New Music Experience: Nashville artist Fall release preview

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This week is a special preview of some of the most exciting album and EP releases coming from Nashville artists this fall with a playlist truly runs the gamut (which, if you’re wondering, is a phrase whose history dates back to musical notation in the Middle Ages). We’re staying current though, with drops from familiar names like Allison Russell, big names you might not know live here ala Mitski and brand new artists like Casper Sage and Mali Velasquez.

We start with a song released this week. Tre Burt dropped the title track to his 3rd album Traffic Fiction which was recorded in Nashville at the famed Bomb Shelter studio and is coming out on Nashville-based Oh Boy records on Oct 6. Like the previous two tracks we featured on NME, this song sees Burt digging into the soul music he listened to as a kid with his grandfather who passed away during the making of the album. Burt is Touring with Wilco this fall and headlining a show in November at Blue Room.

Next is another record we are really looking forward to — Left Hand from Becca Mancari. It’s out August 25 on Captured Tracks and, as you’ve heard from the single we’ve been playing on WNXP “Over and Over,” it’s a sonic departure that remains rooted in their Nashville musical relationships featuring friends like Brittany Howard, Julien Baker and Zac Farro from Paramore. Becca will be on tour in September with fellow Nashvillian Joy Oladokun before hosting a record release show which we’ll be presenting at the Blue Room in early October.

Also on the show, Briston Maroney whose second full length Ultrapure is coming September 22nd on Atlantic and was produced by fellow Nashvillian Daniel Tashian (most famous for his work with Kacey Musgraves). Briston will be bringing back his Paradise mini festival to Brooklyn Bowl for a three night stand in October and recently stopped by WNXPs Sonic Cathedral.

Stephen Sanchez has one of the most anticipated Nashville debuts this year. The breakout star behind the billion-plus streaming “Until I Found You” who recently shared the stage with Elton John will drop his first full length record Angel Face September 22. Sanchez just added a second Ryman date this fall.

Casper Sage is a new voice we just recently debuted on the show and made one of my favorite Nashville tracks this year. His EP is coming August 25 and he’ll be going on tour with former Nashville artist Midwxst. They’ll be at the Beast in late November.  

The California-raised, Nashville-based artist Logan Ledger is following up on his acclaimed T Bone Burnett produced debut with a record produced by Shooter Jennings, out on September 8. The new tracks cement his place as one of the most captivating voices in country or Americana or whatever you choose to call it.

WNXP favorites The Brook and the Bluff polish the edges and show off the yacht rock influences on “Long Limbs” from their forthcoming album Bluebeard, releasing September 15. They were one of our earliest records of the week and have been out steadily growing their fan base for the last two years playing big festivals and major opening slots. They’ll be out headlining their biggest venues to date this fall including a show at Brooklyn Bowl in early November.  

Mali Velasquez is a very new Nashville voice already grabbing the attention of Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Vegan and Paste. Originally from West Texas, Velasquez’s debut I’m Green is coming in October.

A Nashville artist and producer who is really starting to build a national following thanks to some nice spots on influential playlists is Baerd. You’ve been hearing his reflective call for understanding “Same Page” on WNXP. His album It’s All Happening Now hits September 29 and his Nashville release show is September 27 at the Basement.  

Mitski made a surprise drop earlier this summer with “bug like an angel.” We don’t know much but we do know the new album was made in her homebase of Nashville, it’s called The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We and is expected September 15.

Allison Russell will be releasing the follow up to 2021’s universally acclaimed and award winning Outside Child in September. It’s called The Returner and Allison has said while it’s not exactly a party album, it does move into more upbeat territory sonically and explores the feelings of “survivors joy.”

Recent Nashville Artist of the Month Six One Tribe had to push back their original release plans for June but have now scheduled their debut to drop the first week of September.

One of the more fascinating releases we’re previewing on this special edition of the show is Sugar Sk*-*lls. Their album star time comes first week of October on the Nashville-based YK records and leading up to it will be a string of “maxi singles” featuring  multiple remixes. “Becomes Me” is out now and includes a remix from Nashville rapper Negro Justice. 

One our favorite new voices coming out of Nashville’s vibrant queer country scene is Jobi Riccio whose debut is coming September 8. She delivered a gorgeous version of brand new track “Lonely Tonight” inside WNXPs Sonic Cathedral.

We couldn’t do a Nashville fall release special without the comeback story of the year, and our current Nashville Artist of the Month Be Your Own Pet. After burning bright and burning out in the aughts, the punk quartet is back with an album full of new, more mature life experiences told through the lens of that same sharp, smart, driving spirit. The album Mommy arrives August 25th on Third Man and will be celebrated with a show at the Blue Room in mid September.