Amelia White and Wild Ponies (Doug & Telisha Williams)

Amelia White and Wild Ponies (Doug & Telisha Williams)

Mar 20, 2015 |  0 comments
Date: Mar 20, 2015 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $12 in advance, $15 day of show Type: Americana

2 of our favorite acts from East Nashville on one night!!

When she turned 18, Amelia White left home. For years she and her parents had been at odds. “I was the youngest child,” she says. “And the much awaited first girl, but being artistic, gay and strong-willed was not what they had planned on.  I found myself retreating into songs, stories and drawings, and realized I had to get out of there.” From that moment on, White began a journey that redefined what home and family meant toThis is starting to be fun now... her, and this journey deeply infuses her tough, thoughtful new album Old Postcard. There’s grit to the record, not just in some of the louder guitars or the world-weariness of lyrics, but also in the way the East Nashville-based singer and songwriter finds hope despite life’s travails and shortcomings.
White’s love for music started very early. She was just 10 when she saved up her allowance to buy a guitar her brother had brought home from his Navy days, a 1968 Martin D-18 she still uses to this day.  “I started writing quite young,” she says. “And sometimes people think I’m spacey, but that’s because these songs will not let go of me.” A grandfather Amelia never knew played banjo on the porch of his Virginia home every night, but White’s parents often fought her “tooth and nail” over her musical ambitions. “I knew what I wanted at a young age,” she says, “and their disapproval lit a fire. I listened over and over to my brothers records: Neil Young, Beatles, Stones, and Muddy Waters, and I wanted to know them all, I wanted to be them.”
White’s first move was to Boston where she cut her teeth in the same thriving folk scene that turned out Mary Gauthier and Lori McKenna. She was equally at home in the subway and rock clubs, and she formed an arty rock band that won a Boston Music award. The songs poured out, and she played, toured, and found ways to record her first two albums.
Her travels landed her in Nashville a dozen years ago. She’s found a sense of family – friends, outcasts, lovers, and many musical partners who share a similar drive, and sensitivity to heartache. She also found a growing number of fans of her songwriting. With her 2006 album “Black Doves” (released by Funzalo Records), she began playing stages like eTown, circuits in Europe, and sharing shows with some of her heroes: Rosie Flores, Asleep At The Wheel, Slaid Cleaves, and Tim O’Brien. Some of her songs found there way into TV shows such as “Justified” and “Summerland.”
White says of her hometown, “Nashville has been good to me. The low cost of living helps to keep me doing my thing, I’ve recorded four albums here. I love being surrounded by top shelf writers and players and the competition is a beautiful thing.”
Among the many on the A-List team of musical collaborators she works with is drummer Marco Giovino whose own unique sense of tempo, rhythm, and feel has added a swing and drive to many of Amelia’s songs. Guitarist John Jackson, who earlier worked with Lucinda Williams and Dylan, has been another key component of White’s albums and live shows. “John’s presence has really brought my craft to a higher level,” White says.
Home, history and family take different shapes on Old Postcard. Over steadily propulsive drums and echoing guitars, the album’s title track finds White looking back at the ghosts of her family, realizing that dreams that don’t come true are still dreams after all. “Big Blue Sun” is told from the perspective of a homeless man who dreads the daylight and the masses that flood in with their daily routines of normalcy. It features ethereal backing vocals from Sally Barris and gorgeous nylon-string guitar from Sergio Webb. With a haunting, noir-ish sound, “Hollow Heart” is the dark tale of a motherless child and the deep sense of longing that develops within. “River Of My Dreams” features snarling guitars, as White sings of all the crazy, mysterious, otherworldly things – flying, breathing underwater, being pulled back from Hell – which one can astonishingly accomplish in their dreams. With lines pulled straight from her father’s memoirs, “Daddy Run” is a rousing anthem with a sing-along chorus.
In recent years, White’s relationship with her parents has come full circle. As they have gotten older and their health has begun to deteriorate, their views have softened, and White’s have as well. It’s why a song like “Daddy Run” pulls lines from her father’s memoirs. The hurt is still there, but it was the impetus of the journey that has made White the artist she is, and it has fueled a career that now finds her crafting some of the most compelling music she has created to date.

visit her website: http://ameliawhite.com/

wpimage1“Every now and again you run across something that just knocks your socks off. This was one of those times.” – Rod Ames, No Depression

Wild Ponies – The dead right, honest songwriting of Doug and Telisha Williams blended with a kick-ass band. The last few years have been all about change and evolution for Doug and Telisha. They left their home in Virginia, spent a year as homeless troubadours, and finally settled in East Nashville just over a year ago.  Since then, they’ve become a central part of their new Community. They co-host the weekly songwriting group called the East Nashville Song Salon; they host a weekly radio show on East Nashville Radio called Whiskey Wednesdays; and if you’re wandering around on the east side of the Cumberland you’ll have a good chance of catching them at The Family Wash and other local spots.  That is, if they’re not on the road – they average over 150 dates a year, bringing a burning energy to every show they play. They mean it.  They live it.  Then they get on stage and rip the shit out of it.  Under the production mastery of Ray Kennedy, they’ve just finished a new record, Things That Used To Shine – look for it on a turntable near you, summer of 2013.

Written during a busy year on the road, Things That Used To Shine is an album about leaving some things behind…and meeting others head-on. It’s also the studio debut of Wild Ponies, a Nashville-based outfit fronted by Virginia natives Doug and Telisha Williams, who have previously toured and recorded as acoustic folk duo Doug & Telisha Williams.

Released by the band’s newly formed independent label, Ditch Dog Records, Things That Used To Shine finds Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the album’s 12 songs in three days, running the band’s harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles. Casey Driessen, Russ Pahl, Jake Winebrenner and other heavy-hitting roots musicians also make appearances, beefing up the band’s songs with everything from organ to pedal steel.

Visit their website: http://www.wildponies.net/

 

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