[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Caroline Culver Gets “Honest” in New Lyric Video

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Atlanta raised, Nashville based indie folk rock singer Caroline Culver made her stunning debut just a few weeks ago with vulnerable and earnest first single “Honest,” a haunting and heartfelt navigation of maintaining an honest and true sense of self and emotional clarity in the midst of a relationship that isn’t right. If you haven’t yet, you can stream the single now on your platform of choice, but, today, we’re beyond thrilled to bring you a special new release from Caroline- an exclusive premiere of her brand new lyric video for the single!

“It’s easy to lose sight of who you are when you’re with the wrong person,” Culver explains, “So I wrote this song about not being real with yourself and the relationship you are in. It’s also about finding my honest self expression as an artist.” True to the ethos of the song, Caroline’s lyric video is atmospheric and personal, a sort of stylish and timeless and reflective spot that shows the singer lost in thought, pacing around a decorated room with an almost surreal, retro presentation and editing style.

“‘Honest’ is about being in denial and hiding from your real emotions,” Culver adds, on the song’s broader meaning, “Whether those feelings stem from a toxic relationship or something else; I think no matter what- the most important thing to do in life is get real- confront these things. This song grows a new meaning in my life as I continue to sit with it. As a person, I strive to be honest with everything I do; I hope to be transparent with my songs. So ‘Honest’ has really helped me find my self expression as an artist.”

An impressive newcomer in the local scene who we’ll surely be keeping a close eye on, as she channels the wistful, confessional folk rock of Phoebe Bridgers and the atmospheric pop prowess and mysterious allure of Banks, with a dash of edgier rock and roll bite, “Honest” is, already, one of our favorite local singles of the year, brought to life with even more texture and palette in Caroline Culver’s first lyric video. Watch that brand new video below, and follow Caroline on the social media links at the bottom of the page for further updates!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Liza Anne, Tristen, Hayley Williams, Virghost, Louis the Child, Joe Daccache, & 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

“Bad Vacation” by Liza Anne
“Nothing” by Sad Penny
“Salty Tears” by Tristen
“Over Yet” by Hayley Williams
“A Little Bit of Love” by Kate Tucker
“A Few More Hours at YYZ” by Billy Raffoul
“Sorry Now” by Jill Andrews
“Not So Bad” by Lackhoney
“Astro” by 2’Live Bre
“Better View” by Virghost
“Black Ivy” by Jon Santana, James Droll
“All On You” by Super Duper
“Better Days” by Joe Daccache
“sad hungry lonely” by Juliette Reilly
“Sleeping With A Ghost” by Eulene
“Come For Me” by Notelle
“Bad News” by Phenix Red
“Being Human – Bad Robot Session” by Chaz Cardigan

Touring artist additions

“Road Warrior” by Allan Rayman – Playing Mercy Lounge on May 15
“Little Things (with Quinn XCX)” by Louis the Child – Playing Ascend Amphitheater on August 6
“Carefree” by RAC, LeyeT – Playing Exit/In on June 19

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[NO COUNTRY PREMIERE] Kate Tucker Shares “A Little Bit of Love” with New Single

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Photo by Shayan Asgharnia

Songwriter and filmmaker Kate Tucker has been a treasure to the Nashville indie scene since moving here from New York in 2011. We’ve always admired the way Kate captures massive, sweeping feelings and events without leaving behind the intimate, day-to-day moments. She’s created music here while experiencing historic natural disasters, rich musical collaborations, changing city landscapes and now, a pandemic. We’re grateful to premiere her single “A Little Bit of Love” ahead of the release of Singles Club, a series of songs full of life and energy.

“A Little Bit of Love” pulls us in with a hooky nursery-rhyme melody and an affirmation to use in the face of everything going down in our world right now. Written and produced by Tucker and Gregory Lattimer (Albert Hammond Jr, The Strokes), Tucker says, “It felt like my twenties, living in Brooklyn, walking across the Williamsburg Bridge in the summertime to go see my friends’ band on the Lower East Side, that sense of anticipation when the city lights come on across the water and everything is just about to happen. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, or how much money you have in your pocket — there’s a magic to it and everyone feels alive for at least one moment. That’s what New York is to me. Even though those days were rough and I was scrapping, I always somehow had enough and that’s where I learned that a little bit of love goes a long, long way.”

Growing up in a family of truck drivers, Tucker became acquainted with the American road from an early age. A sense of place, space, home, and the vast unknown continues to inform her work in both mood and lyric. Perhaps this frequent travel set in motion what would become her own musical journey, cutting her teeth in Akron rock clubs, moving to France to busk in the streets of Paris, setting off for Seattle to start a band, only to hit the road again for NYC to finally land in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tucker is currently in Nashville writing for her new record, and directing Comeback Evolution, a documentary on the life and work of artist Walter Delbridge. Her full length LP and the film are both set for release in 2021. For now, listen to “A Little Bit of Love” below.

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Moon Taxi, Billy Raffoul, Fly Golden Eagle, Lily Hiatt, Hardcastle, The Foxies, & 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

“Hometown Heroes” by Moon Taxi
“Swimming in the Deep End” by Billy Raffoul
“Drunk” by Brooke Alexx
“If I Could Dance” by Quinn Lewis
“Spinnin” by Fly Golden Eagle
“Cape Fear” by Blonde Bones
“Brightest Star” by Lily Hiatt
“Growing Pains” by Hardcastle
“Miner’s Canary” by Vanessa Carlton
“American Steel” by Van Darien
“The World is Ending” by Brent Cobb
“If Sorry Won’t Cut It” by Charlotte Leigh
“Home” by Mercy Bell
“See You in the Dark” by Daisha McBride, Justin Starling
“Call Me When Your Phone Dies” by The Foxies
“make it” by LVRBOY, STRUAN
“One and the Same” by Jeffrey James
“Take It Back” by Mokita, Ella Vos

Touring artist additions

“Coming Apart” by Joywave – Playing Mercy Lounge on September 2
“FIGURES” by Jessie Reyez – Playing Brooklyn Bowl on June 8 

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Brooke Alexx Navigates Intoxicating Effects of Attraction in New Single “Drunk”

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It seems like ages ago given everything that’s happened in the world since, but it was only last month that local singer Brooke Alexx dropped one of our favorite pop tunes of the year, “Downplay,” which she followed not long after with a stunning, self-directed music video.

We told you more about Brooke at the time, and why she’s primed to become one of Nashville’s next big breakout artists, already channeling the aesthetic, talent, and poise of an accomplished pop star. And though we heard then that she had more music on the way, with the isolation of social distancing and a total lack of live music right now, we’re more eager than ever for any new release we can get, and Alexx’s latest, “Drunk” is definitely the bop we need to keep our quarantine playlists fresh.

Co-written with Mary Kutter, Noah Lubert, and Brian Alexander, co-produced by Lubert and Yuval Maayan (who also mixed), engineered by by Chase Coy and Lubert, mastered by Amy Marie, and featuring photography by Luke Rogers, “Drunk” is, like “Downplay,” a confident and vibey pop tune with slick and propulsive production, boasting much more groove and genre-bending flair than we typically hear from modern electro-pop, and showcasing her powerful and unique vocal prowess.

Despite the title, “Drunk” is actually the opposite of a drinking song, instead chronicling the intoxicating and emboldening effects of sudden attraction, more powerful than any cocktail. Awash with hypnotic hooks and just begging to start a bedroom dance party, “Drunk” is exactly the catchy, cool, and lighthearted tune with need for these challenging times (and a certainly the perfect banger for those warm weather playlists). Stream it below, and keep an eye out for more from Brooke Alexx soon!

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