Friday, August 28, 2015

Indie Ville TV #57 Let's Meet the Seavers

Written by Curtis Gardner                      

How did the group come together?
Did any of you know each other prior to joining the group?

We first met on We probably would never have met otherwise. I lived in East Nashville and Dorothy on the West side.

How did Meet the Seavers get their stage name?

Meet The Seavers was Dorothy’s idea. We were slated to play at the basement in Nashville. The owner asked what we were called. And Dorothy said Oh, I don’t know, just list it as meet the Seavers. We both liked the sound of it as it described us and wasn’t pretentious.

What is the group musical influences? What artist(s) Do you draw the most influence from?

We both have a wide range of music that we like, but Jazz gets put on the turntable most of the time.
The music of that era was so positive and creative. Artists back then put out an album because they
had something to say. Nowadays most of the music is disposable.
(Jace) I love Charles Mingus’ compositions but I’m also a big Tom Waits fan along with Sting and
Morphine. We both are still saddened but the death of Jeff Buckley. Lyrically, my influences are derived from reading too much as a child and young adult.
(Dorothy) For me: Doris Day, Aretha Franklin, The Lawrence Welk TV Show, Dakota Staton

Do you remember your first gig? If so, what's was that performance like?

Our first gig together was at a CD release show I did back in 2006. I always like to have fun and try
weird stuff onstage. One of the things I did back then was have a boxing themed show. I would have a fake boxing ring set up on stage. An announcer introduce me and I would come on stage with gloves on. For this show, I had Dorothy be “song Girl”. She held up signs between each song. “Song one, Song two” etc... She got most of the applause.

Our first gig when she actually sang was at an open mic in East Nashville. We sang If I Were a
Nightengale. I was surprised at what a force of nature she is on-stage!

What's the process like of creating music in the studio?

We never know how things are going to sound. We do 50% of our gigs with just upright Bass,
Theremin and vocals only. The other half of the time we use some great players to fill things out. Even then, we tend to be a bit odd. I can’t remember the last gig in which we had a Guitar. Our sound
always seems to be in flux depending on our mood. My favorite sound is with Drums, Bass and Sax.
The hardest part I have found with recording is having an engineer who understands a good Upright
Bass sound. Most people don’t know how to record it. Often they want to make it sound like an
electric. In general though we approach recording the same way we approach performance. We want to have fun and we want our fans to have fun.

What is the group current plans? Are you pushing any new music or have any new shows coming soon?

We are always filming something for the television show. That’s been a good vehicle for us. Nashville has so much music that it’s hard to be heard. The fact that we are so different makes it even harder. The television show sets us apart and gives viewers a glimpse into our crazy life.

Musically, lately I’ve been intrigued by middle eastern singers. I’d like to incorporate some microtonal singing into our music.

What advice would you give a band coming up?

(Jace) Always remember why you are doing music. If you think too much about how rich non-talented

people have bought their success into the industry you will go crazy. Those people have to live with
their falseness. Be an artist. Create. Be authentic. (Dorothy) Have a back-up plan.

How can we find Meet the Seavers online?

The site contains videos, info on us and our Television show.

Any final words or shout outs?

Thanks to you and shows like Indieville TV for giving artists a platform to showcase their talent.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Indie Ville TV #56 Phenomenal male model Jordan Clark

Written by Curtis Gardner
What attracted you to modeling?
I wasn't attracted to modeling at all, kinda just fell in my lap.

 How long has this been a career path for you?
It has been exactly 1 year this month

If any,who were your influences?
Nick Bateman and Brock O'Hurn are my biggest inspirations.

Do you remember your first photo shoot and/or fashion show? If so, tell us about that moment.
I was awful. I had no idea what i was doing haha not much else to add to that. Practice makes perfect ;)

 Whats been your proudest/favorite moment thus far?
Booking my first paid gig. I was really just doing this for fun but now I am making money!

What's the easiest and hardest things about modeling?
Easiest has to be just taking pictures....I can do that. Hardest thing is always trying to better myself (physically and mentally)

Which do you prefer ripping the runway or being in magazine spreads?
Magazine Spreads

How would you describe your style?
Jordan Clark, I rock with whatever I got.

What role does music play in modeling? Do u have a favorite artist that you like to listen to when you are getting ready?
Music is always helpful when modeling but I listen to just about everyone. So it doesnt matter what comes on.

Outside of modeling,what are your other interests or hobbies? What other avenues are you wanting to explore?
Love fitness, videos games, food, and any kind of sports

What advice would you give to those that aspire to be models?
If you want it bad enough you can do it. Work as hard as you can everyday to be the best you can be.

