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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


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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Ex Hex: TONIGHT (1/6) at JJ’s Bohemia!

January 6, 2015 0 comments


Join us this evening at JJ’s Bohemia for Ex Hex, who are currently touring the U.S. in support of their debut LP ‘Rips.’ Not only is ‘Rips’ a solid record, but the band fronted by Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium) are guaranteed not to disappoint. Add Birds of Avalon (Raleigh, NC) and Mad Libre (Chattanooga, TN) in the mix and we’re in-store for an awesome night.

Show starts at 9pm SHARP! (For real, not JJ’s time)… Doors 8pm – $10/door or online HERE

Ex Hex ‘Rips’ is available now via Merge Records. If you haven’t already pick up a copy tonight or HERE… and check out Ex Hex’s full U.S. tour dates below:

Jan 06 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN
Jan 07 – The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
Jan 08 – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack – Little Rock, AR
Jan 09 – Club Dada – Dallas, TX
Jan 10 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
Jan 12 – Cine El Rey – Mcallen, TX
Jan 13 – Walter’s Downtown – Houston, TX
Jan 14 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
Jan 15 – Club Downunder – Tallahassee, FL
Jan 16 – the crowbar – Tampa, FL
Jan 17 – Churchill’s – Miami, FL
Jan 19 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL
Jan 20 – Hang Fire – Savannah, GA
Jan 21 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
Jan 22 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
Jan 23 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
Jan 24 – Hi-Tone Café – Memphis, TN

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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

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The Deslondes: This Tuesday at JJ’s Bohemia

February 17, 2014 0 comments

Deslondes-cWe love us some Sam Doores! Which is why we are pretty excited to catch The Deslondes this Tuesday (2/18) at JJ’s Bohemia!

Formally Sam Doores + Riley Downing & the Tumbleweeds, these fellas are a guaranteed good time. Joined them for the evening is a roomful of local talent: Big KittyOld Time Travelers and a solo set from Matt Bohannon! Get there early, the show starts at 9pm… Dig into some Deslondes below as well as some key material from Big Kitty and Old Time Travelers… see you there:


Big Kitty:

Old Time Travelers:

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Folk Killer: GURLS GURLS GURLS GURLS (TSR Exclusive Track)

February 17, 2014 1 Comment


Check out this TSR exclusive track from Chattanooga’s own Folk Killer! The single is called ‘GURLS GURLS GURLS GURLS,’ and is the 2nd track from the band’s upcoming debut self-titled LP. We’ve already taken the record for several test drives and can insure you this sucker does not disappoint.

From key tracks like ‘GURLS GURLS GURLS GURLS’ and ‘George Washington,’ in addition to new takes of 2 Giant Tiger classics… For those from outside of Chatt, the band features Gabe Williams (Fast Boys) and Nick Sterchi (Dead Confederate, Bohannons) who were both from the Chattanooga-based band Giant Tiger.

Catch Folk Killer live this Thursday, February 20, at JJ’s Bohemia with NOBUNNY and The Hussy! Tickets are only $7 (with no service fees) – Get yours HERE before they sell out!

Bonus: Folk Killer’s ‘George Washington’ live at JJ’s Bohemia

And while you’re at it, download the unreleased Giant Tiger ‘Feelin Weird’ EP we featured a couple years back below… Amazing stuff:

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An Evening with: Faux Feroucious

January 28, 2014 0 comments



If you’re in the Chattanooga area today (1/28), then swing by JJ’s Bohemia this Tuesday evening for a Saturday-sized bill featuring 4 great bands including Knoxville’s Faux Feroucious and Athen, Georgia’s Timmy and the Tumblers!

Faux Feroucious are currently on tour supporting their brand spanking new 4-track, self-titled EP which dropped earlier this week. Seeing them in-person currently the only way to score the new 7-inch, so if can make this show, or a show near you (full tour listing HERE), then we recommend you do so.

Stream Faux Feroucious’ new record below along with streams from the other bands which includes locals Fastboys and Gorgeous.

Show starts at 9pm – If you’re still into Facebook, details and RSVP HERE


Hurray for the Riff Raff: ‘Small Town Heroes’

January 28, 2014 0 comments

While on the topic of our anticipated records for 2014, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s follow-up to 2012’s ‘Look Out Mama’ and major label debut (signing to ATO Records last year), is another one that is near the top of that list! The LP is called Small Town Heroes’ and based on just the few tracks we’ve had the privilege to hear, this sucker is set to deliver!

Check out a couple songs below, including ‘I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)’ and ‘The Body Electric’… but more importantly, be prepared to be amazing with a live take of ‘St. Roch Blues,’ a video that shows what Alynda and company do best… jaw dropping live shows! The performance features Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra along with Sam Doores and members of the Deslondes.

Preorder ‘Small Town Heroes’ HERE… and catch Hurray for the Riff Raff along with Shovel & Rope here in Chattanooga March 2nd at Rhythm and Brews. Tickets available HERE.

Also, if you were diggin’ on Sam Doores and the Deslondes. Those fellas will be here in Chattanooga at JJ’s Bohemia February 18th with Big Kitty!

Click HERE for full Hurray for the Riff Raff tour listing: