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The Triple Threat That Is Texada

Think back to a time when you completely overindulged yourself on a really good meal, and you feel so content that you start to drift into a food coma. A similar phenomenon happens when you enjoy really good music. You can start to get so into what you’re listening to that you accidentally run a red light or realize it’s been thirty minutes, and you are still sitting in your car. Now, get ready to prepare your musical hunger because you might have to unbutton your pants for this one. If you think you’ve heard it all, ladies and gents, get ready to be impressed by the soulful bluesy, pop rhythms that are Texada! Hayley McLean created this “musical vision” known as Texada that is absolutely mesmerizing. She is showing up everyone who has ever said one musician can’t do it all. Producer, writ...

Stealing Oceans Release “Blueprint”- Nashville Unsigned Alumni

Stealing Oceans “Blueprint” Launches Today   From the ranks of Nashville Unsigned’s Class 5, Stealing Oceans is back! They return bearing gifts of big beats and truthful lyrics that blast love and positivity with the release of “Blueprint”. The single marks the first release from Stealing Oceans’ new EP “Let The Kids Play” (launching early 2018). Frontman Brian Thompson explains, “Blueprint is about the journey and the internal struggle one goes through to be happy and fulfilled. It’s about conditioning your mind to be grateful every day you wake up. It is common for people to think they need to be doing something else in order to seek the happiness they are striving for, but when you stop and look around, you realize that you’re i...

WILDWOOD Has “Secrets” Up Her Sleeve

Georgia native, WILDWOOD, is creeping into the Nashville Indie Pop music scene with haunting melodies that will surely cast a spell on you. This female one-woman show plays every live instrument on her recordings, while crafting lyrics that will keep you up at night. With an eeriness similar to Lana Del Rey, WILDWOOD creates a curious, walking through the woods, ambiance with her music. Newest single “Secrets” has a slight underlying Alison Krauss twang, intertwined with an ominous vibe that captures your full attention. With thundering beats and quivering sounds of the violin, it is an upbeat tune that sounds like revenge. She sings about a love game of poker, revolving around underhand dealings and hidden motives. Truth comes to light, and WILDWOOD makes sure we know that no one will hid...

SONGWRITING COMMUNITY RALLIES BEHIND SINGER SHOT AT 5 POINTS

Nashville’s songwriting community has rallied behind Matt Lovell, a songwriter shot in the chest outside of the Red Door Saloon in East Nashville earlier this year. The incident was the result of a car jacking that took place in Nashville’s popular “5 Points” area. The singer sat down with Nashville Unsigned to tell us about how the shooting has changed his life. I first learned of Matt’s story through a common friend and musician, Charlie Lowell (Jars of Clay). Straightaway, I wanted to learn more about the frightening events that took place here on the sidewalks of the town I call home. I invited folk/soul artist Matt Lovell to Nashville Unsigned’s headquarters to learn more about his experience. The young man, teasing 6 foot, showed up in tight jeans, stylish socks, and a well-gro...

Sawyer: Nashville Indie Sparkle Pop

Ladies and gentlemen, Sawyer is here and Nashville indie sparkle pop has never been more chill with this melodic duo.  Resonating with the vibes of a road trip with friends, mixed with an introspective element of self-discovery, these ladies have a pop-indie sound that’s just a pleasant experience overall.  Though their style sounds pop-inspired and upbeat, Sawyer’s harmonies and intricate guitar work set them apart here in Nashville. Comprised of singer/rhythm guitar player Kel Taylor and lead guitar player Emma Harvey, these two friends began their journey at Belmont University in downtown Nashville.  This friendship is prevalent in their fun music videos, as is their down-to-earth personalities.  In fact, it’s this energy that makes them so relatable as musicians.  So, they just roll wi...

Nashville’s STEEL UNION band drops country DEBUT EP 

STEEL UNION RELEASES DEBUT EP Nashville’s popular STEEL UNION releases their debut EP today. Since 2015, the trio has been turning the ears of hungry country music fans nationwide. Due to a chance meeting between Broadway starlet Rachel Potter and buddies Donny Fallgatter and Josh Matheny, STEEL UNION planted its seeds in an East Nashville bar. Matheny and Fallgatter bonded years earlier with the local hit band KING BILLY. But sometimes the sum is greater than the parts and consequently, that is exactly why the trio decided to link up for good. Something magical happens when the three join voices. Here’s our review of the four liftoff tracks featured on the highly anticipated debut EP from STEEL UNION. 1. Stereotype Are BOSE and PIONEER scratching each other’s eyes out ye...

KID POLITICS makes a splash into Nashville’s Pop Scene

KID POLITICS When you hear the band name, Kid Politics, you immediately paint the picture of young kids rockin’ the IDGAF attitude with rebellious spirit. Instead you get some new age pop surfer dudes, tapping into their inner Coldplay and Imagine Dragons spawn (We know, it sounds too good to be true… but it IS true). So come meet a group adding value to Nashville’s pop scene. WHO IS KID POLITICS? Forming Kid Politics, members Kelby, Michael and Diego merged all of their talents under one umbrella. Calling Nashville home, Kid Politics was born. Kelby is not only the lead vocalists, but principle writer for the band, keys player and admin extraordinaire. Michael is the drummer with a dreamer mind. Often times “all over the place”, his mind must be lassoed in. D...

Daphne Willis Music: A Multi Genre Artist

Daphne Willis is a musical knockout whose genre is hard to pin down.  This is because her dynamic range flows from pop to roots rock to electronic dance music.  However, one thing is for sure:  her fans absolutely adore her. Her lyrical style is honest and cutting, which remains a constant throughout her catalogue of music.  Whether she is releasing a fun dance song or a broken-down ballad, her voice caries a tone that touches the heart.  Her songs show a positive spirit that’s infectious, with a wide, well-trained vocal range.  On her website, she cites artists like Michael Jackson and Elvis Costello as some of her favorite musical influences. Raised in Chicago, Willis now calls Nashville home.  Like many other transplants, she is able to capitalize on Nashville’s many music resources.  A...

Nashville Festivals: Muddy Roots

When it comes to the most original Nashville festivals, sometimes you need to explore the neighboring small towns of middle Tennessee.  That’s exactly what we did over the weekend as we set out to cover the Muddy Roots Festival.  Located about an hour away from Nashville in a small town named Cookeville, Muddy Roots was like nothing we’ve ever seen!  With a blend of punk rock, blues, and outlaw country, this festival has generated its own culture of denim-clad drifters and Americana punks. Thanks to a good ol’ fashioned Tennessee tropical storm (sarcasm included), the festival stayed true to its name with plenty of mud.  However, that didn’t stop the good times.  In fact, it didn’t even come close, as musicians and fans alike made their way from stage to stage.  Rain or shine, the beer was...

Samuel Lee: A Journey Through Rock ‘n’ Soul

Pop rock artist Samuel Lee is an innovator within his genre.  Dubbed rock ‘n’ soul, Lee has a style that blends the gritty feelings of bluesy rock music with lower tempo, soulful elements added in.  Though he leads with his impressive vocal abilities, he complements these vocals with both electric and acoustic blues guitars playing.  This influence can be heard throughout both of his albums in different ways, from the writing to the melody. Raised in Denver, Colorado until his teenage years, Lee found his love for blues guitar when he left for boarding school on the east coast.  Perhaps it was the journey away from home, but somewhere along the line Lee picked up a soulful rock sound that is both powerful and introspective.  Then, he would return to Denver, using his self-taught knowledge ...

DeRobert and the Half Truths – UPCOMING SHOWS

DeRobert and the Half Truths Now that we have blown up DeRobert and the Half Truths all week, we couldn’t be more stoked to give to you their upcoming schedule. Catch the band live, doing what they do best, and you can thank us for it later. Schedule below: AUG25 Live at the Basement East Fri 8 PM · by DeRobert & The Half-Truths The Basement East Nashville Get Tickets AUG26 Live at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria Sat 10 PM EDT · by DeRobert & The Half-Truths Barley’s Knoxville Knoxville Get Tickets Follow DRHT Stay in-the-know on all things DRHT’s by liking and following all of their socials by clicking the corresponding links: Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , YouTube , and Spotify.   #JoinTheMovement Like what you are seeing from NASHVILLE UNSIGNED? Bu...

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...

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