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Flat Iron Maiden - An All-Ladies Eighties Benefit for the Mom Bag

Flat Iron Maiden - An All-Ladies Eighties Benefit for the Mom Bag

Fri · October 19, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over


Alanna Royale
Alanna Royale
“In less than a year, they’ve intoxicated the city of Nashville with their sultry blend of soul, funk and pop. This band can walk on stage to a crowd of cell phones and blank stares and leave behind a mob of sweaty, enthusiastic new fans.” – American Songwriter

Powerhouse Soul / Funk / R&B band Alanna Royale originally formed as an experimentation with grunge music. They quickly found the lack of authenticity to pale in the comparison of the true magnetism of the group, finding solstice in Pop and R&B music. “There’s a deep range of intent from the beginnings of R&B music that went between making music to entertain and help people forget the troubles of the world they lived in, to making music that shed light on those troubles,” says Alanna. “Soul music has long been the voice to tell the story, the high’s and low’s. It lives deep within us.”
Amie Miriello
Amie Miriello
Amie Miriello is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist whose eclectic sound can be categorized as indy folk/rock.. She was the lead singer of the rock band Dirtie Blonde from 2005 through 2007. Miriello was also a founding member of the group SO & SO.She is currently a solo artist and songwriter whose songs have been heard on TV shows and in nationally televised commercials.

In 2008, Miriello's first solo album, I Came Around, was released on Jive Records Bellasonic label.Singer-songwriter and American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi co-wrote some of the songs on the album.
Cassandra Sotos
Cassandra Sotos
Cassandra "Cat" Sotos is a 7-string Viper electric violinist, acoustic violinist, fiddler, mandolin player, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Cassandra can be seen touring all over the world performing styles including pop, rock, and country.
Dixie Jade
Dixie Jade
Fierce & radiant, Dixie Jade blend their love for classic country and vintage soul with in-your-face pop radio production. A duo in every way, their music marries the strength of powerful vocals and bold guitar riffs with the sincerity of a reflective heart. In their words it’s “Grit and Amazing Grace”.

Andrea (lead vocals/piano) and Dominique (vocals/lead guitar) first met while they were music students at USC. Although they never spoke, fatefully they ended up in the same choir and creative writing classes. After moving to Nashville separately, Andrea recognized and approached Dominique at a songwriter’s open mic night hosted by The Bluebird Cafe. They bonded over their love of 90’s country and the blues, and a fast friendship quickly turned into a creative partnership.

Since then they’ve written hundreds of songs together and toured across the nation. Brad Paisley even took note of Dominique’s YouTube cover of his guitar instrumental “The Nervous Breakdown” with a personal shout-out on his Facebook page. They also had their cover of “Drift Away” with Karen Waldrup go viral on Facebook with over 5.6 million views. Dixie Jade has recently performed on KTUL’s Good Morning Tulsa, opened for Thompson Square, Walker Hayes, and Love and Theft in addition to playing the official Spotlight Stage at CMA Fest this past summer. They’ve played countless shows in Nashville, including the legendary Bluebird Café and the Tennessee State Fair, and placed 2nd in the national competition American Country Star. In June 2018 they released their single “Temporary Tattoo”, which was recorded at the House of Blues Studio in Nashville is available via Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Google Play. You can check out their music on YouTube and follow them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) @DixieJadeBand.
Elizabeth Eckert
Elizabeth Eckert
Singer, songwriter, pianist…a true artist, Elizabeth Eckert was discovered by five-time Grammy Award Winning producer Paul Worley, who upon hearing her for the first time declared she “bends music to her will, note by note.” Reminiscent of Indie-pop pianist Ingrid Michelson with the soulful realness of Sheryl Crow, Elizabeth is an inspiring example of classical training and commercial success.
Ellen Angelico
Ellen Angelico
The Nashville Scene calls Ellen "one of the greatest utility players in Nashville."

