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Groove Lab

Groove Lab

By Lauren Alexander

Lauren Alexander & Jeff Odom give you a behind the scenes look into the lives of the people that make up the music industry. From the artists and musicians, to the people working behind the scenes, Groove Lab will give you a chance to hear their stories, learn their secrets to success, and keep the world of music alive.
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#48 - Rachel Burns
#48 - Rachel Burns
Pop/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Rachel Burns, is a multi-talented Washington DC-based artist who is inspired by iconic singers and entertainers such as Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Tina Turner, and the like. Writing songs that combine life’s humor and heartbreak, Burns infuses the influences of blues, country, and jazz with a theatrical twist in her original music. 
19:53
November 16, 2022
#47 - Ryan Argast / Marina City
#47 - Ryan Argast / Marina City
We got a chance to catch up with Ryan Argast, the lead singer of Marina City to talk about their latest project 'The Simulation'. Join the fun at www.marinacityband.com Thank you to our sponsors-  Kyser Musical Products
20:18
November 02, 2022
 #46 - Music Law with Roger Notario
#46 - Music Law with Roger Notario
Based out of South Florida, Attorney and Educator, Roger Notario, represents independent artists and brands globally through his firm, Music’s Favorite Law Firm, and provides content to artists though his production and educational company, Apollo’s Counsel. https://apolloscounsel.com Thank you to our sponsors, Kyser Musical Products!
51:07
October 19, 2022
#45 - Erica D'Aurora
#45 - Erica D'Aurora
Erica D'Aurora is a senior publicist with Muddy Paw PR and founder of the international music blog Musical Notes Global. She finds her greatest joy in helping artists achieve their dreams and we are so happy she sat down to chat with us! Thank you to our sponsors Kyser Musical Products!
37:59
October 05, 2022
#44 - Bryard Huggins
#44 - Bryard Huggins
Bryard (bree-yard) Huggins is a composer, record producer, and contemporary jazz piano recording artist from Nashville, TN. He is also founder/CEO of Muse Entertainment, a music production company and indie record label. In addition, he tours with the Empress of Soul Gladys Knight as her featured guest artist. Bryard stumbled upon his God-given musical gift at the age of 4 and composed his first song at the age of 6. A former child prodigy with a gifted ear for music, now 27, he has released 5 studio jazz albums, 1 instrumental gospel album, and various singles. Through his company Muse Entertainment, Bryard composes and produces musical content for diverse clientele nationwide, in the styles of film/TV, commercials, music for podcasts, stage plays, and more. He also develops and mentors aspiring musical artists, helping them gain knowledge, the portfolio, and the experience of the recorded music industry. Bryard holds a bachelor’s degree in commercial music production from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in music business from Frost School of Music, University of Miami. He is a member of Nashville’s National Museum of African American Music’s (NMAAM) emerging artists series and has performed as a featured artist at the Ryman Auditorium, the Walt Disney Theatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and more. Bryard is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. Website: www.bryardhuggins.com IG @bryardofficial 
39:00
September 22, 2022
#43 - SEASON 3! With Kaylee Steffel of Steffel Media
#43 - SEASON 3! With Kaylee Steffel of Steffel Media
With charisma to match the images she produces, Kaylee Steffel is on the rise as  one of the most in-demand photographers on the Nashville music scene. For Steffel, creativity has always been the outlet. However, she vividly remembers  the first show that sparked her interest in live photography. “Carrie Underwood.  The Play On Tour. She was circling the crowd in a blue truck, swinging on a swing.  It was magical,” the 27-year-old says. Cutting her teeth photographing intimate country shows as well as high-energy  festivals and artists in Ohio and surrounding states, she wanted more of those  moments. After university, she headed into the corporate world working for a Fortune 500  company, but didn’t see a lifetime career. “I knew I wouldn’t be happy without  giving it a shot at touring and creating in the music space full-time.” In November  2019, Steffel took the leap after years of waiting and relocated to Nashville, TN. By January 2020, she had a published photo of award-winning artist, Rhonda  Funk, in the Nugget Newspaper (Sisters, OR.) — a career first. Unfortunately as  her career was hitting a stride, the world shut down. Navigating this proved  difficult; however, she pivoted into portraiture and content creating for influence  marketers. Originally capturing Country artists exclusively, Steffel has expanded into a wide  array of genres including Rap and Pop-Rock. This proved fruitful for her as she  found her work getting placements in publications far and wide with Pop-Rock’s  Eddie and The Getaway and Pop singer-songwriter, Cassandra. Currently, the Nashville-based creative works as the live photographer for country  artist, Ashley Barron, as well as rapper, Hew G., along with creating for a variety of  artists across the music spectrum. Thank you to our Sponsor Kyser Musical Products
37:43
September 07, 2022
#42 - Dropped In : FROST
#42 - Dropped In : FROST
It's the season 2 finale! Thank you all so much for being here. Huge shout out to our friends at Kyser Musical Products for sponsoring us this season, we love you! We got to chat with the sweetest couple, Tim and Deanda Frost. If you know them, then you know. These two are pure gold. Together with their son Odin, they make up the band FROST. We got to hear about all of the cool things they've been up to, and some fun things they have coming up, Like maybe...sneaking into the Grammy's?!  Keep up with them on instagram, and buy their cool merch at http://www.allthingsfrost.com.
