Mon, Apr. 15th, 2013 · Mercy Lounge · FREE!

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

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

Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 9:00pm
Ages: 21+
Mercy Lounge
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

8 off 8th

BMI presents 8 off 8th

Sponsored by Yuengling & Blackstone Brewery

Whether it's launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th's rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. Every Monday night at Mercy Lounge, come enjoy $1 off all Yuengling and Brooklyn Brewery products while you soak in the sounds of Nashville's finest musical offerings.


Road To Bonnaroo 2013

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NASHVILLE, January 10, 2013 – Celebrating its fifth year as Nashville’s most heated and entertaining band competition, the Road to Bonnaroo contest, co-sponsored by BMI, Mercy Lounge, Yuengling, Nashville Scene, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, will pit 24 bands with Nashville ties head-to-head for three coveted slots at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, slated for June 13-16 in Manchester, Tennessee. The Road to Bonnaroo will take place over three designated nights of BMI’s free 8 off 8th showcase, with eight bands performing each night. Venue partner Mercy Lounge will host the live-action litmus tests, scheduled for February 25, March 25, and April 15.
To select each evening’s top contender, an industry panel comprising local music journalists, bloggers, and 8 off 8th hosts will contribute one half of the verdict, while fan voting through onsite ballots will determine the other half.
The first round of finalists for round one of the 2013 Road to Bonnaroo competition will be announced on January 21, 2013.
Fly Golden Eagle, Wild Cub, and By Lightning! claimed last year’s slots. Ultimately, in addition to promoting the town’s next crop of fresh faces, The Road to Bonnaroo competition uniquely celebrates the city’s homegrown and transplanted indie sounds—and thrusts the freshest faces, ready for their close-ups, out of the roost.
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The 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is slated for June 13-16, in Manchester, Tennessee. A four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm, Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival's 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theater performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village. For its peaceful vibe, near-flawless logistics, and unrivaled entertainment options, Rolling Stone magazine named this revolutionary entertainment experience one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.
BMI proudly presents "8 off 8th," the free weekly showcase held 9 p.m. every Monday at Nashville music venue Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row, off 8th Avenue South). Hosted by a rotating lineup of music community impresarios, each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville's bourgeoning indie rock scene. Whether it's launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th's rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 550,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. BMI’s impressive roster of indie songwriters includes such artists as Passion Pit, Cat Power, Imagine Dragons, Shins, Grizzly Bear, and Band of Horses.
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Billy Swayze

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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

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Cy Barkley has a seven inch out on Baby Don't Records. You can get it at . ...... BUY THE RECORD AT BABYDONT.BLOGSPOT.COM

Jacob Jones

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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.”

Meth Dad

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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."


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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.


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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

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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.

The Wans

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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.