Goodbye June

Straight up rock & roll isn’t dead, it’s just returned to the fringes and outskirts where it can find its organic roots all over again. Goodbye June understands all that: cousins who came together to cope with the death of lead guitarist Tyler Baker’s brother. That thrash, slash, churn, burn rages through grief as their catharsis fuels every note they play.

Passion is something there’s no shortage of with Goodbye June. Raised in West Tennessee and Southern Indiana, the cousins made a decision to chase a dream – and proceed no matter the cost. If not reckless, the reality of struggling to get by gives the lacerating, guitar-driven music a grittiness that’s nothing short of broken glass.

Having moved to a pre-gentrified Nashville in 2009, the threesome dug in and started slugging it out. Focusing on writing songs, mastering their instruments and really stripping away the sludgy build-up so many bands think is important, they hit upon the essence of their uniquely aggressive sound.

They played out. They toured incessantly. They placed hard-hitting songs on Madden 17, as well as NFL and ESPN broadcasts. With the LP Magic Valley (May, 2017), their focus was strengthened and their indie label Cotton Valley Music found a partner in Interscope. Goodbye June realized their power lay in stripping down.

God, girls, guitars. What’s a poor boy to do – as the Stones once barked – but play in a rock & roll band? For Goodbye June, it’s more than that. More than the catharsis of losing close family, the band has figured out how to distill being young and wide open to life – and how to connect to their roots without straining.

Rooted in the history and sounds of its home and the surrounding Delta, Bishop Gunn of Mississippi features a blend of rock and roll, soul and blues. The group is made up of lead vocalist Travis McCready, Drew Smithers on guitar, Ben Lewis on bass and Burne Sharp on drums.

In April, the band appeared on Kid Rock’s “Chillin’ the Most Cruise” and was voted the best band on the boat by the “chillers.” The group has gone on to do a commercial film for Southern Comfort in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and is currently working on a debut full-length release with Grammy-nominated producer Casey Wasner at Muscle Shoals Sound and the Purple House in Tennessee. Bishop Gunn will take the stage at the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee, in September alongside artists like Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Mavis Staples and Gary Clark Jr.

For their debut EP, More Than All This, Molly Rocket - frontwoman Molly Balsam and drummer Atticus Swartwood - worked with 3-time Grammy nominated drummer and producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Will Hoge). Grounded in Springsteen-inspired songwriting, theater-esque arrangements, and a powerful feminine presence a la Janis Joplin and Grace Potter, Molly Rocket delivers a roots-minded soul-rock style all their own. “A sound that is both retro and fresh at the same time,” says Impose Magazine.

Balsam and Swartwood have recently joined rising Nashville supergroup Tayls, in which they play emotive rock-n-roll complete with psychedelic sense-assaulting performances alongside members of Creature Comfort and Subnovas.

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