Category Archives: Profiles

The Quinn Spinn: Christopher Paul Stelling (Feb. 17, 2020)

Asheville, NC-based musician Christopher Paul Stelling is currently on tour in support of his new, Ben Harper-produced album, Best of Luck.

Before hitting the road, Christopher joined us over the phone for an in-depth conversation about a number of topics, spanning from the album and tour, to the nation’s sociopolitical climate and much more.

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Hawktail’s Jordan Tice on ‘Formations,’ Band’s Evolution, and 2020 Plans

When genre-bending acoustic supergroup Hawktail comes to Little Harpeth Brewing this Friday night, they will do so in celebration of Formations, their new album which serves as the band’s most cohesive representation of its musical vision to date.

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The Quinn Spinn: Ben Danaher (Jan. 20, 2020)

Texas native Ben Danaher is an Americana artist based in Nashville who has spent extensive time on the road with Aaron Lewis, the country artist and frontman of rock band, Staind.

On today’s episode of The Quinn Spinn, Ben shares his experiences from the road, as well as the stories of loss that inspired his most recent full-length album, Still Feel Lucky. We also take a brief look into what the future holds, and discuss the importance of building momentum as an artist.

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Bryce Green: Putting Nashville Hip-Hop on the Map

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According to statistics, the urban/hip-hop genre is the most consumed music in the world. Atlanta has famously carried the torch as a hub for mainstream urban/hip-hop artists to achieved global success.

However, just four hours north in Nashville, the genre’s presence is still developing. Long known as the home of country music, Nashville has more recently embraced the rock, pop, and Christian genres. But, even with artists like Lil Nas X — an Atlanta native! — bridging the gap for hip hop’s collaboration with Music City, there has yet to be a Nashville-based hip hop artist who has risen to superstardom.

Meet Bryce Green

Exhibit&Friends Episode 8: Bootleg Rascal

Underground Music Collective is excited to partner with California-based music writer and vlogger ExhibitCreative to bring you the Exhibit&Friends video series.

Based in California, Exhibit&Friends will feature interviews with artists from all over the world, across a wide variety of genres — kind of like a lot of what we do here at UMC. Great minds think alike, as they say, and we’re excited to welcome our new friends into the fold, and to become introduced to even more talented and creative people from everywhere.

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The Musical Journey of Raquel Aurilia

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The best way to embark on any creative journey is often to pick a direction and just start. From there, the people you meet and experiences you share will light the way.

This is the case for adult contemporary artist Raquel Aurilia. The Arizona-based singer’s journey began by building her network, which has since led her to open for the likes of B.B. King, Pat Benatar, Gin Blossoms, and more, including a recent 25-show run in support of former Bad English frontman John Waite.

“I started later in life because I didn’t know how to start,” Aurilia noted. “Music is a different animal. It took me a while to meet the right people.”

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The Quinn Spinn: Oct. 7, 2019

Darrin Bradbury is a world-aware folk troubadour whose writing style points out the mundane occurrences of everyday life with wry wit and, at times, dark humor. This is prevalent on his new album, Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs, which was released on Anti Records on Sept. 20, 2019.

Darrin joins The Quinn Spinn today, and we talk about the album and much more — including authenticity, society, and technology’s impact on what it means to be human in the 21st Century.

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Brandon Calano: Finding New Life and ‘Becoming Young’

The events that occur in our lives can inspire us to great changes. Just the same, the people we meet can blow us wide open, help us to unlock new perspectives, and lead us to find our voice.

In the case of Brandon Calano, the recent Nashville transplant’s journey from his native Boulder, Colorado – and the mixed bag that comes with wholesale personal transformation – is reflected in the evolution of his musical project, Becoming Young.

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The Authentic, World-Aware Message of Intellect

For as long as Intellect can remember, music has been a part of his world.Coming from a family where all of the men were singers, the hip hop artist and actor (real name Mike Dowd) followed in their footsteps, growing up on classic Motown, soul, and funk while finding his own way to hip hop from the likes of the Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Sugar Hill Gang.

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Allan Scott Band: Live at City View Sound

Singer and songwriter Allan Scott discovered an affinity for music at a young age. He was 11 when his brother started taking guitar lessons. “I eventually took his guitar and didn’t give it back,” Allan explained with a laugh.

Allan’s band features rich pop sounds with a strong message of faith, and the incredible musicians in Allan’s midst participate wholeheartedly in the songwriting process.

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