Clay Evans is a 10-year Nashville veteran and is one of Music City’s finest and most dedicated singer/songwriters. His music career began in Athens, GA where he started his first band Bluestring, a funky improvisational band that toured the states throughout the early 2000’s. The group was signed to a record deal by the late drum legend Butch Trucks and shared stages with the Allman Brothers Band, Michael Franti, and Derek Trucks.
In 2007, Clay moved to Nashville where he met bass player and producer extraordinaire Viktor Krauss and the two embarked on Clay’s first solo record I Could Be You (released in 2012). Nashville has offered Clay the opportunity to collaborate with many hit songwriters such as Jude Johnstone, a Bonnie Raitt tour-mate who penned the Trisha Yearwood #1 The Woman Before Me.
Clay’s raw melodic soul and quirky lyrical taste often draw comparisons to Jim Croce, Paul Simon, and Dave Matthews. His authenticity and showmanship can be seen at his frequent performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Music City, USA. Clay is set to record a new album in 2018 with renowned producer Niko Bolas, who has made hundreds of records including Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World.
Clay’s greatest passion is connection with people of all ages and creates an intimate experience even in the largest crowds.
Mickey Kelley is an artist-songwriter with a talent that has become increasingly undeniable within the music scene. Throughout his career, he has received many awards with the ICMA including, Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, along with other awards with vocal groups. When Mickey first moved to Nashville, he immediately drew the attention of some of the towns finest Publishers/Record Labels and songwriters and has since then continued to perk not only the ears of Nashville’s most elite but fans everywhere!
During Mickey’s pursuit of musical success, he has toured with many well-known country acts such as Terri Clark, Keith Urban, Reba, Lone Star, Mark Chesnutt, and many others. Showing versatility, he has acted as everything from guitar sideman to guitar tech as well as merchandise management (But we prefer the term cotton technician…).
Mickey now spends his days writing and recording with some of Nashville’s best songwriters. As he continues to deliver songs that rival what we hear on commercial radio, his ability to win the hearts of so many with a song is no doubt making a difference in Nashville and music communities across the country!
In a musical era of shiny, polished production, Connor Rand is that pair of boots you’ve worn through the soles of, but know they just don’t make ‘em like that anymore. An Americana/Alternative Country artist and songwriter hailing from Atlanta, GA, Rand has spent the last decade in Nashville honing his craft. He is regularly introduced by fellow musicians as “the best songwriter you’ve never heard of.”
Connor’s musical career traces its roots back to an ill-fated 7th grade talent show. As front man of the band Aerial Bullfrog, his incendiary performance incited a gymnasium-wide riot, landing several members of the band with suspension from school. While his professional career has since been relatively riot-free, Connor still writes to move, inspire, and capture audiences with songs that are clever, quirky, and filled with a sense of story that draws comparison to Todd Snider, Randy Newman, and the country legends he grew up on. He never fails to leave each person in the audience feeling like characters in his narrative and part of the inside joke.
In addition to his writing and solo work, Connor is a member of the Nashville-based group The Cumberland Collective. The Cumberland Collective is just as its name suggests, a collective of songwriters, musicians, and storytellers each with their own unique style. Connor has recently recorded an acoustic album showcasing the depth of his musicianship and lyrical prowess, with hypnotic, roots finger-style guitar grooves and turn of phrase that will leave the listener laughing or crying. Maybe both.