Jeremy Nail & Hadley McCall Thackston

Photo by Todd V Wolfson.

Raised by a family of ranchers and fine art purveyors in Albany, Texas, singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeremy Nail has made his home in Austin, Texas for over a decade.

The songs on Nail’s internationally acclaimed record, My Mountain (2016), produced by rock icon Alejandro Escovedo, conveyed an intensely personal journey that stemmed from Nail’s battle with a rare form of cancer (Sarcoma) in which one of his legs had to be amputated. My Mountain was nominated by the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards in the alt-country album category; Austin-American Statesmen deemed Nail “Artist of the Month” in May 2016; and the raves poured in from both sides of the pond. Elmore Magazine put it this way: “Nail’s sound is superbly profound, dancing along the lines of Ryan Bingham and a Stetson-clad Beck.”

Jeremy Nail continues to forge his trail of meaningful songs in the world, transcending time and place and morphing joy, pain and poison into grace and artistry. His new record Live Oak (2018), drops on August 17, 2018. Kevin Curtin, Austin Chronicle wrote: “Pastoral and poetic, the new album finds the native Texan ever reflective and resilient, breathing in life’s landscapes, literal and figurative, and exhaling a peaceful sense of place."

Prior to recording Live Oak and My Mountain, Nail also played guitar and wrote songs in several Austin bands including Dustin Welch, The Sideshow Tragedy and Liars and Saints (with Johnny Goudie and Kacy Crowley). His debut album Letter (2008) was hailed by the Austin Chronicle as “a diverse, gripping listen, one that's centered around his ability to capture waking moments with intensity.”

Hadley McCall Thackston

Photo by Sus Bowers.

Born in North Augusta and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, the 25-year old Hadley McCall Thackston’s affinity for vintage style clothes and contemporary tattoos mirrors her timeless brand of Southern folk — kindred with modern sounds and singers come and gone decades before she was born.

“This is definitely my last life for sure… I was born tired,” she jokes with a serious edge to her voice. “My mama said I came out a couple months early… kickin’ and screamin’ and hollerin’… and she thought to herself: ‘ooooooh… she mad at something!'”

A self-described “porch sitter”, Hadley’s upbringing in a house where her parents were in the arts and “total music heads” had her immersed in music all her life. She began teaching herself basic guitar chords when she was 10 years of age and started playing stand-up bass in orchestra at 12. When she was younger, she sang all the time (her mom swears Hadley sang before she even spoke) but in her teenage years struggled with anxiety & depression and lost that part of herself.

Fascinated by all things Irish, Hadley decided to move to Ireland in 2011 to become an au pair and then studied theatre at the University of Cork for a year, with the idea that focusing on theatre might be a way for her to escape and be someone else. The theatre immersion didn’t take, however, but her desire and passion for songwriting and singing returned and morphed into another dimension.

It was a complete act of ironic social media fate — as Hadley was not exactly a social media maven — but her best childhood friend, Wyeth Wood, pretty much insisted Hadley finally post a short clip of her singing and within minutes, the formidable, critically-acclaimed Indiana singer-songwriter David Corley — a friend of Hadley’s mother — saw and heard it and sent the clip to his producer Hugh Christopher Brown. Before she knew it, Hadley landed on Wolfe Island, Ontario, where Brown’s Post Office studio was and started recording her tunes.

A little icing on the island turned out to be that Toronto singer-songwriter Stephen Stanley was recording with his new band at Brown’s studio around that same time. Stephen was blown away by Hadley’s voice and asked if she would sing the duet, “Next To Me” with him, one of the tracks on his album Jimmy & the Moon. “Next to Me” was also chosen for Stanley’s first official video, premiered by Exclaim! and has many music writers exclaiming about Hadley McCall Thackston’s exquisite voice.

Hadley’s debut eponymous record (with all songs written by the porch sitter on various porches from Atlanta, Georgia to Cedar Mountain, North Carolina to Wolfe Island), fuses lots of sounds that might be called alt-country, southern folk, or contemporary. As for the latter, well in this chanteuse-songwriter’s mind, timeless is always contemporary.



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