She has been featured on numerous records and has played just about everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Križanke. She also busies herself producing YouTube videos for Fanny's House of Music, and occasionally scrapes together enough money to record her own music.
Emily Earle
Emily Earle
EMILY EARLE is a mix of heartfelt lyrics and contagious melodies - falling somewhere between early Miranda Lambert, classic Sheryl Crow, and unmistakable Linda Ronstadt. Influenced by the distinctive places she grew up, Emily combines Texas grit with Colorado cool. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, she made her living playing on subway platforms in between uptown trains from the day she moved to New York City, until the day she left. One afternoon, while playing the subway, she caught the ear of a television producer who asked her to sing on NBC's The Voice in Los Angeles. After substantial time on the show during season three, she picked up her things and moved to Nashville to write, record, and tour. Roughing it at times, she often took late-night Greyhound buses between cities to avoid airline and hotel costs, or in order to make a writing or recording session the next morning.

In 2016, Emily caught the attention of critically acclaimed guitar player and producer Keith Gattis. They spent the year writing and digging into her sound at Gattis’ East Nashville studio. Emily’s new music gives fans the honesty they’ve grown to love as well as a fresh edge. Emily co-wrote all six songs on her new EP and had Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Sarah Buxton, Steve Earle and Audley Freed lend their talents on the album. Emily is currently focused on promoting her new music, set to be released this spring. Her song "News From Colorado," written with Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, is on the new Steve Earle album.
Emily West
Emily West
Baby making

Earth shaking

Heart breaking melodies

Emily West’s incomparable voice

Free from it’s packaging

Breaking hearts and promises and reminding you

What Diva really means

Alongside the gritty Musical stylings of

wo of the best in the business

Leroy Powell and Tim Jones

The Whiskey Wolves of the West


With too many credits to count

Making music

Exactly how they want to make it

For the grifters and the free thinkers and the wanderers

For the long rides and the low tides and the high fives

A supernova of songs you’ll want to listen to over and over


to just West

Of Wonderland

To a family table

To the Vaudeville , Old school, Country, Rock and Roll Soul band,

Where everyone’s a star.

It’s not rocket science. It’s real music.
Hannah Dasher
Hannah Dasher
The first time you hear HANNAH DASHER perform, you'll discover something you never knew you wanted.
Though a modern stylist, her personality-packed lyrics and vocal delivery are steeped in traditional country, soul, rock, and blues. She is signed to Sony/ATV Nashville and is working on her debut album, Heavy.
Jenna Lamaster
Jenna Lamaster
raised in california.
rodeoed in texas.
singing/writing songs in tennessee.
Jessica Cayne
Jessica Cayne
From the dark mind and little black heart of Jessica Cayne
Kate Bowen
Kate Bowen
Kate Bowen is a singer-songwriter hailing from a small Appalachian town in South Carolina. Singing and performing as long as she can remember, she took an interest in songwriting as a young teenager, garnering the attention of the band NEEDTOBREATHE's bassist, fellow South Carolinian, Seth Bolt. After years writing and working with Bolt, the two received a movie placement of a version of the 80's hit "Holding Out for A Hero" in the 2011 film Footloose. The success of the film's soundtrack sparked a viral internet hit, momentum for a young Bowen (known at the time by stage-name Ella Mae Bowen), and the signing of her first major deal in Nashville. She also found support from country artists such as Keith Urban, as well as A-List songwriters such as Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna. With half a decade in Nashville, a record deal and publishing deal, and many miles behind her, she is finding success as a songwriter. Her song "I'll Go On" was included on Reba McEntire's chart-topping LP Love Somebody, along with other exciting prospects and opportunities in her writing career. Bowen has found a new start as a writer and artist, penning a deal with Jay Joyce's Neon Cross Music and Warner Chappell Music. Though she is passionate about writing songs for others, she is also working on new music of her own to be released this year. She can be seen performing at listening rooms across Nashville on a regular basis, as well as some universities around the US. In her free time, Bowen enjoys a hobby of writing and self publishing fiction novels, as well as traveling with her husband Zach and dog Byrnes.
Kelleigh Bannen
Kelleigh Bannen
Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Kelleigh Bannen has built her career on a sound steeped in the city’s past, present and future, mixing country twang, pop hooks and southern storytelling into the same pot.

She’s a songwriter. A singer. A trailblazer. Throughout a career that’s included major-label singles, independent releases, Top 50 hits, and shows alongside icons like Hank Williams Jr. and Luke Bryan, Bannen has consistently called her own shots. She continues that streak with her new EP, Cheap Sunglasses, a mix of melodic hooks and modern production whose songs were all co-written by Kelleigh.

