The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones Tribute

Born and raised in rural Missouri, relocating to Nashville in 2005, Bones' sound blurs genre boundaries as the product of years on the road and in the studio with a variety of bands. Formerly guitarist to Yelawolf & Mikky Ekko, Bones is currently in the studio recording his third solo album.

Emma Hern bridges the time gap with her retro rock and soul sound. Her music is steeped in the late 60’s and early 70’s rock and blues she was raised on in Richmond, Virginia, while her electricity on stage is a fresh force to be reckoned with.

After graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, she moved to Nashville looking to expand her musicality. Her first months were spent absorbing all that Music City had to offer, all the while bringing life to her new creative vision.

She wasted no time integrating herself into the local music scene. Within her first year, she has played a long list of prestigious Nashville venues and showcases, and capped it off with a slot at Pilgrimage Music Festival, which Rolling Stone named, “festival to watch.”

In keeping with the emerging story of New Nashville, Kennedy finds herself difficult to define by the traditional shapes of Music City. Equal parts indie and pop met with the organic song craft she has been immersed in since relocating to Nashville from Los Angeles in 2015.



As comfortable playing intimate acoustic sets with her vintage Gibson as she is writing cutting-edge pop songs for artists such as Nina Nesbitt and Echosmith, Bre continues to deliver performances that have solidified her reputation as a blow-away vocal talent and illuminated songwriter.



Following up on her 2017 release of her debut single “Words,” Bre is currently readying her next single, “Trouble On My Mind,” to be released early 2018.

Reuben Bidez

When Reuben Bidez sings, he opens his heart and projects a vulnerability that draws you into his intimate portraits of lovers facing the pleasures and woes of romance. "I want to write songs that explore real emotions," he says. "Songs that awaken people from their slumber of distraction and make them feel something." On Turning to Wine, his first EP, he's as good as his word. He delivers a collection of inviting melodies and insightful lyrics that illuminate the mysteries of the soul, with a vision informed by sorrow, uncertainty and the warmth of unconditional love. The songs are a record of the transitions he's been going through since he moved to Nashville from Atlanta. "The record is a snapshot of the changes I've been experiencing in my marriage and my music, for the last two and a half years. They're more honest and open than anything I've written before."

Bidez worked with Grammy winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Humming House, The Kicks, Ryan Horne, Rob Blackledge) to capture the dynamics of a live performance, with arrangements that move from warm, ambient overtones to the brittle chiming of electric guitars. Bidez plays acoustic12-string on the title track to support his hushed vocal, slipping into a doleful falsetto to underline his message of fidelity. When the band joins him for the closing bridge, consecrated organ and mournful harmonies underscore the painful realization that even the most dedicated love may have its limits. On "Intruder," the dark tones of a spectral cello adds resonance to the hesitant phrasing Bidez uses to break familiar words into unexpected shapes and give them new meaning. Icy sustained notes from a slide guitar and keening vocal harmonies intensify the sentiments of "Can We Survive." It's a question most lovers ask themselves and Bidez answers with a resounding "yes," supported by a soaring string section and his jubilant vocals. The pealing 12-string guitar returns to highlight "Holding On," the record's quiet final track, another testament to unlimited devotion in the face of life's uncertainties. "This album takes the listener on a journey through the ups and downs of a relationship," Bidez says. "We deal with hope, fear, betrayal and disappointment every day. I find it challenging to address those emotions in a four minute song."

Reuben Bidez grew up in Fayetteville, GA, a small town near Atlanta. He's been singing and performing for as long as he can remember. "In grammar school, I was always the class clown," he says. "I'd do anything for a laugh, but I didn't really hit my stride until I joined the chorus."

Bidez taught himself to play guitar after landing a job in a small mom and pop music store. "They gave me a job, despite the fact that I didn't know how to play guitar. I learned on the job and discovered I had a natural musical ability. I started playing for my church youth group's Wednesday night services. Not everyone would show up each week, so I taught myself bass and drums, to fill in for whoever was missing."

During his years at Georgia Tech, Bidez started a rock band. They toured the Southeast and put out two EPs and an album before disbanding. Bidez had been writing upbeat pop tunes during his church years, but the songs he wrote for the band had a more personal, introspective tone. After graduation, he stayed in Atlanta, performing at open mics; the songs he put up on ReverbNation won him thousands of followers, but he was struggling to find his place in the Atlanta music scene. After some soul searching, he felt his best career move was to relocate to Nashville. "It was a leap of faith, but I had to do it. The fact that thousands of others are here trying their hardest, makes me want to try harder."

The move to Nashville gave his career the expected boost. He put out Colors in My Eyes, a self-produced acoustic EP, released a single called "Learning to Love You," and landed a video of "Can We Survive" on the American Songwriter website. The magazine praised the music's "rich, soulful sound." Bidez will be touring to support Turning to Wine, both solo and with a five-piece band. "The band shows are more raucous than the record," he says. "Live, we can reinvent the songs, stretch out a bit and give them a different feel."

