First listen of ‘American Avenue’, from Oberon Rose and you instinctively think of early Fleetwood Mac. This is for good reason, as the songwriting team, built around Tommy Oberon and Rebecca Rose, draw from influences which include the blues guitar playing of the recently departed Peter Green, who founded the band.
Singer-songwriter Nathan Thomas is something of a rarity, in more than just one respect. A lifelong Nashville resident, he’s the son of an in-demand musician who played with acts as varied as bluegrass legend Del McCoury and future Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. From shadowing his dad during local performances, to playing in bands in high school and now to the present-day, creating and performing music has been his passion. As a young man, there was music everywhere around him, but more importantly there has always been that spark inside of him to create and perform. With the release of his debut project, ‘Simpler Times’, the spark has become a bright, colourful inferno.
Nashville based rock band The Criticals was formed last year, 2018. by Parker Forbes and Cole Shugart. The duo take their influence from the Rolling Stones, The Strokes and The Libertines, and their music therefore combines vintage sensibilities with a modern sound. Latest single, ‘Treat Ya Better’, is an excellent example of this.
Rob Georg looks and sounds every bit the cowboy, from his Stetson hat right down to his singing drawl, and to his love of Cutting, a discipline of western riding, which is ridden on horses working cattle. His song, ‘Time For Some Ink’, was produced by Kristin K. Smith, in Nashville, and is a southern rock track as can possibly be.