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If You Don't Know Now You Know feat. Brasko

Joco Shows presents

If You Don't Know Now You Know feat. Brasko

LUKR, Dustin Hensley, Pallet House

Thu · September 28, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is 21 and over

Brasko moved to Nashville from Akron, Ohio in 2011 at the age of 19. Young, and without many connections, he spent lots of nights on friend’s couches or even sleeping in his own car. Now 25, and working with hit-producer Cason Cooley, it’s safe to say Brasko has made his own way to his own sound in The New Nashville. Obsessed with old Todd Rundgren and David Bowie records, Brasko incorporates all his quirky influences—like cabaret and Burt Bacharach—into modern tunes he he hopes will be the background music to your next night out dancing, falling for someone special, and perhaps even making love.
Born in PA then raised on a Christmas tree farm in Maryland, self-taught artist Lukr began playing music as a kid beginning on an $80 piano. After forming and fronting his first band Farewell Flight at 17, he led them on dozens of successful DIY coast-to-coast tours in the US, playing hundreds of shows before relocating to Nashville, TN.

Working behind-the-scenes with artists from LA, NY, and abroad, he co-wrote songs that have appeared in TV shows like Scream, Hart of Dixie, Longmire, as well as in worldwide television ads. In 2016, he independently made his solo debut with the cinematic Fucked Up Summer. Finding its way to fans from around the globe, the song became a Spotify viral hit and passed a million streams in just 12 weeks. In August, he followed up with Scarecrow, a sophomore single that has since broken 3 million spins.

Self-styled as "neon grunge pop", Lukr's uniquely textured vocal and instantly nostalgic lyrics weave among organic instruments and shimmering sample-based pop tracks. The visually compelling live presentation features Lukr leading multiple co-creators, playing a what looks like creative musical chairs as they trade on and off with synths, guitars, trap sets and drum machines. Having released both a video for Scarecrow and a remix for Fucked Up Summer in the fall, he rounded out the year with a cover of a favorite song, Counting Crows’ A Long December. 2017 finds Lukr preparing to release a deluge of music with a series of mixtapes.
Dustin Hensley
Dustin Hensley
“I had the light bulb moment and it hit me—‘I’m not having any fun.’”

What do you do as an artist when the expectations of others, and of yourself, are up against the truth in your heart?

Only months ago, singer/songwriter Dustin Hensley found himself at that very crossroad, where his musical path began to forge into two different directions; one taking him where he originally thought he should travel and the other where he knew deep in his heart he should go.

“I grew up in the South, in the ‘sticks,’ and I love country music,” Hensley says. “But I also love so many other styles and genres. Country was the safer bet and it seemed like it made the most sense, but I never felt like I fit in. It never felt like 'my version' of Country. Nothing that I was creating felt like it told my whole truth.”

In 2015, the Tennessee native released a single “Don’t Call It A Night” to great reviews, with Billboard Magazine’s Chuck Dauphin calling the singer, “Country for sure, but also bears more than a little resemblance to acts such as Tracy Chapman, thanks to his soulful touch…” Hensley was a regular on the writer’s circuit of Nashville, and toured all over the country playing and visiting radio stations in support of the music.

But a fateful visit to a new publisher gave Hensley the best advice of his career—the advice that struck a major chord and made him confront his inner artistic struggle.

“He said, ‘I love everything that you’re doing. I love you—you’re fun, you’ve got the chops, but these songs aren’t really you. You need to go have fun,’” Hensley remembers.

“I was sitting in the parking lot in my truck after the meeting, and I had the light bulb moment and it hit me—‘I’m not having any fun.’”

So he set out to have fun with his music the only way he knows how: to simply be himself—Dustin, the life of the party. To tell his truth, through his eyes, with his unique voice like only he can.

“At the end of the day, I’m a lot of different things and a lot of different sounds,” he says. “And I’ve decided to throw all of them—pop, R&B, country, classic rock, southern gospel—into my music. Call it whatever you want. If you think it's pop, great. If you think it's country, awesome. No matter what, it's me telling stories. My life and my truth.”

And it’s working for Hensley, who’s never been happier than this moment in his musical journey. He’s ready to let the world hear his truth—and for once, he doesn’t fear the outcome.

“I’m okay with not being okay,” he confesses. “I’ve grown up a lot in the last couple of years and I’m ready to throw it all out there and see what happens. I have had a plan before, and it didn’t work for me. There's a quote that says 'Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end,' and that gives me something I can work with."
Venue Information:
The High Watt
One Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203