Coming up on Music City Roots, here’s our show from January 29th, when we enjoyed our third annual collaboration with Belmont University. They never cease to amaze. The artists all include alums or current students, and in the case of The Lonely Biscuits, they are truly blowing up nationally. We also hear from exciting duo Striking Matches, bluegrass band Sister Sadie (featuring Dale Ann Bradley), country band Williams & Co., and also Robert Shirey Kelly, who really brought a fantastic ensemble sound. You’ll undoubtedly learn something!
About the artists:
The Lonely Biscuits are an American indie band. The band consists of Grady (Gravy) Wenrich (vocals, guitar), Sam Gidley (drums), John Paterini (vocals, guitar), and Nick Byrd (bass). The Lonely Biscuits formed in September 2011 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were roommates. John Paterini, current lead singer of the band, came into the picture later in the month after hearing some of their music from his dorm room across the hall. Two months later, Nick Byrd joined the band as an official “biscuit” playing bass guitar.
Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, came to Nashville simply to play music. Sarah, a Philadelphia native and Justin, from Atlanta, met when a professor at Belmont University paired them at random to play for a classroom full of guitar majors. The pair has been writing and performing ever since. Their influences range from Jerry Reed to the Beatles, John Mayer to Patsy Cline, and back again. It becomes more obvious every day that they were born to play music together. Striking Matches’ debut self-titled EP was produced by Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch) with all four tracks co-written by the band. The EP released October 2012 was named among iTunes “Best of 2012” and enabled the duo to score features with NPR and The Wall Street Journal. In December 2012, Striking Matches made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry where they have subsequently played more than twenty times. The duo has had six songs featured on ABC’s hit show “Nashville.” Striking Matches has shared the stage with John Hiatt, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, The Band Perry, The Fray, Billy Currington, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe and many more. They were named a CMT Listen Up artist in September 2013 and became the first artist signed to the newly launched I.R.S. Records Nashville with their debut full length effort produced by T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller to be released in 2014.
Sister Sadie was formed in 2013 after we played one show together for fun at The Station Inn in Nashville, TN. We had so much fun that night that we decided we wanted to do it more. Everyone still has their own bands and are very committed to them, however we are excited to bring this special configuration of musicians to you!! DaleAnn Bradley is 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year & brings her beautiful heartfelt vocals to us, along with her special talent of finding songs from other genres and changing them to fit our style of music. For more information on DaleAnn or her band, please visit her website at http://www.daleann.com/. Playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is none other than the very talented and soulful Tina Adair. Tina is such a powerful singer and musician & brings a youthful confidence to our group. For more information on Tina, you can visit her site at http://www.tinaadairband.com/. Joining us on fiddle is the always charismatic Deanie Richardson. If you’ve never seen Deanie play live, you’re in for such a treat. She commands the stage like no other. Deanie is a full time member of Nashville favorites, The Likely Culprits. You can visit them at http://www.likelyculprits.com/. Deanie has a busy schedule, as she also free lances with The Chieftains. On banjo, we have Gena Britt who comes from the great state of North Carolina and is currently free-lancing as well. Gena has played with several critically acclaimed bluegrass bands over the years & is known for her solid & tasteful banjo playing. And last but certainly not least is Beth Lawrence on acoustic bass. Beth is well known & respected by her peers as a phenomenal bass player. Beth free-lances as well and brings a comedic element to our stage show! Put us all together and we’re SISTER SADIE. We can’t wait to share our music with you!!
Country Music, in its current form, sounds nothing like the Country Music that started the truly southern, American genre. What people call country now is radically different to what country should be. Williams & Company‘s mission is to show what country music can be and re-imagine the sounds from the old country greats.
Lead by Alex Williams, Williams & Co. brings an honest sound back to country music with their new single “Discount Country, Half Price Rock n’ Roll”. “The song is about my interpretation of where I believe the country and rock and roll genres are heading”, says Williams. “It celebrates other musicians like us that try to keep ‘tradition’ alive in our genres in the midst of a changing, modernized music business.”
The band recorded their debut, self-titled album, “Williams & Company,” in March of 2012 at Beech Creek Studios in Brentwood, TN and supported it with an independent tour throughout Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, and North Carolina, in the Summer of 2012. You can purchase this album on iTunes and its also available streaming on Spotify.
The band has seen great success, including radio airplay in Houston, as well as a highly successful tour through Texas this summer. They also won the Belmont Univeristy Country Music Showcase in February. On top of their success, additional tour stops in places ranging from Indianapolis, Alex’s home town, Austin, Atlanta, Columbus, and Nashville, have prepared Williams & Company to change the climate of country music.
“Before I wrote this song, I had so much confusion and frustration with the current state of music and how the business is losing faith in traditional aspects of these genres. This song is my personal anthem to the ones keeping tradition alive.”
Alex, Daniel, Sam and Lucas are ready to bring back the sounds of country legends such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Guy Clark and Jerry Jeff Walker.
With stars in his eyes, Robert Kelly wakes up each morning with a story to tell. Then, this energetic, yet pensive, popster peruses books and photographs over coffee, drawing inspiration from his memories, travels, and the longings of hearts not his own. From a prayer book on the floor of a Nashville bookstore, to his wanderings alone through the winding streets of Jerusalem, Robert is breathing in, and singing out, the stories he finds.
From cramped coffee shops, to packed auditoriums, opening for acts like Matt Wertz, Jon McLaughlin, and Dave Barnes, Robert Kelly’s thoughtful pop music has audiences on their feet.