Michaela Anne Album Release Party w/Erin Rae, JP Harris & Kristina Murray

Wed May 18 2016

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement East

917 Woodland St Nashville, TN 37206

$5 ADV/ $7 DOOR

Ages 21+

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Michaela Anne
Erin Rae & the Meanwhiles
JP Harris & Kristina Murray

21+ / Limited Seating / Phone Purchase: tel:866-468-7630

Michaela Anne Album Release Party w/Erin Rae, JP Harris & Kristina Murray

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  • Michaela Anne

    Michaela Anne

    Country

    Upon releasing her 2014 album, Ease My Mind, singer-songwriter Michaela Anne garnered considerable acclaim for her introspective songwriting. The New York Times praised the “plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing” and the Village Voice listed it among its Top 5 Country Albums of the year. Since then, however, this once-solitary diarist has transformed herself into a gregarious storyteller. Michaela Anne has discovered her inner extrovert.

    Bright Lights and the Fame, recorded at Farmland Studio in Nashville, is full of sharp observations and easy wit, with several upbeat numbers tailor-made for the dance floor of the nearest honky-tonk. While there are gentler, more personal aspects to it that recall her earlier work,Bright Lights and the Fame displays a newfound brashness, starting with the album’s cover image, in which Michaela Anne sports a bedazzled denim outfit, a vintage find that’s perfect for catching the spotlight.

    Having recently relocated from Brooklyn to Nashville, Michaela Anne took advantage of the many collaborative writing opportunities Nashville has to offer as she developed her repertoire for the album. She’d met the Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jerrod Nieman) after opening for singer Clark at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan and co-wrote two tracks, strikingly different in mood, with him: the heartbreak ballad “Everything I Couldn’t Be” and the up-tempo “Won’t Go Down,” a deceptively barroom-worthy number about the lines the narrator just won’t cross. Michaela Anne and Brainard had a lot in common: they both were raised in very disciplined military families but were drawn to the more freewheeling world of the musician. The song reflects that intriguing dichotomy in Michaela Anne’s own life: “It’s about being a bit of a square. I have boundaries. When I was a teenager, I was afraid of getting in trouble but I was attracted to the people who would. I always dated the bad boys. Dave and I were talking about treading this fine line. It’s a pretty autobiographical song.”

    Their collaboration also illustrates the two sides of Bright Lights and the Fame. It’s pensive and tender on songs like the rueful “Easier Than Living” and the soul-baring “Star,” but upbeat and swinging on tunes like the two-stepping title track and the hell-raising “Liquor Up.” Explains Michaela Anne, “My intention was to be honest with my songwriting but not just in a super-reflective way. I wanted to try and show the fun, free-spirited side of it as well. We can have all of these different parts to us and still be one person. You can want to go out to a bar and not worry about anything, but also sit and think, how am I going to buy a house and raise a family? I want to have all these different things and to reconcile that, to be deeply intuitive and emotional and self-aware, but also to throw caution to the wind at some point and pursue what some might call irrational dreams.”

    Bright Lights and the Fame was produced by Dan Knobler, a guitarist who’d often performed live with Michaela Anne. He had run the successful Mason Jar Music audio-video company in Brooklyn before opening his Gooseland Palace studio in Nashville, where the album was mixed.  When it was time to start recording, Michaela Anne and her band mates worked together in one room, cutting basic tracks live at Farmland. That gives the album a feeling of immediacy, a congenial spontaneity, as if you’re in the bar while Michaela Anne and her cohorts play. But she spent considerable time doing pre-production, even heading out for a string of gigs with Knobler before they hit the studio: “Between shows we’d woodshed songs, going through my repertoire, taking about arrangements. We had so much prep before we got into the studio that it was a very natural progression. We had a real understanding of each other, a respectful rapport, and we were able to bring out the best in everyone.” She took an equally careful approach to overdubs, spending a couple of months to add more instrumentation and vocal harmonies.

