Rodney Crowell Reflects on Music City’s Glory Days in “Nashville 1972”

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Yes, country music isn’t our usual focus here at No Country For New Nashville (hence the name), but sometimes there comes an artist, song or video that transcends genres. Rodney Crowell is respected for his incredible songwriting skills that transport you to another time and place. Like thousands of other musical hopefuls, he originally made the move from Texas to Nashville in the early 1970s. In those days, musicians like Guy Clark and Steve Earle were partying and writing together in the dark dive bars and old houses around town. In Crowell’s song “Nashville 1972,” he reminisces on those magical nights when he found himself meeting Willie Nelson and puking in the alley all in the same hour.

In his new video for the track, Crowell is shown roaming around the city as he recalls his early days. As he visits his old haunts, from Hermitage Cafe to Robert’s Western Wear, you’ll wish you could see the city’s old soul through his eyes.

And while Music City has become a hub for bachelorettes and boutique burgers in recent years, “Nashville 1972” is still a reminder that some things never change. The next time you head to Mickey’s or Melrose late on a weekday night, take a glance around for the guy or gal scribbling down lyrics while throwing back a beer. You might just be looking at the next big thing.

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Kishi Bashi to Play The Basement East April 7 with Tall Tall Trees

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Back in 2012, multi-instrumentalist and violin virtuoso K Ishibashi, better known by his pseudonym Kishi Bashi, burst onto the scene with his debut full-length LP 151A. Since then, he’s evolved his unique mixture of orchestral pop tinged with experimental riffs and rhythms that always leave you guessing. With his latest album, 2016’s Sonderlust, he confronts the chaos and pain of heartbreak along with the struggle to stay inspired artistically. The result is a soaring and intricately weaved collection of songs that range from plucky, folk-inspired ballads to ’70s inspired electro-dance tracks.

Now, he’s bringing his ever-surprising sound to Nashville for a headlining show at The Basement East on April 7. Those lucky enough to be in attendance can also catch Ishibashi’s friend and frequent collaborator Tall Tall Trees, who’ll supply some of his trademark psychedelic banjo tunes. Tickets for the show are on sale now for $16, so grab them while you can. To tide you over until show day, enjoy Kishi Bashi’s hypnotizing new single “Can’t Let Go, Juno” below.

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Okey Dokey and Night Beds’ Winston Yellen Team Up for “Always Never”

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Just two months after the release of their album Love You, Mean It, local group Okey Dokey are already gearing up to share a new project. This summer, members Aaron Martin and Johnny Fisher are set to drop a collaborative LP that features tracks composed by a range of artists, including Rayland Baxter and Wild Child. This week, the duo are giving us a sneak peek of what’s to come with “Always Never,” a rhythmic cut featuring the vocals of Night BedsWinston Yellen.

Like their Christmas cover with Kansas Bible Company, the song was recorded at Handmade Studios in West Nashville. The driving beat and hooky chorus will immediately suck you in, but take a minute to really study the subtle but surprising lyrics that follow the mindset of a man questioning everything in his life, including his sexuality. Be on the look out for more impressive collabs from Okey Dokey, and check out “Always Never” after the jump.

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Uncle Knuckle Fights Self Destruction with Hypnotic “Brush Yer Teeth”

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It’s hard to find singularly unique voices in Nashville’s ever-growing swarm of talents, but sometimes you can find that one sound that stands out from the rest. Chris Plank, a.k.a. Uncle Knuckle, has a deep, rich voice that immediately takes hold of the listener. We’re very excited to exclusively share his new tune “Brush Yer Teeth,” a entrancing musical reminder to treat ourselves right. You only live once, after all.

Uncle Knuckle describes his innovative sound as a clever mix of classic songwriting and “Space Odyssey soundtrack b-sides, back lined by beats from your favorite ’80s power ballad.” The self-professed lo-fi junky “presents the struggle in the everyday. Pulling from a life of love, loss, anarchy and motorcycles, every melancholic dance tune sheds light on the next.”

Stay tuned for more new tracks from Uncle Knuckle coming soon, and give a listen to “Brush Yer Teeth” below.

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Easy Roscoe Battle Heartbreak in Fierce New Single “Empty Handed”

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If you missed the killer Acme showcase from Easy Roscoe last year, you skipped out on a true party. Known for their rocking live shows, the band have been honing their sound while recording a trove of new material.

Constantly at work on new tunes, Easy Roscoe released their impressive Piñata EP last year. But just a few months later, the boys are already back with a brand new single called “Empty Handed,” and it’s just as rhythmic and infectious as you’d expect. Although the lyrics talk about being beaten down by heartbreak, the rolling electric guitars and on-point percussion keep plenty of power driving through each line.

They just wrapped up a string of local dates, but don’t be surprised to see Easy Roscoe playing a hometown gig sooner rather than later. Until then, tide yourself over by checking out “Empty Handed” below.

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