Underground Springhouse and Josie Dunne
Thu · August 22, 2019
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
$8.00 - $10.00
This event is 18 and overhttp://www.georgiatheatre.com/event/1876291/
Songs have always been part of Josie’s life. Her parents raised the kids on Stevie Wonder, Etta James and Ray Charles, the songs blaring through the stereo alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Josie learned piano and taught herself guitar, and took singing lessons from her cousin. She knew early on that music was the right career path for her to pursue, and she began flying to Nashville every month during high school for writing sessions with various producers and co-writers. It was through these sessions that Josie began to understand what sorts of songs were right for her.
“I was writing with the who’s who of songwriters,” Josie says. “My idols. It was a really cool way to start writing and it helped me find my own style. I owe a lot of my development to my co-writers. Overall, I think Nashville is a really cool place to come into your own. More pop music is coming out of Nashville now and it’s exciting to be part of writing those rules. The community I’ve felt here is a huge part of who I am now.”
For her first EP, “To Be The Little Fish,” Josie had a few specific goals. She wanted to capture the Motown-era music of her childhood, proving that soul music could feel cool again. The songs should feel modern but embrace those older influences, especially the use of horns. Josie worked with several collaborators, including Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry) and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Birdy), and got to lay down vocals for “Cool With It” at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios. “Old School,” a fun, bubbly number, is the beating heart of the EP. When Josie laid it down she felt like she’s tapped into something essential and the other five songs came from there.
“It’s the first one we had where it was like ‘That’s it!’” she notes. “It’s been the centerpiece of what I’ve been writing since then and dictated what I wanted things to sound and feel like. I think love songs are super important. But a lot of them are about tainted love – and I’ve got my fair share of tainted love songs – but there’s something amazing about a song that’s super happy. That’s what I wanted to accomplish with ‘Old School.’ That’s a reflection of who I am. Life is good. There isn’t really much reason to complain. I believe everything I sing. There’s truth in all my songs, but hopefully in a way people haven’t heard yet.”
The horns come into play on “Cool With it,” a satisfying pop song with a feel-good edge. Josie’s evocative, memorable vocals shine through, carrying the melody throughout. “The music I grew up on has given me a solid base for knowing what I like in a song,” she says.
“Listening to soul music makes you a better singer. It helps you feel everything you sing. And you have to feel what you sing.”
There’s a nerdy vibe embedded into the tunes, too, and Josie’s the first to admit that. She’s passionate about what she loves and she cares about things unabashedly. She loves learning, in any form, and that sensibility comes out in the lyrics. Her music isn’t just about being cool; it’s about being yourself and being authentic. Watching documentaries, movies and TV shows, and listening to podcasts has helped Josie understand that it’s essential to create an immersive feeling with her art. She brings in a lot of visual components onstage (as well as a live trumpet she’s been learning to play) and she hopes her music takes you somewhere special.
“Learning, to me, is really exciting,” Josie says. “That might be the ultimate nerdy thing to say, but that’s what I do for fun. In a lot of ways, movies and videos and podcasts really influence what I do. I get inspired by a world that is created in a visual way, whether it’s watching a movie or going to an aquarium and being surrounded by a tank of fish. It’s a world in itself. That’s something I try to do. I want to put the listener in this story and this other world.”
It’s a world you’ll want to hang out in.
Windows-down singer-songwriter pop artist Brendan Abernathy is defined by his contemplative verses and big choruses, giving a voice to a generation of buried dreamers, hopeful cynics, and rejected romantics.
Once fully immersed in what he calls “the rat race,” Brendan Abernathy chose to leave behind promising prospects in business and healthcare in favor of pursuing a career in music. The pressures of what makes sense and looks good to an outsider weighed heavily as he labored over a decision that really was being written into his life from outside his control. Trying to decide what to do with his life, he battled what most face -- Indecision. Nostalgia. Transition. Rejection. The things that haunt every decision, he gives voice to with intentional lyrics and big choral hooks. From the second row of a Taylor Swift concert he had the epiphany that he couldn’t “stand idly by and watch someone else live his dream.” Now, he pursues his purpose of helping others realize their dreams through creating and performing music.
Former frontman and manager of Athens, GA favorite rock band Light Brigade Brendan launched his reborn career with the release his first single, Story I Can't Write, in April of 2019. In a refreshing return to his natural tendencies to write raw lyrics with pop melodies, Brendan will be releasing a song a month for the next several months.--”
That’s my 3rd person bio, but if you’re here on my facebook page, you deserve to hear my voice -- raw and uncut. I’m here to make music about what we all go through -- crap, voices telling us to be something we don’t want to be, getting told no a heck of a lot more than yes, and some occasional moments of joy. These songs I’m releasing were written as I struggled with what to do with my life, so as you struggle with the same thing, I hope you can find rest, escape, and happiness in them.
My purpose manifests as helping other people realize their dreams. That’s my goal with the music. Live my dream. Help others live theirs.
Follow along with my journey and invite me into yours. I want to join you too.
Rooftop @ Georgia Theatre
215 N. Lumpkin St
Athens, GA, 30601