    Along with producer Knobler, a few more Brooklyn ex-pats join Michaela Anne on Bright Lights and the Fame.  Punch Brother Noam Pikelney plays banjo on “Worrying Mind” and singer Kristin Andreassen co-wrote “Luisa.” Other guest stars include singers Corey Chisel and Erin Rae, and Rodney Crowell, arguably the progenitor of today’s Americana sound, lends his distinctive elder statesman’s voice to the rollicking “Luisa.”

    In fact, Crowell was an accidental inspiration for “Liquor Up,” a good-natured exhortation to let the good times roll: “I had written most of that song in New York and I think it was the night before we started rehearsals, my husband was watching a video of Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band from, I think, 1978, when Rodney was in the band. They were playing ‘Feeling Single, Seeing Double’ and I was in my office and I could hear it from the living room. I said, I want a song that has that vibe. It’s a really fun song, and it has such interesting lyrical content. Plus, I’m obsessed with the movie Urban Cowboy; I’ve watched it a million times. I love the music and the dancing -- the two stepping. So I went back to my notebook, picked out that song and finished it. I wanted to have an original song in my set that would make me want to dance. And to write it from a female perspective, about just wanting to have fun tonight.”

    Given her dad’s military service, Michaela Anne’s upbringing was an itinerant one. As she recalls, “Growing up, I felt like a chameleon. I wanted to quickly fit in wherever I could. I would look around and figure out whom I needed to be friends with to survive. And that informed my musical tastes, I liked everything. Depending on who I was hanging out with, that’s what I listened to. My dad loved country and so did I, but I also listened to pop and hip-hop. I was a typical kid of the nineties and the early oughts.” Coming on her own to New York City, she enrolled in the School of Jazz at the New School in Manhattan, thinking that jazz, which she loved, was where her talent lied. “But I very quickly realized that was not for me. “ A chance introduction to the Brooklyn-based folk-bluegrass guitarist Michael Daves, who tutored some of her fellow students as part of their curriculum, changed her musical path forever. “I went to his house and we would transcribe harmony parts from Bill Monroe records. He taught me bluegrass harmony and we would sing together. And then he helped me pick out my first guitar and he taught me how to play it.”

    That’s the circuitous way Michaela Anne found her voice and her calling as a musician –and earned a diploma. And with her move to Nashville in 2014, she may have found a home.

    “I was in New York for ten years and I still feel like a New Yorker in many ways,” Michaela Anne admits, “but a lot of things about New York were stressful for me. A lot of my more introspective, self-reflecting songs probably dominated my records because that was what was dominating my mind. Moving to Nashville was kind of a dream experience, almost like I was experiencing my younger days. It’s such a vibrant, intimate and creative community. People actually want to get together and play music together every day and write songs. You go out and see the same friends you saw the night before. You start to get to know people. You go to a local bar and see the songwriters who wrote George Strait’s biggest hits or you run into Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. You can’t help but be inspired and changed.”

    Bright Lights and the Fame clearly reflects Michaela Anne’s experience in Music City: It welcomes you in. Her work is candid and convivial, heartfelt and fun, like a night on the town or an intimate conversation with a friend. You’re definitely going to want to hang out a while.

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  • Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles

    Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles

    Pop

  • JP Harris

    JP Harris

    Country

    In short, J.P. Harris plays Country Music. Not “Americana,” not “Roots,” “Folk,” or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres; he plays from the foundation of these styles, the music that has influenced four generations of songwriters. In a world where prefixes have been added to the term “Country,” JP simply sticks to the old-fashioned sounds that have called to him. Referencing influences would be like describing each stitch in a quilt; every scrap of fabric tells a story of how the weathered and comfortable blanket came to be…

    Born six minutes before Valentine’s Day in Montgomery AL in 1983, JP’s life was to be full of color, travel, hardship, and grace from the day he first saw the world. After more than six generations in Alabama, his family would leave seeking work, first to California and then on to Nevada. He left home on foot at the age of 14, traveling via thumb and freight train, living the next 4 years mostly from a backpack, tarp, a bedroll. Eventually landing in the northeast, he worked as a farm laborer, equipment operator, lumberjack, luthier, and carpenter.

