COVID-19 has hit few professions harder than touring musicians. Like players all across the country, when the pandemic shut down live performances, Nashville bassist James “Hags” Haggerty lost his primary source of income. Facing an uncertain future, Haggerty decided to try to make some brea…

Vicki and Ronni Gossett are in an enviable position. A well-respected indie label recently released their debut album Tale of My Lost Love. The all-female surf band La Luz covered the title track. Another song, “Sooner or Later,” has appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom Young Rock, with …

In an effort to spread some extra love and generate revenue for record stores, artists and labels who were hit especially hard by COVID-19, Record Store Day 2021 is split across two RSD Drops dates: June 12 and July 17. With new CDC guidelines and an increasing number of vaccinated Tennessea…

Mark Harrison, who has lived in Nashville for a quarter-century, doesn’t come across like a typical Nashville rocker. In fact, you might mistake the guitarist, singer and songwriter for a low-key session cat from the past. Harrison speaks carefully and, when you get to know him, humorously a…

He’s been one of the top session musicians in Nashville for three-plus decades. His name has appeared on the back (or on the inside) of more than a thousand albums, usually in some variation on this phrase: “Piano: Matt Rollings.” But with his first solo album since 1990, Rollings’ name is n…

There’s lots of live music to look forward to through the summer — see our Summer Guide for recommendations on outdoor and reduced-capacity shows. But Music City musicians continue to release stacks of great music, and our writers have eight new titles to recommend. Add ’em to your streaming…

To name an album Showtunes is to establish a certain set of expectations. The show tunes genre has a long, rich lineage, one that includes some of music history’s finest songwriters. The storied Great American Songbook is built on show tunes, many of which have become cultural touchstones. 

The Black Keys weren’t sure they were going to release the results of their December 2019 jam with two veterans from Mississippi’s Hill Country blues scene. After all, the session was so impromptu that they didn’t even know what songs they were going to play. But because Kenny Brown and Eric…

The saying “time heals all wounds” often simplifies the complicated process of moving forward from personal turmoil. For Allison Russell, a simple moment led to a creative turning point. While on a tour bus during a trek with her bandmates in Our Native Daughters, Russell was comforting her …

Even in a city like Nashville that’s brimming with music, Monday night is generally thought of as an evening when precious little of interest happens. The organizers of Monday Night Jazz are working hard to disprove that notion. The event, which recently launched its third iteration with a m…

Look Closer, the new EP from John Mailander’s Forecast, feels a bit like a microcosm of our pandemic experiences. Before lockdown, the stellar fiddler and his band were all set for a residency, but COVID-19 forced them to put the run of shows on hold. As quarantine continued, the group set u…

You might not know Zilphia Horton by name, but if you’ve attended a protest in the past half-century, you’ve probably sung her work. Horton arranged songs like “We Shall Overcome,” “We Shall Not Be Moved” and “This Little Light of Mine” for group singing, which helped them become anthems of …

In February, Ashley Monroe released “Drive,”  the first single from her new album Rosegold, which is out Friday. The song employs a trippy, Portishead-esque sound, marking a major sonic departure for Monroe. Up to this point, she’s been known as a standout country singer-songwriter who’s als…

Slowly but surely, the live-music economy is starting back up in a limited capacity — and in enough places that artists are planning tours! But musicians across Nashville’s constellation of music scenes continue to release great records at a brisk pace, and our writers have seven new titles …

There have been so many extraordinary moments in the amazing career of guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Cropper that it would seem he’s done almost everything possible within the world of popular music. But Cropper, perhaps best known as a member of the prolific and influential Stax …

Tape Deck Mountain formed in San Diego in 2008, when the BlackBerry was the phone of choice and scrappy punk-pop duos like No Age and Wavves were all the rage. The mantra then, remembers singer-songwriter-guitarist Travis Trevisan with a laugh: “Who needs a bassist when you’ve got a Line 6 D…

At its best, pop music reflects the culture that it’s created in. Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” was a direct response to police violence against anti-war activists. Janet Jackson was partially inspired by the 24/7 IV drip of news about racism and poverty when she wrote Rhythm Nation 1814. …

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Ahead of Friday’s release of Intelligent Design Flaw, the second solo album from longtime Mock Orange bass player Zachary Thompson Grace, I dropped by Grace’s South Nashville home studio Self-Help International to chat about the LP, a 10-year labor of love for the 39-year-old musician and en…

East Memphis singer-songwriter Bob Frank was a witty, often prophetic lyricist and engaging vocalist who never received the exposure or acclaim he deserved. No less a luminary than the great producer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Dickinson called him “the greatest songwriter you never heard.…

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Editor’s note: In our occasional series we call Gearing Up, we profile some of the people around town who make, repair or sell the instruments and other equipment that musicians use. Check out the first, second and third installments.

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Sometimes people become such a vital, valuable force within a community it seems they were always part of it — no matter when they arrived, or where their previous stops might have been. That was clearly the case for the remarkable drummer, scat singer and bandleader Duffy Jackson, who becam…

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One of the surprising joys of an otherwise bleak 2020 was the resurgence of Leslie Jordan, an already acclaimed actor and comedian who became a household name through candid, often hilarious Instagram videos. Quarantining in his hometown of Chattanooga, Jordan delighted celebrities and every…

Just seconds into my phone call with Shane Tutmarc, I tell him I’ll do my best to not inundate him with questions about Seattle. We both lived in the city in the early 2000s. I covered music at the popular alt-weekly The Stranger, and he had just started to play baroque-pop music around town…

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After 23 years of playing bluegrass, I figured there were few things left about the music that could truly surprise me. But finding out “Angeline the Baker,” one of my favorite fiddle tunes, was originally written about a slave separated from her lover at a slave auction? I can’t say it’s ex…

While vaccination numbers are on the rise and tentative steps are being made toward a return of live music, we’re far from out of the woods. Musicians across a variety of scenes in Nashville continue to release fantastic music at a rapid rate, and our music writers have seven new recommendat…

The 21-second cello passage that serves as the on-ramp to Anana Kaye and the late David Olney’s album Whispers and Sighs signals that dark themes lie ahead. The lush, 13-track record explores death, longing, isolation, regret and closure. Yet Kaye and Olney don’t leave listeners to languish …

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Composer, musician and Nashville Ambient Ensemble leader Michael Hix fell in love with experimental electronic music in the early 2000s, when avant-garde guru William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops came out. The four-volume series “blew my mind,” says Hix, who was a student at Belmont a…