The Bands - 2019
This Tennessee native songwriter made his name honing a blend of soulful Americana and heartland rock & roll. After spending his childhood in Franklin, TN he left for Western Kentucky University to study history. Music drew him back home, however, and he relocated to Nashville to assemble a band. He issued a live release of the bar circuit in 1999 called All Night Long before signing a deal with Atlantic Records. With the label's support, he recorded his official debut album Carousel in 2000.
"The fool who traveled is better off then the wise man who stayed home."
Southern Avenue is an American five-piece funky blues and soul band from Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Formed in 2015, they took their name from a street in Memphis running from the easternmost part of the city limits to "Soulsville", which was the original home of Stax Records. Rock 103 described them as "the most talked about band in Memphis." Southern Avenue reached the finals of the International Blues Challenge in 2016. The band won a Blues Music Award in 2018 for "Best Emerging Artist Album". Their self-titled debut album entered the US Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart at number 6 in February 2017, and reached number 1 on the iTunes Blues Chart. In 2017-2018 the band toured over 15 countries including Australia, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia and more.
Amanda Fish began as a singer songwriter in late 2012, refining her original material as a solo act for 2 years before she formed her band in early 2014, a Roots Rock and Soul project featuring Amanda's signature 'from-the-gut' vocals locked into a sturdy groove.
In 2015, she released her first LP, "Down In The Dirt", on VizzTone Label Group, for which she was awarded the 2016 "Sean Costello Rising Star" Blues Blast Music Award. Amanda and her band set Beale Street on fire in the 2017 International Blues Challenge Semi Finals.
In 2018, Amanda released her second studio album, "Free", on VizzTone Label Group, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. She is currently touring and writing for her next record.
Nathan Bryce and Loaded Dice
Nathan Bryce has been playing, performing and promoting since forming his first band at the age of sixteen. Drawing inspiration from the legendary blues icons of the past to the blues rockers of today, Nathan Bryce continues to carry on the tradition of guitar driven blues based rock. This blues/rock trio features the incredibly soulful vocals and the emotional powerhouse guitar of Nathan Bryce. Sitting firmly in the pocket and providing the backbone is the "Loaded Dice" rhythm section of bassist/vocalist Cody Cook and drummer Jeff Whittington. This group of veteran musicians have earned impressive resumes' that include touring both regionally and nationally as well as studio credits with a who's who list of legendary industry icons. Nathan Bryce & Loaded Dice feature original music from the catchy blues shuffle "Movin' in the Middle of the Night" to the psychedelic rock of "Boombox Quality." Mixed with an extensive library of inventive covers, rock classics, and blues standards, this band delivers their sound with full on passion.