Watch Allison Russell’s Moving Sonic Cathedral Performance

Nashville-based artist Allison Russell has been a talented collaborator in the roots music community for years and has contributed to countless records and projects, but her debut solo album Outside Child proves that Russell deserves the spotlight. The heartbreakingly stunning record tells the story of Russell’s traumatic childhood and her ultimate triumph and growth into […]

What Where When-sday ft. Allison Russell – 5/18/22

From sports with Nashville Soccer Club and the Sounds, to vintage shopping, and of course live music from artist like Sting, Ray Lamontagne, Haim and a whole lot more in Nashville this week. In today’s What Were When-sday, Grammy and Juno nominated singer/songwriter Allison Russell discusses performing her critically acclaimed album ‘Outside Child’ at The […]

Record Of The Week: Allison Russell’s ‘Outside Child’

Allison Russell has always possessed the kind of voice that makes room. Over the course of two decades, she’s yielded to the contours of her collaborations with her feathery but firm vibrato. She’s preferred to write, sing and play within a series of groups: Po’ Girl, with its jazzy, cosmopolitan singer-songwriter update of old-time sensibilities; […]

Roots Music Roomies Allison Russell And Yola Worked To Get Somewhere In A Year of Staying Put

2020 was a year of many unexpected firsts for musicians. For singer-songwriter Allison Russell, one of those was planting a garden behind her brick ranch rental in Madison. The bottom half of her face hidden behind a golden mask, she gave an outdoor tour of the premises, pausing to point out a success story: a […]

What Where When-sday With Clint Gray of Slim and Husky’s Discuss Unplugged Series – 03/02/22

Another edition of What Where When-sday powered by Do615, a rundown on what’s happening in Nashville this week. Yola will perform two nights at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday with Allison Russell and Friday with Devon Gilfillian. Also on Friday, Parquet Courts with Mdou Moctar at Cannery Ballroom. Adia Victoria will perform two nights at […]

O, Canada, we thank you for your music

Brand new #ThematicStatic sponsor, Eastside Bowl — a vast, multi-purpose playground in Madison that’s home to bowling lanes, a diner, a bar, an arcade and a music venue — hosted “Neil Night 2022” on February 24. On that occasion, an assembly of talented locals, plus special guests, played impassioned covers that honored the dual citizenship […]

Under The Covers: January 2022

When it’s hard to get moving in the New Year, let alone each wintry day, a rolling theme for the full month of January seemed appropriately cozy. #ThematicStatic on each Thursday of this month has celebrated cover tunes by some of your favorite indie bands, and better known artists, too. (OK, yeah, The Beatles, Stones […]

Taking Stock of 2021: NPR Music’s Ann Powers reflected on how music was made and heard last year

As part of our series taking stock of 2021, I asked my dear friend and colleague Ann Powers, NPR Music’s pop music critic, based here in Nashville, to weigh in on what marks the music of the pandemic era within the streaming era. Jewly Hight: Beginning in 2020, there was a considerable amount of reporting […]