LISTEN: General Dollars “Bottle of Youth”

August 8, 2016 0 comments

GD_1170x780R.J. Dollars: He writes lyrics, picks up a guitar, and he sings.

There are musicians who perform because it is “fun,” it’s a hobby… Then there are those select few who have a desire, a passion, to write, sing and entertain… R.J. Dollars, has a passion.

Starting off as a way to amuse college kids through his comical songs, R.J. Dollars’ talent, passion and thirst for music has strengthened and matured over time.

Previously, fronting the band Eight Knives and other projects, Mr. Dollars has developed a stage presence bursting with intensity. His new act General Dollars has a sound and quality that is raw, expressive and stimulating. There is no veiling R.J. Dollars unique writing style. His play on words will have you analyzing every single verse.

Last fall General Dollars laid down a few tracks, which were recently pressed to marbleized vinyl. Fans have the choice of selecting from an array of colors: modern marble, Vince Gill Green, variant colored & Blood Visions Red (SOLD OUT).

“Bottle of Youth,” General Dollars’ debut 7-inch, includes two phenomenal tracks and features Matt Martin on drums (who has performed and recorded with such acts as Jessica Lea Mayfield & Bobby Bare Jr.). Jeremy Ferguson, of Battle Tapes Recording (Nashville, TN), recorded the tracks with a 1973 Studer A80 MKII 16-track 2? recorder.

We will be able to celebrate the release of General Dollars’ “Bottle of Youth” 7-Inch Friday, August 12th at JJ’s Bohemia. Friday’s celebration will feature General Dollars with openers, Rye Baby (Chattanooga, TN) and Slow Parade (Athens/Atlanta GA)… This is going to be one Hell of a show!

 Let’s find the Bottle of Youth together this Friday night… and pick up the new single HERE


Son Lux: Win 2 Tickets + Signed Vinyl

February 18, 2016 0 comments

_SonLux_1170x780Son Lux will be stopping by Chattanooga May 25th at our city’s newest venue, Revelry Room, plus a few other Southern dates during their 2016 April/May tour in-support of their instant 2015 classic LP “Bones.”

The band has teamed up with Tunespeak to give some lucky fans a chance to win tickets to a show near them PLUS a signed vinyl of “Bones”… the only catch:

A.) You need a Facebook account, and
B.) You need to give Tunespeak permission to put a creepy app onto your account that wants to receive information like friends list, public profile, and music activity, just to name a few…

If you’re down with that, enter to win 2 Son Lux tickets and signed vinyl HERE

If not, pick up your tickets for May 25th at the Revelry Room HERE… and your copy of “Bones” HERE… full tour listing and full stream of Son Lux “Bones” below:

Apr 04
The Shelter
Detroit, MI

Apr 05
Englert Theatre
Iowa City, IA

Apr 05
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH

Apr 06
Gabe’s Oasis
Iowa City, IA

Apr 08
The Hi-Fi
Indianapolis, IN

Apr 09
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, PA

Apr 10
Baltimore, MD

Apr 16
Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, GA

May 12
Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
Los Angeles, CA

May 13
Constellation Room at the Observatory
Santa Ana, CA

May 18
The Frequency
Madison, WI

May 19
Chicago, IL

May 19
Durham, NC

May 20
The Basement
Columbus, OH

May 23
Aisle 5
Atlanta, GA

May 24
Nashville, TN

May 25
The Revelry Room
Chattanooga, TN

May 27
The Mothlight
Asheville, NC

May 28
Strange Matter
Richmond, VA

May 31
National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY


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:



February 8, 2016 0 comments

__Reels_1170x780Our pals from The Woodshop recently introduced us to the Oxford, Mississippi band Reels, who will be playing at Chattanooga’s newest music series, The Woodshop Presents, on February 19th at 5500 St. Elmo Ave.

Reels are on tour in-support of their debut 3-song EP, which dropped in November for FREE!

Stream and download the EP below… or HERE… and follow both Reels and The Woodshop Presents for details of the February 19th show.


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


A “Goodbye” & Thank You to: Those Darlins

January 29, 2016 0 comments
Photo: Angelina Castillo

Photo: Angelina Castillo

At the same time as we publish this post on a late Friday evening here in Chattanooga, Those Darlins hit the stage in our sister city, Nashville, at The Basement East… Sadly, this will be their very last show.

If you’ve been a long-time follower of The South Rail, then you know how we’ve loved us some Those Darlins since their very beginning… And if you haven’t heard by now, the band has been touring this January… performing their final shows on their “Farewell” tour – The tour that is ending this evening.

Experiencing the “end” of one of our favorite bands, during their last Chattanooga date at JJ’s Bohemia, well… that grabbed our music-loving soul. We know each member will be continuing with separate music and/or art projects in the near future, and we wish them all the best of luck. We can’t wait to see what 2016 has to offer… but knowing that “the band” is leaving on “indefinite hiatus”… “the band” that grew up at the same time as this blog… well, it made us hungry to do this “thing”… To bring The South Rail back once again!

We know, we know… This blog has slowly died out since 2014, and has been very off & on near it’s “end”… But a band who’s music inspired us to “South Rail” to begin with, well… they have inspired us yet again…

Established in 2009, we are ready to give this another shot. Slowed down by a major hack that destroyed our website (luckily had a back-up of every artical). Now, with a minor refresh to support mobile content, we are back.

Best of luck again to Those Darlins! I’m sure you’re killing it right now at tonight’s sold out show! We can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves in 2016 and the future! Thank you for years of great times and tunes!

Here’s a round-up of all our favorite Those Darlins tracks… Dig in and enjoy – TSR

… And their grand finale Female Trouble

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Adia Victoria: Tonight at JJ’s Bohemia!

January 31, 2015 0 comments


Last October, we were pumped to hear Adia Victoria at JJ’s Bohemia for her debut Chattanooga show, but due to the 2 weeks that JJ’s was shut-down in the Fall, we were disappointed to miss her from the cancelled show… Well, today Adia is bringing it to JJ’s for real this time… and we can’t wait!

Her debut LP hasn’t dropped yet, but with the first little taste of material, like her first single ‘Stuck In The South’ – produced by Roger Moutenot (Yo La Tengo, Those Darlins) – and the buzz we’ve been hearing from the Nashville scene, we’ve been pretty dang eager to finally catch her and the band live… A band that also consists of Ruby Rogers (The Black Belles) on bass and Tiffany Minton (Heavy Cream) on drums.

Add one of our new favorite locals Mad Libre along with Swoon and Cutlass Cult, plus free admission to all Aquarius signs ($7 for all non-aquarians), then we’re all in-store for a great time tonight! RSVP HERE via Facebook (and for details).

Check out Adia Victoria’s ‘Stuck In The South’ below and follow Adia HERE for the latest news:

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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