Alanna Royale Tease “New music, New sound, New lineup” at March 7 Exit/In Show


We’ve written about breakout local act Alanna Royale more times than we can count at this point (since literally their first show), and for good reason- they’re one of the absolute best bands to emerge from Music City in recent years. After moving from Boston in the summer of 2012, frontwoman Alanna Quinn-Broadus and guitarist Jared Colby quickly and organically formed what would become a soulful horn-infused funk/r&b outfit, exploding onto the scene mere months later with no recorded music but one hell of a turbocharged live show. They quickly became the buzziest new act in Nashville, and went on to release an EP in early 2013, shortly before nabbing a spot at Bonnaroo and beginning to tour, then dropping their debut LP, Achilles, in 2014.

In the half decade since, Alanna have continued their rise as a critically-beloved, road-worn musical powerhouse, cementing their status as legends in the local scene, and upping the ambitions of their sound with fantastic 2018 sophomore LP, So Bad You Can Taste It. More recently, the group have continued to perform around town and on the road, trying out some different lineup configurations and remaining a favorite of festival settings. All the while they’ve been working on new music too, and ahead of their first local show of the year, March 7 at Exit/In, the group have been teasing “new music, a new sound, and a new lineup.” We’re always first to recommend catching any Alanna Royale show you can, but with intriguing changes on the horizon, it sounds like this particular performance, which takes place before they hit the road with Monophonics, should be a high priority.

Tickets are available here, and Whoa Dakota and Julia Cannon will open the show!

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Watch Daniella Mason Squad Up with Cam, Alanna Royale, Bantug, and More for “Woman Lover Powerful” Video


Nashville pop artist, songwriter, and vocal superstar Daniella Mason got a whole squad together in the video for her single “Woman Lover Powerful.” The visual production features heavy hitters in the Nashville music community: Cam, Alanna Royale, Bantug, Sinclair, Jamiah, Robyn Harris, Nightbirde, Jacqueline Day and Carine Abraham. The all-star affair shows a studio hang with a gorgeous color palette and pop-up quotes from Dolly Parton, Rebecca West, and Lucille Ball.

Mason says, “I wanted this video to tell the story that I’ve been storing deep in my belly for a long time— the rage and triumph over what society has demanded from me as far back as I can remember,” Mason tells Billboard. “But I didn’t want it to be a lonely tale of an angry woman scorned. I wanted to inject a sense of camaraderie, a sense of diverse thought and emotion, and all the things we are. I wanted to inject my community. Cue: all of my favorite Nashville lady artists joining me in my quest!”

“Woman Lover Powerful” is an affirming anthem that amplifies the perspective of strong women in Mason’s life. “I wrote this for every woman who has been made to feel less than, or has been told to pick a lane, or to sit down, or to be quiet,” she says. “I hope this can serve as a reminder of our power, when days get long and hard.”

The “Woman Lover Powerful” video drops ahead of the early 2020 release of Mason’s upcoming Physical State EP. Physical State is a continuation of her State of Mine sound series that includes previously released EPs Mental State and Emotional State. Mason has consistently been a No Country favorite since dropping “Shade of You” back in 2014, so we’re looking forward to the artist’s big 2020 plans! Watch the video for “Woman Lover Powerful” below. (more…)

New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: American Authors, Billy Raffoul, Spazz Cardigan, Xandra Lee, Playboi Carti, & More


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

“Say Amen” by Billy Raffoul, American Authors
“cool for you” by Julia Knight
“Please Don’t Try To Stop Me” by Kirsten Arian
“Cemetery” by COIN
“DOIDOIT” by Spazz Cardigan
“Say Whatever” by Jonie
“Vessels to You” by Super Duper
“Connection” by Xandra Lee
“Until It Ends” by Genuine Joy
“Hell or High Water” by Ben Donaher
“Life in the Goldilocks Zone” by Parker Gispert
“Diy” by Peachy
“Forgotten Kindness” by Oginalii
“Change Your Lock” by Blank Range
“It’s Not Yours” by Alanna Royale
“Rain” by Jess Coppens
“La Di Da” by Lennon Stella
“Down Together” by Jordan Xidas
“Lie to Me (Lazarus #2)” by PONCÉ

Touring artist additions

“Sunshine” by Playboi Carti – Playing Marathon Music Works on November 25
“FUN!” by Vince Staples – Playing Bridgestone Arena on December 2

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville on our Nashville Spotify playlist!

REVIEW: Live On The Green ft. Trampled By Turtles, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Parquet Courts, & Alanna Royale | 8.23.18 [PHOTOS]

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Live on the Green
w/ Trampled By Turtles, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Parquet Courts, Alanna Royale
Public Square Park; Nashville, TN
August 23, 2018

Review by Matt Hall. Photos by Jeremy Harris.

It’s hard to believe that last week was already the third Live On The Green event of their tenth annual season. After a great kickoff week, which included Dispatch, The Wood Brothers, Mt. Joy, and Roscoe & Etta, and a strong week two lineup including Cold War Kids, Car Seat Headrest, Colony House, and *repeat repeat, the free, all ages fest hit its halfway point this past week with bluegrass folk outfit Trampled By Turtles, breakout indie rock sensation Rainbow Kitten Surprise, garage punks Parquet Courts, and the soulful sounds of local rockers Alanna Royale.

LOTG wraps this week with an epic three-day affair extending across two stages Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with performers like Jimmy Eat World, Dr. Dog, X Ambassadors, Matt and Kim, The Wild Feathers, Lissie, Savannah Conley, and Natalie Prass to look forward to, but, before we preview the exciting weekend ahead, take a look at our recap and photos from week three below!

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Catch Trampled By Turtles, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Parquet Courts, & Alanna Royale | Thurdsay, Aug. 23 @ Live On The Green


Live on the Green is in full swing as the third week of the 10th season of the annual, free outdoor fest goes down this Thursday, Aug. 23 at Public Square Park. Per the format adopted a few years back, Live on the Green runs four consecutive Thursdays, and culminates with an epic three-day, two-stage finale. Once again boasting an exciting and stacked lineup, this season will feature performances from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Matt & Kim, Cold War Kids, Dr. Dog, Car Seat Headrest, X Ambassadors, ZZ Ward, Parquet Courts, and more! After a great first night which included Dispatch, The Wood Brothers, Mt. Joy, and Roscoe & Etta, the event tried to best itself with a stellar week two featuring Cold War Kids, Car Seat Headrest, Colony House, and *repeat repeat. While you would think that would be hard to top, it returns this Thursday with another solid lineup featuring beloved local neo-soul rockers Alanna Royale, garage punk outfit Parquet Courts, indie rock sensations Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and bluegrass folk rock studs Trampled By Turtles.  With a predicted high temperature in the mid ’80s with low humidity on Thursday, this is one event where weather whiners and true music fans will all rejoice.

Per usual, LOTG is free and all ages, and music will run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be plenty of food and alcohol vendors on site to meet your needs. Parking is $10 at the Public Square Park Garage below the festival site and $5 at Nissan E and F lots across the Woodland St Bridge, and various other garages and street parking options are available on the surrounding blocks (also, ride share is relatively simple with designated drop off and pick up spots). If you’re looking to up the ante on your LOTG experience, VIP tickets and backstage passes are typically available for purchase, however they generally sell out in advance. And finally, the tradition of an official LOTG after party is back this year, beginning each week at 11 p.m. at The Valentine on Broadway. Find out more about this week’s installment below, and find out more about the entire season on Live on the Green’s site.

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