Swaggering and soulful, Cheap Sunglasses celebrates hope, humor, honesty and just a bit of heartache. It’s an EP about life, written by a woman who’s seen plenty of it. From the thrill of playing super-sized shows — including the Stagecoach Festival and the cross-country Three Girls Rock Into a Bar” tour — to the challenge of forging your own path in a competitive town, Kelleigh has lived the country music dream: its challenges, its triumphs, and its rewards. She’s chronicled her journey along the way, with Cheap Sunglasses joining a catalog that already includes a career-launching indie album, Radio Skies, and a handful of EMI Nashville singles, from “Smoke When I Drink” to “Famous.”

Her influence reaches far beyond the stage, too. This Nashville Life, a new podcast launched and hosted by Kelleigh, shines a light on the “business” side of the music business. Featuring guest interviews, stories, industry tips and plenty of insight from promoters, radio execs and fellow songwriters, the podcast has received glowing reviews not only from Kelleigh’s fans, but from outlets like iTunes, where This Nashville Life was named a “new and noteworthy” release. Kelleigh is still chasing her own dream, but she’s sharing advice with others, too, equipping a generation of dreamers with the tools they need to create their own careers.

“It’s not just about music,” she says of This Nashville Life. “It’s about what you do with a passion. It’s about what you do with perseverance. I’m not just looking inside the music biz. I’m looking inside any kind of creative struggle.”

For Kelleigh Bannen, the past is filled with milestones and memories. She’s looking ahead now, with a guitar in her hands, new songs in her head, and Cheap Sunglasses to ward off the glare.
Leah Turner
Leah Turner
Leah Turner has a ready laugh that conveys all the joy and adventure she finds in life, and a voice with the power and grit to personify its ups and downs. The combination makes her one of country’s most compelling new artists, someone with the talent and personality to own any stage–or studio–she walks onto. It’s earned her a spot on Brad Paisley’s 2014 tour and made her debut single, her co-penned track with Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure, "Take the Keys," a Top 40 hit at country radio.

Leah’s distinctive voice and fiery personality make her unlike anyone on the current scene, and both are outgrowths of a life journey that could have led nowhere but Nashville. It began on the ranch where she grew up, the daughter of a rodeo champion, in California’s Morongo Valley. She was just three when she began sitting at her grandmother’s piano, trying with her little fingers to make real chords. When she was 5, her family bought her a piano–she still has it–and by 6, she had written her first song.

"You build memories around songs,” she says. “They become the soundtrack to your life. I remember driving with my dad and mom, singing along to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, George Strait and Chris LeDoux. Country music is known for the way you can actually see the story unfold in front of you, like you’re in the song. And that’s the beauty of the Nashville songwriting community–it’s all about the song."

Her love of music stayed strong through lessons that balanced life on the ranch and led eventually to a college songwriting class, where her talent won her the attention of Kenny Loggins, who encouraged her to move to Los Angeles. There, she met and worked with music legends Humberto Gatica and David Foster, but the foundation country music built in her heart and soul tugged too strongly for her to remain on the West Coast, and with that, she booked a one-way ticket to Music City. Now, as she is set to release her five-song self-titled EP in May on Columbia Nashville, Leah continues to hone her craft with a clear vision of what she wants to take to the listening public.

“I’ve been able to write the majority of what we’ve recorded so far,” she says. “What we’re trying to do is to be sassy and fun and be strong and emotional at the same time. And I think we’re covering all of those bases as the songs come up. It’s about showing vulnerability while still showing strength, to lift men up but still let them know, ‘Don’t mess with us!’”

Songs like her critically-acclaimed second single, "Pull Me Back," do just that. Already greeted with four and five star receptions, the song showcases Leah’s distinct vocals as she offers listeners a glimpse into a relationship’s pivotal “make-or-break” moment.

“Sometimes pride can get the best of you in a relationship. You push away someone you care about to protect yourself from being hurt, when what you really want to say is ‘I want you to be strong enough to break down my walls and pull me back.’” For Leah, the crowd-favorite tune only echoes her mantra of sass and strength. “Being truly vulnerable in a relationship requires a certain bravery and strength. Pushing away may seem like the smartest and easiest thing to do, but it’s the moment you’re pulled back that the healing starts.’”

Then there’s pure sass, starting with "Bless My Heart."

