Guide to: 2016 Secret Stages Festival

July 21, 2016 0 comments

Photo by: Tamika Moore

Let’s finish this summer off with a “secret!”

August 5th-6th Birmingham, AL will be coming upon its 6th year of Secret Stages. We have personally attended and enjoyed this 2-day walking music festival in its previous years. With its affordability and excitement of “finding” emerging bands, Secret Stages is a win-win experience.

Why you should attend

  • The excitement of being able to watch emerging/talented artists in small venues before their “big break”
  • Each venue, bar and outdoor stage is within walking distance
  • There will be great food, delicious drinks and good company!
  • Affordability
    • SECRET TIER: Weekend Passes for $25 and VIP Passes for $60 Sold Out
      Day Passes for $20
      Weekend Passes for $35
      VIP Passes for $75
    • WHISTLEBLOWER TIER: Final pricing including day of show. Kicks in when “Rumor” tickets sell out
      Single Venue Passes for $15 (available at venues an hour before show time),
      Day Passes for $25,
      Weekend Passes for $40
      VIP Passes for $90

Just a few of the many genres of acts we recommend checking-out: Check out www.secretstages.net for more information regarding the schedule, bands performing and venues. 

Lando Chill (Hip Hop) – Tucson, Arizona:

Unpretentious, inspirational and incomparable. Lando Chill has a sound of his own and delivers heroism to hip hop.
Just watch, listen , and enjoy:

Music Videos:

Website: http://landobeenchill.com/#landochill
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lando.chill/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lando_chill
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lando_chill
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lando_chill/

Thayer Sarrano (psychedelic, dream-rock) –Athens, GA:

Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) + Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly), and Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) = Thayer Sarrano. In brief, she perfects the 90’s dream-grunge.

Music Videos:

Website: http://www.thayersarrano.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thayersarrano
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thayersarrano
Bandcamp: http://thayersarrano.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thayersarrano/

Caddywhompus: (psych-punk, indie rock) -New Orleans:

This duo provides a musical explosion of structural elements that transition in exuberant shapes and colors. We are smitten with their charm. Frank Zappa would be proud.

Music Videos:

Website: http://www.caddywhompusband.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caddywhompusband

Elroy Love: (folk, alternative country, rock) – Macon, GA/ Murfreesboro, TN:

A smooth and unique collaboration of folk and alternative country tinged with a hint of rock and roll. These Georgia boys give us an alternative to your regular “chill-out” music.

Music Video:

Bandcamp: https://elroylove.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elroyloveband
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elroylove/

Skylar Gudasz (Indie rock, folk, jazz) –Durham, NC:

Skylar exposes her angelic voice in a distinctive folk-country, yet rock-n-roll form. Her music bestows joy & despair with a bit of sarcasm and relief. Enjoy!

Music Videos:

Website: http://www.skylargudasz.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/car-song-dream-lover-single/id952869533
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkylarGudasz
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SkylarGudasz
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/skylargudasz/

Sun Seeker (indie, folk, Alternative rock) –Nashville, TN:

Nashville’s, Sun Seeker brings a haunting familiarity of Elliot Smith with a vivid yet stimulating ambiance.

Music Videos:

Website: http://www.sunseekeramerica.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunseekeramerica/
Bandcamp: https://sunseeker.bandcamp.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunseekeramerica/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/thirdmanrecords/01-georgia-dust
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunseekerusa

7) Ona (alternative, indie rock) -West Virginia:

With an album produced by Bud Carroll, former (phenomenal guitarist) of one of our all time favorites American Minor, you are NOT going to be disappointed by West Virginia’s Ona. Ona embodies an appetite for representing and bringing us back to the original “rock-n-roll”.

Music Videos:

Ona – Sleep, Rinse, Repeat from brainwrap on Vimeo.

Ona – World at War from brainwrap on Vimeo.

Website: http://www.thebandona.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebandona
Bandcamp: http://thebandona.bandcamp.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebandona
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebandona/

Via http://www.secretstages.net/about/ : “Secret Stages is a two-day walking music festival that takes place in downtown Birmingham, AL on the first weekend of August. For two nights a diverse group of music enthusiasts are treated to around 60 bands performing on the stages of neighborhood establishments. These acts were drawn from the nation, the region, and our own back yard, and all are up-and-coming or buzz-worthy acts on the cusp of making a big splash. All Secret Stages venues are within a two-block radius, so our patrons can come to the city center, park, and have walking access to dozens of bands, a variety of venues, and delectable restaurants.”


