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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

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CANCELED: Free New Years Eve Show featuring Houndmouth & The Weeks!

December 1, 2013 0 comments


Finally! Chattanooga is the city where all our SouthEastern friends need to be this New Years Eve! Cancel any plans you’ve have and join us December 31st to ring in 2014 with a FREE concert featuring HOUNDMOUTH and THE WEEKS!

This is all taking place downtown at Chattanooga Whiskey’s first annual New Years Eve Barrel Drop, located at Center Park and the 700 block of Market Street. Admission is totally free to the 21+ public and includes an evening of live music, cash bars and heated tent areas. Local rockers Eight Knives and DJs Toneharm are also on the bill to kick-start the evening. For more details, go to Barrel Drop’s official website HERE.

If you are no stranger to The South Rail, then you are more than familiar with the 2 featured acts. If not, well get that way:

Houndmouth are wrapping up one hell of a year. On top of several national TV appearances including Conan, Letterman and CBS This Morning, the New Albany/Louisville 4-piece have recently toured with Alabama Shakes and just wrapped up their recent tour with several sold out shows including New York City and 2 back-to-back shows in Louisville, KY where they performed with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James!

The Weeks are closing 2013 on a high note as well with a year of non-stop touring supporting their new album ‘Dear Bo Jackson.’ The Mississippi boys (now via Nashville) also spent a couple mouths overseas touring the UK opening for Kings of Leon, and wrapped up their their year playing 2 back-to-back sold out shows in Nashville just last week.

See below for best of videos from both bands and see you December 31st!

The Weeks – House That We Grew Up In from Serpents & Snakes on Vimeo.


Clear Plastic Masks: ‘So Real’

February 12, 2013 0 comments

Photo by Emily B Hall

Clear Plastic Masks are one of our favorite live acts out there right now. Not only that, they’re some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. We say all this with excitement as the band debuted the first single, ‘So Real,’ from their debut self-titled full-length record on SPIN.com last week! The track is one of many that were recorded at Bomb Shelter Studios in Nashville since they’ve moved there from Brooklyn last fall.

The boys will be traveling though the states the next couple months with some limited-edition copies of that LP, which are ONLY AVAILABLE via the hand-full of dates below. One date particular is here in Chattanooga at Rhythm & Brews with Banditos (Birmingham, AL) and Chattanooga’s own Eight Knives (get your tickets HERE) … Is it us or with a SPIN debut and a limited edition tour only LP, does someone smell a record deal?

Stream the studio track of ‘So Real’ HERE and catch a killer live version of the single shot by Joshua Shoemaker below… Also keep an ear out for some studio material from the Brittany Howard side project Thunderbitch, which we’re pretty sure should be seeing the light-of-day around the time this new LP drops later in Spring. We’ll keep you posted:

Clear Plastic Masks Limited LP Tour Dates:
February 15 – Miami, FL @ Armory Studios
February 16 – Tallahassee, FL @ Retro Fit Records
February 17 – Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
February 18 – Charleston, SC @ The Sparrow
February 20 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House Music Hall
February 23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
February 26 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
February 28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Goodbye Blue Monday
March 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
March 4 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
March 6 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm and Brews
March 7 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Café
March 8 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
March 9 – New Orleans, LA @ All Ways Lounge
March 12 – Austin, TX @ SXSW Music Festival


Win Tickets to see Clear Plastic Masks & The Pollies this Thursday!

December 3, 2012 1 Comment

Clear Plastic Masks return to Chattanooga this Thursday, December 6th at The Honest Pint! And on-top of that, Muscle Shoals, AL’s The Pollies are making their Chattanooga debut. Plus add locals Eight Knives in the mix and you’ve got one heck of a can’t-miss show for a Thirsty Thursday evening… And one lucky reader will have a chance to score a pair of tickets for free!

Brooklyn’s Clear Plastic Masks have been living in Nashville the past month recording their new record at Bomb Shelter Studios (the same studio the new Alabama Shakes and Denney and the Jets material were recorded). The last time we had to chance to catch this 4-piece live was last July at Track 29 during our very first South Rail Presnets… And speaking of the A-Shakes, the Brooklyn boys have recently been working on new material with Alabama Shakes’ front-woman Brittany Howard along with Nashville’s Fly Golden Eagle in the new super group Thunderbitch. Learn more about them HERE.

The Pollies are touring this Fall/Winer in support of their new LP ‘Where The Lies Begin.’ If you haven’t checked it out yet, do it now. Worth every second of your time (full album stream below). And like we said, this will be their Chattanooga debut! Looking forward to catching these guys live!

Now, how would you like to see this show for free? This is all you need to do:


Just send an email to thesouthrail (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject “December 6th” and your full name in the message… and that’s it, you’re entered! That simple. See full rules below.