"People have always said I’ve got Tabasco running through my veins, and that song really encompasses that side of things. And of course one of my favorites, and one that does really well live, is ‘My Finger,’ which is basically saying, ‘We have rings we can give back, so don’t you cheat!"

Sass, strength and the unexpected tenderness found in songs like “Beat-Up Bronco” combine to give country audiences a 360-view of a woman whose talent and drive have brought her worlds away from that ranch in the California desert. Along the way, she has captivated the industry’s best in L.A. and Nashville, and with the rollout of her first chart single, she has begun the inevitable process of captivating country fans everywhere.
Leigh Nash
Leigh Nash
More than two decades into her career, singer-songwriter Leigh Nash shines a light on her Texas roots with The State I'm In, a solo album that plants its feet on both sides of the border.

Nash was raised in the Texas Hill Country, where the radio stations played country music and the small towns rang with mariachi bands. A shy kid, she built up her confidence by learning how to sing. Nash began by impersonating the artists she heard on the FM dial — with particular emphasis on Tanya Tucker and Patsy Cline — before graduating to her own gigs at the age of 13, when she began singing with a country band during a series of weekly shows in New Braunfels. Within a few years, she'd also joined a band called Sixpence None the Richer, which ultimately introduced the pop world to her signature, sparkling vocal and led a successful run that included Top 5 hits like "Kiss Me" and “There She Goes.”

Kicking off her acclaimed solo career in 2006, Nash has spent the past decade exploring everything from folk to electronic music. The State I'm In marks a return to her days in the Lone Star State, though, with Nash whipping up a combination of Texas twang, Spanish influences, orchestral pop hooks and heartbroken lyrics. In classic country style, she sings about heartache and bad luck in a voice that swoons and sweeps, backed by a band whose members include Emmylou Harris and Wanda Jackson's pianist, Jack White's ace fiddle player and award-winning a cappella group Street Corner Symphony. If The State I'm In sounds like a country album, though, it's a wide-ranging, left-of-center, Latin American-tinged country album, with songs that tip their hat to the past while still moving forward toward something new.

Looking for a fellow rule-breaker who wouldn't mind pushing the envelope, Nash turned to Grammy-nominated musician Brendan Benson, who co-wrote one of the songs and produced the entire record.

"I've been wanting to make this record since I was 14, but I needed the life experience to do it," says Nash. "These songs are about the things you can't get back to, whether it's your father dying or your relationship ending or your band amicably breaking up. It's my own version of the music I grew up on, with an emphasis on hooks and melodies and heartbroken lyrics."

Releasing on September 18th on her own One Son Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers. The State I'm In was entirely co-written by Nash, whose shimmering voice seamlessly ties together the album whose track list bounces between ballads steeped in old-school pop arrangements ("Spider and the Moth") and breakup songs rooted in the brassy influence of Mexico ("Somebody's Yesterday"). "What's Behind Me" even tips its hat to "God Only Knows," the classic Beach Boys hit whose writer — Brian Wilson — has been a longtime influence on Nash's own music. Also tossed into the mix are barroom piano chords, barbershop harmonies, horns, bursts of electric guitar, fiddle and the steady pulse of an upright bass. "We weren't afraid of going beyond the country genre," Nash explains. "We just went where the songs told us to go. And they took us to some great places."

Nash, Benson and company recorded everything in Nashville, where Nash has lived since 1996. Even so, The State I'm In still creates its own geography, dreaming up an imagined place where Tennessee, Texas and Mexico all share the same border, and Willie Nelson lives next door to Ry Cooder, Roy Orbison and Flaco Jimenez.

"I tried to get Flaco Jimenez on this record!" Nash explains. "His sound is the embodiment of much of the vibe I tried to capture. We got it! But I still want Flaco to play on any and everything I do from here on out."

The same goes for Cooder, who has spent his career building a similar bridge between American and Latin American roots music. "There are few artists that have the kind of visibility he has had so far in his career. I'd also chew off a limb to have him collaborate on a song with me," she says, adding, "One of my limbs, not his."

