PHOURIST (for-rist) & THE PHOTONS are a genre-defying group that have been growing an audience of dedicated, enthusiastic fans hungry for more of the Photonic world that has as yet only been dangled in front of their ears. The band began as Nick Hill's solo project (known then only as PHOURIST). After a few solo records: "Terrestrial Daydream" and "Breathe Deep" (highly textured, cinematic records), Hill became restless for a larger sound. He is quoted as saying, "Having only one guy to play all the parts is pretty limiting, especially if you can hear so much more in your head!"

With an arsenal of songs that had no proper outlet, Hill went through countless lineup changes, eventually recruiting Scott Boice on drums and Stuart Wicke on bass. The trio presents a highly dynamic, formidable and theatrical brand of rock.

Raelyn Nelson Band

As an emerging female country artist in Nashville, history suggests that the quickest path to success is somehow aligning oneself with one of the major publishers, producers, songwriters, labels, or managers that are the heart of Music Row. So what do you do if you are an emerging female country artist in Nashville, and also happen to be the granddaughter of musical icon, Willie Nelson?

You hook up with an independent producer and veteran of the rock/punk scene, write some songs that are part Loretta Lynn, part Cheap Trick, and form the Raelyn Nelson Band.

Raelyn Nelson has been singing since she can remember. Having been raised on a steady diet of traditional country and gospel music, a gift from her grandpa in the form of a guitar during her teenage years was the inspiration she needed to begin writing her own country and folk songs.

Looking for a place to record these songs, a mutual friend suggested JB (Jonathan Bright), a veteran of the underground rock scene and independent producer. After recording some of these early songs, they decided to try to write some things together and see what happened. The result? A completely fresh and original sound, a true hybrid referred to by some critics as "Country/Garage Rock."

When they aren't recording their songs or making music videos, they are on the road taking their high energy live show to the people. Having shared the stage with such diverse musical acts as country superstar Tim McGraw, indie rock icons Drivin' n Cryin', and jam band supergroup Hard Working Americans, the RNB is proving that you don't have to fit neatly into any particular "genre" to find success.

"I don't really have any desire to be a 'solo-artist'. Everyone in my family who plays music has always placed a lot of importance on band chemistry, on stage, off stage and in the studio. Our band can almost read each other's minds. Why would I mess with that? We try to keep it simple: Write songs we like, record them, make a video, then go out and play them for people."- Raelyn Nelson.

Based out of Nashville, TN, Oh Grandpa formed in 2012 after drummer-turned-pianist Michael Aldrich enlisted his best friend and drumline companion, Jared Thompson, to help polish the rhythm-driven blues/funk riffs that he had compiled over the years.
Choral and theory mastermind and longtime best friend, Paul Berger joined up next after his first wiff of the syncopated stew they were cooking up. At first on guitar, Berger ultimately settled his toes on the bass guitar, adding his soulful harmonies and old school flavor.
Last to board the Grandpa train was Kevin Douds. Douds sprinkled in his colorful - sometimes angelic, sometimes devilish - guitar flavor to the grandpa dish after a fortuitous encounter as an impassioned audience member.
After years of seasoning their sound and style - what sometimes felt like wrestling a thunderstorm into a mason jar - Oh Grandpa is two EP's deep (the Dagnabbit EP and Gadzooks EP) with plans of releasing their first full length, Ghost Notes, independently later this year.
With influences ranging from Punch Brothers to Led Zeppelin, these eccentric souls transform into madmen on the stage, with an emphasis on groove, progressive song structure and compelling, harmony-driven lyrics.

Specializing in a blend of fuzz, synth tickling and pop, Nashville’s Waterfall Wash is like an old friend you just met, but if that friend happens to be goofy and strange, and also manages to put on a killer live show that will have you humming their songs for days.

Be sure to check out their new single “Chris” – an ode to old friendship and simpler times – and catch their live set in 2018.

-Benjamin Taylor (Taco Bout It)



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