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If there were an East Nashville Music Hall of Fame, Amelia White would already be in it. The now-famous scene was in its formative days when White arrived from Boston in the early 2000s and became a fixture at the Family Wash. She’s been a leading light in America’s most musical zip code ever since, even as she’s developed a reputation in the rest of the U.S. and Europe as a first-rate songwriter. She helped define and refine the core folk-rock sound of Americana, yet her band’s energetic pulse never outshines her carefully wrought lyrics. She’s a poet who’s been compared to more famous songwriters for years; now, it would be more appropriate to use her as a benchmark.
White’s seventh album, Rhythm of the Rain, due out January 25, 2019, is a volume of ruminations and short stories written largely during a tour in the U.K. in 2016. There, at a distance and with a sense of helplessness, she watched America’s political system and her values attacked from within. Then the project was recorded by East Nashville sonic maestro Dave Coleman (The Coal Men) in an emotionally wrenching four days between White losing her mother and marrying her partner. Roots music is a journal of love and loss, and Rhythm of the Rain couldn’t be a more potent dispatch.
“A gifted songwriter, White is like Anthony Bourdain with a guitar instead of food” Extended Play at the Fallout Shelter
“Rhythm of the Rain” Jan.2019 “Top Ten Country Songs” Rolling Stone Country
Every choice White makes on this album is in service of the song,- no matter into what uncomfortable territory it might take her and…., it further cements her legacy as an East Nashville treasure worth following down any rabbit trail she chooses to explore No Depression
Lachlan Alexander Bryan
“Once in a blue Tasman moon, the damp, limey backstreets of Melbourne produce a songsmith of singular integrity and vision; an artist who is readily able to articulate, in profoundest detail, our most familiar concerns be they personal, generational, or
universal. Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, Archie Roach each emerged, fully formed, from the fertile
proving ground of the Victorian capital. Standing alongside them in the slow-
turning screws of Northcote rain is Lachlan Bryan”- Gareth Hipwell, Rolling Stone
Over the past decade Lachlan Bryan has built a reputation a captivating storyteller, whether
solo or fronting Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes. His songs range from hard hitting social commentary to deeply personal musings, but each contains a unique turn of phrase, dark humour and an ever-present sense of romance. New album “Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music” is Lachlan’s most accomplished work to date, finding critical acclaim not just at home, but also in the UK and Europe. In the words of the Songwriting Magazine’s Lisa Redford, the record is a “ragged, poetic alt-country gem”.
Track 1, “I Hope that I’m Wrong” features what Three Chords and The Truth describes as “the most stunning opening line this year, easily surmounting to Isbell proportions”, setting the scene for 45 minutes of “absolutely majestic Country Folk”, including duets with Canada’s Lindi Ortega and New Zealand’s Shanley Del.