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Evan Stepp & The Piners / William Matheny / Pony League / Tyler Scruggs

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Evan Stepp & The Piners

Formed in the Summer of 2018, Evan Stepp & The Piners deliver a unique brand of country music rooted in earnestness and dynamic delivery.

William Matheny

It’s fitting that William Matheny has chosen to honor the 15th anniversary of Centro-matic’s tour de force album Love You Just the Same on his new 7-inch: The 2003 full-length from Will Johnson’s four-piece was one of the most acclaimed releases from Misra Records’ first five years, and Matheny has emerged as one of the label’s standard-bearers as it enters closes in on the end of its second decade.

The tribute takes the form of a cover of “Flashes and Cables,” the now-classic from Love You, on the A-side of Matheny’s single. Matheny’s spin is, like so many memorable covers, faithful to the original up to a point—he chose to keep the dramatic shifts in dynamics and picked up the pace only a pinch—but diverges just enough to make it distinct. Gone is Johnson’s martial drumbeat in favor of Matheny’s Spector-informed, lazy swung backbeat. In lieu of Centro-matic’s slow disintegration and off-kilter keys, we get a triumphant guitar solo worthy of J. Mascis as the song winds down. Quality songwriting isn’t threatened by interpretation, and in this new interpretation you’re bound to glimpse aspects of Johnson’s song you overlooked before.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt when the interpreter is a top-notch songwriter as well: Matheny, on the heels of 2017’s Strange Constellations LP and last spring’s EP “Moon Over Kenova,” is a breakout voice in country-rock, and keeps on proving it. The B-side of the new single, “Christian Name,” manages to turn variations on a theme into three or four distinct hooks, any one of which would have been enough for most songsmiths to hang their hat on. Tom Petty is in there somewhere beneath the world-weary country-rock exterior, but so is the dark-tinged bluesy folk of Lucinda Williams.

For some, Matheny’s tribute to Centro-matic will represent a nostalgic trip; for others it may be an entrée into the music of both Misra mainstays. The thing is, either way, it’s a pair of tracks worthy of play on repeat: Two gems with equal parts twang and tremolo, clever riffs and thoughtful words, delivered with deceptive ease.

Pony League

Pony League has a knack for distilling real life moments into shimmering compositions stacked with a lush blend of piano and guitars, a skill they’ve put on display across the country. Notable performances include a recent concert on a moving plane for Southwest Airlines, and more recently at Red Rocks Amphitheater opening for The Fray.

The band draws a wealth of inspiration from their home state, though Billboard says their "warm, retro-acoustic sound feels more like California than Georgia.“ A fitting description of a band that’s been likened to Jackson Browne and Dawes.

”We’re an Americana band in that our songs are reflections of our surroundings and experiences,” says lead guitarist, Charlie Mills.

They’re second album, A Picture of Your Family, will be out March 23 on local Atlanta label Bear Kids Recordings.

“It’s an exploration of human perseverance in the face of such obstacles as extreme pressure, anxiety and depression,” singer Gus Fernandez explains, keeping in theme with 2016’s “Harder Than A Rick Ankiel,” which was inspired by the hard-luck story of a pitcher-turned-batter for The Atlanta Braves.

Substream Magazine said about the upcoming album’s title track,

“It’s one of those songs you can’t stop listening to because you love the fact that you feel something when you’re listening to it. You’re taken out of your own head, the negativity of real life slips away, and in a true Walking In Memphis kind of way– you can’t help but feel a little somber but somehow full of joy.”

The 11 songs on the forthcoming album showcase a tightly knit group of friends and musicians who have steadily evolved since their 2014 debut, Fresh Start. You can now preview the title track below!

Tyler Scruggs

Writer, Musician, and Pop Culture Cosmonaut Tyler Scruggs has, perhaps inadvertently, been an early adopter his whole life. Self-identified as 'born on the Internet,' Scruggs is empathetically but unapologetically carving out his own unique space in pop culture and the broader 21st century digital frontier. Living in Atlanta, Georgia, he lives his life with a "Star Trek meets Spongebob"-like optimism; searching for the creative, novel, and meaningful in virtually everything.

In 2011, he self-released his first pop album Robots Live Forever, following it up with 2013’s Concerns. During this time, he performed shows both as a solo singer/songwriter act, and in bands like Tetra in 2012 across the west coast. His songwriting centers mainly around digital anxiety and loneliness, all in the frame of mainstream electronic & alt-pop music.

His writing is focused on pop culture perspective editorials, media criticism, as well as essays on LGBTQ+ issues and topics and personal stories. His work can be read in print and online at various publications, as well as his own personal outlet at tylerscruggs.com.

His third album is due to be released Summer 2019.

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