How can people stay tuned to you and your work?
Instagram is my most used social media and it is @jordanwclark

Any last words or shout-outs to anyone?
Everyone that has supported me and pushed me through this journey.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Indie Ville TV #55 The Life of Black Diamond

Written by Curtis Gardner

What were your early experiences with music? Do you come from a family that has background in music?

**As a kid, I remember music being all around me. At home, in school, at church and even on street corners. Although my family members are all musically gifted, none of them chose to take it to the dramatic level that I have.

What genres of music and artists influenced you the most?

**I grew up listening mostly to R&B as well as Gospel music, so I'd say those styles affected and severely impacted me positively. Also, I was a big Disco fan during my teenage years and Donna Summer was a major influence on me for sure. Eventually, at about 15, I finally entered the Neil Diamond camp.

What enticed you to become a musician?

**Knowing that music has such power and transcends all boundaries, uniting individuals as well as eclectic groups of people, was very appealing to me. Of course, being bathed in audience applause always feels warm and good too! So you could say all of the above lured me to the entertainment field.

Do you remember your first ever gig or show? What was that like? We're you nervous?

**My first gig happened in 1999, before I was officially the Black Diamond, in a little Charleston (WV) bar-b-que restaurant where nervously, I sang to backing tracks from a cassette tape on a boom box. I remember being stunned at the favorable response my performance was garnering. I believed the fans might have second thoughts at any moment and walk out, but that never happened. In fact, I received a standing ovation, which was amazing and immediately solidified my addiction to the stage.

How would you describe your music to a first time listener or a potential fan?

**To the Black Diamond newbie, I'd say the music is tried and proven, given that Neil Diamond has already perfected the formula. My invitation would be to come prepared for a deep, meaningful, moving, touching and fun-all rolled up in one package-experience, done my way.

What are your plans for the rest of the calendar year? Are there anymore releases or shows coming soon?

**Sept 7, 2015, marks fifteen years that the Black Diamond Experience has been around; hence, I plan to celebrate the milestone with several shows all over the country. One [that] I'm especially looking forward to is returning to Columbia, Missouri, where I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and [where I am] being inducted into the institution's Hall of Fame on September 25th as the first member of my particular class given the honor. That gig will be magical and surreal, I'm pretty sure.

How can the public find your music and online via websites and social media?

**It's funny that I entered the social media world kicking & screaming years ago because now the Black Diamond Experience internet presence is ubiquitous. Please find me, my singing, videos [and] images here:;;; The website

Any final words?

**When the show was first "born," I hadn't any idea how or if it would find a place in this world. Yet, it's taken me to altitudes I never dreamed of. Places like Jimmy Kimmel Live, the National Examiner, in front of a symphony orchestra as well as to perform for nationally prominent political dignitaries. I've opened for or shared billing with veteran artists including the Pointer Sisters, Brad Paisley, Three Dog Night, The Village People and others. It's taken me to cool locations all over the US and my life was even captured by an author in a published book called Black Diamond: The Real Illusion, a fourteen chapter biography of my journey. Even with the ups & downs of this business we call "Show," it, in a word, has been a truly wild, wonderful ride this far and I hope it continues being just that for both the fans and me!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Indie Ville TV #54 Vampire Bleach Bomb- We’re just a bunch of local boys that like to play Rock N’ Roll

Written by K.L. Graham                                              

Vampire Bleach Bomb growls their way over stages across the Nashville rock scene.  With tunes like “Wound Up Two Fisted” and “Punch Drunk” there is an obvious theme of the rock n’ roll lifestyle, and the grit and grunge that lies beneath a sick rock vocal. 

At heart though, Vampire Bleach Bomb is comprised of “a bunch of local boys that like to play Rock N’ Roll.” And whatever hard rock image they convey, the sweeter, familial ties to the Nashville scene are evident.

Drew and Randy Patterson, the band’s stalwart founders are brothers, who grew up right here in 

Front man Drew says “I grew up in Nashville my whole life. I don’t live in Davidson County anymore I live up in Mufreesboro. I grew up probably 35 years of my life in East Nashville, and it used to be everybody was running from it now everybody is running to it…I’m glad, I’m glad to see it go that way.”The rush to East Nashville, and the hunger for music coming out of Nashville that is not country based, serves these hard rockers well. 

“Yea man we’re just a local rock band. We’ve been around for a minute, we’ve gone through some 
changes. As far as the direction goes, it hasn’t changed.” 

And what isn’t changing is that these guys continue to gig and play all around town. With an upcoming show in St. Louis and yet another performance on September the 19th there are many opportunities to see Vampire Bleach Bomb for yourself. 

