2208 Elliston Place
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Kentucky native, Kenton Bryant, may have grown up with his two feet firmly in the state’s blue grass but his musical roots were planted deep in the sounds of legends like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The Eagles. In his teenage years you would likely find him in a garage, cranking up a Fender Vibrolux amp, banging away at the timeless songs of these greats.
As time rolled on, his love of artists who could deliver raw emotions with a classic edge grew, and so did the list of his musical influences. Keith Urban, later followed by Eric Church proved that this authentic approach would explode in Country Music. Kenton knew that the craft he had spent so much time honing - unique phrases wrapped around thoughtfully crafted lyrics, sitting on a bed of classic rock textures – could have a home in Nashville.
With no backup plan, Kenton uprooted his life and moved down I-65 south to pursue his dream of recording and performing music for a livelihood. His diligent work studying and crafting songs with hit-makers up and down Music Row paid off when in 2017, Kenton signed a publishing agreement with 50 Egg Music (Jonathan Singleton, Luke Combs) and Big Machine Music (publishing division of Big Machine Label Group).
In August 2018 Kenton delivered his debut, self-titled EP. The 6-track collection featured songs all written or co-written by Kenton including tracks, “Since You’re Gone” and “Out on a Good One.” Kenton can be heard strumming his old 1945 Martin, electric guitars and other various instruments on the EP which was recorded and played primarily by him and Singleton.
“We put a lot of time into this EP,” Kenton shares. “I wanted to give people a real idea of who I am and give somebody, somewhere music to drink to, groove to, love someone to and miss someone to.”
Meanwhile, Kenton and his band are traveling across the country. He has opened for artists ranging from legends like Willie Nelson to current Country Music superstars like Gary Allan and Kip Moore.
“We are building this thing from the ground up the hard way. That means hitting every city we can, playing, and hopefully making fans one-by-one along the way. Those hard-earned fans are the foundation of people that stay with you for years to come. I’m really looking forward to the ride, and I can’t wait to bring everyone along with me.”
Where many artists find the road winding, long and lonesome, Jason Nix finds himself right at home.
His peace is on a bus or van, or behind the wheel of his custom restored 1971 Chevelle on a long stretch of blacktop, with the windows rolled down and the constant lull of a humming engine drowning out the noise around him.
This is the soundtrack to Nix’s life and the essence of his artistry.
He’s built for the road—a bit of a lone wolf and a real man of the highway, whether it’s heading to the next town on tour or cruising with no real destination at all.
Having traveled the country for five years as a lead guitarist for other touring acts, Nix has been through the ropes. He’s done the daily grind, packing up shows at 3AM on Nashville’s Lower Broadway just to drive all night to the next city for a gig. Radio promo tours, shaking hands, sleeping in vans, playing a show and then loading up and doing it all over again night after night, all from a close distance just far enough to keep him from his rightful place: center stage.
But now, it’s his turn to step into the spotlight with a brand of music that could only be his.
Much like that love for classic cars, music is in his blood. Nix was destined to share his proud bluegrass-picking father’s passion and talent and to chase down the dream with a fire until he’d not only satisfied his father’s legacy, but also began his own.
It’s a legacy hard won on never compromising and never giving up; on staying true to yourself and what you feel; of not only acknowledging the hard times and the human condition, but also of celebrating them. This is the very foundation of his earnestly crafted and emotive songs that cut right to the bone.
Like the Chevelle he spends his time off the road restoring, Nix knows life is a glorious work in progress, and perhaps the ability to see the potential in bare bones is his greatest gift as a writer and artist.
“I just want to write things that are real to me and say things that people don’t know how to put into words,” he said. “What I want more than anything is to give people a way to feel something they didn’t know how to feel.”
He wants his music to speak the truth.
“The truth doesn’t really make money,” he wisely observed. But it’s needed. And he knows that and refuses to give up on it.
“You can’t always make people hear it, but I plan to try.”
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