Hey, everyone! Gerard here. I’m up in Bethlehem, PA (the cradle of UMC’s very existence) for Musikfest, the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival. I’m throwing it back with my northern work family and pitching in with this year’s festival, which means you’re going to see some guest contributions here over the next week and a half.
That includes next week’s UMC20, curated by our very own UMC Contributor Jenna Rose! But… before we get there, Jenna is popping in to give you all a little preview with this week’s Songs You Should Hear.
Get ready for a whole lot more where this came from next week. In the meantime, I’ll let Jenna take it from here with her picks!
Hear What You Should
Born in the pandemic, Nicole Boggs & The Reel‘s new album, Dystopian Book Club, is a brilliant account of these modern times. The band uses this new album to get comfortable sharing the uncomfortable truths about life — from alcoholism, to anxiety, to relationship troubles, to the realities of the digital age. Listen to this episode to hear where the songs come from, as we muse on the life crossroads that inspire the creative journey.
This episode of The Quinn Spinn was recorded and produced at Helping Our Music Evolve (H.O.M.E.), Nashville, TN.
Opening theme: REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become
Nicole Boggs & The Reel
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We have so much to get to with this week’s edition of UMC20, and that includes providing clues about what’s coming down the pike in the near future.
We have upcoming (and previous) Quinn Spinn guests featured here, as well as artists set for forthcoming NashLive! shows this fall. We have submissions from multiple different continents and, of course, we touch as many genres as possible across these 20 tracks.
Sound exciting to you? Good, because it does to us. Let’s go!
Listen to UMC20
Ender Bowen is a musician, author, filmmaker, and humanitarian with a lot to say, and plenty of methods by which to deliver his message. A relentless creative, Ender always has a new project (or a few) in the works, and he comes on The Quinn Spinn to discuss those projects, and his ever-evolving quest to keep them balanced with the other fulfilling areas of life — including family, spirituality, and more.
Peachkit is a modern pop/alternative artist who subscribes to the way creating music used to be — when the focus was not on making tabloid headlines, but on the music itself. The largely-anonymous artist, producer, and songwriter recently came to Nashville from the United Kingdom and is already making a splash: her single, “Like It (A Lot),” stood out among a strong field of 140 submissions to win the second edition of Songtank, a Songland-meets-Shark Tank broadcast competition from Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME).
Among her many accolades, Peachkit has multiple number one writing credits to her name. As an artist, she combines her knack for writing chart-topping hooks with raw honesty and social commentary to create her own brand of “Thinking Pop” — and she does it all while rarely, if ever, showing her face.
All told, Peachkit is a brilliant, world-aware creative soul who lets her music do the talking — and certainly, there is plenty of room for her voice! She’s truly in a league of her own, and we’re fortunate to have had the chance to chat in-depth. Check out the full convo below!
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Independent musicians of Earth… you brought the heat once again this month!
It was a lot of fun to construct the UMC20 Best of July, even if some tough decisions were made. There were some all-around bangers and, all told, this month was an especially strong one.
Come on in and hear why. It’s time for the Best of July!
Hear the Best of July
Every Monday, our partners at Music on the Move Studios take to their own blog for Music Minute Monday — a chance to share knowledge about proper technique, music business, and even instrument care.
Yesterday, Music on the Move co-founder Caitie Thompson (pictured above, right) — a multi-instrumentalist and instructor in her own right — took to the blog to share tips on how to tune your guitar — and to make sure it stays in tune.
Head over to get Caitie’s dos and don’ts!
Here is the first of a few NashLive! fall lineup announcements coming your way this week!
In any creative endeavor, it is those who build strong communities who are most likely to see their platforms grow over time. Certainly, anybody can pick up an instrument, learn to play, and become adept enough at engineering and/or performing to put their music out into the world in some form. However, without building a strong support system of collaborators, patrons, and professional contacts, it becomes much more difficult to have your work reach and impact larger audiences.
If you’re going to put all of that work in, you might as well share it with other people. To do that, you must think about how your music – and all it encompasses – will help connect you to your audience. You must work to build community.
Thursday night’s NashLive! show saw us return to The 5 Spot, and it sure was good for the soul.
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