Slow Parade: “Big Plans”

February 17, 2016 0 comments

_slowparade_1170x780Since we are on a roll with artists from Georgia, here’s one more for you… Atlanta’s Slow Parade have been our soundtrack this past month during these cold Winter evenings. Perfect tunes to end your day with while sitting back with friends and sipping on a neat glass of whiskey… which is exactly how we’ve been enjoying this debut full-length.

Self-released last April, “Big Plans” is a solid effort and unique extension of what seems to be the band’s major influence, A.A. Bondy… hence the name Slow Parade… Now don’t take that as we are comparing sounds… take it as a compliment, because A.A. Bondy’s “When the Devil’s Loose” is one hell of a record!

So pour yourself a glass of whiskey (or whatever you kick-back to) and dig into Slow Parade’s “Big Plans” LP below… and catch the 3-piece live around the Atlanta-area in March. See those and future dates HERE:


GET TO KNOW: Cicada Rhythm

February 16, 2016 0 comments

_cicada_rhythm_1170x780Athens, Georgia’s Cicada Rhythm is one of our latest discoveries who have been in high rotation in our headphones… And once digging up some info on the band to write this very article, we were pleasantly suprised to see the band will be playing a Chattanooga gig this Friday, February 19th at The Camp House, opening for HoneyHoney!

Cicada Rhythm are currently touring in-support of their debut self-tilted LP that dropped in October by Athen’s Normaltown Records – See full dates HERE

The record is a smooth and comforting collection of songs from beginning to end with a similar spirit to Deer Tick’s War Elephant. Stream the full LP below in addition to videos of a few keys tracks. Tickets and details for Friday’s show are available HERE!

Pick-up your copy of the new LP at the show or HERE:


LISTEN: Sun Seeker “Georgia Dust”

February 2, 2016 0 comments

Photo: Angelina Castillo

UPDATE: Feb. 10, 2016 (see below)

About a week ago, Third Man Records released the A-side of the label’s most recent addition to their roster, Nashville’s Sun Seeker.

Not only is this a first-taste to one heck of single, but it’s the band’s debut physical release as well! Which is pretty dang impressive in our books – The band had a Bandcamp page which had some additional tracks from a digital EP, but those have since been removed.

Dig into the A-side “Georgia Dust” below and and pre-order “Georgia Dust” HERE

UPDATE: Feb. 10, 2016:

In addition to replacing the cover photo to a more recent shot of the band (shot by Angelina Castillo), here’s a little update on this Friday’s show here in Chattanooga:

Show starts at 9pm and features Sun Seeker, Ornament, and Free Pizza (the band, not free food)… Door/$5, BYOB… For details CLICK HERE:

The Môme –  1017 Oak St, Chattanooga, TN 37403

Also, since this first post, Third Man Records released the official video for “Georgia Dust.” Check that out below along with Sun Seeker live at Grimey’s in Nashville on 2/6/2016 – See y’all Friday at The Môme!


Sun Seeker will be on tour this February. Catch them at the dates below (including a Chattanooga date) get a vibe of how Sun Seeker are live via a session that was recorded at Battle Tapes Recording last year.

2/6 – Nashville, TN – Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
2/12 – Chattanooga, TN – The M?me
2/13 – Atlanta, GA – The Cleaners
2/15 – Athens, GA – Go Bar
2/16 – Durham – Duke Coffee House
2/18 – Gainesville, FL -Boca Fiesta the backyard
2/19 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Bends
2/20 -Sarasota, FL – New College
2/22 – Asheville, NC – The Auditorium
2/23 – Knoxville, TN – The 1400

Getting Local

TSR Exclusive: Kip Bradley LP Sampler

January 5, 2015 0 comments


There is no better way to kick off the new year than with new tunes… especially if those tunes are pretty damn good. For the past week we’ve been diggin’ into Kip Bradley’s debut solo full-length, ‘Hunky Diamond,’ which basically has been on repeat since we first dug in.

