World Cafe Nashville: A New Music Roundup

Hear Lillie Mae’s “You’ve Got Other Women for That” in this Brand-new Music Roundup.

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Hear Lillie Mae’s “You’ve Got Other Ladies for That” in this New Music Roundup

Misael Arriaga/Courtesy of the artist.

In the popular song world, artists’ windows of chance to break through seem shorter than ever. As quickly as they make names for themselves, they’re brushed aside by the next big batch of next big things, whose use of social networks is even more savvy, present-day and meme-worthy. Nashville is one destination for newbies looking for industry support in launching mainstream professions, but it’s just as much a place where music-makers progressively sustain themselves, and roll with the modifications over decades, and where those who have actually invested time in supporting roles build on their expert credibilities as they march front. Here’s a roundup of brand-new and current releases from artists in the midst of the long haul.

Chuck Mead

Chuck Mead, a veteran of hopped-up country music since his early ’90 s days with the youthful, educated revivalists BR549, has actually never ever felt the need to detach his sharp, roots-minded craft from its red-blooded balanced engine. Simply put, he’s not looking to mellow out. After celebrating a historic Nashville studio space previously this decade, he’s now made his Memphis album, Close To Home, whose track ” Big Bear In the Sky” speeds, lurches and rumbles beneath his vigorous, hiccupping jive.

Sarah Potenza

Sarah Potenza logged lots of blues-belting club gigs and a profile-boosting stint contending on The Voic e before she began making albums of her own, beginning with 2016’s Beast, whose soul-pop noise had brassy, blue-collar spirit. However it’s the follow-up Roadway to Rome(and its accompanying visuals) that more strongly captures Potenza’s earthy-yet-imperial display screens of outsized mindset and campy theatricality. During ” Diamond,” she teases, talks difficult and affirms in the name of self-love.

Adam Chaffins

On paper, aspects of Adam Chaffins’ path are as conventional as it gets for modern string bandperformers; he’s an item of rural Eastern Kentucky who’s logged a great deal of time as a bassist in significant bluegrass bands. However he’s also the sort of artist who’s attuned to the possible elegance of downhome types– the jazzy intricacy and expressive depth of bluegrass and country. Still taking gigs as a Nashville-based sideman, he just began launching solo work in 2015. His current billowy, balanced, unplugged performance of the Keith Whitley gem ” I’m Over You” artfully records transparent rejection and struggled pining.

Amelia White

Over the last number of years, East Nashville fixture Amelia White has actually developed a folk-pop brochure that’s as unfussy as it is constant in quality, and loaded with insinuating hooks, slyly sleepy singing and lean, jangly backing. “ Rhythm of the Rain,” the title cut of the album she launched in January, takes a look at the present political frenzy from a seasoned, bohemian eliminate.


Stephcynie completely honed her singing chops– through church singing, a formal, New York music education and a few years hustling as a Nashville pro-for-hire (whose gig load once consisted of a wedding band)– before expanding her identity as a solo artist. Her earliest releases covered a torchy-to-rootsy variety of guitar-driven singer-songerwriter pop, but with last October’s I Do Not Love You EP, she settled into a technique reliant on sparkling synth textures and smooth, neo-soul expressions sensuality and self-determination. Its title track is a showcase of fluttery, rueful rumination and totally focused carrying out existence.

Shannon Sanders

Shannon Sanders has actually seen the Nashville music company from every side, which’s not merely because of his distance to the action as a lifelong citizen. A sometime-front guy as well as a professional songwriter, keyboardist, manufacturer and choir arranger, he’s been hired on jobs spanning R&B, neo-soul, nation, gospel, roots and pop by acts who either operate out of Nashville or just utilize it as a recording location. He’s grown acquainted with so many working singers that he organized the Nashville Urban Choir, a group that’s brought a mass choir noise to awards programs and albums, and released ” Fight On,” a piece of anthemic message pop powered by a martial, hip-hop-inspired drum cadence.

Lillie Mae

Lillie Mae Rische was currently holding down gigs at tourist-targeted Nashville honky-tonks as a pre-teen, the singing, fiddle-playing kid sis in a family group that eventually weathered a dead-end major label deal. She got in Jack White’s thoroughly curated orbit in her twenties; initially she backed him on albums and tours, then releasing her first solo album as Lillie Mae on his 3rd Guy Records. Rische kept handling work as a side individual while also performing her own stuff and expanding her collection. On her approaching album Other Women, and its title track, she’s brought pointed perspective to her lyrics and airily jailing Laurel Canyon mystique to her tunes and arrangements.

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