For Nash, there's a lot to be happy about. The State I'm In may be rooted in loss, but it's also the most ambitious album she's ever recorded, anchored by songs that turn melancholy into melody. She's a proud mother, too, with a husband who co-wrote album highlights like "High is Better" and "The State I'm In." Alternately loose and lush, The State I'm In feels like a reintroduction to an artist who's never really gone away, with Nash finding new life in older sounds. It's music for roadhouses, juke joints, make-out sessions, breakups, gospel services and drives across the American desert. You can take the girl out of Texas…
Liz Longley
Liz Longley
For painters, the joy and challenge of creation begins with a blank canvas. For Liz Longley, it started in an empty room.

"I was living in Boston and my roommate had just moved out, so I paced the hardwood floors of her room with my guitar," Longley recalls. "I walked back and forth until the songs were done. It was as though they were stuck in the apartment walls."

Longley has a gift for culling musical treasures as though straight from thin air. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share them with listeners on her self-titled album-her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.

The collection of 11 songs was recorded in Nashville with an all-pro band-and in a pulse-quickening fashion so rare in today's world of overproduced, airbrushed records. "I love being in the studio and feeding off the energy of other musicians. It's not something I get to do often on the road because I've mostly toured solo."

While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith-all artists she's supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style and confidence that's all her own. You can hear it in the subtle-yet-soaring vocals on "Memphis," the dagger directness of "Skin and Bones," the bittersweet farewell that drives "This Is Not the End" (featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives). They're all cuts that dare you to hold back the goosebumps.

In fact, Longley's singing never fails to thrill and enthrall. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water. Still, she can roar like a waterfall or flow effortlessly along the bed her backing band lays down, as on "Peace of Mind." The track showcases Longley yearning after silence and stillness to beat back demons of self-doubt.

The new songs grew amidst a period of transition and travel in her life; moving between Boston and New York before finally settling in Nashville, and spending much of her life on the road in a succession of minivans. To that end, the songs have been road tested at Longley's live shows, their power to connect with fans beyond question.

These numbers pack the punch of pages torn from Longley's journal. And fans have rewarded her transparency with tangible loyalty. For while many acts have no clue how an album will be received, Longley started her project knowing just how much her fans wanted her to succeed.

It's like this: Her Kickstarter campaign, which set $35,000 as an album-funding goal, exceeded that amount by nearly 60 percent, raising $55,000. "We reached the mark so quickly and I'm just really, really lucky to be connected to my fans," she says. " I feel like they've adopted me-like I have this big supportive family."

And to that end, Longley confides with you as though you're sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that's intimate and vulnerable. "Bad Habit" strides the valley road of heartbreak, its pounding toms and plaintive electric guitar providing an ideal frame for Longley's vocal, the very portrait of love's rock bottom: "I couldn't stand the smell of smoke 'til he lit that cigarette/ Never felt the temptation 'til I smelled it on his breath."

"I wrote it after dating a guy who had a lot of bad habits, and somehow he became my bad habit," Longley recalls. "He was just one of those people-a smoker and a drinker who also had a habit of cheating. When I broke up with him and wrote the song, it was hugely therapeutic for me. It cleansed him from my system. And when I started playing it live, I realized that so many others had toxic people in their lives."

Why write and sing songs so transparent and confessional? For Longley, it boils down to the simple truth of authenticity. "I just try to be myself," she says. "If I feel like a song is not genuine to me, I absolutely do not present it because people see right through it. It's all about the honesty, and I try not to overthink it-then it would lose some of the magic."

Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth grade-her first ever-earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: "I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and it was life-changing moment," she says. "That's when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life."

The track record she's assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. She's taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.

But it all traces straight back to Longley's first song. She says she'll continue to open her soul in the service of her art because that's what matters most to her. "Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me, lock with me, because they're based on something I went through," she says of the new collection. "I hope they connect with people and that they'll help with whatever they've gone through. That's what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else."

After all, what better way to fill an empty room than with fully realized music?
Mae Estes
Mae Estes
I write songs and sing 'em and that's about all I've got figured out. I created this page for those who'd like to follow along on the journey.
Marti Dodson
Marti Dodson
Matraca Berg
Matraca Berg
Matraca Berg had her first No. 1 record as a songwriter at age 18. That, in turn, has qualified her to become one of the youngest Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees in history: To be eligible, a writer must have first achieved prominence at least 25 years ago. She was inducted in October 2008.