Kip, who is also the frontman for Chattanooga’s SharkWeek, has taken a break from heavier riffs and howls, showing us a chiller, softer side, switching to an Americana vibed sound with slight nods to his Rock n ‘Roll roots. The first single from ‘Hunky Diamond’ is called Split Wide’ and is about as uptempo and heavy as the album gets.

Stream that track below as well as a video sampler of the LP that features solo live takes as well as recorded tracks from the album with narratives scripted by Clark Williams of Big Kitty. No word yet on when the LP will drop, but till then, these few things below will hold you over. All we know is we hope this record gets pressed on wax, it’s definitely vinyl worthy:

Also, catch Kip live thought-out Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia during his Winter Southeast tour:

1/10 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
1/17 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
1/21 – The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
1/24 – The Nick – Birmingham, AL
1/29 – Normaltown Hall – Athens, GA

Getting Local

New Madrid: Independence Day Boat Show

June 30, 2014 0 comments


New Madrid have put together one hell of a show for 4th of July this Friday here in Chattanooga with their first annual New Madrid Independence Day Boat Show! The band will be playing a set on the top deck of the Southern Belle River Boat as it coasts up-and-down the Tennessee River.

Tickets are only $15 and will be available through July 4th – Boarding is at 10pm with a 10:30pm departure. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and for details. This is an 18+ show.

New Madrid’s new LP ‘Sunswimmer’ is out now via Normaltown Records. Stream the full album below and while you’re at it, pick up a copy HERE:

Not in Chattanooga on the 4th? New Madrid has you covered and is hitting the road hard all Summer long… Catch’em at a date below:

FRI 7.04 // Chattanooga, TN // Southern Belle River Boat
SAT 7.05 // Charlotte, NC // U.S. National White Water Center
WED 7.09 // Birmingham, AL // Bottletree Cafe
THU 7.10 // Florence, AL // 116 Mobile Street
FRI 7.11 // Oxford, MS // Proud Larry’s
SAT 7.12 // Jackson, MS // Martin’s
SUN 7.13 // Hattiesburg, MS // Thirsty Hippo
MON 7.14 // Hattiesburg, MS // In-store @ T-Bone Records
TUE 7.15 // Baton Rouge, LA // Spanish Moon
WED 7.16 // New Orleans, LA // Freret Street Publiq House
THU 7.17 // Houston, TX // Fitzgeralds Downstairs
FRI 7.18 // Austin, TX // Holy Mountain
SAT 7.19 // Dallas, TX // The Foundry
WED 7.23 // Fort Collins, CO // Hodi’s Halfnote
THU 7.24 // Denver, CO // The Underground Music Showcase
FRI 7.25 // Salt Lake City, UT // Loading Dock
SAT 7.26 // Boise, ID // Neurolux
SUN 7.27 // Missoula, MT // The Palace Lounge
TUE 7.29 // Jackson, WY // Town Square Tavern
THU 7.31 // Seattle, WA // Sunset Tavern
FRI 8.01 // Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge
SAT 8.02 // San Francisco, CA // Milk Bar
MON 8.04 // Santa Cruz, CA // Blue Lagoon
WED 8.06 // San Diego, CA // Soda Bar
THU 8.07 // Long Beach, CA // Federal Underground
FRI 8.08 // Los Angeles, CA // Satellite
SAT 8.09 // Tucson, AZ // Club Congress
WED 8.13 // El Paso, TX // Lowbrow Palace
THU 8.14 // San Antonio, TX // 502 Bar
THU 9.04 // Raleigh. NC // Hopscotch Music Fest



October 12, 2011 6 Comments

Alabama Shakes are coming back to Chattanooga this Saturday, October 15th, but this time dropping by JJ’s Bohemia… and we had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing lead singer Brittany Howard about their debut EP, the band’s future and more:

Alabama Shakes finished a brief tour opening for Drive-By Truckers last month, which stopped by Track 29 here in Chattanooga… From where the band was at this time last Fall, when known as just The Shakes, 2011 has been quite the break-out year! How have the past few months of increased acknowledgment and appreciation been treating you and the band?