46:10
October 27, 2021
#41 - Wunderful Design : Robert Woodward
#41 - Wunderful Design : Robert Woodward
Had a lovely chat with the talented Robert Woodward of Wunderful Design Co. We talked about his creative process, his time in Ivoryline, and his sweet family. Check him out on instagram, @wunderfuldesign
26:27
October 20, 2021
#40 - Camino : Riley Owens
#40 - Camino : Riley Owens
Loved chatting with Riley Owens! His brand new single 'Camino' is out TODAY! Go support him and show him some Groove Lab love! https://linktr.ee/rileyowensmusic
15:15
October 13, 2021
#39 - The Way I Am : Bee Taylor
#39 - The Way I Am : Bee Taylor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1O9dSiQiEulodrkC8IjU5V9eTZYLMPQ25zWNIQONi1gp8kblNFrlmFbNg&v=dXhr5FkWLZA&feature=youtu.be https://www.beetaylormusic.com
26:37
October 06, 2021
#38 - You Can Be a Stormtrooper : The Kirby's
#38 - You Can Be a Stormtrooper : The Kirby's
Lauren & Jeff chat with The Kirbys, husband and wife duo, and owners of the Big Sandy Music Hall.
31:27
September 29, 2021
#37 - ROSEWOOD STUDIOS
#37 - ROSEWOOD STUDIOS
Had so much fun chatting with Drew Hall & Kerry West of Rosewood Studios in Tyler, TX. They told us some fun stories & gave some great tips for anyone who is interested in recording. 
46:34
September 22, 2021
#36 - Break My Heart : Lauren Alexander
#36 - Break My Heart : Lauren Alexander
Lauren Alexander is an Alt. Country / Americana artist who hails from the Pineywoods of East Texas. Ahead of her upcoming album, 'Field Notes', comes her second single from the project, 'Break My Heart'. The track blends Country, Pop, and Hazy Folk textures that put a mellow, laid back, almost happy spin on a relatably wistful subject. BREAK MY HEART MUSIC VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o7fJfGNecg INSTAGRAM https://www.instagram.com/laurenalexandermusic/ FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/laurenalexandermusic WWW.LAURENALEXANDER.COM
34:19
September 08, 2021
#35 - Get Over It : Minnie Murphy
#35 - Get Over It : Minnie Murphy
Lauren & Jeff welcome Minnie Murphy into the Groove Lab to discuss her new single, "Get Over It".  Minnie Murphy was born with music in her DNA. Raised in a musical family, father Jimmy Murphy, a guitarist, mother Patricia Murphy, a piano player, and she’s a half-sister to early-2000s country staple, Jamie O’Neal. Murphy voyaged across the country with her father to Nashville, where she had the opportunity to write songs with some of the industry’s finest and record a handful of them at the mere age of 16. She has also performed on stages like the Grand Ole Opry and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, to weekly jobs playing piano and singing cover songs with some of her originals mixed in at Maggiano’s and Sambuca in Nashville. For over a decade, she has been in Nashville, working as a writer and recording demos. Minnie’s new single, “Get Over It,” is reflective and delivers a potent mix of classic traditional country along with her unique musical ability to bring passion and real deal emotion to life, both vocally or instrumentally. Her new LP, Evergreen, is due out later in 2021.
28:11
September 01, 2021
#34 - Hillbilly Martian : Carolina Pine
#34 - Hillbilly Martian : Carolina Pine
Lauren & Jeff welcome country duo Carolina Pine into the Groove Lab to talk about their new music, and what it was like touring with Alan Jackson. 
