Howard Jennings

In a city such as Nashville aka Music City, one would think that record stores would be sacred institutions but rather are being demolished to make way for bigger construction.

Today’s conversation is with a singer / songwriter that expressed his sadness through his latest single, “The Sound Song” when the East Nashville record shop, Fond Object, was torn down for condos.

However, it isn’t all sadness with this Americana singer, his career spans over 10 years with singles on multiple television shows and movies and toured alongside bands such as Vertical Horizon, The Damnwells, and Rusted Root.

This is Howard Jennings…

During our conversation we discuss his daughter’s music debut in his previous release, “Dreams Turn To Gold“. Not only is she quickly becoming a star in his music videos but, also plays a leading role on his Instagram live streams. Insider scope – there will be another Instagram Live featuring his daughter covering Taylor Swift’s “the 1″.

Jennings and I also shared a moment fanning over Swift’s album, Folklore, and the time he ran into Robert Plant at Whole Foods. Talk about fanning over someone…Robert. Freaking. Plant!”

If you’re a fan of honest and heartfelt songwriting, you’ll have to add Jennings’ music into your listening rotation. It’s a big bear hug for your ears and soul.

Bands mentioned that you need to stream:
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Margo Price
Molly Tuttle
Paul Cauthen

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Kevn Kinney

He’s the lead singer of the popular rock band, Drivin N Cryin. Over his 35 + years of creating music, he’s released 9 studio albums with said band and 9 solo albums.

We will dive into his relationship with music, learn how he stays creative, and what song he’s loving right now.

This is Kevn Kinney…

During our interview I got a peek into Kinney’s creative space aka his attic. The walls are adorn with paintings and sketches he’s completed during the quarantine. However, he will tell you that the true artist within their home is his wife, Anna. She even makes an appearance during our Zoom chat to bring Kinney drinks, a coffee and a gin and tonic.

Drawing hasn’t been the only activity that has occupied Kinney’s time. He’s been hosting a Facebook live show, Free Parking. The best part is that an episode is airing tonight night at 8pm. A teaser…he’s going to share a story about his time hanging with David Bowie.

The interview is plethora of topics including an impromptu serenade, Tupac’s song “California Love”, and the infamous Charleston radio station, 96Wave.

Thank you to Kevn Kinney and his team for this interview.
This was a good one. 🙂

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Free Parking Facebook Show

Lauren Hall

She’s a singer/songwriter that has been creating music since the age of 13. She released her first EP, “Our Time” in 2014 and will be releasing her long-awaited sophomore album this July. She’s opened for country acts like Travis Tritt, Tracy Lawrence, Gary Allan, Thompson Square, David Nail, and the list goes on.

This is Lauren Hall

This interview was a little different this time being conducted over Zoom. We pushed through the technical difficulties to cover some great topics. One item in particular was the Charleston country music community. It’s smaller compared to others around town but these artists are anything but small. Many of these musicians move to Nashville but always make a point to book hometown shows several times a year. One of these artists, Haley Mae Campbell, has been a previous interview on this podcast.

In regards to moving to Nashville, Hall is waiting for the right time. “Don’t move unless you have a reason”, she states. It’ll be vital to have a team in place and a plan. Especially in a town filled with talented musicians, it’ll be important to have a calling card which will be her new EP. Hall’s second single, “Gone” will be released tomorrow followed by the music video Friday, May 29th. The best part is that you’ll be able to see her perform live Friday, May 29th at the Windjammer.

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Abstract – That Rapper

He’s a two time winner of Charleston City Paper’s Best Hip Hop act in 2017 and 2018. You can find him at nearly every hip hop show in town where you can witness his commanding stage presence. He released his first album back in February, Mosaic, that highlights the range of his talent.

Julian Harrell better known as Abstract – That Rapper is one of the most humble, appreciative, and grateful humans I’ve ever interviewed. The interview touches on how Harrell’s perfectionism held him back from releasing music, Charleston’s hip hop community, and his music video for “Wu Would Never Die”.

Listen, share, and enjoy friends.

Video creds: Stephen Massar, DR. MAMBO

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Christian Senger

Holy City Sinner

He’s the person behind the wildly popular Charleston-based blog, Holy City Sinner. It debuted in August 2011, and has grown to become the most popular local blog in Charleston winning City Paper’s Best Local Twitter Feed and Best Local Interest Blog for the past six years.

Our friendship spans 7 years and it becomes apparent with our 48 minute conversation. Our banter is ranges from our first encounter, how to build a brand, and the amazing song by Cake, “Sheep Go to Heaven“.

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