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Here at Cause A Scene we always jump at the opportunity to spotlight local artists and we love to keep tabs on past CAS performers, and Nashville-based folk pop outfit Charlie and the Foxtrots falls into both of those categories. Having played a CAS show this past October with fellow Nashvillians, Smooth Hound Smith, Charlie and the Foxtrots have been a talent we have been keeping a close eye on.

In early 2013, lead vocalist Chas Wilson began assembling The Foxtrots, forming a seven piece band, drawing their sound from classic folk and bluegrass influences, fusing it all together with modern pop. In only a few months time, Charlie and the Foxtrots recorded and released their first EP, and they have not slowed their rapid pace in the time since.

Currently on the final leg of a regional east coast tour, the band has also spent the last several months in and out of the studio, recording their followup EP, which is due to release this spring. The video for the first single, “The Man I Am,” from their forthcoming EP released just last week on Watch the video for “The Man I Am” below and keep up with Charlie and the Foxtrots at the band’s website for the official release date of their sophomore EP.

Christian Lerchenfeld

CAS October 12 - Smooth Hound Smith

Join us this Saturday night for another evening of doing what we do best; bringing you another night full of up and coming talent and fresh original tunes. This weekend we return to Edgehill Cafe at 1201 Villa Place with a lineup of four incredibly talented acts from right here in good ol’ Music City. Anchoring the evening’s set is a duo that is on the fast track to success among the local music scene. Smooth Hound Smith is comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Zack Smith and vocalist/percussionist Catie Doyle. Together they fuse their talents utilizing kick drums, tambourines, wailing harmonicas and soaring harmonies to produce a sound that brings a contemporary flair to the familiar and nostalgic sounds of old school rock n’ roll, blues and soul.

The duo played their first gig together just more than a year ago in early 2012, and the electric chemistry between the two musicians was palpable and instantaneous. In the months since Smooth Hound Smith has set their pace at ‘full throttle’ and haven’t let up on the gas since. In the short period of time that they have been playing together, the duo has played nearly 200 shows, helmed a self-booked national tour that spanned seven weeks and covered over 8,500 miles, spreading their music across the country to all who care to listen. While traveling and playing nonstop, they also found time to write, record and release their debut full-length album. The self-titled effort was released earlier this year and consists of ten well-crafted songs that possess a timelessness that gives high hope to this band’s potential.

Also on the docket for the evening is Charlie and the Foxtrots, a six-piece band out of Georgia who have recently set up camp in Nashville. The six members of ‘Foxtrots’ hail from all across the Southeast, and each member brings his own set of talents to produce a sound that is rich mix of folk and pop. That sound is defined by a carefully orchestrated combination of guitars, banjos, mandolins, harmonica, slide guitars, trumpet and upright bass that leaves a lasting impression on the band’s listeners. Charlie and the Foxtrots’ recent EP, The Evergreen, was released earlier this year.

Fleshing out the night’s bill is two artists who are both originally from Texas. Red Bull Sound Select artist Ryan Culwell is a seasoned musician from the Texas panhandle who has recently brought his folk/Ameicana tunes to the fair city of Nashville. If his EP, Winter Wheat, which released earlier this year is any indication of what this musician’s future efforts are to bring, we for one are excited to see what Culwell has up his sleeve. Culwell is currently working on a full-length record that is due out in the coming months.

Singer-songwriter Jane Ellen Bryant currently splits her time between her hometown of Austin, TX and her current home here in Nashville where she moved in 2009 to study vocal performance at Belmont University. Bryant’s distinct and sultry melodies paired with her talents as a songwriter yield a sound that seamlessly blur the line between homegrown folk and southern rock paying equal homage to both the deep musical heritage of Music City and her Texas roots. In 2012 Bryant recorded and released her first full-length album and also appeared as an official SXSW artist. Jane Ellen Bryant is currently putting the finishing touches on her follow-up album, which she plans to release later this year.

Help us bring in the autumn season as we kick back with some righteous tunes and sip on tasty home-brewed coffee at Edgehill Cafe this Saturday. As with prior shows at Edgehill both general admission and VIP tickets will be available. VIP tickets include a three-course meal and beverage for you to enjoy whilst the performers give it their all. Space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets in advance here. Doors open 7:00 PM with the music soon to follow.

Christian Lerchenfeld