36:60
August 25, 2021
#33 - Clay : Becca Tremmel
#33 - Clay : Becca Tremmel
www.beccatremmel.com
27:29
August 18, 2021
#32 - Transit : Meredith Crawford
#32 - Transit : Meredith Crawford
Lauren and Jeff welcome East Texas Singer/Songwriter Meredith Crawford into the Groove Lab to talk about her musical journey, and finding her voice. Check her out at www.MeredithCrawford.com “Meredith Crawford has successfully taken something with a very definitive shape, and made it seem shapeless. Historically speaking, that kind of dreamy musical witchcraft has only been successfully accomplished by the likes of timeless wonder-women like Patsy Cline, Stevie Nicks, or the queen: Aretha Franklin; herself.” She was singing harmonies at the young age of 10 from the pew surrounded by strangers, to the Opry circuit around Texas by 16, and had fronted 3 bands by the age of 27. Just shy of 30, she has written over 200 songs, opened for Texas acts such as Hayes Carll, Sunny Sweeney, and Shiny Ribs, and has won several awards including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year (2 years running), Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year for East Texas. A dark horse in the running, her pinnacle of musical strength is perched upon raw, lyrical honesty delivered through painfully elegant vocals.
44:57
August 11, 2021
#31 - Bar & R : Don Pedigo
#31 - Bar & R : Don Pedigo
Lauren & Jeff welcome Don Pedigo into the Groove Lab to talk all about his time in the music city, his songwriting process and his upcoming releases. Check him out at https://www.donpedigo.com - Don Pedigo is one of Nashville’s finest Singer-Songwriters whose old-soul rock and roll vibe and thoughtful lyricism takes you on an introspective adventure, leaving you not only wanting to know more about his music but also about yourself. Pedigo describes his songwriting as, "Real life. Everything is directly or indirectly a personal experience. I may embellish it, but everything is connected to me.” Upon listening, your ear may beg you to remember some iconic musicians such as Gram Parsons or Tom Petty, but in Pedigo’s uniquely individual style that can’t be replicated, his songwriting delivers something modern and refreshing to the listener. Don Pedigo has been cited as being a, “Spirit questing, true Roots-Rock artist.”, and coming after his recent excursions out West to New Mexico, he has found an even deeper meaning pushing him to write songs that will connect with people right where they are.  "I want to touch the ground, meet the people, feel the rhythm, and write it down.”, says Pedigo. Because of this mantra he holds, Don resonates with listeners because his experience is first-hand and his lyrics show an authentic understanding of everyman's share of troubles and triumphs.
32:28
August 04, 2021
#30 - Souldier Straps : Jen Tabor
#30 - Souldier Straps : Jen Tabor
Lauren Alexander & Jeff Odom welcome Jen Tabor into the Groove Lab for a super fun and motivational interview. Jen is the creator and owner of guitar strap company, Souldier Straps. We talked about how she got her start making straps, how she runs her business, and all of the killer artists she's worked with.  Build your custom strap here: https://souldier.us/CustomGuitarStraps.aspx
31:15
July 28, 2021
#29 - Talking to Ghosts : Bridget Rian
#29 - Talking to Ghosts : Bridget Rian
Lauren & Jeff welcome Bridget Rian into the Groove Lab to talk all about her new EP and her love of sad songs. The debut EP from Bridget Rian, Talking to Ghosts, is a delicate, dark and intricate collection of stories rooted in the bittersweet honesty about the fragile human condition. Exploring themes of mortality, loss, and nostalgia, the New York-raised singer-songwriter brings profound comfort to the listener with her ethereal vocals and contemplative storytelling. “I wanted to name the EP Talking to Ghosts because in every song I am either talking to someone who has died, my past self, or talking about ghosts,” says Rian. “There are also some old, interesting family stories about me as a baby talking to ghosts… so it’s a topic close to my heart.” ​Sign up for her newsletter at https://www.bridgetrian.com
19:54
July 21, 2021
#28 - The Woman in Black : Jenn Ford
#28 - The Woman in Black : Jenn Ford
Lauren & Jeff welcome East Texas singer/songwriter Jenn Ford into the Groove Lab. Jenn has been singing her entire life.  Born and raised in East Texas, Jenn first started performing in church, school choir and marching band. She attended college as a vocal music major and was a member of several select groups and ensembles, before joining the US Army. During her time with the Military Police, Jenn was selected to tour with The United States Army Soldier Show, the 62nd Army Band; and eventually assigned to The United States Army Europe Band and Chorus. ​Jenn's experience includes radio, television, and stage production, all while pursuing her career as a singer-songwriter. A vast range of musical influences from Patsy Cline to Credence Clearwater Revival to ZZ Top, gives Jenn the diversity to entertain a wide range of audiences. ​Listen to her music at @ www.JennFord.com
44:13
July 14, 2021
#27 - Who is Otis? : Lee Mathis
#27 - Who is Otis? : Lee Mathis
Today we welcomed Lee Mathis into the Groove Lab. Lee is the lead singer of Lee Mathis & The Brutally Handsome, an outlaw country band from East Texas. We talked all about how he got his start in music, his incredible band, and asked the very important question... *Who is Otis?* www.leemathis.com
32:17
July 07, 2021
#26 - Matt James : Blacktop Mojo
#26 - Matt James : Blacktop Mojo
Lauren Alexander - Break My Heart https://linktr.ee/Laurenalexander Lauren and Jeff welcome Matt James into the Groove Lab. Matt is the lead singer for rock band Blacktop Mojo. He tells us about his upcoming EP, tour dates (finally!!), and the first song he ever wrote. Check out their music at www.BlacktopMojo.com!
