Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance Presents: Fat New Year's Eve Starring LadyCouch, Lauren Anderson, & Ping Rose - 12/31/19Tuesday, December 31 2019 6:00pm Doors / 7:00pm Start
Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance Presents: Fat New Year's Eve Starring LadyCouch, Lauren Anderson, & Ping Rose - 12/31/19
at City Winery The Lounge at City Winery
The Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance welcomes everyone to join them to celebrate Fat New Year's Eve in the Lounge as we usher in the 20's in style with three great artists and a special New Orleans Menu, a glass of bubbly to toast at midnight ( included in your price of admission ) and a community of music lovers. Starring Lady Couch, Lauren Anderson and Ping D. Rose.
Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advocate, promote and preserve the authentic voice of blues and roots music around the world. Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance is for all musicians and fans who play or enjoy Blues and Roots Music. Their goal is to provide a platform for live music, community involvement, providing all musicians a platform to showcase and perform their music, securing touring acts for monthly concerts, and creating a community outreach program.
"Our goal is to support and promote blues and roots artists, as well as the establishments who book them. There is much to do and many of our goals are similar and complimentary to other established music and artist associations. We look forward to working and partnering in our community to give voice to our writers, performers, venues and fans." ~Whit Hubner, President, Nashville Blues and Roots Alliance
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“LadyCouch is more than a band. LadyCouch is a Family.”
LadyCouch was born out of Keshia Bailey and Allen Thompson’s love for one another and their love for honest, soulful music. Although their friendship stretches back years, it wasn’t until the winter of 2017 they decided to share a stage. After a show at Nashville’s Exit/In where they were on the same bill, they realized their already strong individual voices had power and depth they never thought possible when combined.
The pair seem to come from two different worlds, musically, with Keshia hailing from the straight-ahead throwback Soul group Magnolia Sons, and Allen from the psychedelic folk of the Allen Thompson Band. But their similar Appalachian upbringings and their genuine appreciation for Soul, Rock, Funk, Country and Folk allow them to build bridges across genres to create a sound all its own. Allen tells it like this:
“Keshia’s been one of my very best friends and confidants for a long time. I’ve always been in awe of the power and emotion in her voice. When we first got together, I think we were both kind of in a place where we were feeling stagnant in terms of our creative output. I knew I wanted to bring a little more soul into what I was doing, but I didn’t know how to do it within the confines of ATB. I was falling in love with the big revue-type bands of the 70’s like Little Feat, Parliament, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Bob Marley & The Wailers, and Delaney and Bonnie. I kinda forced Keshia down that rabbit hole too & we decided that if we were gonna have a band, it was gonna be a big one like those.”
So they enlisted the help of Diego Vasquez and the Nashville Horns and vocalists Dana Kalan and Olivia Burnett then got to work building the band. The core group consists of keyboard player and all around musical genius Jimmy Matt Rowland, Allen Thompson Band stalwarts Grayson Downs, Clint Maine & Ray Dunham, Atlanta guitarist Mike Ford Jr from Radio Birds and Migrant Worker, and Gordon Persha from Nashville jammers Los Colognes. On any given evening in Nashville its not uncommon to see folks from Old Crow Medicine Show, Maggie Rose, Jon Latham, Little Bandit, Drivin N Cryin, and many other Nashville mainstay musicians jamming with the big band with the nonsense name.
“The name is kind of an inside joke between a few folks who lived in or frequented my old house in East Nashville”, Allen explains.
“Its a long story, but basically we knew that if Keshia and I were gonna start a band together, LadyCouch was gonna be its name.”
Fortunately for them, the name is the only thing about this band that doesn’t make sense. When LadyCouch is on stage, they do everything with a purpose and drive that’s rare to see in a group that large. While their sound might be reminiscent of the huge hippie orchestras of decades past, the group is by no means a nostalgia act. Their approach to writing, melodies, harmonies and improvisation is as original and refreshing as you can get. As far as they are concerned, LadyCouch is the Future and the Future Looks Fine.
Inspired by the bluesy, boundary-breaking females who came before her — including Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, and Grace Potter — Lauren Anderson's Won't Stay Down follows previous releases like 2017's The Game, which cracked the Top 50 of the Billboard Blues chart for five weeks straight. It's also a showcase for her supersized vocals and sharp songwriting, which have previously earned the Chicago native a Midwest Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as a first-place finish in the 2018 Wing Dang Doodle Competition. Recorded in her adopted hometown of Nashville and largely self-produced, Won't Stay Down is a bluesy battlecry from an artist who has one foot planted in the territory of her influences and the other pointed in an unexplored direction.
Ping Rose is a singer and guitarist from Memphis, TN. He has been playing live since 2006 after finishing high school. Before he finished college, he was already teaching music and playing regularly in Memphis. Once he finished college he began playing for B.B. King’s Blues Club on three cruise ships while moving to Nashville. He has done everything from session work for producers such as Jazze Pha, to leading sessions on Music Row, and even being featured on CMT’s Nashville, playing guitar for Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). He is mostly know for his high energy guitar playing with his band, The Anti-Heroes, or his solo performances on acoustic guitar, as well as his blues and jazz influenced trio.