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DeRobert and The Half-Truths: The Nashville Soul Music Scene

As far as the Nashville soul music scene goes, DeRobert and The Half-Truths just might be the whole truth.  Led by powerful vocalist DeRobert Adams, this band has been bringing down the house in Nashville for the past decade.  With a full band, complete with horn section and DeRobert’s raw charisma, the guys bring the fun with every performance.  As their Facebook bio suggests, these guys are influenced by “anything with a beat and horns, son.” With nearly 20 years of singing experience, Memphis-born DeRobert Adams has been stunning audiences since he was a child.  He was raised singing in church, which not only trained his voice, but gave him an extra helping of soul as well.  As a young man, DeRobert left Memphis behind for a future in music.  It literally happened overnight, as DeRobert...

James Ross Calls the World Home

James Ross is a 22-year-old solo act with a laid-back, acoustic pop style that shares the most positive of vibes.  Often compared to artists like Ed Sheeran and Jason Mraz, Ross throws down funky rhythms layered behind a soulful voice.  His sound includes elements of Americana, pop, and even a little rock ‘n roll.  Ross is in his element mixing sounds from electric guitar to lulling violins, all while rocking that American style of songwriting. His latest EP “Clouds” was released in April, 2016, and is jam-packed with smooth, upbeat songs such as “Clouds” (the song title the EP was named after).  Ross uses the metaphor of floating clouds as a feeling toward life.  What is normally blocking the bright and shining sun is flipped around in this song, because, as Ross shows us, it’s all about ...

Rand Keeps It Mellow In Nashville

Rand is an independent artist out of Nashville with the smoothest, most chill jams I’ve heard in a long time.  With a mixture of bluesy pop rock, surf rock, and the mellow vibes of Jack Johnson, this guy is mellow. He creates the kind of music that makes you reflect.  It’s like an audible summer road trip, a song that plays on the radio that suddenly makes you think about life.  With this his easy-going vibe, this performer pulls together a style that’s true to the soul. Rand brings together soft harmonies, rich, bluesy chord riffs, and even elements from saxophones, pianos or synths to smooth everything out.  Hell, sometimes he just sets up with his acoustic guitar and pulls it from his soul as a solo act.  His philosophy toward life is apparent in his music and is something to be felt in...

Stoop Kids: An Experiment in American Music

Stoop Kids are a progressive, experimental band who seamlessly interweaves genres from the past 75 years of American music.  That’s right– these guys are both retro and progressive.  How about that for duality?  Each song is fun and fresh, as they mix classic, American-born sounds from hip-hop, jazz, doo wop, and surf-rock to create an ever-changing style.  This style is creatively refreshing—you really never know exactly what you’re going to get, yet it is all one cohesive sound. The guys hail from New Orleans, and bring a piece of that culture to Nashville’s indie music scene.  Griffin Dean (front man/guitarist), Thomas Eisenhood (sax/harmonies), Sam Freund (bass/harmonies), David Paternostro (guitar/keys) and Joe Tontillo (drums) are all multifaceted musicians and bring their own ...

Kenny Foster: A Journey to Nashville

Nashville is home to many people who dare to dream.  We come from many different places, both in America and around the world.  However, no one quite articulates this dream better than singer/songwriter Kenny Foster. Foster transplanted to Nashville about 15 years ago from his hometown of Joplin, Missouri.  Like many of us around this town, he took a leap into a long adventure that both challenged and inspired him.  All he knew back then is that he wanted to make music, and that nobody had ever made it without taking that first step.  The decision to leave everything he knew behind on a chance at music success was daunting to say the least. The fact was, however, he wasn’t going to grow as an artist in small town Missouri. He spends time explaining this part of his life on his website, whi...

Steel Union: Three Harmonies and a Sweet Dobro

Steel Union is a country music powerhouse of a trio.  With incredible harmonies, combined music industry knowledge, and a sweet, sweet dobro (we have mad love for the dobro here at Nashville Unsigned), this group takes independent country music to the next level. It would seem fate had plans for these three talented musicians. Former X Factor finalist and Broadway star Rachel Potter stumbled across bandmates Donny Fallgatter and Josh Matheny in a Nashville bar one night.  Fallgatter and Matheny had been close friends and bandmates for years.  It didn’t take long before the three discovered the powerful force that seems to emerge from the combination of their voices.  With a union as strong as steel, a new project was born! None of these three are babies in the industry. Each brings a...

Fluid Notion: Long Live Blues Rock!

Fluid Notion is a bluesy rock outfit with mellow vibes and a groovy style from the 60’s and 70’s.  This three-person collaboration brings together a variety of musical backgrounds, including classic blues, vintage rock, funk, and even a splash of punk.  What comes out of this mixture is a soulful blend of wailing guitars and raspy vocals reminiscent of the Black Keys or All Them Witches.  Bandmates Dillon Courtright (guitar/vocals), Taylor Goyette (bass), and Jacob Smith (drums) have been developing this band since 2015, cultivating dance-worthy rock with intelligence. The guys formed the band right here in Nashville, Tennessee, a place that seems to be the home of America’s top blues rock.  Just like the days of Jimmy Hendrix grooving in Music City’s bars and honky tonks, blues and rock a...

Raviner and “Scarlet”: Nashville’s Dark Pop and Rock

Raviner is a dark blend of rock and lyric-driven pop. Songs such as “Scarlet” blend quiet undertones with raw, heavy riffs. The band merges deep songwriting with their choice of creative distortions. Joining forces right here in Nashville, Raviner hits the ground running with their first release since 2014.  Originally playing under the moniker “Kamber”, the band pivoted to adopt a name more suitable for their innovative sound in the rock scene.  You could call them market disruptors!  Now parading as Raviner, the band’s debut EP “Disconnected” was released in the fall of 2016. Raviner combines the talents of Kamber Kigin (vocals, keys), Rob Shollenberger (drums), Austin Huelsback (bass) and Jon Wisecarver (guitar). We, at Nashville Unsigned, are known for featuring some ...

THE WESTERN SONS droppin’ it like it’s hot with their new song “Penelope”

THE WESTERN SONS NASHVILLE UNSIGNED REVIEW OF THEIR NEW SONG “PENELOPE” Our featured band this week, The Western Sons, display their strategic genius by launching their brand new song entitled “Penelope”. This indie rock band made the move to Nashville less than a year ago to continue to pursue their music careers on a Music City level. The new single “PENELOPE” is their first single released in Nashville. The name for the song was inspired by Odysseus’ wife because the band felt the song had a nautical, Greek exploration vibe. The band recorded “Penelope” in their backyard here in Nashville, and trust us, it’s not just any backyard. They have a state-of-art studio where Nick (Drums/Beatnick Media) cooks up hits at the drop of a h...

The Western Sons: “Send My Love” & Your Dad’s Favorite Pop Rock Band

Nashville indie rockers The Western Sons break onto the site with the music video “Send My Love”.  Incorporating an Americana vibe with indie pop rock sounds, these guys play music you can easily play on repeat.  It’s like Third Eye Blind had an indie rock baby with a dash of southern genes sprinkled in. I dare say that all their songs need to be in line for your 2017 summer anthems list. The Western Sons assembled in Florida then recently made the move to Nashville to pursue their music careers inside of the creativity of Music City. The band is made up of Garrett Carr (vocals and bass), Tyler Cohenour (some more vocals and guitar), Blake Rigdon (lead guitar) and Nick Benik (drums).  It came from the mind of drummer Benik, who wanted to pull together a DIY pop rock band.  Their Facebook b...

NEW MUSIC ALERT- Kyle Reynolds- Friday Saturday Sunday

NEW MUSIC ALERT Kyle Reynolds- Friday Saturday Sunday Kyle Reynolds is no stranger to the industry. Having several song placements on major TV networks and radio, Kyle comes back out of the gates swinging with his fresh new single “Friday Saturday Sunday”. The California native uprooted from the warmth and palm trees to pursue a music career in Music City. With Nashville’s rising Pop scene, Kyle arrived and immediately found a place in the pop scene. Not only throwing some of the coolest house parties in the city but also co-writing with some of the top writers in the up-and-coming new age pop industry. We’re pretty much convinced that some crazy pop phenomenon took over Kyle’s body. With his smooth flow blending into his catchy chorus, he layers in that false...

You’ve Been a Nashhole to Your Email List & It’s Time to Ask Forgiveness

EMAIL LIST NEGLECT Your old friend “Email List” is feeling pathetic lately and you know EXACTLY why. You haven’t paid Email List any attention in months or maybe even years. You’ve neglected to invite him to your promotion parties and band performances. As an independent artist, you are well aware that you are SUPPOSED to invite him to the party, but he never gets a call. Just the thought of Email List makes you uncomfortable and probably even overwhelmed. This negligence must cease! For most of us, if we go a day without social media, it’s no big deal. But, if we discovered an entire day of emails disappeared, it might not roll off our backs so easily. That’s because you have grown accustomed to making an action call on every single email that travels through...

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