For more on their tour schedule and music you can find them at and at

And keep your ears peeled for more great music from them in October! The band plans to be more 
recording this fall.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Indie Ville TV #53 Dan Hagen The Artist and The Journey

Written by K.L Graham

When you speak to Dan Hagen, you speak to a true artist. A multi instrumentalist, who is equally as 
eloquent with words as he is sans them, has a record out on iTunes called “The Journey” that you need to hear.  Along with his own writings, he also covers “What’s Going On” and “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” on the record, hits that have powerful messages.

One of the most powerful message you hear through Dan’s music is that music itself, no lyrics, just the instrumentals is equally as powerful as a catchy lyric or singer. It also enables to be truly free in his art.  If you ask Dan who are some of his major influences, the list could go on and on, but it’s what he does credit to be a huge part of his art that is truly fascinating. Dan credits Bruce Lee and his Jeet Kune Do  method of life and karate. “My style is no style, and my way is no way” I’ve spent my whole life studying every type of music. As a guitar player and producer Bruce Lee has helped me empower my mind.”

And although Dan will eventually credit Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and a string of others musically, like Lee he is not interested in living or performing in a box, or in a certain genre.   Being schooled in form, he breaks away from convention and makes music that speaks to the soul.

“You see I make a living playing with singers. I’m producing three records with singers. I do a lot of that, and it is important but it’s highly fulfilled. But I feel like words can often be limiting. You can sometimes express a lot more without words.”

Hagen’s vibe seems very Eastern, open minded and deeply spiritual, and that transcendence spills into his music. “My understanding of the spiritual nature and God is constantly expanding. Ultimately I look at music as a gift, it’s God’s gift to me and mine to him. I’m also an activist and I’ve organized Liberty festivals. So I can talk about things that matter to me. “What’s Going On is an anti war song. I believe in a nonaggression role unless it’s in self defense. I’m a very spiritual person. I look at music as a vessel to express the greater things, and I think God uses me as a vessel. Instrumentally it feels the deepest type of prayer or meditation. I feel like a total vessel and the music is just playing right through me.” 

Hagen is not the only vessel in the room though, in a crowded venue, he often asks the audience to sing along, “I cover a bunch of soul songs without lyrics. “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing…” I encourage people to sing along. So sometimes the whole room becomes the singer.”

Dan’s passion for instrumental music is equally as great as his idea of what it means to be an 
independent artist.  “It ultimately means that I have freedom to do the music the way I want to do it.” 
Hagen has worked as a guitar player, producer, and although he admits there are greater challenges to being an independent artist, the freedom is worth it. 

He acknowledges that with a “Label” you have more capital, a team, marketing, but being independent means that you have freedom and control over your own art, your own work, your own vessel.

Dan Hagen, the man, the artist, the vessel plays all over Nashville. If you’re lucky you might even catch him sporting his Indieville t-shirt on the way to meet some friends, or playing Nashville’s favorite “The Five Spot.” To hear more of his music you can go to, Itune’s and Reverb Nation. On Reverb keep an eye out for his session from “The Five Spot”, and on to find out more of his tour dates.

Monday, August 10, 2015


 Press Release 

Fast-rising Southern rock artist, Bari Leigh, kicks off her Summer “Unchained” Tour continuing, heading to 40 east coast cities in support of her debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained. Having written, recorded, co-produced and released the album on her own label, Starfish Music, Leigh has grabbed the attention of CBS’s Entertainment Tonight, who calls her a “buzzworthy artist” who is “set to explode with her infectious mix of pop, country, blues and soul.”

Growing up in Darnestown, Maryland, listening to iconic female singers like Dolly Parton, Etta James, and Bobbie Gentry, Bari Leigh developed her own unique sound that displays both a toughness and sweetness that critics have noted sets Leigh apart not only as an artist but as a person.  Taking charge of her music career, Leigh established her own record label, Starfish Music, in her early 20s, and teamed up with musician/singer-songwriter/producer/label owner, Blake Morgan of ECR Music Group, who mixed and mastered her album. With Morgan helping to steer her progress, Leigh wrote and recorded Tonight, I’m Unchained over a two-year period, producing a body of work that The Examiner called, “a blend of sassy country and pop with notes of blues” that is “addicting.” For the Country Record described her album as “a concoction of neo-traditional country, southern rock, Americana and alt-pop,” and proclaims, “It’s an identity that pushes her way beyond the feminist messages of Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and other such mainstream stars, and sets her way apart from any of her contemporaries.” Nashville Lifestyles Magazine raves that Leigh, “has the attitude and vocal strength like many other female country performers, but it’s Leigh’s songwriting that separates her from a typical artist.”