25:48
June 30, 2021
#25 - Cashville : VOLK
#25 - Cashville : VOLK
Lauren & Jeff welcome thrash-and-twang duo VOLK into the Groove Lab. VOLK is Chris Lowe (electric guitar, vocals) and Eleot Reich (drums, lead vocals). Together they kick out the jams with a high-octane show combining politics, poetry, and pageantry. Their new album Cashville is their first full-length release and the first to capture the full range of their cinematic style. They are so fun & unique. Check them out at www.livevolk.com 
37:33
June 23, 2021
#24 - KYSER MUSICAL PRODUCTS : Meredith Attebery
#24 - KYSER MUSICAL PRODUCTS : Meredith Attebery
Lauren & Jeff welcome owner & president of Kyser Musical Products, Meredith Attebery into the Groove Lab. We really enjoyed getting to chat with Meredith about the history of Kyser and how her uncle Milton Kyser turned an elementary school education into such a huge company. Thank you to Kyser Musical Products for sponsoring this season of the podcast! Head to www.KyserMusical.com and use our code GROOVE at checkout for 15% off your purchase!
01:00:58
June 16, 2021
#23 - Reflections : Jon Pattie
#23 - Reflections : Jon Pattie
Lauren & Jeff welcome Jon Pattie into the Groove Lab. Teacher by day, passionate singer songwriter by night. Starting his music career off as the lead guitarist in a wide variety of bands, Jon ventured into his solo career while pursuing a degree in chemical engineering. We talk about some of our favorite places in Nashville, and his new album 'Reflections Vol. 2' which is the second of a four volume series. Check out his music at www.JonPattie.com. Also, please send spicy ketchup! Huge thank you to our sponsor this season, Kyser Musical Products! Head to www.KyserMusical.com and use our code GROOVE at checkout for 15% off your purchase!
32:30
June 15, 2021
#22 - Action Sound : Kelly Barber
#22 - Action Sound : Kelly Barber
Welcome friends! Season 2 of Groove Lab has officially begun!  Today, Lauren and Jeff welcome Kelly Barber into the Groove Lab. Kelly is the owner and operator of Action Sound - one of the coolest music stores in all of Texas. Kelly tells us all about how he got his start, his relationship with guitars, and his philosophy on running a music store where everyone feels welcome. Check out the store in person in Hawkins, TX, or online at www.actionsoundmusic.com We are so excited to be teaming up with Kyser Musical Products for Season 2! Kyser is a family owned and operated guitar accessories company, proudly made right here in East Texas, and globally recognized for their world famous quick change capos. Guaranteed with a lifetime warranty, Kyser capos are ready for whatever the road throws at them! They've got a variety of colors, patterns, and styles to suit every player and every personality. No matter where you are in your musical journey, there's a Kyser capo for you. Go to www.KyserMusical.com and use our code GROOVE at checkout for 15% off your purchase!
39:13
June 02, 2021
#21 - Shake the Dust : The Highway Women
#21 - Shake the Dust : The Highway Women
It's the season 1 finale! On this episode, I got to chat with Bailey James and Kristen Kae, two of the four members of the female fronted country/rock/pop group The Highway Women. We chat about their new music and girl power. Check out their music here - https://www.highwaywomen.com
15:39
December 30, 2020
#20 - Christmas Magic : Juna N Joey
#20 - Christmas Magic : Juna N Joey
In this episode, Lauren Alexander talks with brother/sister pop country duo Juna N Joey about their Youtube career, and their new Christmas singles. These two have had quite a bit of success, with their Youtube covers reaching over 5 million views! Check them out at www.junanjoey.com and be sure to follow them on Tik Tok! 
