Bradford’s blend of soulful Americana called Rhythm & Roots speaks to the raw reality of the human condition with passion, sharing tales that are shaped by grief and longing colored by wistfulness and regret, but are lifted by enduring hope, humility and love.
Matt Nicholls was born and raised in Moseley, Virginia but has called Nashville home for almost ten years.
A multi-instrumentalist with a rich baritone voice, Matt is driven by his creativity and passion for the music he grew up with in the backwoods of central Virginia. His sound stems from his influences: The Allman Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Charlie Daniels… just to name a few.
After years of touring and sharing the stage with acts such as Pat Green, David Lee Murphy, Leon Russell, Molly Hatchet & Edgar Winter, Nicholls is releasing his sophomore EP “Mason Dixon”.
In the spirit of country rock, this guitar driven collection showcases his melody and vocal talent in a must see live experience.
Concert Series: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm featuring Matt Nicholls Band
Steeped in Pre-2K/Outlaw Country, Roots Music and Southern Rock, blended with modern ideas and sounds, Dustin Lee Martin has been taking his music on the road 3-5 days a week for the past 5 years; playing every dive bar, pool hall and roadside pub from Carbondale, Illinois, South to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from the Missouri Bootheel West to the Carolinas, and all the way down to Southern Florida always somehow ending up back in Tennessee.
Currently living in Nashville, TN, Dustin is playing around Nashville and the surrounding areas on the latest leg of his musical journey, which has included traveling to Palm Beach, Florida most weekends(2015-2018) to play with Southern Rock/Country 5 piece band Burnt Biscuit along with playing all over the Southeast with his own trio, The Ramblers(2013-2015).
Dustin has a new album Smoke Rings and Halos out on CD, slated for digital release 9/4/2020.
Since its formation in 2004, the Ben Miller Band has staked out an iconoclastic niche that’s established them as both a one-of-a-kind creative unit and a grass-roots fan favorite. Channeling a century’s worth of far-flung American musical influences into rousing songcraft that radiates with smarts and soul, miller’s tunes achieve a musical and emotional depth that belies the material’s (and the musicians’) rough exterior.
The hard-working unit first won a regional fan base through old-fashioned ingenuity and an unstinting work ethic, generating a national buzz and a high-profile 2013 tour of Europe with ZZ top, thanks to the patronage of avowed BMB fan Billy Gibbons.
The Ben Miller Band’s early diy approach extended to the lo-tech, largely self-built, instruments that the members still play on stage, including miller’s thrift-shop guitars and banjos and Scott Leeper’s one-string washtub bass. The band’s use of offbeat instrumentation, however, shouldn’t be misunderstood as a gimmick.
“What I really care about is songs, and the rest of it is just a vehicle to get you to that destination,” Miller asserts, adding, “we have no interest in being some kind of wacky novelty act, and just because we use junk to make music doesn’t mean we aren’t serious about it.”
Growing up in rural Curlew, Washington, Ben Miller began playing guitar at 16, turning his back on a promising career as a visual artist to focus on music. He gained experience busking and performing in open-mike nights while road-tripping around America, and during an extended stint in eastern Europe. He eventually found kindred spirits in Scott Leeper and original BMB drummer Doug Dicharry.
The three like-minded players joined forces, and before long their diligent touring regimen allowed them to conquer an ever-widening fan base. In 2012, the Ben Miller band took its first tentative steps in the recording studio, resulting in the self-released cd heavy load, which attracted a good deal of fan praise and critical acclaim.
Word of the BMB’s charismatic live shows and regional popularity eventually began to generate a national buzz, winning them a spot on new west records’ roster. The band made its new west debut with 2014’s any way, shape or form, recorded in Nashville with renowned producer Vance Powell.
Now, with Choke Cherry Tree ready for unveiling, Ben Miller is enjoying his band’s new four-person lineup. “The audiences seem to like it as much as ever,” he observes, adding, “our two new members are great and exude personality from the stage, so i feel like we’re an all-star band now. I love having a female presence on stage, which creates a different energy that you can’t get with just dudes. I think it adds a tension that’s different, but we’re still high-energy on stage, and we still play crazy instruments and move around a lot.”
Miller is careful, though, not to allow the novelty of the band’s homemade instruments to overshadow the more substantial aspects of the band’s output.
“If our only selling point was ‘come and check out the weird instruments,’ it would get old real fast,” Miller states. “It got us in the door, but once we got in the door, the songs became our focus. Where I put most of my energy is trying to serve the songs, and trying to make them as good as they can be.”
We are very excited to be participating in the 2019 Maury County Fair & Expo for the second year in a row! We have put together an amazing line up of musicians for the Concert Series from right here in Maury County as well as from surrounding areas and out of state.
We pride ourselves in bringing you the very best professional entertainment, and making the Concert Series fun, interactive, and enjoyable for folks of all ages. Here are a few of our main acts:
Friday August 30th: Four On The Floor 8:00 PM – 10:00PM
Saturday August 31st: Dylan Walshe 5:45PM – 6:30PM
Marco With Love 7:15PM – 8:45PM
Join us August 27th -31st for the Maury County Fair & Expo !!
Be sure to stop by CITIES or Variety Record Shop to purchase your limited edition show poster for only $10 before November 23rd! Present your poster at the door for your entry into one of the hottest events of this month! (Don’t worry we will keep your poster for you while you enjoy yourself).
Folks this is a one time only chance to hear your favorites The Palm in The Cypress, Kristin Larkin, and Damien Boggs all in one night! We hope to see you at the show, and be sure to tell your momma and them!
Just announced!! Damien Boggs & The Proper Villains will be joining the musical lineup for the 2018 Maury County Fair & Expo on 9/1/2018!! We are excited to have local favorite Damien Boggs back for an epic performance, please check out our event calendar for more!