Great Forgotten Records – “June” – Swan Dive

Wow! I can’t believe that it’s been 20 years since this great release from the Nashville Pop duo of Bill DeMain and Molly Felder. Huge in Japan and Korea, Swan Dive is also special to anyone who has heard this record. This video will get you primed for the 20th Anniversary livestream performance of the […]

Swan Dive @ Club Roar / Nashville, TN / November 2, 2018

Today, I woke up remembering just how good it feels the morning after a Swan Dive show. This feeling used to occur on many a Sunday morning in the early 00’s when the Nashville duo of Molly Felder and Bill DeMain often played Saturday nights at the pre-Grimey Basement. Through this day, Swan Dive remains […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician Who Moved Away: Molly Felder

Molly Felder with Henry After accidently stumbling into this “Who Moved Away” subset of 11 Questions, I decided that making some intentional requests might be fun. What a great way to hear about the old Nashville and catch up on what some folks who left town are up to. Why did I wait so long […]

Americanafest / Nashville TN / Kirby Brown’s “Wrixlan, Americanafest” / City Winery Lounge / September 23, 2021

After taking a pass last year like every other music festival, Americanafest returned to Music City in 2021 bringing joy to a lot of music fans. Unfortunately, some of the smiling faces were hidden under masks as the signs of COVID still remained. But thankfully, they only slightly dampened this spectacular event. It was a […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Jim Hoke

I reckon that you all are as excited as I am to see and hear live music again. But I will be honest and say that I won’t miss the hassles of having to work hard and pay a lot of money for a good seat, dealing with inattentive and chattering crowds and getting home […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: James Haggerty

When I moved to Nashville in the late 90s, one of the first musicians I ever got to know was masterful bass player James Haggerty. Initially discovering him as a member of Joe, Marc’s Brother, he soon would earn the distinction of having played bass at one time or another in several of my favorite […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Bill DeMain

Bill DeMain is certainly no stranger to the Nashville music community. As a musician and songwriter, along with Molly Felder, their band Swan Dive created some of the best pop music ever to come out of Music City while in the process achieving major stardom in Japan and Korea. He is also a Grammy-nominated music […]

Americanarama VI @ Grimey’s New & Preloved Music / Nashville TN / September 21, 2013

Someone once asked me to describe what Americana music was. My simple reply was “country music that doesn’t suck.” I further embellished this remark by adding that an Americana artist most likely 1) plays an instrument; 2) writes their own songs; and 3) doesn’t need to use Auto-Tune to correct their vocals. While my description […]

11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Lauren Balthrop

Photo by Bernie DeChant Having worked as a backing vocalist for the likes of the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and blues-rocker Benjamin Booker, Lauren Balthrop has stepped out on her own and made her debut record as a singer-songwriter and guitarist. Released via Tone Tree Music, “This Time Around” was recorded in Woodstock and produced […]