15:05
December 23, 2020
#19 - New Ink : Manny Blu
#19 - New Ink : Manny Blu
From professional MMA fighting, to country music. This week, Lauren Alexander talks with Canadian country music artist Manny Blu about his interesting introduction into the music industry, and his new EP "New Ink" https://mannyblumusic.com YEARS BEFORE HE CRISS-CROSSED NORTH AMERICA AS AN ACCLAIMED COUNTRY SINGER AND A TRUE ROAD WARRIOR—PLAYING NIGHTLY SHOWS IN SUPPORT OF HIS 2019 DEBUT ALBUM LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS, WHILE ALSO SHARPENING THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE SOUND THAT WOULD FILL HIS 2020 FOLLOW-UP EP NEW INK—MANNY SPENT HIS DAYS IN THE GYM, TRAINING FOR A CAREER AS AN MMA FIGHTER. WHEN A LEG INJURY LEFT HIM UNABLE TO COMPETE IN PROFESSIONAL MATCHES, BLU FOUND HIMSELF AT HOME IN MONTREAL, RECOVERING FROM A TORN QUADRICEP AND LOOKING FOR A NEW PASSION TO PASS THE TIME. WHAT HE FOUND WAS A RENEWED APPRECIATION FOR MUSIC: FIRST, THE GUITAR-DRIVEN BLUES OF B.B. KING, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, AND JOHN MAYER; NEXT, THE EASYGOING SWAGGER AND RELATABLE STORYTELLING OF MODERN COUNTRY. ACCOMPANYING HIMSELF ON THE GUITAR AND SINGING IN AN EXPRESSIVE VOICE, MANNY BEGAN TAKING REQUESTS FROM THE FRIENDS WHO'D COME OVER TO THE HOUSE TO VISIT. THOSE CASUAL PERFORMANCES MARKED HIS FIRST TIME PLAYING MUSIC FOR ANYONE, AND THE EXPERIENCE LEFT A PERMANENT MARK. "THAT WAS HOW IT ALL STARTED," MANNY REMEMBERS. "ALL OF MY FRIENDS WERE LIVING IN OTHER TOWNS, PLAYING HOCKEY. THEY'D COME BACK TO MONTREAL DURING THE SUMMER, ONCE HOCKEY SEASON WAS OVER, AND THEY'D ASK ME TO PLAY THE COUNTRY SONGS THEY'D BEEN LISTENING TO. I LEARNED ALL THE HITS…AND I LEARNED THERE'S A CULTURE AND A VIBE TO COUNTRY MUSIC THAT'S LIKE NOTHING ELSE." MANNY NOW CONTINUES TO BRING HIS OWN VIBE TO COUNTRY MUSIC, CREATING AN ORIGINAL SOUND THAT MAKES ROOM FOR HIS BLUES AND ROCK & ROLL INFLUENCES. HE INTRODUCED THAT SOUND WITH LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS, A DEBUT RECORD THAT EARNED HIM THOUSANDS OF NEW FANS AND PRESENTED HIM WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT THE ROAD. MANNY SUBSEQUENTLY SPENT TIME IN NASHVILLE, IMMERSING HIMSELF IN MUSIC CITY, BEFORE HEADING BACK UP NORTH ONCE AGAIN--THIS TIME WITH HIS BAND OF HARD-EDGED COUNTRY ROCKERS IN TOW—TO SERVE AS FELLOW CANADIAN COUNTRY ARTIST GEORGE CANYON’S OPENING ACT DURING A TWO-MONTH TOUR. NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, MANNY HIT THE STAGE WITH A MISSION, AIMING TO WIN OVER THE CROWD WITH AN UNDENIABLE LIVE SHOW. THE GUITARS GOT LOUDER. THE DRUMS GREW EVEN MORE PUMMELING. AND THE SONGS BECAME EVEN MORE ANTHEMIC. IN NASHVILLE, HE BEGAN PIECING TOGETHER A NEW RECORD—ONE THAT SHOWCASED THE LESSONS HE LEARNED ON THE ROAD. WORKING WITH PRODUCER AARON ESHUIS AND HIT SONGWRITERS LIKE JOSH OSBORNE, RHETT ATKINS, AND ROSS COPPERMAN, MANNY BLU EMERGED FROM NASHVILLE'S OMNISOUND STUDIOS WITH NEW INK. FROM “BORN TO RIDE” TO "SINK," THESE NEW SONGS TELL RELATABLE STORIES ABOUT LOVE, LOSS, BREAKUPS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, ROOTED IN AN AMPLIFIED MIX OF COUNTRY TWANG AND HEAVY ROCK & ROLL ATTITUDE. "I WANTED THE ALBUM TO SOUND THE WAY WE DO LIVE," SAYS MANNY. "THERE'S MORE ROCK, MORE SOUL, AND MORE VOLUME THIS TIME AROUND. IT'S BIGGER AND LOUDER, BUT IT'S STILL ME. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT'S STILL FUN." RAISED AS A VERSATILE ATHLETE WHO PLAYED HOCKEY, SOCCER, AND FOOTBALL BEFORE KICKSTARTING HIS MMA TRAINING AT 16-YEARS-OLD, MANNY BLU HASN'T LOST THAT FIGHTING SPIRIT. IF ANYTHING, HE'S GOTTEN STRONGER, LEARNING TO ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES AND KNOCK DOWN ANY OBSTACLES IN HIS PATH. NEW INK, WITH ITS HARD-HITTING HOOKS AND COUNTRY-ROCK EDGE, IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO A CAREER ON THE RISE--AND MANNY BLU IS READY TO DELIVER A KNOCKOUT BLOW.
