Alanna Royale with The Hardin Draw
Fri, Jul 12 7:00 pm
Alanna Royale: Alanna Royale makes classic-minded R&B and soul music for the modern age. It's a sound rooted in big melodies, blasts of brass, percussive punch, and old-school grooves, with songs that shine a light not only on frontwoman Alanna Quinn-Broadus' larger-than-life voice but her songwriting chops, too. The band formed in Nashville, where Alanna and guitarist Jared Colby relocated after cutting their teeth as working-class musicians in Boston. Once in Tennessee, they teamed up with drummer Matt Snow, and bassist Gabriel Golden, forming a core lineup that often swells to as many as ten members -- including backup vocalists and a two-piece horn section -- in concert. Together, the band looked beyond Nashville's country-filled past and, instead, took inspiration from Motown's soul, Stax's funky strut, and rock & roll's rebellion. Tattooed, brash, and unapologetically unique, they stood out in a town dominated by Americana music, charting a unique course whose highlights have since included an appearance at Bonnaroo, a string of cross-country shows supporting acts like Lee Fields and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and an audience that celebrates the band's diversity. The Hardin Draw: In 2011, The Hardin Draw began an excavation into the world of bluegrass, country, and roots rock n roll. This six-piece band has taken all these genres and placed them into a blender. The result? Music. New, fresh and exciting music. But they didn't stop there. Further layered into their music you will find elements of a number of genres, from classical to punk and everything in between, largely stemming from the varied musical backgrounds of the six members. These backgrounds mesh seamlessly into The Hardin Draw's poignant, lyrically driven songs. Each song, unique to itself, resonates deeply to the human experience and offers a light at the end of any tunnel.