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Nikki Lane: First Taste from “Seein’ Double”

May 30, 2013 0 comments

We have been highly anticipating Nikki Lane‘s sophomore LP, “Seein’ Double,” even before she hit the studio last Fall with producer Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) at his Nashville recording studio, Easy Eye Sound Studio. Tracks from the album haven’t been released yet, but thanks to a 4-song live session with Daytrotter that dropped this Memorial Day, we finally get a glimpse of what to expect once “Seein’ Double” hits the shelves.

The session includes the LP’s titled track, the heavy-hearted song “Good Man,” and our personal favorite, “Right Time,” which you can stream for a limited time below. Check out the full Daytrotter session HERE and keep an ear out “Seein’ Double” later this year.

And while we are talking about highly-anticpated Nikki Lane records… When do you think we’ll hear some tunes from Nikki’s side project Precious Stones? Hopefully soon… Click HERE for details.


Hanni El Khatib: ‘Can’t Win ‘Em All’

February 5, 2013 0 comments

We have been in high anticipation for a couple Dan Auerbach produced LPs set to drop in 2013, Hanni El Khatib‘s follow-up to his 2011 release ‘Will The Guns Come Out,’ and South Rail fav Nikki Lane‘s ‘Seein’ Double.’

We haven’t heard anything from Nikki Lane yet, for the exception of a couple public performances featuring Mr. Auerbach on lead guitar, BUT we finally get our first taste of some new Hanni El Khatib material with his single ‘Can’t Win ‘Em All!’ The song was also featured in the new Audi “Prom” commercial that premiered during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

This track is 1 of 2 singles that have made its way to the public this week, coming from Khatib’s new album ‘Head in the Dirt’ (dropping 4/30). The second track, ‘Family,’ was featured yesterday via Rolling Stone…Stream the full song and check out the Audi commercial below. Dig it? Then download the single NOW via iTunes HERE… and when you’re done, check out ‘Family’ over at Rolling Stone HERE:

And this is our favorite track from his last album, check it:


Meet the Precious Stones

September 24, 2012 1 Comment
Photo by: Semi Song

Photo by: Semi Song

Okay now, we’re not ones for helping start rumors, but if this one’s true… WE CAN’T WAIT!!!

While casually checking our Twitter this weekend we noticed a tweet from Nikki Lane that said “Meet the Precious Stones” and featured an Instagram photo shown above (and HERE) that includes (from the left): Ruby Rogers from The Black Belles, Jessica McFarland from Heavy Cream, Nikki Lane, and Makenzie Green from Birdcloud. A pretty impressive line-up if you asked us!

But yeah, why assume that these 4 ladies are forming a band just because of this post and the fact they’re all musicians, right? Especially with Nikki, who has been in the studio this month recording with The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach at his Nashville Easy Eye Sound Studio… But then, we saw this! Taken from a practice session last night:

Photo by: Semi Song

Hopefully this new Precious Stones project sees the light of day… because with a line-up that has his kind of talent, we’re in for something HUGE:



JEFF the Brotherhood: ‘Six Pack’

July 9, 2012 0 comments

Just in time to add to our 2012 Summer soundtrack, ‘Six Pack’ is the first single from the upcoming Dan Auerbach produced JEFF the Brotherhood LP, ‘Hypnotic Nights.’ And as this July/August weather kicks in full force, their latest video shows how we do it in here the dur-tay souf and is slam packed full of local Nashville musician appearances including members of Birdcloud, Cy Barkley, Those Darlins and MORE!

Stream the new video below and hear the full ‘Hypnotic Nights’ LP in its entirety over at NPR HERE… oh, and pre-order the LP HERE and get a bunch of goodies like beer coozies, autographed mix CDs and more!


Tennis: ‘Tell Her No’ (The Zombies cover)

October 12, 2011 0 comments

Tennis unleashed a new track that premiered today via Gorilla Vs. Bear. The single is a cover of The Zombies’ ‘Tell Her No,’ which can be streamed below… This single’s release also included the announcement of a new 7-inch from Tennis that was produced by The Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, which will be called ‘Origins’ and be released soon via Gorilla Vs. Bear’s Forest Family Records… Preorders are not avilable yet, but will be soon HERE… until then, stream/download The Zombies cover and check out the original song below. Also, check out the full GVB premiere article HERE:


Hacienda: Recording New LP in Nashville

July 25, 2011 0 comments

If you follow Hacienda on Twitter, then you already know the band has been in Nashville the past week at Easy Eye Studio recording the follow-up to their Dan Auerbach produced ‘Big Red & Barbacoa.’ The band just tweeted the following this morning:

Who is this “Dan” they speak of? Well, no one other than Mr. Auerbach, back in the producer chair again for another round! And believe it or not, Dan did this recording session just after finishing the new, not-yet-titled Black Keys LP– the follow-up to ‘Brothers’ with producer Danger Mouse… On top of that, he’s about to start producing new records for The Growlers and Dr. John as well… Busy guy!

Follow Hacienda on Twitter HERE and follow their journey via pics HERE as they recorded in Nashville… Can’t wait to hear it fellas!:

Hacienda – I Keep Waiting by HaciendaMusic

Hacienda – Who’s Heart Are You Breaking by HaciendaMusic

We first started to follow Hacienda when they were known as The Fast Five, Dan Auerbach’s backing band when he toured for his solo record ‘Keep It Hid.’


Jessica Lea Mayfield: Live on NPR’s World Cafe

July 5, 2011 0 comments

Jessica Lea Mayfield is no stranger to Chattanooga. Her and her brother, David Mayfield, graced their presence to JJ’s Bohemia last fall testing new material from Jessica’s sophomore LP ‘Tell Me,’ which is also her second album to be produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

Jessica performed 4 songs today from that new album on NPR’s World Cafe, which can be streamed here:

Stream: Jessica Lea Mayfield Live on NPR’s World Cafe (click the LISTEN NOW button, 24 min 43 sec)

She also has a new t-shirt and live 10″ vinyl which is available today directly from her webstore HERE… And download the first single from ‘Tell Me’ below (for the simple cost of an email address):


South Rail Presents: Top 15 Albums of 2010

January 23, 2011 7 Comments

We put a lot of time into this year’s top albums of 2010 list… so much that we’re already a few weeks into 2011! Last year, there were some albums that became so near and dear after posting, that it breaks our hearts we didn’t list then on our top 10 of 2009 (Including Bear In Heaven’s ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth’ and Devendra Banhart’s ‘What Will We Be’)… Sooo, without further adieu, here is The South Rail Music Blog’s Top 15 Albums of 2010…

Please note: If you’re interested in purchasing any of these albums, feel free to use the links we have provided for purchase. Click any ‘Buy from the band’ link & it will take you  directly to each artist’s (or record label’s) personal webstore, insuring your paying who counts!!!

01. Harlem ‘Hippies’Buy from the band

02. Secret Cities ‘Pink Graffiti’Buy from the band

03. Justin Townes Earle ‘Harlem River Blues’Buy from the band

04. Wavves ‘King of the Beach’Buy from the band

05. The Strange Boys ‘Be Brave’Buy from the band

06. Deerhunter ‘Halcyon Digest’Buy from the band

07. Girl Talk ‘All Day’ — This album is FREE! Download it here

08. Ariel Pink’s Hunted Graffiti ‘Before Today’Buy from the band

09. Sleigh Bells ‘Treats’Buy from the band

10. The Dead Weather ‘Sea of Cowards’Buy from the band

11. The Walkmen ‘Lisbon’Buy from the band

12. Ty Seagul ‘Melted’Buy from the band

13. Nobunny ‘First Blood’ Buy from the band

14. The Black Keys ‘Brothers’ Buy from the band

15. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine Buy from the band