13:11
December 16, 2020
#18 - Burnin' Moonlight : Connor Christian / The Southern Gothic
#18 - Burnin' Moonlight : Connor Christian / The Southern Gothic
"I'm gonna be a singer! I'm gonna take Michael Jacksons Place!"  Connor Christian, front man and main songwriter of the Nashville based band The Southern Gothic talks about childhood dreams & the bands new EP "Burnin' Moonlight" www.thesoutherngothicmusic.com - For Connor Christian, frontman & principal songwriter of The Southern Gothic, life has always been about the journey.  The son of an American serviceman & diplomat, that journey started at 6 months old, when his family moved from Los Angeles to Jakarta, Indonesia and from there on to places such as Singapore, South Korea, and Belgium, as well as stints all over the US.  “I never lived anywhere long enough to think of it as a hometown, to make those lifelong memories and associations, so I learned to take little pieces from every stop and make them part of my story” That story led Connor to Atlanta GA as a young adult.  Stints in several other bands led to the formation of The Southern Gothic with former Truckadelic drummer Shawn Thacker.  What started as a high energy, house cover band at venerated Atlanta dive bar, Dixie Tavern, grew along with Connor’s writing to become the band that Billboard Magazine called it’s ‘Band on the Verge’.  Ten months later, the band’s second album, ‘New Hometown’ debuted #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart and #17 on it’s country albums chart.  The same month, the first single from the record, “Sheets Down” reached #1 on CMT’s Pure Country 12-Pack Countdown, a spot it held for 4 weeks.  The album, a 20-song semi-autobiographical opus, equal parts Tennessee Williams & Homer, “Tumbleweed Connection” era Elton John, Guns n Roses and Chris Stapleton - tells the story of a man looking for a home, and artist searching for his muse, and a band finding its own way. People surprised by the band’s ‘overnight’ chart success hadn’t been paying attention to the way the band built that excitement.  Averaging almost 200 shows per year for the previous 4 years, the band built a chemistry with each other and a reputation for an electric live show – even the acoustic ones.  Sharing stages with bands as diverse as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker, Styx, Zac Brown Band, and Heart, SoGo’s honest lyrics, heartfelt melodies, and stellar musicianship cut through to appeal to fans across the world without regard to genre, age, or locale. With the 2020 release of  the Southern Gothic’s New EP, Burnin’ Moonlight,  Connor, Thacker and the band prove again that they will continue to evolve, unbound and unafraid to explore new territory every time out.  Working with Grammy-winning producer Jonathan Roye (Kelsey Ballerini) and Grammy-nominated producer Keith Hetrick (Charlie Wilson) SoGo explores the intersection of Americana, Pop, and Rock n’ Roll to create something uniquely now and undeniably, The Southern Gothic.
13:29
December 09, 2020
#17 - Mele Kalikimaka : Ana Cristina Cash
#17 - Mele Kalikimaka : Ana Cristina Cash
On this weeks episode, Lauren Alexander chats with Ana Cristina Cash about her take on the Hawaiian Christmas classic, "Mele Kalikimaka".  Ana Cristina Cash is an American singer-songwriter, raised in Miami, Florida by her Cuban parents who moved to the United States in the early 1960s during the onset of the revolution. Growing up listening to a multitude of genres, Cash’s sound was influenced by an eclectic array of inspiration from gritty Blues and Jazz to Pop-Country. Writing directly from the heart, the singer-songwriter’s recordings exhibit a broad vocal range, spanning from an expressive and resonating contralto to a soaring coloratura soprano, otherwise known as the “whistle register.” At the young age of 19, Cash was given the honor of singing “ The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2005 Presidential Inauguration, making her the first Hispanic in history to do so. Cash was then asked to return in 2006 as she was invited to perform at the White House for the President of the United States, the Crowned Prince of Spain and notable world ambassadors. That same year, she released “You Can Change the World” as a duet with Michaelangelo. The song’s bilingual counterpart, “El Mundo Puedes Cambiar,” went on to become the theme song for the World Cup Germany 2006. Writing from her heart first, all of Ana’s projects reflect her connection to Rockabilly and gritty Blues, along with a flavor of Country and Soul. https://www.anacristinacash.com
