Southwood’s Mitch Wetherington on Songwriting, Auditioning for ‘American Idol’ and Steven Tyler Compliments


By listening to the band’s most recent “Dixiana” EP, a roots-rock collection far removed from anything in the mainstream, one would never have guessed that Southwood’s lead vocalist Mitch Wetherington would be an “American Idol” alum. Having auditioned for the show’s 2012 season, the South Carolina native, who made it halfway through Hollywood week, incorporates

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The Jacob Martin Band Blazes a Trail at Nashville’s 12th and Porter


The Jacob Martin Band is electrifying. Possessing mainstream country-pop appeal blended smoothly together with a rock and blues-infected charm, the group — comprised of Jacob Martin (vocals/rhythm guitar), Josh Carlson (drums/background vocals), Jeff Coggins (lead guitar) and Mike Guy (bass/background vocals) — took the stage this week at 12th and Porter in Nashville to perform

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Album Review: The Lone Bellow


  Why yes, I am a mainstream Country enthusiast. I do enjoy a nicely crafted Country-pop collection that barely scratches the surface somewhere between folk, rock, faux-pop and traditionalism without any real connection to musical history, lyrical depth or intriguing multi-layered instrumentation. However, when an album of incredibly dizzying heights, regardless of textbook genre definitions,

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