Molly Parden, Caleb Groh, and Ryan Bernal Team Up As Kid Swim, Release Single “L.Y.D.I.”

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Nashville’s such a talent-rich town that it’s staggering how much incredible music is written by songwriting friends and never sees the light of day. Fortunately, Kid Swim’s “L.Y.D.I” isn’t in that unreleased category, as it’s a shining example of what our community can create from chance meetings at live shows and having amazingly talented friends.

Songwriter Molly Parden is known for her in-demand background vocal work in the country and Americana genres in addition to her breathtaking 2016 EP With Me in the Summer. She grabbed the attention of producer and artist Ryan Bernal at a Caleb Groh show before meeting at The High Watt in 2015. Parden and Bernal started working together later in the year on a mix of new sounds, ideas and writing methods. They hit a wall in the process and sent their work to the artist who started the chain reaction: Caleb Groh. The result is single “L.Y.D.I.,” released as trio Kid Swim.

“L.Y.D.I.” plays on each member of Kid Swim’s strengths: Parden’s magnetic vocals, Groh’s knack for unique melodies and Bernal’s meticulous, charismatic production. Bernal says, “Most of the sounds you hear are either from an analog synth, drum machine, or an acoustic recording of a real sound. That blend of electro meets organic fit our personality best.”

It might be a bit before we hear another Kid Swim tune, as each member manages a packed individual projects. Parden starts on a new solo album this year, Bernal is working on soon-to-be announced projects, while Caleb Groh is recording two albums, an EP, and a folk opera! For now, take a listen to “L.Y.D.I” by Kid Swim below!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Cage The Elephant, Julien Baker, Okey Dokey, Daniella Mason, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Rubber Ball – Unpeeled” by Cage The Elephant
“Hometown” by Okey Dokey – Playing The Basement East on July 26
“Run Through The Desert” by The Cunning – Playing Mercy Lounge on August 4
“Tell Me It’s Over” by Daniella Mason
“L.Y.D.I.” by Kid Swim
“Flashback” by Bien
“Animal” by Stereo Specter
“Legends Are Made” by Sam Tinnesz

Touring artist additions

“Funeral Pyre” by Julien Baker – Playing Marathon Music Works on November 30
“I Know” by Shovels & Rope – Playing Pilgrimage Fest on September 23 & 24
“90210” by Dent May – Playing The Cobra on September 13

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Sam Tinnesz Forges Pop-Influenced Rock with Single “Legends Are Made”

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Nashville based songwriter and alt-pop artist Sam Tinnesz originally caught our attention with his full band project Wave & Rome, and now he’s stepping out on his own as a solo artist with upcoming debut LP Babel. The move comes as Tinnesz rides a wave of movie trailer placements that include Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Walking Dead, and The Hunger Games. We have the single “Legends Are Made” streaming exclusively here at No Country for New Nashville ahead of its release on Friday.

Produced by the fellow Nashvillian Matthew Bronleewe, “Legends Are Made” pulls from Tinnesz’s cinematic songwriting experience. Armed with blockbuster samples, anthemic vocal hooks and booming guitars, Tinnesz throws down the gauntlet to forge an alt-rock anthem. The dark, driving track recalls the pop shift Imagine Dragons pivoted towards this year.

Tinnesz says, “This song is definitely one of my favorites and by far the most aggressive off the LP. I wanted to write something that was an anthem for the underdogs and just something about the experience of digging deep and pulling out the best we have inside.”

Babel is set for an Aug. 25 release. To tide you over, take a listen to “Legends Are Made” below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: LCD Soundsystem, R.LUM.R, Blank Range, Noah Gundersen, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Woman” by Kesha
“Close Enough” by R.LUM.R – Playing Mercy Lounge on August 23
“In The Summer Light” by Trenton
“Miss Prince” by Republican Hair
“Brave” by Zayde Wølf
“Opening Band” by Blank Range – Playing Musicians Corner on August 19
“With Nothing But Our Last Words” by Sun Seeker
“Ballad Unknown” by Boy Bjorn

Touring artist additions

“call the police” by LCD Soundsystem – Playing Nashville Municipal Auditorium on October 20
“Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like)” by St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Playing Live on The Green on August 10
“The Sound” by Noah Gundersen – Playing Cannery Ballroom on October 26

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Kesha, Elliot Root, Wilder, The Rival, Royal Teeth, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist

Local music additions

“Praying” by Kesha
“Wicked Lies” by Elliot Root
“Walking on the Sun” by The Rival
“Got Some” by Tristen – Playing American Legion Post 82 on July 13
“Same Way” by Wilder – Playing The Ryman on September 19
“Play With Fire (feat. Yacht Money)” by Sam Tinnesz
“Blood + Guts” by Benjamin Poss

Touring artist additions

“The Underside of Power” by Algiers – Playing Mercy Lounge on September 18
“Wild” by Royal Teeth – Playing The High Watt on August 4
“Crew” by GoldLink – Playing Exit/In on September 3
“Shine a Light” by Shabazz Places – Playing Exit/In on September 12

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