The Whistles & The Bells, the local, eclectic musical vehicle of former Cadillac Sky frontman Bryan Simpson, have a busy January planned, with performances Jan. 15 at The High Watt with Albatross, Jan. 22 at The Basement with ChessBoxer, and Jan. 30, also at The Basement, with Jon Latham. While we’d highly recommend any/all of these great, low-dough local shows, we’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win tickets to the final one (1/30)! Below, you’ll find more info about Bryan and his opener at that date, and an entry form for tickets.
THE WHISTLES & THE BELLS
The new musical vehicle, and, by extension, personal journey of former Cadillac Sky frontman and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, Nashville’s The Whistles & The Bells is a project that has piqued our interest from day one. Simpson’s departure from his former band, who were beginning to build a cult following and who had worked under the production guidance of Dan Auerbach, mid tour, a tour wth Mumford and Sons no less, certainly left fans scratching their heads. However, it wasn’t so abrupt for Simpson himself, who had recently converted to Christianity and found himself being pulled down a different path. Some soul searching and reflection led Bryan to craft what would become The Whistles & The Bells, and he released a self-titled, full-length debut, produced by Vance Powell and recorded in just two days with the help of some talented friends and associates, in early 2014. Hard to pin down, The Whistles & The Bells combine elements of americana, folk, rock, blues, and more; a distinct, personal sound characterized by themes of faith and searching. With three chances to catch the group live, you really have no excuse not to catch a glimpse of one of Nashville’s best new acts.
Citing influences like Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, and Billy Bragg, local singer-songwriter Jon Latham is a perfect compliment to The Whistles & The Bells’ diverse sound. Raised in Georgia but now based in Nashville, Jon’s soulful voice and attention to nuanced, personal songwriter makes him an artist that should absolutely be on your radar.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
The Whistles & The Bells and Jon Lathum will perform Saturday, Jan. 30 at The Basement. The show is 21+, begins at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $5.