Be sure to check out Bari Leigh’s debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained (out now on iTunes), and any of her upcoming shows along her tour this summer!
Bari Leigh - Summer "Unchained" Tour 2015
6/10    Huntersville, North Carolina, 6 p.m. - Vinyl Pi

6/12    Buchanan, Tennessee, 8 p.m. - Cherokee Hills Ranch & Trading Post Beer Garden

6/19    Union City, Tennessee, 8 p.m. - Hops & Barley

6/20    Evansville, Indiana, 10 p.m.- RiRa Irish Pub

7/4      Cambridge, Massachusetts, 10:30 p.m. - Asgard Irish Pub and Restaurant

7/9      Gaithersburg, Maryland, 7 p.m. - Largent's Restaurant & Bar

7/10    Takoma Park, Maryland, 11 p.m. - Republic

7/11     Frederick, Maryland, 10 p.m. - Hard Times Cafe and Cue

7/17     Annapolis, Maryland, 6 p.m. - Union Jack's of Annapolis

7/24     Nantucket, Massachusetts, 6:30 p.m. - Jetties Beach Bar

7/25     Nantucket, Massachusetts, 6:30 p.m. - Jetties Beach Bar

8/1      Evansville, Indiana,10 p.m. - RiRa Irish Pub

8/7       Los Angeles, CA, 9p.m. - Mid City Lounge
8/8        Calabasas, CA 8:00p.m. - Lovi's Deli 
8/21      Fredonia, Tennessee, 8:00p.m. - Bent Wrench 
8/28     Winchester, Tennessee, 9 p.m. - Franklin County Fair

8/29      Louisville, Kentucky, 11 p.m. - Gerstle's Place 
9/12     Lexington, Kentucky, 5 p.m. - Talon Winery

9/19 Louisville, Kentucky, 11:00 p.m. - Gerstle's Place
9/26     Clarksburg, Maryland, 3 p.m. - Hometown Get Down Festival

9/26      Poolesville, Maryland, 9:00 p.m. - Cuginis Restaurant Bar 

10/2      Fredonia, Tennessee, 8:00 p.m. - Bent Wrench  

10/3      Louisville, Kentucky, 10:00 p.m. - Gerstle's Place 

11/6      Louisville, Kentucky, 10:00 p.m. - Gerstle's Place 

11/7  Louisville, Kentucky, 11:00 p.m. - Gerstle's Place 
(more dates TBA)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Indie Ville TV #51 Local post rock powerhouses JenHodges

Press Release

Local post rock powerhouses JenHodges and Spurge will release the follow up to "The Untitled EP" August 15th.  It is available in digital format only on their Bandcamp site.  Click here for a sneak peek of the first single off "The Titled EP."

Here's what people have been saying about JenHodges and Spurge:

"Jen Hodges is such a great bass player, excellent musician, and accomplished songwriter. And it's always a pleasure to see her on stage." – Kevin Edlin/Producer
 “Nice Music!” – Fluttery Records
"I checked out your music, it's cool!" - Dave Boonshoft/President, Aguilar Amps
“Textural and rhythmic genius!! Good Mix!” – Chris Holt, Rock Block Guitars
“JenHodges and Spurge gives me psychedelic jazz with hints of R&B.  Perfect for vibing out.” – Javier Garza Jr./Guitarist for the Nearly Deads
“Fantastic music on Reawake Superb... Much success” – Bryce, California
“Right now I’m listening to Reawake Excellent!! Good Production!!” – Egan, Alaska
“Wow! What about Reawake?! Sounds great, super catchy!” – Rob, Vermont
“Really cool stuff!” – Kevin, Georgia

The group's lead, Jen, attended Berklee College of Music and graduated with electric bass as her principle.  She has been gigging and touring all her life with various metal, country, rap, and punk acts.  Thomas, the lead guitarist, graduated from Vanderbilt with a principle in jazz guitar.  He plays for The Captain Midnight Band and Jack of the Ville.  Rashaun plays drums.  He is a gospel drummer with a musical family.  His uncle played bass for James Brown.  Alex provides the stunt guitar work and plays in local metal band Bridge to Oblivion.  Troy produces for the group.  A graduate of engineering at Belmont, he now lives in Austin where he produces video game music.  

