Bully gear breakdown: Creating the soundscapes on ‘Lucky For You’

WNXP’s Nashville Artist of the Month is Bully, a project fronted and spearheaded by Alicia Bognanno. For this artist, how a song sounds, and the noises made, conveys just as much emotion as the lyrics. She found the sounds you hear on Bully’s fourth, recently released album called Lucky For You through hours and hours of experimentation in her home studio in Nashville.

“I play music all day everyday and my neighbors are cool and I can make noise and it’s great,” said Bognanno.

On a break in the Bully touring schedule — she’s back out on the road soon, and playing a hometown show at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville on August 31 — Bognanno invited me into her East Nashville house and her creative space. In addition to a rack with several guitars, the floor of this home office is adorned with oodles of those little boxes we call effects pedals.

With such an impressive and ever-growing array of gear, the sky is the limit for Bognanno in finding tones that match moods, and have now become crucial to the sound of Bully. Enjoy a demo of some of the gear used to write and record the songs on Lucky For You, the experimental new LP from longtime Nashville music-maker Alicia Bognanno.