 Cannery Row, Nashville ,TN. It should come as no surprise that Mercy, Cannery, and High Watt are hosting the bills to beat for not one but both nights this weekend. This Friday and Saturday, local blogosphere competitors (and friends) Nashville Scene/Nashville Cream will be taking over all three venues for their Sounds Like Summer/Nashville Cream Anniversary Party with a stellar lineup that might even give our own recent 2-Year Anniversary Party a run for its money. Just maybe. And here’s a little extra sugar to sweeten the deal: No Country writer Phillip Obenschain will be spinning tuneage at Mercy Lounge in between sets on Friday, and yours truly will be taking over Cannery Ballroom on Saturday. So rest assured, you’ll be hearing great music all night long!

Follow after the jump to get the deets for both nights, and I’ll be giving you a pick for each venue on each night.

Click Here for a Preview of Each Night