single lock records
Continuing our series focused on new music coming from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, we talk with Matt Green of Belle Adair (and also of The Pollies). Belle Adair‘s new album, The Brave and The Blue, recently released on Single Lock Records, a small indie label collaboration among John Paul White (Civil Wars), Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes), and Will Trapp. Collaborations exist beyond the business side of music in this tight-knit music community. We have been watching and waiting on Belle Adair since our feature of The Pollies, with whom most of the band also plays. The logistics of such intermingling mean that scheduling can be a challenge, but it also keeps the songs and the playing fresh, as members toggle their attention from one band to the other — in addition to their other music projects. As a listener, The Brave And The Blue falls squarely in the elusive “Southern indie” sound that is neither Americana nor Triple A, not quite pop and not fully rock.
- Belle Adair The Brave and The Blue on Amazon or on iTunes
- The Pollies Where The Lies Begin on Amazon or on iTunes
- Futurebirds Futurebirds – EP or Futurebirds on iTunes
- Vol. 2 For Nuci’s Space Both Belle Adair and Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil kindly donated songs from their “Live From The Shoals” sessions for musicians’ suicide prevention. The only place you can buy them is right here!
- St. Paul & The Broken Bones Full album coming in Winter 2014!
- Dylan LeBlanc If Time Was for Wasting or Dylan LeBlanc on iTunes
- Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil Catch The Presidents on Amazon or on iTunes
Download for free here or on iTunes.
Ben Tanner might not be a readily recognizable name, but he is the “honorary member” or recording partner of nearly every band from Alabama that we have featured on Country Fried Rock: The Pollies, Belle Adair (coming soon), Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil, St. Paul & the Broken Bones (coming soon), and TheBear, John Paul White (of The Civil Wars), Alabama Shakes, Dylan LeBlanc, Jason Isbell, the Live From The Shoals series, and even Country Fried Rock Vol. 2 For Nuci’s Space — Preventing Musician Suicide. Together with John Paul White and Will Trapp, Tanner formed Single Lock Records recently, launching with three Alabama bands: TheBear (whose songs from Overseas Then Under we have featured on this radio show), Belle Adair , and St. Paul & The Broken Bones (also the current band of Browan Lollar, who we featured here after he left Jason Isbell’s band, the 400 Unit). It’s a small world in Southern indie music.
Tanner and Corey Hannah have an incredible video series called “Live From The Shoals,” too. Tanner was not on the original recordings by Alabama Shakes, but he frequently sat in live with his friends, and when their popularity expanded exponentially, they wanted to replicate the keys on their recordings in their dynamic live shows, and Tanner came along for the ride, eventually touring relentlessly with the band and becoming an official member. In their short breaks between tours, Tanner still records the music he loves from his friends’ bands, and supports the music they are making through Single Lock Records. By his own admission, Tanner does not sleep much, and is a bit of a workaholic. What really makes Tanner special, though, is his commitment to great music coming from his home region and using his own success to bring their albums to a broader audience. He’s one of the good guys.
Ben Tanner is involved in a lot of music projects. These are just a few he is directly and indirectly connected with, for this week’s playlist.