The Whistles & The Bells, the local, eclectic musical vehicle of former Cadillac Sky frontman Bryan Simpson, are winding down a busy January, originally planning to play three local shows across three weeks, but down to two after last weekend was snowed out. Saturday night, Jan. 30 at The Basement should more than make up for it though, when they band are joined by Jon Latham for what’s sure to be a weekend highlight. Read on for details!
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.
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.