Jessie Smith brought her "swampy soul singer/songwriter" style to Tin Roof on July 12th, hosted by Spotlight 615. With a tight thirty-minute set, she made sure that everyone present had their eyes unwaveringly trained on her.
The first thing Nashville Offbeat noticed was Jessie's passion and power onstage. The proverbial electricity was running right through her entire body as she clapped and stomped along to the beat (the whole room could hear it even without a mic!). She had passing tourists stopping to stand in the doorway to watch her vibrant performance.
Jessie's lyrics and songwriting abilities are superb as well! The use of rhythm in the melodies makes them stand out and flow across the room. Though Jessie claims she's not a morning person, when she hits the stage, she's the person in her song "Like the Sun." "Well I look to the sky, and I thought what if I was lighting up the world, honey, and I didn't even know." Her accompanist and husband, Bradley, is a killer guitar player and vocalist, whose talents complement Jessie perfectly. His laid-back, confident playing style created the backdrop for Jessie's voice to shine throughout the performance. The show was tight, fun, and highly entertaining!
"Like the Sun" is also the name of Jessie's first full-length album, released earlier this year, and is available on Soundcloud. She plans on performing in the near future at Acme Feed and Seed and The Family Wash. Follow this upcoming artist on Facebook for updates and info!
I love how stripped down this song is. In a world full of over-production and being as loud as you can, “Sidewalk” is an easy-breezy breath of fresh air.
“What’d You Think” was performed, recorded, and shot live on Delmarva Life TV in Maryland earlier this year. I found their performance to be full of passion, emotion, and life.
For instance, the band laments the trials and tribulations of dating a vegan: …
You’re in the sky, grazing the moon with your hands, rearranging stars, and smiling wistfully. This is where my mind takes me when I hear “Are You The Girl” by Kira Hooks, just released on April 17th, 2018.
With a little bit of sass, blues, and rock n’ roll, Lauren Anderson is bringing us a song reminiscent of early Grace Potter. Released March 30th, “The Game” is a head-banger that will pump you up and empower your day!
Released on April 17th, I find “Body Language,” to be timeless, sexy and beautifully produced, and think that you will too.
Capturing the essence of drama, the pain of heartbreak, and the freedom of letting go, “Strangers” is a beautifully written song about the romantic tragedy of losing a part of your identity in someone else.
He’s waiting for a call from someone in an emptiness that extends beyond his physical being.
One of my favorite songs on the album, “Just Wanna Meet You”, puts into words the longing we all feel to find someone to live our lives with. The idea that there’s a person out there meant just for you is one that brings comfort to all the hopeless romantics of the world.
The video features the band playing in Somer’s garage/rehearsal space, cut with kaleidoscope-like outdoor and driving scenes, giving an overall feeling of psychedelic displacement and trippiness (you may want to break out the sticky-icky for this one, gang).