Mon, Apr. 15th, 2013
BMI, Bonnaroo and NASHVILLE SCENE present
8 off 8th: Road To Bonnaroo 2013
featuring Billy Swayze, Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders, Jacob Jones, Meth Dad, Ponychase, RI¢HIE, Tipper Whore & The Wans
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Road To Bonnaroo 2013
Raised in the south, Billy's music is a unique blend of soul, acoustic-pop and rock with elements of ambient, trip-hop and psychedelia. He's been writing and recording since the age of 14 and is releasing his new CD this July. Billy's performances are dynamic, from intimate Otis-inspired gospel harmonies to alt-pop acoustic songcraft to foot-stomping Stones meets Stooges barn burners. Billy's current band lineup features musicians from past projects as well as top talent from the Nashville scene.
Passion for music runs deep in Billy's veins. His cousin Roderick Falconer / Rod Taylor was a prolific rock singer/songwriter on Geffen Records who produced seven albums before launching his film career. Intent on carrying on the family tradition, Billy's journey continues.
Cy Barkley and the Way Outsiders
Cy Barkley has a seven inch out on Baby Don't Records. You can get it at babydont.blogspot.com . ...... BUY THE RECORD AT BABYDONT.BLOGSPOT.COM
Jacob Jones has spent his entire life on the move and so between alt-country music and his GQ-approved KEEP ON MOVIN! Dance Party DJ sets, so pursuing a life of a troubadour wasn’t quite the stretch for him as it might be for others. Having lived in various Indiana, Kentucky and Georgia towns by the age of ten and spending a brief stint of time in New York City before recently making Nashville his home, Jones has been pursuing Americana rock ‘n roll in earnest for over half a decade now.
Thus far Jones has found success with his LPBound For Glory and EP Volume One EP, consecutively. “Jacob’s brand of whiskey-fueled, hangover loomin’ country tunes (chased with rock and roll roots) makes for a raucous good time at his live show and supreme listening on his self-released LP,” said American Songwriter.
But this January 29th 2013, Jones will be releasing his next full length, Good Timin’ In Waynetown. This record combines the alt-country tones of Jason Isbell and the raw rock sensibilities of Chuck Berry to make for the sounds of the perfect southern gentleman.
Whether its an anthem about a night out on the town like the title track, a rollicking call for more good times on “Play It Loud, Ray!” or a swoon worthy song to his sweetheart on “My Girl Is Sweeter Than Yours” Jacob Jones knows how to, as his website’s headline suggests, “honky tonk yourself to death.”
Few bands can boast a back story as impressively bonkers as the world famous METH DAD.
After being canned from the American shot-put team at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing for his "party boy" attitude, Tyler Walker, AKA METH DAD vowed to give up his life of ball throwing and embrace one of, well… ball throwing. In the next 3 years he built a name for himself as the biggest and best one man party show in the galaxy.
But life on the FBIs most wanted list took it's toll. In December of 2011 he returned to America for the first time in 18 months, explaining that he had to come back because "You can't get any decent cheese in Djibouti." Things looked bleak for our hero; in January of 2012 he was found guilty on multiple accounts of bamboozlement, party-rocking and sorcery, and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. METH DAD quietly accepted his sentence, saying he planned on devoting his many years of solitude to "booty bass and gaining immortality."
But fans were less patient. In the following year the MDLA (METH DAD Liberation Army) launched a massive grassroots campaign of guerrilla concerts, blue angel fly overs, senate walk outs and submarine sinkings. Threatened by a government in shambles, In the fall of 2012 President Obama offered to pardon METH DAD in return for his penning of a new national anthem.
But national wasn't the word for it at all. Global, universal or down right satisfying would be more fitting terms for METH DAD's opus "No Parents" which was released on New Year's Day 2013 and is still ranking number 1 on over 137 different music charts worldwide. In what has been described by Newsweek as "the only true phenomena" a massive, world wide simultaneous broadcast of the single on Martin Luther King day 2013 has ushered in a new era of peace, which some historians are calling a 2nd pax romana, that has to date doubled the total number of days in recorded history without war.