That first hit was “Faking Love,” as sung by T.G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks. In the years since, Berg’s songs have practically become the soundtrack of contemporary Nashville. Reba McEntire’s “The Last One to Know” (1987), Patty Loveless’ “I’m That Kind of Girl”(1991), Trisha Yearwood’s “Wrong Side of Memphis” (1992), Martina McBride’s “Wild Angels “(1996), the Dixie Chicks’ “If I Fall You’re Going Down With Me” (2001) and more than 50 other recordings of her songs have made her one of the most recorded composers in Music City.

Matraca’s songs have been sung by Randy Travis, Faith Hill, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Linda Ronstadt, Tanya Tucker, Pam Tillis, Keith Urban, Dusty Springfield, Clint Black, Loretta Lynn and dozens of others. Her cowritten “Strawberry Wine,” as performed by Deana Carter, was named the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year in 1997. As if to top it all off, Gretchen Wilson’s recording of Matraca’s and Jim Collins’ “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today” received a 2007 Grammy nomination for Best Country Song.

In addition, the songwriter issued three CDs in 1990-97, plus a 1999 compilation, that have brought her wide acclaim as a performer. She and fellow Nashville songwriter Marshall Chapman provided the songs for the 2000 theatrical production Good Ol’ Girls, which continues to be staged by regional repertory companies. As a backup vocalist she has recorded with Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young and many others. She appeared in the 1987 motion picture Made In Heaven and on the soundtrack of 1993’s The Thing Called Love. And in 2004, she added “producer” to her list of accomplishments by guiding the disc debut of Sony newcomer Christy Sutherland.

“Making records has done more for my career than anything, I think,” says Matraca. “It raised my profile as a writer like nothing else. It was because of my records that Trisha and Martina and Faith and everyone recorded my songs. But none of my records was exactly like I wanted them to be.”

The time has come for Matraca Berg to make the record she’s always wanted to make. That’s a good thing for her, a good thing for her fans, and a good thing for music.
Melissa Mattey
Melissa Mattey
Engineer at Width Music, based in Nashville, TN
Natalie Stovall
Natalie Stovall
Natalie Stovall and her band, The Drive, are relentless road warriors. Performing over 200 dates each year across college campuses, clubs, festivals and military bases around the world. Natalie, a Tennessee native, is a powerhouse vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, who has been playing professionally since she was ten. A fiddle phenom, Natalie made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12, and has performed everywhere from the White House to The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Natalie was named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country’ and was recently awarded “Best Female Artist” and “Best Music Artist” by Campus Activities Magazine. Natalie has been touring with Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots as a featured performer, writing and recording for her next 2018 release.
Nicole Boggs
Nicole Boggs
Nicole Boggs is an outlier, dedicated to living her truth and telling the story. The perfect storm of determined intellect and reckless rebellion, the Nashville based soulstress sings fearlessly about falling in love, making a mess and starting over. Pulling from her Colorado roots, she infuses an earthy honesty into a structured Nashville approach to create a musical style all her own. With a voice ranging from R&B powerhouse to smoky intimacy, her sound has the ability to move with palpable emotion and cross the boundaries of genre.

If you ask her where she came from, she’ll laugh and say she got her struggles out of the way early.The only child raised by a single father, she developed a clear identity through encouragement to pursue creative outlets, culminating in an education at Berklee College of Music. During her final semester, she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that led her to Nashville, TN to rest and recuperate, where she eventually wrote and recorded her first album, Overcome (2013). The album is a statement of duality, exploring the bridge between getting knocked down and rising above.

Over the last 6 years, Nicole has had the opportunity to work with “musical monsters” such as David Cook, Shayna Steele, Beth Hart, Derek Wells, Marcus Finnie, Derrek C. Phillips, and many more. Her diligence has opened up many doors including background vocal appearances with Will Hoge, Bonnie Bishop, Etta Britt and a national ad campaign with Glade singing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” in 2015. Her latest EP features several names listed above as well as her current band and musical family (Alex Kramer, Terence F. Clark, and Loren D. Clark.) You can find them on stage all in a variety of Nashville venues, as well as touring the world with a number of artists. The four have been hard at work, along with engineer/producer CJ Boggs and co-writer/pianist David Dorn to create a new, adventurous sound that will drop in 2018. Most recently Nicole was featured on Episode 3 of The Four on Fox "making Meghan Trainor jealous" with her rendition of "Like I'm Gonna Lose You."