18:01
December 02, 2020
#16 - A Life of Listening : Tim Kimsey
#16 - A Life of Listening : Tim Kimsey
On this episode of Groove Lab, Lauren Alexander talks to Grammy award winner Tim Kimsey about the pro's & Cons of his Grammy, reinventing yourself, and keeping up with the times.  Tim Kimsey is a multi-platinum mixing engineer and audio engineer. He has worked with artists like Vanilla Ice, Pantera, and Steve Perry, just to name a few. He currently teaches at Media Tech Institute in Dallas, TX.  http://www.timkimsey.com
01:28:28
November 25, 2020
#15 - Sonic Storytelling : Sean Giovanni
#15 - Sonic Storytelling : Sean Giovanni
On this weeks episode of Groove Lab, Lauren Alexander talks with Sean Giovanni, record producer, audio engineer, educator, and and owner of The Record Shop, a recording studio and multi-media company in Nashville, TN. He's worked with artists like John Legend, Juicy J, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw, and The Wallflowers, just to name a few. He talks about getting creative during challenging times, staying inspired, and gives his tips on reaching and maintaining your goals. https://therecordshopnashville.com https://mindmaptribe.com therecordshop1@gmail.com
57:38
November 18, 2020
#14 -Miscellaneous Melodies : HAGER
#14 -Miscellaneous Melodies : HAGER
On this weeks episode of the podcast, Lauren chats with HAGER about her new album, Miscellaneous Melodies. - Recording artist and songwriter, Hager has been songwriting for seventeen  years, and along the way she fell in love with learning to produce her own music. Female producers make up just 4% of the music industry and now Hager is part of that very small percentage. Hager's music is intrinsic to who she is as a person, artist and producer. Her music displays her heart, tells the story of her journey and where she is presently.  With Coldplay and One Republic dreamy/atmospheric vibes and melodies, Hager's music takes you to a place of peace, reflection, solitude and joy.  Hager truly stands out, dives deep into her music, and works everyday to improve it. Quarantine proved to be a productive time for Hager, giving her the opportunity to produce her first full length album, releasing October 2020. Hager is in love with melodies that grab your attention, cause you to sing along and you'll find to yourself singing later even after the song is over. Hager writes about her own experiences in a way that draws you in, connects with your heart, and in turn, makes them your own. Hager has always used her music as a coping agent and that clearly comes through all of her songs and it takes the listener to a whole new level. https://www.facebook.com/hagermusicofficial https://www.instagram.com/hagermusicofficial/ https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hager2/miscellaneous-melodies-4
17:05
November 11, 2020
#13 - Mossflower Pictures : Luke Harvey
#13 - Mossflower Pictures : Luke Harvey
Whimsical & nostalgic. Those are the best words to describe the work of Luke Harvey from Mossflower Pictures. Lauren & Luke chat about the parenting/worklife balance of a creative, the approach he takes to transform songs into film, and his advice for musicians looking to make a music video. Check out his work at https://mossflowerpictures.com •Groove Lab Song of The Week - "Reach or Reason" by Josh Rennie-Hynes •https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVTFlQdUHvQ •Song of The Week Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=75m5J-yuQ4S4e_3DDrsZ1g •Josh Rennie-Hynes Groove Lab Episode: https://open.spotify.com/episode/48xq7Sx8xbFFSsz5vzk4Xe?si=OLTbmsnTSSCLidV9sEr8xw
33:45
November 04, 2020
#12 - Who We Are Deep Down : Heather Batchelor
#12 - Who We Are Deep Down : Heather Batchelor
Lauren Alexander talks with Heather Batchelor about her new EP 'Who We Are Deep Down'  www.heatherbatchelor.com Make a donation to the Tennessee Equality Project - https://www.tnep.org/1timetepdonation Groove Lab Song Of The Week Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=TrbZXgJcTZOTkEoUi1rRQw
19:60
October 28, 2020
#11 - Witness : YEARLØVE
#11 - Witness : YEARLØVE
Lauren Alexander talks to a couple of the members of the band YEARLØVE. Check out their music & new merch here: https://www.yearlovemusic.com Song Of The Week Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=lP4wVXM-TJuMN5tKZHwqqQ Ele Ivory A Little More music video: https://youtu.be/Zer-b6URvxE
