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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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War and Treaty lead singer at High Water Festival

High Water Festival

I recently attended the third annual High Water Festival at Riverfront Park. The two-day event was curated to appeal to music and food lovers. The lineup was stacked with powerhouse musical acts like Leon Bridges, Jenny Lewis, The Head and The Heart, and many more. For the foodies, Pass the Peas brunch and Low Tide Social provided outstanding noshes and cocktails.

Le Creuset pot top at Pass the Peas brunch in Charleston SC

I started my Saturday morning with Pass the Peas a 4-course brunch. I tagged alongside the Le Creuset team to partake in the flower crown making, imbibing, and scent-sniffing from Candlefish candles. The meal was served family style on long tables allowing for us to mingle with newly-made friends. All of the meals were served in Le Creuset dishes, perfect for cooking serving, and dining. The gorgeous decor, people, and food inspired me to create a playlist that would be perfect for any dining setting. Give it a listen here. As for the food, chefs Jacques Larson of Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter, and Shuai Wang from Jackrabbit Fillycollaborated alongside Cappie Peete of Ashley Christensen Restaurants and Craig Nelson of Proof for an amazing menu. Check out the sample menu.

chefs at pass the peas brunch

The afternoon was filled with music from The War and Treaty, Mitski, Lord Huron, Leon Bridges, and so many more. The park is divided by two stages where acts play asynchronous making it easy for concert-goers to hear and see each performance. The landscape made it convenient for large groups and families with children to spread out. Something I noticed was the large number of families and individuals with children. This festival was perfect for such a demographic. Another aspect of the festival which stood out to me was the lack of a local stage. Charleston has a plethora of musicians that would help draw a crowd from nearby neighborhoods or assist with pulling a diverse audience. The inclusion would make this homegrown festival even truer to its roots. The Charleston-based band, Shrimp Records Family Band, had a spot in the lineup but perhaps securing a dedicated stage/area would help show off the local musical talent in a more effective manner.

This was my first time attending High Water and overall it was lovely. What’s not to enjoy? You’re sitting on the Cooper River overlooking the water while listening to live music. It seems this festival keeps getting better with every year that passes. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2020.

Glass Mansions – “Nightswimming”

The Columbia-based band, Glass Mansions, released their latest single, “Nightswimming” last week, comprised of lead singer, Jayna, keyboardist, Blake, and guitarist, Patrick. My first encounter with this electronic-pop band was Spring Jam 2014, and I’ve been a fan since that day. The trio’s high energy mixed with their dance-friendly tunes make for one rambunctious good time. This particular single is no different according to the band, “This song is about being lost in the unknown, embracing it, and finding strength in knowing that it’s okay to let yourself get lost.”  Watch the official music video below and give this band some love. Let’s be honest, we all wish we could pull off Jayna’s hair color. 😉

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Catch them live March 2 at The Sparrow

Love Is Lost: David Bowie

 

This past week was the anniversary of Mr. Bowie’s death; an actor, innovator, artist, musician, and showman that truly left a mark on our musical history. I have collected some of his most iconic performances, so let’s reminisce over Mr. Stardust.

 

 

 

 

Atlas Road Crew

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This week’s spotlight goes to Charleston locals, Atlas Road Crew. Formed in 2011, these gentlemen have quickly become a fixture on the local music circuit. Their album, Halfway to Hopkins, has become one of my favorites to hear start to finish, including my favorite tune, “Abilene”. Taylor Nicholson’s vocals are addictively haunting and pull you into the song immediately. Take some time out of your week and give this album a listen; from start to finish it’s a comprehensive piece of Southern rock ‘n’ roll that will make you appreciate this band.

Stay up-to-date with the band’s latest music and shows on Facebook. ARC will have new music coming out later this month.

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