Next Big Nashville: Night One feat. Phosphorescent at The End 

Glowing Praise

Glowing Praise
Yes, Phosphorescent is one of the larger-name, non-Nashville acts booked at Next Big Nashville in order to raise the burgeoning local festival’s national recognition. But primary member and songwriter Matthew Houck certainly isn’t a bad man to have at the helm of The End’s inaugural NBN ’09 show. This year’s To Willie, a collection of Willie Nelson covers, is a beautifully executed homage to the Redheaded Stranger, and Houck’s original records are trad country-influenced, vulnerable but gritty collections that sprawl epically across vast, barren landscapes. Houck has a knack for poignant delivery, but the Athens, Ga., songsmith doesn’t sacrifice character with his fragile, reticent croon. Opening are Luke and the Late Nights and Albert Cross, as well as Caitlin Rose, another traditionally influenced artist who’s moving young country music in a nuanced, intelligent direction.
Wed., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., 2009

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