Nicole is too stubborn to ever fit neatly into any ready-made marketing category. She can be a folk singer, a jazz crooner, a rocker, and a full-tilt soul belter, but she can never be only one of these things. In her closet you might find a gypsy costume next to a sequined cocktail dress. In her songs you might find a little Motown at the bottom of a box of wine. This defiant refusal to be pinned down combined with a near-religious devotion to constantly pushing and refining her craft has allowed Nicole to emerge as the one thing that the machine can never produce and rarely recognizes: a true original.
Ruby Amanfu
Ruby Amanfu
Ruby Amanfu is a Ghana-born, Nashville-based vocalist and songwriter. Her accolades include the Associated Press' #1 Album of the Year with her former duo Sam & Ruby, Grammy recognition for her song, "Heaven's My Home" (co-written with Katie Herzig), critically acclaimed solo albums including "Smoke & Honey" released via Polydor UK and "Standing Still" released via Thirty Tigers and Rival & Co. in 2015.

Her vocals lace Beyonce’s track “Don’t Hurt Yourself" on the Grammy-nominated album, Lemonade, as well as on Jack White’s debut solo single, “Love Interruption,” and his two acclaimed solo albums, Blunderbuss and Lazaretto.

Ruby’s additional collaborations expand to artists including Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, Hozier, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Patti LaBelle, Jakob Dylan, Charlie Peacock and John Prine.

Outside of her vast musical career, Ruby has had co-starring roles on CMT's 'Nashville,' is an elected Grammy Board Governor, has appeared on The Food Network and is a private chef and food blogger.
Sonia Leigh
Sonia Leigh
When Sonia Leigh was seven, and already getting to be quite the expert on adversity, she and her mum set off from the family's broken home for the middle of nowhere Alabama. It was an early lesson for a future troubadour in turning hardship into potential.

“The people who lived in the house before left a record player and one single. It was Willie Nelson's 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain,'” she recalls. “There was an old nylon string guitar with three strings on it, and I would just play on one string and try to mimic that record, long before I knew what I was doing.” Little did she know that one day, she would tour with the outlaw himself.

Fast forward to age 14. “You want to talk about a domino effect of one thing leading to another? A family friend saw I'd been writing music. Friends would come over and my dad would get the guitar out, and sometimes I would play a song I'd written. So a friend asked me to write her boyfriend a song, then she took me up to his work and had me play the song for him. He was like 'You're really good, I'm going to pay for you to go to a studio.'”

The upshot was a conversation with a major label guy and a business card that Sonia picked up again at 17, leading her to her first album 'Remember Me,'recorded in her then-manager's basement in Atlanta. Sure, it was raw, and it's long out of print. But right there were the pencil sketches for a truly singular career in roots music and beyond.

Twenty years later, Sonia Leigh is reaping the rewards of a lifetime paying so many dues that she really did go for broke. And on her second album of 2018 alone, it all reaches critical mass with 'Sonia Leigh & Friends,' recorded in the hallowed surroundings of Abbey Road Studio 3 and as live and direct a record as you'll hear all year.

To go back one chapter in an ever-evolving storybook, January 2018 saw Leigh's latest album of new studio compositions, 'Mad Hatter.' Here, she was set on expanding her core roots-Americana sound and its traces of blues, soul and rock, to embrace even more of her myriad influences. A dyed-in-the-wool devotee of such figureheads as Loretta Lynn and Bruce Springsteen, this time she wanted to open up to some more recent inspiration.

“I love the roots of country and rock 'n' roll, but I also love the curiosity and desire that I felt delving into new styles for 'Mad Hatter.' I'm a big fan of the Killers, Sia and Halsey, and getting into this new area of music, I appreciate it and love it. I have this one side, but I have a lot of other music that I wanted to express, and I needed to get that out unapologetically.” One review called it “an aggressive collection of troubled confessions, pushing her craft to the edge and beyond.”

Even as 'Mad Hatter' was emerging, Leigh was convening with fellow musicians at Abbey Road, for the single, ten-hour session that conceived 'Sonia Leigh & Friends.' It was created in Studio 3, the very spot in which Pink Floyd made 'Dark Side Of The Moon,' Amy Winehouse sang her final recorded vocals and Lady Gaga cut 'Born This Way.'

