As a boy growing up in Atlanta, Jordan Jeffares would lie on his bed and listen to music on his headphones for hours. “I don’t know, I was just one of those people,” says Jordan, the musician and songwriter known by his band/moniker Snowden.
To truly embrace the music heritage of the South, you have to go a step beyond big-city meccas such as Nashville, Memphis, Austin and New Orleans.
One of the bands that we caught up with at this year’s SXSW was The Rocketboys. After reflecting on their career and discussing the new album they are currently working on, we thought we’d share some of our conversation with lead singer Brandon Kinder.
In our fast-paced, consumer-centric world, more and more people are looking for reasons to slow down – to actually experience something, instead of indiscriminant consumption. In the realm of music culture, nothing epitomizes that desire more than vinyl.
Perusing a record store in Nashville is one of the most quintessential experiences – and city-specific pleasures – of living in Music City.
We vividly remember the first time we heard Wild Cub – the Nashville-based band formed in 2012 by Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock. We had just listened to Alabama Shakes bring down the house at Billy Reid’s annual Shindig, and what followed at the after party was supposed to be just the bonus part of the night.
Born 113 miles north of Nashville in Owensboro, Kentucky, Mike Grimes says he was bitten by the music bug when he was just 3 years old. But it wasn’t until August 27, 1975, when he saw KISS live in front of fewer than 2,000 people, that he decided music would be his life.
Making your way to the back of Austin’s Deep Eddy Cabaret, the fixtures feel timeless. From the jukebox in the back, to the people sitting at the bar, everything looks like it has stayed the same since its inception in 1951.
After a three-year musical hiatus, Duquette Johnston has returned with Rebel King – an EP that essentially serves as a preview for his upcoming full-length album, Rabbit Runs a Destiny, due out later this year.
Ben Swank, the former drummer for the Soledad Brothers, may be from Ohio, but since coming to Nashville in 2009 to found Third Man Records’ physical home (Jack White’s label had existed without one since 2001) with White and Ben Blackwell, he has become quite the Music City fixture.