Andrew Leahey, SZLACHETKA, Jamie Kent

Wed Dec 6 2017

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

$6 ADV/ $8 DOS

Ages 21+

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  • Andrew Leahey

    Andrew Leahey


    Andrew Leahey & the Homestead make music for city highways and open horizons, for pop fans and roots rockers, for the heart as well as the heartland. 

    They're an American rock & roll band, bypassing the sub-genres and trends that come and go every decade and, instead, focusing on the anthemic, guitar-driven sound that's been blasting out of car stereos at 65 mile per hour ever since God created FM radio. Written in the wake of an emergency brain surgery operation that nearly wiped out Leahey's hearing, "Skyline in Central Time" is the band's collective rallying cry, an album that funnels desperation and gratitude and heartbreak -- as well as a lot of guitar solos -- into eleven tracks produced by Wilco co-founder Ken Coomer. Here's to second chances.




    "A soundtrack for both the highway and the heartland...a collection of road-dog-roots-rockers and Americana ballads inspired by the people (and places) he’s left behind in the rear-view mirror.” Rolling Stone


    “I recently played some shows with Szlachetka, and I was blown away not only by him as a singer and performer, but also as a unique and fresh songwriting voice” - Brandy Clark


    A mix of modern Americana, 1970s California rock, and singer/songwriter sentiments, Heart of My Hometown — the second solo record from Szlachetka — is a classic album for the contemporary world. Szlachetka has been named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know,” but he’s no newcomer. With multiple albums and more than a thousand shows under his belt, Szlachetka has shared the stage with Brandy Clark, the Byrds' Chris Hillman, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell. Now based in Nashville, after 12 years in Southern California, Szlachetka grew up in New England and began his career as the frontman for the acclaimed roots-rock band, The Northstar Session. With The Northstar Session he recorded five albums and appeared in the second season of TV’s “Parenthood”.  After nearly a decade of touring he left the band and struck out on his own, releasing his first solo album in 2014, Waits For A Storm To Find. Szlachetka’s sophomore album, Heart Of My Hometown is set to release February 16.  

  • Jamie Kent

    Jamie Kent


    A fresh singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern rock artists like Jason Isbell and Kings of Leon as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. Kent has no fear of hard work, playing over 200 shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Bros, America, Foreigner, The Wood Brothers, Marc Broussard, Ellis Paul, and multiple showcases at the South By Southwest Music Festival. Kent is supported by The Collective, an amazing grassroots group of fans who help advise and fund his career in exchange for access to exclusive music, merchandise, and vote in the major decisions he makes. He's officially endorsed by BOSE and Telefunken Microphones, and his song "Changes" was used by The Boston Red Sox this past season. Additionally, he's a recent recipient of an ASCAP Plus award for his songwriting, receives radio play on SiriusXM, and is frequently featured on Currently Kent is hard at work in Nashville finishing up a new record with Grammy nominated Producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jerrod Neimann) to be released on Road Dog Records in 2016.

    “I feel like I’m at a point where I have the most opportunities and the most momentum I’ve ever had, but there’s always so much more to do,” he says with a laugh. “In that sense, these songs are aspirational, and motivational, as well. They’re a reminder: continue working hard, and at some point there will be a break.”

    The songs certainly merit one. Recorded in Westfield, Mass., with producer Joshua Meltzer, Kent's last record Embers and Ashes found a songwriter coming fully into his own. The rootsy, rollicking opening track “Broke, Not Broken,” has a wide-open feel that suits his tousled voice, while “Bonfire” simmers with a pulsing urgency that breaks loose in the chorus. “Still a Dream” is a wistful acoustic ode to love adorned with subtle piano, and “Prince of Pain” unfolds into a clear-eyed recrimination with Kent singing knowing lyrics in a steady voice.

    Much of his burgeoning confidence comes from all that time on tour, where self-aware musicians become intimately familiar with their strengths and weaknesses, and the talented ones, like Kent, learn to convert the latter into the former. “You have to completely kick ass whether you’re playing for five people or 500 people, because you never know who’s going to be in that room. And if you can kick ass for five people, you’re going to kick ass for 500 people.”

    Another lesson from the road: playing shows night after night can be a tutorial in what kinds of songs work best live, something Kent paid special attention to as he moved away from the looser groove-based tunes he wrote earlier in his career toward tightly focused Americana songs with undertones of folk and rock ’n’ roll that evoke Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle.

    With the new direction in songwriting came a new self-assurance in his singing. A formally trained vocalist who studied privately at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he can perform in essentially any style. The trick was identifying his own. “It took me being on the road day after day, singing my songs over and over again, for me to find a voice that was truly my own, that felt like me,” Kent says. “My songs are often autobiographical, and because they’re so directly applicable to me, the emotion comes through the vocals in a way that really resonates with people.”

    Embers & Ashes is direct and emotional, with songs that are as relatable as they are memorable. After years of driving around the country, honing his craft onstage night after night, Kent now finds himself traveling the path he’s been seeking all along.

    Kent recorded the new album after raising money through The Collective, which he launched in 2010 as “a community of my most loyal fans, friends, and advisors who support my career from day one, and reap the greatest returns from its growth.” The idea for the Collective, which also voted on the album art for Embers & Ashes, came from the realization that the music industry is in a state of flux that requires musicians to figure out ways to support themselves instead of relying on record labels or radio airplay to build their careers.

    “At each stage of my career, the support of the Collective will help to quickly push me to the next level,” Kent says. “Up until today, this kind of acceleration has been nearly impossible to accomplish as an independent musician; looks like that’s about to change.”

Andrew Leahey

Wed Dec 6 2017 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement Nashville TN
Andrew Leahey, SZLACHETKA, Jamie Kent
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$6 ADV/ $8 DOS Ages 21+