    In the summer of 2011, after two years of touring without much in the way of recorded music, Harris made a trip to the sweltering heat of south Louisiana. In an old Cajun cook shack he and a few pals pounded out an album in three days, and shortly after it’s completion, he made the move to Nashville. JP released his all-original debut “I’ll Keep Calling” in May of 2012 on Cow Island Music. Shortly after it’s release, without the aide of publicists or a large label’s bankroll, it won “Best Country Album of 2012″ from The Nashville Scene, the same honor at the Independent Music Awards, a cameo on NPR’s American Routes, and as JP says “a whole mess of other stuff in the papers and on the internet.” (Two songs were also licensed to the soundtrack of 2012’s “At Any Price,” starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.)

    His latest album “Home Is Where The Hurt Is” (produced by Harris, guitarist Adam Meisterhans, and engineer Justin Francis) was recorded and mixed at Ronnie’s Place (formerly the personal studio of Ronnie Milsap) at home in Nashville. It features not your typical Music Row studio musicians, but young local players, many of whom have spent thousands of miles on the road in JP’s backing band The Tough Choices. Lending a hand on the album vocally is friend and local Indie-Country star Nikki Lane, as well as long-time friend Chance McCoy, singer and guitarist of Old Crow Medicine Show (McCoy also took rhythm guitar and fiddle duties throughout the album.)

    Rolling Stone named JP Harris one of fall 2014’s “Country Tours Not To Miss,” as well as one of “21 Must-See Country Acts at SXSW 2015.” 

    When he isn’t touring, JP can usually be found repairing an old house, splitting wood in his backyard, or digging through the trash for useable refuse.

  • Kristina Murray

    Kristina Murray

    Alternative

    It’s no secret and it’s been said before: sometimes, you’ve got to leave a place to appreciate that place.  Sure, plenty of Southerners have left the South and returned with something to say; music and literature is peppered with such instances.  It can’t be stressed enough, though, that leaving a place, can create in a person a certain yearning that the word ‘homesick’ could never define; it’s hard to put a finger on it, when you don’t know what it is your hurting from or missing in life. Forget your preconceived notions, though: if you haven’t been there lately, the South is a land as lush in culture, paradox, pride, sweetness and darkness as it is in humidity and kudzu…and it’s constantly evolving.  Kristina Murray’s music, steeped in troubadour storytelling, southern rock grit, and the audible legacies of country queens of yesteryear, wonderfully exemplifies this tension.

    Born and raised in the Empire State of the (Dirty) South,  and after an almost six year stint making a strong mark on the Americana and Country music scene of Denver, Murray has returned home to the Southland, this time to Nashville.  And that yearning for place and identity—after leaving, then rejecting, then painful longing for—is exemplified in the voice of this refreshing songwriter, who Country Music People UK calls “quite sensational…the whole package.” 

    Fresh off the heels of her late 2013 acclaimed all original debut album, Unravelin’, which the Denver Westword notes as a collection of “eleven tracks [that] reveal a honeyed and spirited vocalist with a distinct style,” Murray is delving deep in  the emerging Americana and Indie Country scene of Nashville and the greater Southeast, resonating her unmistakable songwriting style and sharp voice. As Wild American Radio says, “there aren't a whole lot of artists—especially at this stage in the game—capable of Murray's lyrical and musical concepts, much less her execution of them....with the right label and management, Kristina Murray might be a name you start hearing more and more."

Michaela Anne Album Release Party w/Erin Rae, JP Harris & Kristina Murray

Wed May 18 2016 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement East Nashville TN
Michaela Anne Album Release Party w/Erin Rae, JP Harris & Kristina Murray
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$5 ADV/ $7 DOOR Ages 21+

Michaela Anne
Erin Rae & the Meanwhiles
JP Harris & Kristina Murray

21+ / Limited Seating / Phone Purchase: tel:866-468-7630