“This record was a last-minute decision. I had a friend who worked at Abbey Road and we thought, 'This should be fun to do.' I wanted to keep it real raw and honest. I co-produced 'Mad Hatter' and I got to experiment with making beats and sounds, but I wanted to show people I haven't forgotten about my roots, and have fun with my friends.”

The album includes versions of three of the new songs from 'Mad Hatter' as well as 'Bar' and the anthemic live staple 'My Name Is Money.' Both of those are from '1978 December,' the album Leigh released on 2011 on Zac Brown's Southern Ground label. “I wanted to be able to bring that song back to life, and what better way?” she says. “To a lot of people it's brand new.”

Just as newsworthy, she performs her co-write 'Sweet Annie,' which announced her as a songwriter on the international stage when it was recorded by the Zac Brown Band on their 2012 album 'Uncaged.' The song became a US country airplay No. 1 and was certified gold.

The album stands as a momentary look over her shoulder, and she was determined to share in this unique studio setting. “I wanted it to say 'and friends' in the title,” she explains, “because I wanted it to reflect what the album's about, which is me and the people I've met on my journey while touring in the UK, coming together and making music.”

'Sonia Leigh & Friends' is bookended by an exquisite performance of Debussy's 'Clair de Lune' by pianist Jessie Maryon Davies, the piece that Sonia was supposed to be learning when she was at high school. Single-minded then as now, she decided to learn some Melissa Etheridge sheet music instead.

The album also features her friend and rising British artist Katy Hurt, whom she describes as “one of the best country artists to come out of the UK...she reminds me of myself when I was younger, because she's always writing, writing.” That's how it was for the young Sonia, who was born in Lakeland, east of Tampa in Florida, before that relocation to Alabama when the family was split asunder.

“My dad played and wrote songs and my grandfather played and sang, so I was always drawn to the guitar. I grew up listening to my parents' records like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and all that. I spent a lot of time in my room alone, playing guitar, writing songs, three or four in a day sometimes. I'm not saying they were all good, but I was definitely always writing and thinking about pursuing my music career.

“Around 12 years old, I got into Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Floyd, Zeppelin, the Stones, Janis Joplin, the Dead...” she goes on. “A whole rock 'n' roll world opened up to me.”

By the '90s, grunge was in the mix too, sitting happily alongside her country favourites. Leigh may have been the only person in town who loved George Strait and Hole in equal measure. “In my teens, I got into Alice In Chains, Alanis Morrisette, the Cranberries, Sheryl Crow, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Hole,” she explains. “That completely fed my fire. I’m a huge fan of Tupac, too. My mum and I were really poor and came up in a hard place, so I really resonated with his lyrics. Then I left home and was on my own at 17, and really had to hustle a lot.”

Another inspiration, both in music and as a guiding light of female independence, was Melissa Etheridge, and just like with Willie Nelson, she would go from fan to collaborator. In March 2018, Sonia set sail from Florida to the Caribbean and back as one of the performers on the Melissa Etheridge Cruise. “I learned how to play guitar studying her records,” says Leigh. “So now to be friends with her and to work with her is monumental for me.”

In recent years, based in Nashville, Sonia has practically become an honorary Brit. Frequent transatlantic visits, high-octane shows and festival appearances at C2C, Pride, Buckle & Boots and many others have helped build her strong and loyal following. She's even beginning to get the hang of London buses.

“I feel like half of my time is in the UK,” she says. “I tried to tell people ages ago that the scene was expanding. I was putting a lot of my own money into coming over there and trying to create a presence. Now everyone's going over, so my phone's always lighting up with people asking for connections. I'm happy to help out, I'm glad to see that things are moving forward.”

It's a far cry from the point where Sonia almost gave it all up to join the army. “I thought 'Elvis did it...'” she remembers, “then we went to war, and I thought, 'I can't sell out like that. I can't be a part of this just to have a paycheck.' So I just continued on and pushed forward.”

'Sonia Leigh & Friends' is the latest evidence of a career on an old-fashioned, hype-free upward curve. “I put every single cent into continuing forwards as an independent artist,” she says. “If you don't work hard to put everything you've got into it, then you might as well go and do something else, you know? I feel like the work I've done is paying off, for sure.”
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