22:06
October 21, 2020
#10 - She's A Savage : Natalie Bailey of Lady Savage MGMT
#10 - She's A Savage : Natalie Bailey of Lady Savage MGMT
Lauren Alexander talks to Natalie Bailey of Lady Savage Management.  https://www.ladysavagemanagement.com Song of the week - Higher by HAGER https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=0ejb78c0QCWKNqMTkHDnbQ
35:00
October 14, 2020
#9 - Put A Rock On This Rolling Stone : Sarah Harralson
#9 - Put A Rock On This Rolling Stone : Sarah Harralson
Lauren Alexander chats with Nashville singer/songwriter Sarah Harralson about upcoming music, and her time working for BMI. Check out Sarah's music here: https://open.spotify.com/track/20Vz7oTYTyZlvBzG0dwjIL?si=pWOSQdP2QliqKpjgLUR-Bw Pre save her new song "Get Lost In Some Rock N' Roll" - https://ditto.fm/get-lost-in-some-rock-n-roll Song Of The Week Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=D14StHruSbaabWMuZvP4yw Song Of The Week : Moonlight Night - Atlantis Aquarius - https://youtu.be/4JJz-MdWn0A
15:53
October 07, 2020
#8 - Marshmellow Jam : Daniel Westmoreland
#8 - Marshmellow Jam : Daniel Westmoreland
Lauren Alexander and Daniel Westmoreland talk about the magic wonderland that is the Marshmellow Jam - Where all the hippies in East Texas go to enjoy a weekend of music, art, and camping.  ***Don't miss the Harvest Moon Dance Marshmellow Jam! October 2nd & 3rd.*** Groove Lab Song Of The Week : Going In by WILD CHILD - https://open.spotify.com/user/12163279759/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=rZtUrHgkS9uTmLZs-g1wqw Song Confessional Podcast - https://open.spotify.com/artist/3zM0frH8HgM7cK5OXpHu4E?si=WciQnmH0QdSAqsBqlk4KGQ
15:08
September 30, 2020
#7 - No Limits : Ethan Harris
#7 - No Limits : Ethan Harris
Lauren Alexander talks with Ethan Harris about what it was like being on Season 13 of American Idol, how he got to Nashville, and his plans going forward. Check out Ethans music on Spotify here : https://open.spotify.com/artist/1iZJEDqsFJTV4UxGGTI78L?si=YRMzKSBoRbGmx3qoNCaijw Song Of The Week Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=W4ER_HUITaa34YV2P7Zrcg
34:35
September 23, 2020
#6 - Universal Language : Phillip Cardon
#6 - Universal Language : Phillip Cardon
Lauren talks to Phillip Cardon about his new adventure, Universal Language. Find them at https://www.facebook.com/universallanguagelive & check out the Groove Lab Song of The Week Playlist here - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=SBceXCM4S6e1A3OhwpH9IQ
34:02
September 16, 2020
#5 - Mercury Rising : Tezza
#5 - Mercury Rising : Tezza
Space suits & Disco Balls.  Nashville Pop/Country artist, Tezza, talks about her new single, and plans for the future. Groove Lab Song Of The Week Playlist - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4Wq28X4ObMeOCCaFjHotN9?si=3_i8YD9JRH-hzCRTGvzXnA
31:36
September 09, 2020
#4 - Boots&Cats : Josh Rennie-Hynes
#4 - Boots&Cats : Josh Rennie-Hynes
Lauren and Josh have a quick chat about his new album ‘Patterns’ and his love for cats 😜 Check out Josh’s album ‘Patterns’ here - https://open.spotify.com/artist/3YRZWrA1WzMaDfOPoQVHCp?si=t2woHdBlR4SEFuZfxiLkew
11:03
September 02, 2020
#3 - The Golden Ticket Isn't Made Of Gold : Heather Little
#3 - The Golden Ticket Isn't Made Of Gold : Heather Little
Lauren chats with Heather Little about motherhood, how she got her start in music, and why the golden ticket isn't made of gold. Be sure to check out Heather's Album ' Wings Like These' here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0AI8quAUK6zGBBGJLVQJPy?si=1xFAvPbhRYWdrcQ8pinTYg
41:09
August 26, 2020
#2 - DON'T MESS WITH YOUR SOUND WOMAN : Nancy Giammarco
#2 - DON'T MESS WITH YOUR SOUND WOMAN : Nancy Giammarco
Lauren talks with Nancy Giammarco about quarantine life, what to do if you’re ever locked inside of a night club in Finland (Use the margarita machine, duh), and why you should never ever mess with your sound woman. Check out Nancy’s new book Under The Purple Sea: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G18C6V2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rYNoFbA4CC2B2
29:02
August 19, 2020
#1 - Digging Deeper : Justin Cash
#1 - Digging Deeper : Justin Cash
Lauren chats with Justin Cash about his creative journey. Follow Justin online at www.gojustincash.com and on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/artist/0AAfXmezKCTs1lMOsa8EbL?si=dilMHQpdR52joi8GKjbZvA
44:17
August 12, 2020