The low end: Best bass guitarists and riffs

All about that bass, ’bout that bass. We gave drummers their flowers a few weeks ago and I thought it was time to sing for/about the unsung heroes of most bands, the bass guitarists. What a joy to also engage some fabulous local bass players — Ryan Madora, Mason Hadley and our very own Jason […]

What Where When-sday – Nabil Ayers – 02/15/2023

We’re back with another edition of What Where Wednesday, keeping you up to date with happenings in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. This week includes everything from Reporting for Duty: A Tribute to Leslie Jordan at the Grand Ole Opry to Weyes Blood at Brooklyn Bowl to a WNXP Presents show with Andy Shauf at the […]

Record of the Week: Sunny War’s ‘Anarchist Gospel’

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sydney Ward, known as Sunny War, says there are two sides of her. One of them is very self-destructive and the other is trying to work with the other half to keep things balanced. From a devastating break-up and the loss of her father, the conflict of pain and preserving, the balance between […]

Grateful for the band, the family, the gig: Artist reflections from the 2022 Americana Honors and Awards

Each September, thousands of roots-rock, folk, bluegrass and alt-country fans from all over converge in Nashville for the weeklong Americana Music Association conference and festival, jumping from panel discussions to parties with music venues across the city hosting showcases. The biggest show of the week is always the Americana Honors and Awards ceremony Wednesday night […]

New Music Experience: August 19, 2022

PLAYLIST Rock Eupora “Ode to My Friends” Allison Russell feat. Brandi Carlile “You’re Not Alone” Old Sea Brigade “Monochrome” repeat repeat “FTD” Andrew Goldring “Green Grasses” Stephen Sanchez “Hey Girl” Ruby Amanfu “Way Down” Airpark feat. St. Lucia “Under the Light” Veaux “Golden” The Medium “Don’t Stay Out” Andrew Combs “Drivel to a Dream” Sean […]

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 […]