Fri Nov 21 2014

8:30 PM (Doors 7:30 PM)

Mercy Lounge

One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203

$7 advance/$10 day of show

Ages 18+

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale presents
SHANNON LABRIE with Joseph Aaron, Kyshona Armstrong and Matt Pingel

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  • Shannon Labrie

    Shannon Labrie


    On Shannon Labrie’s debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with “Secret,” a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears honestly, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14. She grew up fast, at first rebelling, then spending several years on a curious solo journey across the country studying philosophy, theology and writing songs before settling into Nashville’s thriving independent music scene.

    Adept on the piano and guitar, the singer/songwriter says she was “raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill.” Music Connection named her as one of the “Best Unsigned Artists of 2012” and she was featured alongside Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones and others on the Nashville Indie Spotlight, a digital sampler available exclusively on iTunes.

    Just Be Honest, which was released by Zodlounge Records, debuted in the Top Ten of iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart in February 2013. Perhaps the song that has gotten the most attention is “I Remember A Boy,” backed by soulful guitar tones that hint at Daniel Lanois. The track was an American Songwriter “Daily Discovery” and Bob Lefsetz singled it out in The Lefsetz Letter, noting: “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”

    The title song is a lush, rich plea that would fit alongside a playlist that includes Carole King and Norah Jones. “Gettin’ Tired” reveals Shannon’s penchant for jazz, a gift from her father, who “played original, complicated and beautiful songs regardless of the fact that he was never professionally trained,” she shares. “Heartache of Love” showcases her talent on piano and reveals her more intimate side, reveling in the feelings of love and loss, while a contagious optimism shoves the dark clouds aside in “Love Somebody.”

    “In my darkest moments of loss, doubt and pain, I’ve been shown what it looks like to love someone and to be loved. My closest friends didn't run, didn't give up, and didn't let me sink. They stuck with me and brought me to the other side,” recalls Labrie. “I hope my music can do the same for someone else.”
  • Joseph Aaron

    Joseph Aaron

    Pop Rock

    Though based in Nashville, TN, Aaron is part of an elite group of artists changing the face of The Third Coast. “This city is at a simmer; culturally, technologically, and artistically. Nashville is more than just a citadel for country music, it’s growing and changing fast. It’s welcoming art and artists of all types and genres, who are in turn redefining what the city is all about,” Aaron says of his new home. 

    Born in the shadows of a now defunct textile town, Aaron’s mother first taught him to play on an old Winter upright family piano. Growing up in the mountains of Virginia, he was immersed in a world of songs that told stories, from folk heroes James Taylor and Jim Croce to the rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd to the soul of Ray Charles. He carries the tradition of story with him today, even though his style is markedly different than his roots. 

    The new Nashville native comes out swinging with his debut EP, The Mountain, The Lion, and The Labrador. If you listen closely, and if you know your music history, you’ll hear the nuance of Aaron’s influences, ranging from Ray Charles and Bill Withers to U2 and Coldplay. Aaron’s songwriting, storytelling, and performance weave a rich musical tale, from the blue-eyed hope of ‘You Have My Attention’ to the raw aggression of ‘Alleluia’ to the radio friendly single ‘Sometime After Midnight.’ The piano becomes the storyteller; sometimes whispering, sometimes screaming, but always gripping. 

  • Kyshona Armstrong

    Kyshona Armstrong


    Kyshona, a music therapist gone rogue, hails from the small town of Irmo, SC (home of Vanna White and the Okra Strut). She grew up listening to her grandfather’s singing in the gospel choir, aunts and uncles singing old Sam Cooke tunes around the electric guitar amps, and her father practicing the guitar solo from "Hello" by Lionel Richie... on repeat.

  • Matthew Thomas

    Matthew Thomas

    Pop Rock

    Matt Pingel is a twenty year-old singer/songwriter who was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. His love for singing began even before he could walk, with an early affinity for singing the National Anthem. At the age of 4, he sang the National Anthem at a local minor league ball park, The Schaumburg Flyers, in front of a couple of thousand people.

    Coming from a family who has a few members who are very musical, Matt was further curious to pick up the guitar. Receiving an out-of-the-box Fender Squire Stratocaster he was determined to play. Taking lessons for a year, he learned the basics of the guitar. The Christmas after receiving his first electric guitar Matt received his first acoustic guitar. Combining his passion for singing and his newfound love for the acoustic guitar, Matt began writing songs at the early age of 13 and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Meeting friend and mentor Ralph Covert along the way, Matt became even more engrossed in music and the industry. “I’ve spent many nights in bed awake imagining of what it would be like” says Matt when talking about his dream of becoming a touring musician. "For most people its a pipe dream, so I'm very blessed to even have the chance to actively pursue [my dream.]" Influenced by artists such as James Taylor, John Mayer and Elton John, Matt began to develop his craft of songwriting and performing throughout high school, performing at as many functions and places he could.

    In October of 2012, Matt was selected as one of the winners of the Blooming-tunes songwriting contest with his entry "Alone Tonight." With many entries nationally and internationally, Matt's song was selected as one of the top ten finalists and is featured on the compilation CD with the other winning artists.

    A month later, he released his first EP, Smaller Miracles in November '12. Featuring songs like "Everything I Need" and "We Tried," Matt writes his personal experiences with catchy hooks and heartfelt lyrics. "Smaller Miracles was my first release of music so I'm just trying to find a sound I like and give people a taste of what I'm all about" Matt said when talking about the project.

    Following shortly after, Matt released another EP, 'The Sunday Sessions', in July of 2013. A more stripped down project from his last, Matt says, "I tried to stay away from melodic hooks driving the song and really focus on my writing. By letting the words take center stage, vulnerability's at an all time high. Music that allows itself to be vulnerable is great because people grab on to it and make it there own. My goal is to write songs people can really relate to it and that's what I tried to do."

    In the fall of 2013, Matt moved down to Nashville, TN to study music business at Belmont University. He is working on getting new music out in 2014.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale presents

SHANNON LABRIE with Joseph Aaron, Kyshona Armstrong and Matt Pingel

Fri Nov 21 2014 8:30 PM

(Doors 7:30 PM)

Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
SHANNON LABRIE with Joseph Aaron, Kyshona Armstrong and Matt Pingel
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$7 advance/$10 day of show Ages 18+