Sarah Gayle Meech
Nashville based country artist, Sarah Gayle Meech is blazing a trail of her own, one that the founding fathers of Country Music would have been proud of. Having lived in Tennessee for
only five years she successfully blends the city’s nature, spirit and seasons into a beautifully unforgiving soundscape. Drawing inspiration and hailing from Longview, Washington, she was surrounded by evergreens, small towns and people
with grit, themes that surface often in her songwriting. After moving to Los Angeles for ten years she honed her writing skills and decided to put down roots in Nashville. Her first album, One Good Thing, (released August 2012 ) was well received by
fans and critics. SavingCountryMusic.com said “One Good Thing is country through and through, piercing the breastplate of honky tonk with an adrenaline shot right to its heart.” Since that release she began residencies at the famed Robert’s Western World and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn. Her reputation and
musician network grew, working with high caliber players like Kenny Vaughan and Chris Scruggs, to name a few.
Her latest album Tennessee Love Song (available March 31) was produced by Meech and Andy Gibson (known for being Hank Williams III steel and dobro player), who also plays on the album. Sarah Gayle explores themes of love, heartache, loss and loneliness, achieving a perfect balance that truly exemplifies
her character. Meech says she drew inspiration from personal experiences, Southern Gothic literature, and “…all the crazy weather and beautiful landscapes in Tennessee.” She comments on Tennessee Love Song, “I made it exactly how I
wanted to. I had a vision, and was able to bring it to life. I wrote every song, coproduced it, and handpicked the players." She says that she was always intrigued by Tennessee’s history and spiritual energy, with her musical influences being
. . . literally, all over the place! At the time I was listening to a lot of Glenn Campbell, Carole King, Don Williams, Faces, Merle Haggard, Neko Case, Johnny Lee, Dawes, Aretha
Franklin, Tammy Wynette…too many to name. I love and am inspired by so many different artists.”
As her popularity rises, so do her achievements. She has a song and performance featured on the new season on ABC’s Nashville, frequent airplay on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country, songs featured on hit FX TV series Justified, is nominated for a
Best Outlaw Female Ameripolitan Award, and is soon to play alongside Merle Haggard at the first annual Ink n Iron convention in Nashville this summer. Tennessee
Love Song will release worldwide on March 31st, 2015. For more information and tour dates, visit http://sarahgaylemeech.com/
It's been a busy year for newcomer Sam Morrow. Over the course of 15 months, he will have released his first two full length albums, a live in-the-studio EP with accompanying videos, be named an NPR "World Cafe Next" artist and play more than 100 shows, including an East Coast tour with blues legend John Mayall, kicking off The Bandit Town Festival and a successful SXSW as an official 2015 artist.
In 2014, Forty Below Records released Morrow's first record Ephemeral, about which influential Americana magazine No Depression declared, "Sam Morrow has crafted a sterling debut LP that offers ready comparisons to the inspiring melancholia of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska, Steve Earle's Train a Coming and Jason Isbell's more recent Southeastern."
While Ephemeral introduced the world to Morrow's story and sound with a collection of haunting vignettes, his sophomore effort, There Is No Map, goes a couple steps further, exploring the joy ride before the hangover. Infused with an explorer's soul and world-weary eyes, the structure and heart of this album mimic Morrow's own growth as a person and artist. It's an undeniable celebration of life, in all its unvarnished glory
"soulful vocals, meaningful instrumentals and incredible lyricism." - Dom Vigil, The Prelude Press
"Without doubt, Morrow's freewheeling, experimental attitude, his self-assuredness mixed with self-awareness and his ability to bring people together in a creative environment makes him one of the exciting new fixtures in modern Americana." - Elmore Magazine