Matt Koziol

Matt Koziol, age 22, is no stranger to the sounds of what most consider "the golden years of music." Born in Linden, New Jersey, he grew up listening to the world around him. Every sound that came out of the radio or tape deck flavored his music. Elvis was one of his largest influences growing up. "I really didn't know who he was until I was older, but I knew his name, and his music. At the age of 3, I knew what I wanted to do with my life."

Ten years later Matt picked up a guitar and began listening to classic rock (Led Zeppelin, Cream, Aerosmith, etc.) His musical experience was in motion. He studied all the great guitar players and singers trying to find what made them tick. "It was amazing to me to see the state of complete solitude these musicians went into while playing. It was like they were in a different world, and I wanted to see what that world was like!" The summer before his freshman year of high school Matt started writing his own music. Inspired by the many years of listening to James Taylor (his father's favorite artist), Matt began to work on his craft of song writing. During his high school years he was involved in local theatre groups, and worked on his vocal training singing classical music in the New Jersey All-State Choir.

"I knew at some point that I was a fairly decent guitar player, and I could sing, however I never knew how to put it all together until I heard John Mayer on the radio. His style really set me back and it was then that I realized what I'd been looking for! So I took what I learned from him and from the music made in the many years before him. Guys like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, all these great guys who played for that 'moment' and that's what put me over the edge, pushing me further into my career of being a musician. At 14 my music teacher urged me to do an open mic night at a local coffee shop. I haven't stopped performing since Those 10 minutes of pressure lit a fire in me."

A few short years later Matt has just released his second EP "Grace Matters." "This CD is a taste of what is to come. I wanted to bring the 'moment' back into the hearts of listeners. I want people have a chill run down their arm at the end of a CD like I had when I listened to Billy Joel's "Storm Front" the first time. That 'moment hasn't been around for a long time and its time for a second lap." He has performed in places all over the Tri- State Area, including the famous Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and Sullivan Hall in New York City, NY. Matt is currently touring locally in an effort to spread his unique musical styling to as many listeners as possible. You can check out samples of his album "Grace Matters" on iTunes

Hadley Kennary is a singer-songwriter whose music is a folk/pop blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies. Kennary, appropriately pronounced like the bird, started writing music when she was just 14. Now 23, she has graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, independently released an EP and full-length album, and is gearing up for her next EP release. Her warm sound is refreshingly honest and contagiously catchy.

She has graced stages around the country such as SPACE in Chicago and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as several shows in Ireland and the UK. She also appeared on ABC Chicago's "Windy City Live" in July 2014, where she played to an audience of 250,000+. Most notably, she was named a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival's Songwriter Showcase in 2015 & 2016 and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Songwriting Contest in 2015 & 2016, winning 2nd place in June of 2015.

Hadley lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to write, record, and perform live.

Her next release, "Momentum EP", will be available wherever music is sold & streamed August 24th.

"Having such a varied selection of songs to choose from, Hadley Kennary is undoubtedly a concert experience to attend. I stumbled upon Kennary (pronounced like "canary") while exploring listings for upcoming shows, and I'm glad I did. Not only does Hadley Kennary have a beautiful name, she makes some beautiful music." -DigBoston.com

Born into a musical family in Willow Springs, MO, Colin grew up surrounded by an atmosphere of music in the Ozark Hills. He first began writing original songs at the age of 16, with deeply personal lyrics even at a young age.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Colin earned a significant fan base in the thriving music scene of Springfield, MO. At the start of his career Colin was apart of a band that was named the #1 Alternative Rock band in Springfield, the band gained notoriety for their inventive sound and theatrical stage presence. Colin moved on to work with Arkansas based sibling band "The Franz Family" which he made his debut solo record with entitled "This Side of the Sun" recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tn.

Colin continued to perform solo and with friends, finally joining forces with the Danville Train out of Franklin, Tennessee.
"We met my first night in Nashville. I was in town considering the move and happened to touch base with our friends from the band SHEL, who invited me to a barbeque at Jake Finch's house (drummer for the Danville Train). We ended up playing country tunes on his back porch for something like 4 hours. It was basically love at first sight". Elmore says. The group formed out of that night and eventually went into the studio with producer Teddy Morgan (The Alternate Routes, Kevin Costner and the Modern West) to record their upcoming EP "The Wild Blue".

Jacob Thomas Jr.

Born and raised in Southern Lousiana, one listen and Jacob Thomas Jr. would have you figuring he spent his youth performing in cowboy bars and trucker dives. You'd only be half right. While Saturday nights were spent cavorting with sinners, Sunday mornings would find him, albeit hungover at times, entertaining saints.
Outfitted with only his acoustic guitar and his voice, Original Sin, Thomas' debut LP, is a collection of experiences. With the majority of songs being first takes, the lack of production invites the listener to pay close attention to what's being said, the stories being told, and the heartbreak being felt or dealt. Jacob never pretends to be the good guy, and his honesty, which can be unsettling at times, is ultimately revealing.

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Lacy Blevins

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I’m 31, originally from Plaquemine, Louisiana (just outside of Baton Rouge). I play rock and roll.

