AMERICANARAMA XI

Sat Sep 15 2018

11:00 AM (Doors 10:30 AM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

FREE

Ages 21+

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  • Will Kimbrough

    Will Kimbrough

    Alternative

    Will Kimbrough is a Nashville based singer songwriter with roots on 

    the Gulf Coast.  Will has many solo albums out, including 2014's 

    Sideshow Love and 2015's Live at Coast.  Will is also a member of 

    Lower Alabama's own Willie Sugarcapps, who will release the 

    followup to their much lauded self-titled debut album in 2016, entitled 

    Paradise Right Here.  Will was a member of Will and The Bushmen, 

    The Bis-Quits and occasionally plays with DADDY.  Will's songs have 

    been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Todd Snider and Jack 

    Ingram, among others.  Will is a producer too, and most recently 

    produced Doug Seegers' debut project, which has been certified gold 

    in Sweden.   Kimbrough is also known for his multi-instrumental work 

    and guitar playing.  He was voted Instrumentalist of the Year in 2004 

    by the Americana Music Association.  Will has toured with the likes of 

    Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, but he is concentrating on his 

    own music these days, spending his touring time out under his own 

    name and with Willie Sugarcapps.

  • The Watson Twins

    The Watson Twins

    Country

    The Watson Twins announce DUO, their latest full length and 6th Studio Album. This batch of songs comes with a new approach finding the sisters co-writing all the material for the first time and singing all parts together, creating one singular voice. Working with their longtime collaborator and producer Russ Pollard (Everest/Sebadoh), the album feels like a dynamic new chapter for the twins.

    Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk that does more than nod to alt-country influences” (NPR). The twins released 4 albums – and spent a lot of time on the road – during their time in LA. But it was when they relocated to Nashville 5 years ago that they began to focus on the power of their signature harmonies.

    “The backdrop of Nashville inspired a new directions for us. We’d always written songs separately but we wanted to focus on our strength as a duo,” Leigh says. Those signature harmonies (reminiscent of their contribution to Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat) are truly the beating heart of this new collection of songs. Together, the twins’ voices create a landscape of sound that feels totally modern while always nodding to the past. "As twins, they can shape-shift even more effectively than most polyphonic siblings; the aura they project, of one voice split in two, enhances their ability to cast a spell." (Los Angeles Times)

    The twins called on friends who supported them throughout their journey to bring their vision to life. Players on DUO include Russ Pollard, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson/Chris Stapleton) and the Cactus Blossoms.

    Tracks like "Rolling Thunder" reflect on Nashville's storied musical history. "Cry Baby" nods to country greats like George Jones & Tammy Wynette, while "Hustle and Shake” tells the twins’ own story of the highs and lows of a life in music. "Call to You”, a duet featuring the Cactus Blossoms, is a new take on the lost tradition of duets – two brothers and two sisters, using their familial harmonies. Chandra says, “we wanted to make a big, cinematic feeling song about lost love on the open road.” "Playing Hearts", the only co-write on the album, finds the twins and Daniel Tashian (writer/composer Kacey Musgraves and #1 song "Hometown Girl" Josh Turner) waxing poetic about card games and love.

    In recent years the Watson Twins have toured in support of their own releases Pioneer Lane, Night Covers, Talking to You, Talking to Me, Fire Songs & Southern Manners, as well as continuing to perform as back-up vocalists for some of music's most notable acts. The Watson Twins have performed with: Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., Vanessa Carlton, CeeLo Green, Foster The People, The Shins, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, John Paul White (the Civil Wars), My Morning Jacket, Shooter Jennings, Butch Walker, Rayland Baxter, Jessie Baylin, Bahamas, Billy Bragg, Willie Nelson and many more.

