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Here at Cause A Scene, we’re always looking to discover new artists and help others do the same. One of the great resources for developing bands is the fantastic website NoiseTrade. As part of a new series of posts on the blog, we highlight a few artists who have albums currently available via NoiseTrade that we’ve worked with (or are just big fans of…or both) that are worth checking out. Now, without further ado, here are this week’s picks:

Judah & the Lion

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We’ve had the pleasure of hosting Judah & the Lion for two Cause A Scene shows now, both of which happened to set records for CAS. We hosted this fantastic young eight-piece band for a showcase at Red Earth Trading Co. in January and had people coming out of the woodwork to see them perform. The buzz around this band is palpable, with a knack for hooky melodies and pitch-perfect harmonies over a bed of folk and rock textures. They’re cut from a similar cloth of Mumford & Sons, Needtobreathe, The Lumineers and play with such passion that seeing them live on a small stage makes it easy to envision them belting out their catchy songs for an arena full of people. Both of the band’s EPs are on NoiseTrade currently for you to check out. We highly recommend starting with their newest release, Sweet Tennessee.

Judah & the Lion plays tonight at Tin Roof on Demonbreun as part of a Lightning 100 series of shows, starting at 8:00. If you’ve never seen them play live, you need to resolve that immediately.

Parke Avery

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Simply put, Parke Avery is one of our favorite human beings on the planet. When we hosted our first ever Collective show in March of 2012, Parke was the first artist through the door and brought with him the same warmth and excitement that is seen all throughout his music and his EP, Wishful Thinking. The album is, as NoiseTrade describes it as “grandiose as it is precise while always being irresistibly catchy. The title track acts as a mission statement. An on-going profession of doubt backed by huge guitars and lush strings.” It’s a beautiful record that reflects wonderfully what is going on inside the heart and mind of a talented young troubadour. Parke has been one of the best advocates for Cause A Scene in our first year and a half, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our musical family.

Casey Black

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Casey Black is no stranger to Cause A Scene as he’s been a great supporter of ours by attending several shows, although we’re still pretty new to his music. It’s a feeling of finally being let into a secret, recognizing what a uniquely gifted individual and storyteller Casey is. When Casey sings, it’s easy to recall the gravelly voices of Tom Waits and Matt Berninger from The National. His songwriting has an everyman quality that feels perfectly penned for the blue-collared workers, sounding like they were birthed straight from the plains of the Midweest and the red clay of the South. His songs have teeth to them, with enough grit and heart to keep you coming back to them again and again. If you’re a fan of Bruce Springsteen and Christopher Porterfield of Field Report fame, Casey’s one to keep your eye on. If you want to catch him live, be sure to get over to the iconic Bluebird Cafe on June 25 or his album release show in Leiper’s Fork on July 3.

2012 has been an unbelievably busy (and just plain fun!) year for Cause A Scene with us recently eclipsing the 25 house show mark. Out of all the shows we’ve hosted, there is 1 that has possibly excited us more than any other to be able to host, and that show is taking place a week from today with Elenowen, Seth Wood, and Parke Avery set to take the living room stage at Cause A Scene HQ. Tickets are going like hotcakes and we fully anticipate a sellout prior to the day of the show. Moral of the story: if you’re planning on coming to the house show next Friday night, use the handy-dandy Eventbrite link below to purchase your tickets. Also, be on the lookout next week on Elenowen’s social media channels for a special ticket giveaway we’ll be doing. Hope to see you next Friday night at the house!

Need more convincing? Well then check out my personal favorite “Head to My Heart” below. I challenge you to not be moved by this song!

Photo by Jamie Clayton Photography.

It’s called ‘chemistry’, an elusive quality that can be part history, part mystery and all intangible until the moment that you feel it. It’s a meant-to-be melding of the emotional and creative that can happen between songwriters, performers, best friends or life partners. For Josh and Nicole Johnson – the duo Elenowen – that connection is all of the above and much more. And on their self-titled EP, the chemistry they share is as rare – and real – as it gets.

Though emerging from the same Nashville-based Americana-folk scene as The Civil Wars, Elenowen deliver a sonic glow all their own. Amidst haunting harmonies and elegiac lyrics, their songs flow with an undercurrent of yearning, surrender and unexpectedly sharp edges. “We strive to maintain a certain vulnerability in our music,” Josh says. “We write a lot about our own lives as well as the truths about relationships that we relate to. We think it creates an intimacy that’s totally connected to the music.” The sound itself is roots-driven, with accents of cello and pedal steel cutting a deeply evocative facet. Even the name Elenowen is an authentic nod to heritage, with Ellen being Josh’s mom’s middle name and Owen being the middle name of Nicole’s dad. “They’re the sides of the family we each got our music from,” explains Josh. “What’s in our hearts will always come out in what we do.”
When we first started Cause A Scene, one of the artists we immediately said “Man, it would be amazing to get them” about was Elenowen. Josh and Nicole’s aforementioned chemistry and flawless harmonies had us wrapped around their fingers. When we unexpectedly witnessed them perform an impromptu acoustic set at Seth Wood’s Kickstarter party, our resolve to have them play in the living room was even further resolved. If you’ve somehow missed this couple’s gorgeous harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, it’s time to hop on the bandwagon. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room left for you to join. On December 7th, you’ll have your chance.
Photo of Seth Wood by Zia Dunya.
Seth headlined a Cause A Scene house show this past spring and captivated the audience with every note. He recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign and will be releasing his new EP in the coming months. We’re chomping at the bit He’s a phenomenal musician and an even better guy. We really couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on this bill.
 Parke Avery closed out the night of our very first Cause A Scene “Collective” show in late March of this year (that was only our 4th show ever – WOW how the time has flown by!). On that night following Parke’s spellbinding performance, we vowed to ourselves that we would have Parke back for another show, and we’re now doing our best to control our exuberance to have him on this bill. Expecting big things from this one!

When: Friday, December 7th; Doors at 7:30; Show at 8:00
Where: Cause A Scene HQ (5008 Longstreet Drive, Brentwood)
Additional Details: $10 Advance Tickets via Eventbrite; Parking available across the street in the church parking lot. BYOB.