Southern rock at its best! Take a break from cooking (or shopping?) and meet your friends at Spinoza’s for food, drink, and great live music!
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Amanda June made her way down to Nashville to focus on her career as a singer, songwriter and develop her artistry. Amanda has been singing since she could talk and picked up the acoustic guitar around the age of 14. Influenced by Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks and Sheryl Crow, she knew Nashville was where she needed to be and at 18 years young she took the leap. Amanda started playing as many shows and writers rounds around town as she made herself a familiar face. “Her music stands out among most contemporary country music in the sense that it’s music with passion, soul and written from personal experience. With a down-to-earth sensibility and a smooth, sweet voice, Amanda’s style blends perfectly with that of Cole Vosbury, a fellow artist who also heard Nashville calling his name.”
You may recognize Cole from Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice in 2013. Cole, a Louisiana native, has been staying busy since then, playing shows frequently and collaborating with other artists, such as Amanda June. Cole has been playing music most of his life. He has been perfecting his craft of guitar for 12 years and playing music for a living since age 17. Cole’s style stands out among others, his soulful, intriguing and gravelly voice compliments his blues, rock, country influenced playing on guitar. After having success in his hometown playing piano bars and bar gigs with his band, he auditioned for The Voice and while on Blake Shelton’s team he placed Top 4. He went on to lay roots in Nashville while he traveled around the country to play shows with the help of William Morris Endeavor. While traveling and co-writing the past few years with Amanda June they decided to work on a duo project. The way Amanda and Cole play together is seamless, each artist’s voice complementing the other’s wonderfully, with no solo or break feeling forced or unnatural– a feat that few artist collaborations can boast. With a simple, beautiful melody accompanied by calm and elegant acoustic guitar arrangements to playing with a band. They won’t be stopping their journey anytime soon and plan to put out a full length album.
Jeff Miller knew early on that music was in his blood. He started violin at five years old, and by eight was showing a serious aptitude for music. It wasn’t until thirteen though that he found his true calling – guitar. At that young age he pawned his videogames, went down to the local music store and bought a used Kramer guitar. Soon after he added his first acoustic guitar – an Alvarez – to his collection. There was no looking back.
Jeff’s aptitude continued to grow throughout high school, where he produced and recorded his first album with a group of friends. Later, Jeff would attend his first Phil Keaggy show. Legendary among guitarists, Keaggy’s unique approach to the acoustic guitar had a strong influence on young Jeff. This influence resulted in his long-standing affection for combining live performance with cutting edge technology. The result was Jeff’s innovative live-looping technique.
So what is live-looping? Basically it’s a process by which a player can record a musical phrase live, in front of an audience, and immediately play it back in repetition. While this phrase continues to repeat, the player can record another “loop” to layer over the original. This process can be repeated multiple times, creating dense, layered compositions mimicking the sound multiple musicians and backing vocalists. Jeff, over the years, has adopted this technique into his core style, adding the elements of songwriting, and expression alongside the technical prowess required.
In the years since finding guitar, Jeff has accomplished much. He is now a gifted musician, a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, a husband and a father. His live-looping technique has become ubiquitous for-up and-coming guitarists and his skills as a teacher and mentor are now in demand. In this vein, Jeff’s “Loop of the Week” video series was the first and most popular video series of its type on Youtube. His music has been featured on nationally syndicated television, and CBS Sports. Most recently Jeff has even found time to add acting to resume as an extra on the ABC show Nashville. For Jeff though, its always been about the music. He looks forward to the upcoming release his fifth solo album, continuing to craft his songwriting skills, and connecting with people that love music. Come on out to one of his shows, you won’t regret it.