Raelyn Nelson Band, Will Stewart

Raelyn Nelson Band

Will Stewart

Sat · December 16, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Raelyn Nelson Band
Raelyn Nelson Band
Country/Garage Rock from Nashville TN

As an aspiring 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 aspiring 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.

"I've been told by more than one person in the 'biz' that I'm stubborn like my grandpa. I kind of like that" -Raelyn Nelson.

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 chance meeting through a mutual friend would provide the backdrop for the next step on her non-traditional career path.
Jonathan Bright, veteran of the underground rock scene and independent producer recorded some of these early songs, and they decided to try to write some things together to see what happened.
The result? A completely fresh and original sound, a true hybrid and referred to by some critics as "the first installment in what is surely to be the next hip genre in music: Country/Garage Rock."

With songs written and sound discovered, Jonathan recruited his bandmates (Paulie Simmons and Preach Rutherford) from hard rockers, Defense Wins Championships, and and a rarity in Nashville materialized: A true, honest to goodness BAND, and not a Music Row creation.

"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?"

The Raelyn Nelson Band is currently out supporting their debut EP, available at raelynnelson.com and all digital distributors.
Will Stewart
Will Stewart
Rock from Birmingham AL

Like the tides under the Gulf of Mexico moon, like a sea of bodies undulating under the strobing lights of some clandestine New York city disco, Will Stewart’s Faultline EP is in constant motion. It’s the sound of transition, persistent and occasionally chaotic, of inevitable change in the wake of charting bold new directions in life and music, past projects and pre-ordained centers of musical cool be damned.

Late last year, just as Stewart’s Nashville retro-soul outfit Willie and the Giant seemed poised for a breakthrough—having been named “New Band of the Week” by influential London newspaper The Guardian—the band broke up, unable to reconcile its creative differences. “Until recently, the idea of being in a band was always more appealing to me than being a solo artist—that feeling of camaraderie, of being brothers in arms,” Stewart says. "But these days, I feel more confident in my music and songwriting. I feel confident in being in complete creative control. It’s liberating.”

Striking out on his own also inspired Stewart to move from trendy Nashville back to his old hometown of Birmingham, Ala. “I don’t want to sound cynical,” he says, “but Nashville was just a sea of poseurs. The things I’d originally found charming about the city have been pilfered and castrated by every industry entity in town. All the coolness is being co-opted right out of it. I mean, there are still a lot great bands and people I love, but it’s honestly killing the vibe.”

As for Birmingham, Stewart feels much more connected to the scene down there, where he also plays with his friend Janet Simpson-Templin (of Wooden Wand) in dreamy indie-rock duo Timber. “Birmingham just feels like home,” Stewart says. “There’s so much amazing music going on under the radar, I’ve got a ton of friends here who are in bands—when I moved back, I fell right into the mix again.”

Before he departed Nashville, though, Stewart cut the three-song Faultline EP at Penny Sound with producer/engineer Mark Petaccia, drummer for powerhouse rock & roll trio The Wans, who’s also made a name for himself mixing and engineering records by artists such as Yo La Tengo, Dungen, Caitlin Rose, Jack White, Lambchop and Jason Isbell.

The first song they laid down for Faultline was spooky, acid-drenched Brit-invasion vamp “A Week Ago.” “With that song, I’d been listening to a lot of 13th Floor Elevators and Captain Beefheart,” Stewart says, “and I’d just purchased a Rhythm Ace, this old ‘70s drum machine, to help me with writing. It only has four or five settings, so it’s really primitive as far as the beats it can make. I think JJ Cale used it on a bunch of stuff—just a four-on-the-floor beat.”

Stewart handles all the vocals and guitar on the EP, plus some bass, while Pettacia plays drums and organ on “A Week Ago,” and Stewart’s old Willie and the Giant rhythm section Mac Kramer and Grant Prettyman tackle drums and bass, respectively, on garagey jangle-rock throwback “Keyhole” and the EP's pulsing indie-disco-pop title track.

“The songs were all over the place, stylistically,“ Stewart says. “The fact that the EP sounds so cohesive is a testament to Mark’s ability. With his production style and skill as an engineer, he was able to glue everything together and help me realize my vision.”
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205
http://www.thenickrocks.com/