    "The twin sisters have a sense of harmony that has gone unmatched and a growing reputation as the artists to call when you need perfect voices behind you." – Paste Magazine

     

  • Mike Farris

    Mike Farris

    Blues

  • Paul Burch & the WPA Ball Club

    Paul Burch & the WPA Ball Club

    Americana

  • Lilly Hiatt

    Lilly Hiatt

    Alternative

    Royal Blue, the second album by East Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt, is about the majesty of melancholy-or, as she explains it, “accepting the sadder aspects of life and finding some peace in them.” A dance between pedal steel and synths, the album examines the vagaries of love and commitment but steadfastly refuses to romanticize any notion of romance. Singing in a barbed lilt full of deep worry and gritty determination in equal measure, she conveys emotions too finely shaded to be easily named, yet will be familiar to any listener who’s had their heart broken-or has broken a heart. This is, in other words, not a well-behaved singer-songwriter album. Instead, it’s feisty and rough-around-the-edges, full of humor and bite and attitude from a woman who proclaims, “I’d rather throw a punch than bat my eye.” Royal Blue hints at autobiography without sounding self-absorbed, as Lilly transforms a rough patch of life into smart, sturdy, sometimes even hilarious songs that don’t sit squarely in any one genre. Instead, Royal Blue reaches out boldly and playfully into many different sounds and styles: Austin folk rock, Pacific Northwest indie, pre-Oasis Britpop, New York punk ca. 1977. There are ’90s alt guitars and ’00 indie synths, some twang and some Neko Case and Kim Deal.

  • Elise Davis

    Elise Davis

    Americana

    Vulnerability and carnal desire go head-to-head on Elise Davis’ The Token (Make The Kill Records & Thirty Tigers).

    Story and storyteller are one and the same. “I really can’t express my vulnerable feelings – especially towards men I've had feelings about over the years,” Elise confesses, “But, I have no trouble writing down painfully honest lyrics about it.”

    The Token puts a microscope on the southern dynamic between the sexes, and the Little Rock, AR native’s inner turmoil, founded on her life’s trajectory against a more traditional path. Elation and ache play a tug-of-war.

    The Token is a rare piece of art born of risk and actually sounding like a risk that paid off. Elise Davis is putting her human condition in the forefront for all to hear; The Token delivers an unrelenting living contradiction, one born of her past while wrestling with the present.

  • The Nude Party

    The Nude Party

    Punk

    The members of The Nude Party first came together in the freshman dormitories of Boone, North Carolina’s Appalachian State University in 2012. Patton Magee, and later Austin Brose, linked up with childhood friends Connor Mikita & Alec Castillo and step brothers Shaun Couture & Don Merrill. The following summer, the young men moved into a lake house outside of town to begin learning their respective instruments and jamming on rudimentary riffs. Friends came by the lake house to swim and party and soon there developed a group obsession with performing in the nude. They quickly gained a following as the house band at a notorious Boone party palace referred to as the 505 House, and the bare honesty of their performances was so contagious that their audience also started partying au naturel. While these traditions may appear risqué to the casual observer, the band explains, “These weren't orgies, they weren’t sexual even. It was just kind of a wild exhibitionism that we felt gave us freedom.” Best known around campus as “the naked party band,” this informal aggregation of musicians became a defined unit and chose to call their group simply “The Nude Party.”

    Ironically, they began playing fully-clothed as soon as they were christened since their birthday suits were not welcomed in any decent live music establishment. They hit the national tour circuit and soon found a mentor in Black Lips’ drummer, Oakley Munson. He produced their Hot Tub EP and in exchange for cheap rent and physical labor gave The Nude Party a new home deep in the Catskills Mountains. An isolated place to focus entirely on writing music and playing together, and the culmination of six years of experimentation and refinement of material, has resulted in the band’s first full-length.

    Incessant road warriors who play 150+ dates a year, The Nude Party is currently on an extensive tour with Ron Gallo & Twen and will appear at Levitation Music Festival in Austin, TX later this month. The band will join Sunflower Bean for a stretch of dates this June followed by a headlining album release show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY on July 5. Please see below for all dates and full tour details.

AMERICANARAMA XI

Sat Sep 15 2018 11:00 AM

(Doors 10:30 AM)

The Basement Nashville TN
AMERICANARAMA XI
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FREE Ages 21+