Coca-Cola Sound Stage
How do we celebrate the end of a fun-packed day at BFF? By getting down! The festival’s music series at The Coca-Cola Sound Stage at The Meteor (128 W Central Ave) highlights emerging and diverse musicians.
Born into the bluegrass brawn of Kentucky, Carly Pearce has never known a moment that Country music wasn’t her destined path. At the young age of 11 she began touring with a local band, at 16 quit high school for a job performing at Dollywood while being homeschooled and learned humility working odd jobs upon moving to Nashville. Over the last year, Carly has defied odds with her No. 1, GOLD-certified debut title track from her highly acclaimed debut album EVERY LITTLE THING (Big Machine Records) and became the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015, only third to accomplish the feat in twelve years. She has since earned her first ACM Awards nomination and released follow-up single “Hide The Wine,” part of a trifecta of chart-toppers on SiriusXM’s The Highway. Carly will spend 2018 touring with Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.
Big Loud Records’ Jillian Jacqueline is taking the music scene by storm with her effortlessly raw vocals and new-school, no-holds-barred storytelling. The bold up-and-comer has already intrigued Country fans and media alike with her 9-song EP, SIDE A, featuring debut single “Reasons.” Named as one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know,” the “dazzling chanteuse-wordsmith” (Rolling Stone) has been invited to co-write with some of the biggest hitmakers in Music City, including Craig Wiseman, Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby, Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Lori McKenna and more. After landing coveted opening slots with Thomas Rhett, Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Adams, Billy Currington and Jordan Davis, A native of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, she was road-mentored by Country icon Kenny Rogers and has written and recorded alongside legends like Vince Gill and Richard Marx.
Vintage Trouble has wowed audiences across the globe by opening for The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC and the Dixie Chicks, and have played sold-out headline shows worldwide. Beginning with their blistering introduction on the Late Show with David Letterman to their recent performance on PBS’ Austin City Limits, Vintage Trouble has used their live show as a vehicle to win over a wide range of music fans. Vintage Trouble has earned the support from legends such as the late Prince, Martin Scorsese and Don Was, and have critics at NPR, BBC Radio, Rolling Stone and The New York Times raving “like Otis Redding, Vintage Trouble makes music that is a little bit of everything … You can slow dance, groove, rock and let it all go.” In January 2017, John Varvatos tapped the band to appear in his much-celebrated music campaign series, bringing their foot-stomping rhythm and irrepressible spirit to electrify his new Spring / Summer 2017 Campaign.
L.A.-based singer/songwriter Alex Aiono first amassed a following of millions creating his own “flipped” versions of popular songs—produced and performed by him, including his “One Dance” mash-up which has gone on to amass more than 62 million views. In the last year Aiono is methodically building his creative story, having released five original songs, which he performed on his winter North American Feels Like Tour 2018. Aiono is currently working on his debut album for Interscope Records.
Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, Wildflower, with the release of the eagerly awaited Road Less Traveled. Selected as one of Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Country and Americana Albums of 2017 and praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection features 12 songs all written by the young star. The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride. Lauren is currently on the Cole Swindell Reason to Drink Tour and joins the Jason Aldean High Noon Neon for the summer. Lauren is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and she earned her first CMT Music Award this summer for Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Song Suffragettes is a collective of female singer-songwriters who perform every Monday night at Nashville’s Listening Room Café. With a mantra of #LetTheGirlsPlay, SongSuffragettes has featured close to 200 women in the past 3+ years resulting in multiple publishing and record deals for some of Nashville’s brightest talent. BFF will feature performance from Kalie Shorr, Tasji Bachman, Savannah Keyes, and Lena Stone.
Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. She is currently the opening act on the CMT Next Women of Country Presents Sara Evans All The Love Tour.
Tasji Bachman is a 19 year old singer/songwriter from Toulon, Illinois. She’s dreamed of singing and writing country music ever since she was 8. After graduating high school, she moved to Nashville, TN, to pursue a music business degree at Belmont University. Tasji has been writing and recording over the years and recently charted #9 on the iTunes country album charts earlier this year with the release of her second EP, Forever In A Second.
Country Pop Artist/Songwriter, Savannah Keyes, has been writing songs in Nashville since the age of thirteen after appearing on the Ellen DeGenerous Show. Her writing style influences range from the storytelling of Dolly Parton to the pop sensibility of Ryan Tedder. She has recently become a radio host and correspondent for Radio Disney Country. This year, she has teamed up with Taylor Guitars and American Girl Doll as a spokesmodel for the new Taylor Guitar built for their singer/songwriter doll, Tenney Grant.
As Billy Dukes of Taste Of Country said, Lena Stone is “flat out easy to listen to,” a singer/songwriter whose melodies and personal storytelling make her “feel like a friend after just a few minutes.” After earning a name for herself penning breakthrough songs for other up-and-coming country females, Stone made her own splash onto the country music scene with her debut single “Nervous” (February 2017), premiering the song with Radio Disney Country, and is set to release her debut EP at the end of May 2018. Stone is one of the co-anchors of the Song Suffragettes, the acclaimed Listening Room Café’s only regularly scheduled show, and performs at the group’s weekly songwriters night spotlighting the newest and brightest women in country music