Not content to just merely write the best song ever, METH DAD spent much of this past spring working on his debut full length "POSI VIBES" and assembling the first ever METH DAD MEGA BAND. So what does METH DAD have planned for the rest of 2013, no one knows for sure, but to quote Jay-Z "A future filled with METH DAD is terrifying; a future without him is certain death."
In the beginning, Ponychase was the pseudonym under which Jordan Caress recorded a series of home demos. These demos didn't quite fit into what had come to be associated with her name based on her work with Americana band Korean is Asian, or an acoustic, ambient solo record. She wondered if she could even find like-minded musicians in Nashville to help her bring this dreamy, earnest synth pop to life. She serendipitously met Beth Cameron, of the beloved Nashville band Forget Cassettes, who had just returned to Nashville after a brief stint in Chicago. After an exchange of demos and favorite records, Cameron, a talented singer/songwriter and guitarist, was on board. Jordan enlisted her talented brother Alex Caress, to play synths, and electronic drummer Brian Siskind (co-producer of Caress's 2008 EP), thus creating a foursome bound by blood and a long musical history.
RI¢HIE is connected to the core of the earth and the furthest reaches of outer space through the magic of electricity. Check out this streaming pre-release of "WELCOME TO MY DREAMS." The limited run of 100 cassettes is about to hit the road with us on our November tour opening up for Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Tipper Whore was formed during the early, blurry hours of April Fools Day, 2012, in a record room in (East) Nashville, TN. It all started like any other band. For practice, Megan would fly in from Oregon and Nick would drive down from Michigan. Kelly would make quiche and Ryan would bake cupcakes. Meredith and Jason would provide the cheap handle of booze and a garage to play in. Tipper Whore just wants to have a good time and make enough money to pay off our noise ordinance violations, support a top shelf alcohol addiction and trash fancy hotel rooms without giving a shit. The band features former members of The Lolligags, Dr. Dook, Bent Fur, New Designs in Architecture, and one person who plays the shovel.
Since they formed in 2012, The Wans have been unleashing shotgun blasts of rock & roll that have resounded from their hometown of Nashville (American Songwriter) all the way to London (NME). They’ve already opened for artists such as Pearl Jam, Beck and the Black Lips, and their music has been featured on ABC’s Nashville, A&E’s Longmire and USA’s Necessary Roughness.
Their new album He Said, She Said (released 9/9/14) was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Jason Isbell) & mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys). The band wrote over 40 songs for the new record before whittling them down—with the aid of producer Cobb —to the 10 best. “We tracked all the songs in one week at Dave’s studio, which is completely analog,” says lead singer/guitarist Simon Kerr. “He has this old mixing board that some of our favorite albums were recorded on—The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin. The sound of that board really guided us on He Said, She Said. We cut it completely live—even the vocals.”
“And we were at Dave’s the whole time—basically slept on his floor the week we made the record,” says drummer Mark Petaccia. “We’d sleep for an hour or two a night then wake up, drink some whiskey and get back to recording. It was intense, but it was fun.”
On He Said, She Said, The Wans channel both the classic riff rock of Led Zeppelin & Cream and the grunge of ’90s bands like Nirvana & Soundgarden, but with a modern twist. “We’re all massive fans of ’60s rock and most certainly the early-’90s grunge movement,” says bassist Thomas Bragg, “but we didn’t really go into this planning to make a ’90s-sounding record. Once the album was finished, though, it had certainly gone in that direction, and we all looked at each other and knew we had something special.” The songs on He Said, She Said possess the same swagger as on the band’s 2012 self-titled debut EP, but they’re more focused than ever. And they’re all pretty much about drunken one night stands & break ups. (“Not that I endorse any of those things,” Kerr laughs.)
The Wans picked up their name from transplant Kerr’s hometown back in Ireland. “It’s everyday slang in Derry,” he says. “Pretty much, it means ‘The Ones,’ but the way it’s spelled is the way it’s pronounced in an Irish accent. So now everyone has to pronounce it that way!”
With the release of He Said, She Said, a new music video for the single track "never win', a summer and fall tour as well as some prime festival appearances at the Hangout, Forecastle and Austin City Limits, 2014 was quite a breakout year for The Wans. Stay tuned in 2015.