Live Show Review: The Contenders

Part listening room, part laid-back, boozy music club, Nashville’s The Basement was the perfect place for me to get to know The Contenders. Featuring two seasoned vets of the music scene--Jay Nash on guitar and Josh Day on drums--the Americana-Folk duo shared a slate of lyrical tales that can only come from the perspective of... Continue Reading →

Live Show Review: Kashena Sampson

It’s important to know where to find great country music sounds in Nashville—and a little hint, it’s not usually on Lower Broadway where cover bands, tradeshow attendees, and bachelorettes sporting recently purchased cowboy boots dwell.   Part of me even hesitates to call Kashena Sampson’s show last Friday at The Basement “country music,” due to the... Continue Reading →

Live Show Review: Jillette Johnson

Even made of brick and stone, one might wonder how the walls of The Basement in Nashville were able to contain the power of Jillette Johnson’s voice last Thursday night. Celebrating the release of her much-anticipated new record All I Ever See In You Is Me via Rounder Records, Johnson admitted a lot of pent... Continue Reading →

Live Show Review: India Ramey

It was a crowded house for alt-country songstress India Ramey’s Snake Handler album release show at cozy Nashville venue The Basement. Though her brilliant new effort’s autobiographical subject matter is somber, recounting heartbreak, domestic abuse, and brutalization at the hands of her biological father, the atmosphere was celebratory. “Remember when we couldn’t get a gig... Continue Reading →

Live Show Review: Travis Linville 

With its intimate interior, the Basement is one of those venues where an artist can build a true connection with the room. Featuring an accoustic, mostly solo set, Oklahoma folkster Travis Linville capitalized on the cozy setting to let his singing and guitar picking skills shine, while keeping the room on its toes with his... Continue Reading →

Interview: Travers Geoffray

Travers Geoffray has music—and New Orleans—in his DNA. “My grandfather was a musician in New Orleans, so was my great-grandfather who came from France to New Orleans,” he explains. “My dad wasn’t a professional musician, but because of our family history, he wanted to make sure music was a part of our education.” Geoffray,who was... Continue Reading →

Preview: Caleb Caudle at The Basement on 3/20/16

“I’m an uphill battle, just fight a little longer.” sings country up-and-comer Caleb Caudle; the Winston-Salem, North Carolina native released his new album, Carolina Ghost, to rave reviews in February.  Brimming with tales of hard times, heartache, and hope, Carolina Ghost is a pedal steel-laden testament to the good things happening in country music right now.  His music harkens... Continue Reading →

Live Show Review: The Whistles & The Bells

This January, The Whistles & The Bells, the new incarnation and creation of multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, did an intra-city tour of Nashville, with the last show taking place at legendary and intimate venue The Basement--the last two shows were supposed to be at The Basement actually, but Nashville was in the midst of Snowmageddon, and... Continue Reading →

Interview: The Whistles & The Bells

Frontman of Nashville Americana band The Whistles & The Bells and quick-witted cut-up, Bryan Simpson, waxes poetic when describing what inspired his pursuit of music: “I remember being asked when I was in second grade what I wanted to do when I grew up; I said I wanted to be a recording musician.  I didn’t  know... Continue Reading →

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