Now, if you not familiar with the bands, get that way! Stream samples of all bands below and see you at the show. Doors at 8pm, show starts at 9pm sharp. $5 at the door get you in, unless of course, you’re one of the lucky winners — Facebook RSVP HERE:

Contest Rules: Contest ends Thursday, 12/6/12 at 12:00pm. One winner will be selected randomly and notified via email on Thursday 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.


The Kingston Springs: New LP + Chattanooga Show Tonight!

October 9, 2012 0 comments

The other week we gave you a first taste of The Kingston Springs‘ self-titled debut full-length, with the single ‘Lowest of Animals.’ Now, stream the full LP, available in its entirity below. The album dropped digitally last week and will be out in physical for here shortly…  If you ask us, this sucker is definitely a contender for our top albums of 2012! We can’t get enough!

If you dig what you hear, order a physical copy HERE or pick one up LIVE tonight in Chattanooga (or a Southern city near you – Full tour list below). The Kingston Springs will be at JJ’s Bohemia tonight (10/9) with locals Eight Knives. Doors/9, show/10… and come early & stay late with $1 beers all night! See you there!

10/9 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN w/ Eight Knives
10/10 – Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN
10/11 – GRAVEYARD TAVERN/The Basement – Atlanta, GA
10/12 – Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
10/13 – Fall for Greenville – Greenville, SC


The Kingston Springs: ‘Lowest of Animals’

September 20, 2012 0 comments

We are big fans of The Kingston SpringsThe Vacation Time’ EP that dropped a couple years ago, and have been highly anticipating the release of their debut full-length, which comes out October 2nd.

Well… the wait for new material has finally ended!

Get the first taste from the band’s new self-titled LP below with the single ‘Lowest of Animals.’ A great little ditty that was definitely worth the wait. And if you’ll be in Chattanooga in a couple weeks, The Kingston Springs will be swinging this way in support of the release on Tuesday October 9th at JJ’s Bohemia with locals Eight Knives. See their full list of live dates HERE:



BONUS: Check out this killer cover of Hank Williams ‘Dear Brother’ by Ian & James of The Kingston Springs recorded on a pier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn earlier this summer:

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Thank You Chattanooga!

July 30, 2012 0 comments

We would like to thank Track 29, the amazing bands, Joshua Shoemaker, High Class Hillbilly and everyone who came out to our very first The South Rail Presents! The show was a great success and we can’t wait to do it all again!

Many people asked us about the music playing before and between the bands’ sets. Here is the full playlist from Friday night’s hand selected tunes. Hopefully you not only enjoyed amazing live music and scored some killer gear from Nikki Lane’s High Class Hillbilly, but discovered additional bands you will see and support in the future.

Thank you Chattanooga! – The South Rail

Deer Tick: ‘The Bump’

JEFF the Brotherhood: ‘Six Pack’

Turbo Fruits: ‘Sweet Thang’

These United States: ‘Honor Amongst Thieves’

Quiet Life: ‘Jim’s Wedding Band’

Houndmouth: ‘Penitentiary’

Natural Child: ‘That’s How I Got to Memphis’

Burnt Ones: ‘Gonna Listen To T.Rex (All Night Long)’

Ranch Ghost: ‘The Water’

PUJOL: ‘Mission From God’

King Tuff: ‘Anthem’

Gentleman Jesse: ‘Eat Me Alive’

Hunx and His Punx: ‘The Curse Of Being Young’

Hacienda: ‘Prisoner’

Colossal Gospel: ‘Leaving’

Gold Leaves: ‘The Ornament’

Nikki Lane: ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’

Tristen: ‘Baby Drugs’

Lemont: ‘Summer Salt’

Majestico: ‘Cool-Bodied Mood’

Naked Gods: ‘Teenage Colony’

Middle Brother: ‘Middle Brother’

Summer Twins: ‘I Don’t Care’

Alabama Shakes: ‘Hang Loose’

The Black Belles: ‘The Wrong Door’

Black Lips: ‘Family Tree’

Bass Drum of Death: ‘Velvet Itch’

Heavy Cream: ’79’

Hell Beach: ‘Killer’

Nobunny: ‘Blow Dumb’

Birdcloud: ‘I Do What I Want Dammit’

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The South Rail presents: High Class Hillbilly

July 10, 2012 1 Comment

We are pleased to announce that on July 27th Nikki Lane‘s High Class Hillbilly mobile boutique will be stopping by our first The South Rail presents event at Track 29!

This is your chance to score amazing vintage gear handpicked by Nikki and her team without the drive to Nashville!… PLUS you get to see 4 amazing bands all for only $5! How cool is that?

Click HERE for full details of the bands and check out some of HCH’s gear below… oh, and of course, (if you haven’t already) get your tickets for HERE: