I’m thrilled to announce the lineup of this year’s Bands & Boil! Bio’s and set times below.
Wade Sapp: The pride of Florida, Wade Sapp slings hard country in the vein of Eddie Rabbit and Keith Whitley. When not opening for the likes of Colter Wall, Wade performs throughout Nashville and waits to unleash his debut album at the perfect time. His latest single, “Keep on Truckin”, is an obligatory addition to your road trip mix. Website: https://wadesapp.
Sweet Megg: Not many country singers can boast legit jazz vocalist chops, but Megg Farrell has that in spades. She honed her singing skills in NYC, but spends much of her time performing in Paris – France, not Tennessee – where audiences still beg for songs by Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Not surprisingly, this pedigree translates beautifully to a classic country repertoire from Patsy Cline to Loretta Lynn. Website: https://sweetmegg.com/.
Dustin Bothwell: Those familiar with Dustin in his incarnation as Cajun chef, Roux Daddy, might be surprised by his deeply personal songwriting. Even though his lyrics are the focus, the tunes have a driving rhythm that goes behind paint-by-numbers honky-tonk. That much is not surprising, as he’s often the first on the dancefloor when a song demands two-stepping. You’ll enjoy his voice too. It’s not of the crystalline country crooner variety, but it also isn’t a Tom Waits’-style growl. Sitting somewhere in between, it serves as a versatile vehicle for “storyteller” approach to country music. Listen Here.
Austin Stambaugh: Style matters in country music, and in his trademark fringe jacket and cowboy hat, Austin is a familiar fixture at the American Legion Post 82 and throughout Nashville’s country scene. It may feel absurd when he scrutinizes your I.D. at Robert’s, but he’s not doing that gig to prep for a career as a bouncer. It’s all part of immersing himself in country music, with an eye towards the release of his first studio album, “Midwest Supernatural” on Anticorpmusic (available everywhere June 16, 2023). The debut single from this release, “Ain’t Through Being Lonely Yet”, calls to mind The Tallest Man on Earth, but with Midwestern sincerity taking the place of indie rock artifice. Website: https://austinstambaugh.bandcamp.com/.
Runner of the Woods: The host of Bands & Boil 2023, Runner of the Woods is finally back in the studio, working on a new album that feels more like Turnpike Troubadours than Buck Owens. Like many Nashvillians, Nick Beaudoing is experiencing honky-tonk fatigue, and feels more drawn to songs that tell stories than to country shuffles that check the boxes of every throwback cliche. He’s also working on a tribute album to Quebec folk singer, Gilles Vigneault, whose songs became an obsession during COVID. Taken together with his love of Cajun two-steps, it all flows from his credo that French songs should never feel out of place in American music.
2:30 pm: Austin Stambaugh (Country)
3:30 pm: Dustin Bothwell (Country)
4:30 pm: Wade Sapp (Hard country)
5:30 pm: Runner of the Woods (Cajun / Americana)
6:30 pm: Megg Farrell (Jazz / Americana)