My dad Harold Bell Martin Jr., taught me how to play guitar at age 5. Having the patience of a 5 year old, I didn’t really catch on until I was 14. As soon as I got good enough to play “Free Bird”, I spent 11 years playing dive bars and casinos with cover bands throughout the Southeast. Had tons of fun, too much probably, but I finally decided that shit wasn’t worth the money, so I started writing my own songs and moved to Nashville in 2011. I had a friend in Nashville, so I came to visit him and instantly fell in love with the place. The second time I visited, I started renting a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom house in East Nashville, near Rosepepper.

After the move, I didn’t really have a purpose or a drive aside from getting drunk, writing songs and making money. With the move I released my first ever recorded EP called “First Sign of Light”. It’s garbage, no one should listen to it, but at the time, those songs meant something to me. 2011 flew by and before I knew it, I lost my job, and had some family drama and I needed to be with them, so I moved back.

It broke my heart, leaving Nashville. I resented every day I didn’t live there, I fell into a sloppy, depressed pit of drugs and drinking. I recorded a full length album called “The Blackout Sessions”, inspired by life at the time. It too was garbage, the guy who mixed it was actually deaf in one ear, but again, it meant something at the time. The album actually did pretty well though. The studio I worked at did foley for movies and got me a placement in a straight to TV christian film (I don’t consider myself a christian artist in any way shape or form). But because of that, the record did ok. In turn, I got to open for these folks: Marc Broussard, The Whigs, Turnpike Troubadours, Kevin Fowler (I had a booking agent who thought I was country for a while for some reason) and some other people I can’t remember. Aside from that 2012-2014 were some dark times for old J-bird (that’s what I call myself in my head). I needed a re-boot.

Early 2014, I got a management deal from a buddy in the metal industry and his boss, they funded an EP called “Welcome Home”. I actually still like some of the tunes on this one. I played some shows with it, but ultimately, nothing happened and I lost the management deal and paid them back.

Late 2014 I started getting calls from some friends in Nashville to play guitar for them. So, July 2015, I moved back to Nashville. Got me a good woman, and as a whole, I feel like I have most of my shit together. Two years later, after writing a shit ton of songs, I feel like I have 10 good ones that I plan on putting out soon. That’s my story thus far. Thanks for reading

-Jason Charles Martin

Kelly Eberle

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Mercy Bell is a Nashville based Americana artist. She writes music heavily inspired by the traditional American folk, 1960s folk, and early 90s songwriters she grew up listening to. She was born in Boston, MA, spent her childhood in California and moved back to Massachusetts as a teenager. She studied history at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. After college she moved to New York City to pursue music hardly knowing anyone, with a duffle bag, an air mattress, and a guitar. She lived there for several years, and was actively involved in the music scene there. In 2010 she launched a successful $8,000 Kickstarter project to create her first album "All Good Cowboys" which her friend Danielle DePalma produced. She moved to Nashville in 2012. She was 2nd place finalist of the Nashville radio station Lightning 100's Music City Mayhem 2013.

James Ethan Clark

James Ethan Clark's first, full-length recording “Southern Hotel” is an intrepid collection of songs about a young man’s coming of age in a bleak, southern landscape.

As a writer and performer, Clark draws inspiration from an eclectic melting pot of genres ranging from progressive rock, folk, soul and influences from his Grandmother, who was a Gospel recording artist in the 70’s and was a church choir director for 20 years.

Hailing from North Carolina, Clark recorded the album in Nashville with Joe Giotta on percussion, Wes Langlois playing lead guitar and pedal steel, Chris Miller on bass, Joel Heumann singing background vocals, and Kristin Weber on Violin with guest background vocals from Ricky Dale Braddy and Mackenzie Elliot. “Southern Hotel” released on April 2, 2013.

Karen Hardy is a Pop/Soul Singer/Songwriter from New Jersey who recently brought her stirring hooks to Nashville, Tennessee. Her sweet and soulful vocals are often compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, and Joss Stone. In June of 2017, Karen released her debut EP “Clouds”.

The brainchild of local producer and multi-instrumentliast Jordan Dean, Stereo Specter is a project that’s been bubbling for at least a year (you might have heard some love on Lightning 100 already), but are really eyeing 2017 as broader launching ground, as Dean prepares to release a new lush, indie/electro-pop EP and a series of a stylish, sci-fi inspired accompanying videos.

Co-produced by Dean and Allen Parker (the duo also recently helmed an upcoming Hannah Aldridge album), with Jordan tackling every instrument but drums (which his cousin and longtime collaborator Garrett Dean played), Stereo Specter’s EP is set to feature some familiar guests like Brooke Waggoner, EZA, Kristen Rogers, and Kat Smo. Smo factors prominently in lead single “Soul Sucker,” and we’re thrilled to bring you a premiere of its dreamy, spaced out, colorful new video.

Directed by Gabriel Mozart Steven Abeyta, and conceived by Abeyta and Dean (they’ll produce video for every tack from the EP, all with a unique theme), “Soul Sucker” harbors a nostalgic, surreal style that perfectly captures the track’s aesthetic, while establishing its own engrossing narrative. Watch the video below, and keep an eye on more from Stereo Specter; we have a feeling this is going to be a big year for his exciting new project.

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