“Let me say first and foremost, I am humbled by how people are responding to our music. I love you folks, too. You get it, which in a by-and-by way, means you get us as people. That’s pretty awesome and I wanna say thank you…

The past few months have been adventurous to say the least. We’ve gotten a lot of welcomed attention and we now have a lot of important decisions to make… I think that all of this may be a wonderful dream with everybody I know walking around in it. We’ve been writing songs and we’ve been anticipating coming to your towns and sharing them with you. It’s what we’ve always done, but now — people are coming out to hear them — and they know the words. Feels good. It’s encouraging.”

[Video: ‘You Ain’t Alone’ filmed at Track 29, Chattanooga, TN]

We’ve noticed on Alabama Shakes’ Facebook page, the band has traveled to New York City, Los Angeles and have been recent Nashville regulars, even playing a gig at Jack White’s Third Man Records. There is also a picture posted that features bassist Zac Cockrell wearing a Fat Possum Burnside Style hat. [see pic below] Smells like a record deal is in the work to us… Would you like to elaborate? And if so, any idea of when we should expect the first full-length?

“Well, the way I see it, if you wanna share something with everyone you’re going to need help reaching those people. We’re looking for the best partners to help us do this. I’ll tell you this much, we’ve been eating good.

I would compare our first full length to a woman who is 10 months pregnant:  Our baby is huge and fully formed , but it’s just not ready to come out yet…. could be any time… and you’ll definitely know about it.”

The band just dropped their debut EP last month featuring 4 jaw-dropping tracks that were recorded at Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville earlier this year. Will we be hearing any more recordings from these sessions in the near future?

“We decided to put out this four song EP when we realized people were wanting this music. The true design of these sessions was to have something to show for ourselves.  Those few tracks are just a taste of what this album is going to be like. Keep an eye on Third Man for a 7-inch surprise!”

One of many things we love about Alabama Shakes is the energy that is felt between the 4 of you during a live show. You can tell every single member has such a strong association and role in the band, something you don’t see very often. Could you please give us an interpretation of the creative inspiration and band-enthusiasm that your fans observe and receive during these live performances?

“I can’t speak for everyone on this, but I’ll tell you about myself: When I get to play with Zac, Heath and Steve, I feel invincible. I love them as musicians and I love them as people. It’s like, I get to sing into this microphone about whatever I want and I got a 42 decibel rock ‘n roll band that’s gonna give me courage and back me up on it. I feel free and easy. I don’t care what someone is thinking, I forget if I’m hurting, I’m not worrying about bad news, and I don’t care for that little while about those bills I have to pay back at home. I’m just reveling in my own world.

So, I guess what they’re witnessing is us all thriving in our own little space — we just happen to be on the same page.”

Chattanooga was fortunate enough to get a taste of the Alabama Shakes at Track 29 and we are flattered that you are performing once again in Chattanooga, but at a smaller venue, JJs Bohemia. What do the Alabama Shakes expect from Chattanooga this Saturday, and is there anything else you’d like your fans to know?

“Wear your dancing shoes.
Bring a sweat rag.
Leave your fear.
It’s gonna be a different kind of night…”

Alabama Shakes debut self-titled EP is out now! Download a copy HERE or pick-up a physical copy in-person this Saturday (10/15) at JJ’s Bohemia… and we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader for that show! Click here to enter!



October 12, 2011 1 Comment

This Saturday, October 15, Alabama Shakes return to Chattanooga! This just after dropping by Track 29 with Drive-By Truckers last month… and we have a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader for the show featuring headliners Alabama Shakes along with 2 local-Chattanooga bands, Bohannons and Cadillac Saints!

TO ENTER: Just email us at thesouthrail@gmail.com with the subject ‘ALABAMA SHAKES’ along with your full name in the message… and that’s it, you’re entered! We will select one lucky reader at noon Saturday October 15th (the day of the show). So if you do enter, please make sure to check out your email before-hand around that time. See below for official rules and GOOD LUCK!

Contest Rules: Contest ends Saturday, 10/15/11 at 12:00pm. One winner will be selected randomly and notified via email on Saturday afternoon (the day of the show). The winner’s name (+ guest) will be at the the door the night of the show. There are no actual tickets, just admission.