For more info contact Jen at 540-717-3644

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Indie Ville TV #50 Music City Mayhem 'Rock Vocalist of the Year' JASMINE CAIN

Press Release                                                    

9th Annual NIMA Ceremony to Take Place Saturday August 29 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville

5th Studio LP WHITE NOISE, Produced by Lincoln Parish of Cage The Elephant, To Release July 24

Special Guests On New Album Include Members of Full Devil Jacket, Accept, Steel Panther & Cinderella

Tour Dates Throughout 2015 Including 12 Shows at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SDNashville, TN: Music City Mayhem 'Female Rock Vocalist of the Year’ and bassist extraordinaire Jasmine Cain has been nominated for ‘Best Alternative Rock Band’ for the 9th Annual Nashville Independent Music Awards (NIMA). Celebrating the first NIMA nomination of her career, Ms. Cain professed, “Music City is packed with talented people and so to be nominated in alternative rock category in a city full of this much talent is beyond what I ever imagined. I’m truly honored.”

NIMA9 will take place at 3rd & Lindsley (818 3rd Ave S.) on Saturday August 29. Tickets for the event go on sale July 6 ($20 in advance; $30 at the door) with winners determined by fan voting who can begin ballot stuffing July 6 at

The NIMA nomination highlights a breakout year for Jasmine Cain, who is set to self-release her 5th studio album, White Noise, on Friday July 24. Produced by Lincoln Parish, former guitarist for Cage The Elephant, the 11-track opus is chock full of fist-pumping anthems, irresistible melodies and heartfelt ballads. Modern rocker "Break Even" roars out of the gate as the album’s first single with motley riff-rocker “Coming In Hot” primed to explode at rock radio. Elsewhere, “Nightingale, “Into the Grey" and “Any Given Sunday” deliver scintillating big chorus bravado while album closer “Fall to Rise,” a duet with Ralph Saenz (better known as Michael Starr of Steel Panther), showcases Jasmine’s undeniable ability to effectuate emotional urgency.

In addition to Starr, White Noise features contributions from bassist Kevin Bebout (Full Devil Jacket), drummer Christopher Williams (of Accept), guitarists Jeff LaBar (of Cinderella), Gerry Finn (of Killer Dwarfs), Jeff Caughron (Full Devil Jacket/Every Mother’s Nightmare), Kenny Greenberg (Gretchen Wilson/Kenny Chesney) and Peruvian axemaster Charlie Parra (M.A.S.A.C.R.E./Kobra and the Lotus).

In addition to an appearance at NIMA, Jasmine Cain will support her album release throughout 2015 with a record release show at Exit/In onAugust 24 and tour dates across the U.S., including 12 shows at the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD, a week’s worth of concerts at the Warwick Bass Camp in Markneukirchen, Germany, and performances at the Myrtle Beach Fall Rally in Murrells Inlet, SC, Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, FL and the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, TX. Endorsed by Epiphone Guitars, Kramer Guitars, Warwick Basses, Traynor Bass Amplification, GHS Strings, In-Tune Guitar Picks, and Line 6 Wireless, Cain has amassed a rabid worldwide fanbase, playing 1200+ shows/festivals over the past decade.

08/05 - Sturgis, SD @ 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Knuckle Saloon)

08/06 - Sturgis, SD @ 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Knuckle Saloon)
08/07 - Sturgis, SD @ 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Knuckle Saloon)
08/08 - Sturgis, SD @ 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Knuckle Saloon)
08/14 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Thirsty Duck

08/15 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Thirsty Duck

08/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Steel City Harley Davidson

08/24 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
08/29 - Nashville, TN @ NIMA Awards
09/11 - Prescott, WI @ St. Croix Chili Feed
09/18 - Clarksville, TN @ Clarksville Speedway & Fairgrounds
09/19 - Bankenridge, GA @  Bankenridge Bike Fest
10/01 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Myrtle Beach Fall Rally (Suck Bang Blow)
10/02 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Myrtle Beach Fall Rally (Suck Bang Blow)
10/03 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Myrtle Beach Fall Rally (Suck Bang Blow)
10/16 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Biketoberfest (Full Moon Saloon)
10/17 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Biketoberfest (Full Moon Saloon)
11/05 - Galveston, TX @ Lone Star Rally
11/06 - Galveston, TX @ Lone Star Rally
11/07 - Galveston, TX @ Lone Star Rally
11/21: Jonesboro, AR @ Jonesboro Harley Davidson (Toy Run)

Jasmine Cain
White Noise
1. Coming In Hot
2. White Noise
3. Break Even
4. Hole
5. Fool’s Gold
6. Good Life
7. Into the Grey
8. Nightingale
9. 1995
10. Any Given Shadow
11. Fall To Rise

AUDIO (“Break Even” lead single) (White Noise; full album)


Highway Prophet


Rob Evanoff
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