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Shannon Sanders releases "Fight On" to commemorate Black History Month

This Black History Month has felt grating, if you've read the news as of late. It feels like there's not much to celebrate. And yet, Shannon Sanders' new single "Fight On" carries the spirit of the month high above the storm clouds raining down on this past February. With his soulful voice, the award-winning producer and Nashville native enlists the help of his Nashville Urban Choir to deliver a neo-gospel battle cry of a song. The punch it delivers might just help you -- in this second month of the year -- to dust off the New Year's resolutions that you've already put aside and start reaching for those goals again. At the very least, it might just inspire you to rise above the shadows. Take a listen to "Fight On" below. - Will Sisskind

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Scott Mulvahill hits NPR's Tiny Desk; plays Ryman Auditorium 03.17

Armed with his trusty upright bass, singer-songwriter Scott Mulvahill hit up NPR's Tiny Desk to play a few songs for the Internet. Having performed for years with Ricky Scaggs and rising to become one of Nashville's most accomplished bassists, Mulvahill earned the spotlight as he performed fan favorites like 2016's "Begin Againers". Though he performed that song solo, he brought his band along to perform "Gold Plated Lie", the latest single from his newest album Himalayas. Mulvahill showed his musical versatility when, after playing the rocking tune, he once again went solo with bass and bow for "Himalayas", creating a spacious sound that captivated the audience in the NPR Tiny Desk room and on YouTube viewers' screens everywhere. Mulvahill's on tour now with Lauren Daigle; he'll return to Nashville on March 17th to play the Ryman Auditorium. Catch his Tiny Desk performance below if you haven't already watched it. - Will Sisskind





Renee Wahl previews new LP on 2.23 at True Music Room

Renee Wahl is an Air Force vet and a physics major. This article needs to start with that fact, because it's apparent that Wahl knows the exact sequence of quarks in a song to get a reaction. Science puns aside -- with endless apologies -- Wahl and her band the Sworn Secrets have a show coming up at True Music Room on February 23rd, where she'll bring her electric brand of Americana to your ears. Maybe you'll catch a track from her upcoming LP Cut To The Bone, which is set to drop on March 15th. Two singles have already seen light from the album: "To The Bone", a crooning track about trust or lack thereof, and "From Here to There", a grittier ballad about discovery and loss. Take a listen to the soaring "From Here to There" below. - Will Sisskind

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Adia Victoria's new LP "Silences" drops 02.22 at onset of national tour

We hinted at the release of Adia Victoria's upcoming second album Silences last December, when Victoria played Delta Blues Christmas at Third Man. Now it's February, the last of the holiday decorations have come down, and Victoria's about to head out on tour to support the new record, which drops on the 22nd. The polymath artist -- who on Silences sings songs that range from soaring ballads to dance-inducing blues rock numbers -- co-produced the album with The National's own Aaron Dessner. You can therefore hear plenty of emotion come through in the layers of masterful production on Silences; however, the base melodies and lyrics coming from Victoria's voice are enough to convince you of her talent. Watch the video for "Different Kind of Love" below and see for yourself the power and conviction that Victoria delivers. - Will Sisskind





Sensational instrumental guitars abound on William Tyler's "Goes West"

One particular album has ranked high on the Nashville and worldwide Bandcamp charts over the last few weeks: William Tyler's instrumental guitar album, Goes West. The Nashville-based musician based his follow-up to 2016's Modern Country on a trek to California; you can hear that Pacific vibe in the post-rock-like harmonies and subtle flange of the undistorted guitars on tracks like "Not in Our Stars" and "Eventual Surrender". Tyler also shows off his finger-picking chops on "Rebecca", a song that might remind Allman Brothers listeners or former Guitar Hero players of "Jessica" both in music and in title. Goes West makes for great sit-back-and-relax material in your headphones; if you'd rather see Tyler perform the songs live, his current tour will take him home to Nashville on March 10th to play 3rd and Lindsey. Listen to "Fail Safe", the second track from Goes West, below. - Will Sisskind

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