Artists

Kalen Nash

Kalen Nash’s Ukred, available digitally on May 29th, 2012, will be the first release for Normaltown Records. Kalen, who also fronts the New West Records band Ponderosa, showcases a reflective, more intimate side on his debut solo release. Songs like "White Oak" and "Ramona” conjure ghosts from his family's past. "Don't You Love Me Baby," written nearly 100 years ago by Kalen's great-grandfather, Euquid "Ukred" Lee Nash, exhibits the songwriting legacy of the Nash family.


White Violet

Hiding, Mingling from White Violet will be released on August 14, 2012. White Violet is four young men from Athens, GA. Their names are Vaughan Lamb, Brad Elliott, Josh McCauley and Nate Nelson. Nelson has been writing songs for ten years and already has releases out there under his own name. Everything on Hiding, Mingling originated as “Nate Nelson” songs. But it didn't end that way. This is White Violet. Less a traditional band than an idea: a practical construct within which each composition has its edges erased, its bluntness buffered and its ghosts more elegantly shrouded. With Hiding, Mingling on the stereo you'll drift into that peculiar half-sleep where this life's anxiety keeps you fitful until, at last, you succumb to the comfort that only dreams await.


Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano is making country music. He is currently working on his 3rd album, which will be released on Normaltown Records later this year. The new project follows two critically acclaimed records Sleep Beneath The Willow and Workin’ For The Music Man. Daniel has a platinum record for his production work with City and Colour and a Juno Nomination for graphic design. For the past seven years he has performed in the critically acclaimed rock band, Attack in Black.


Lilly Hiatt

Lilly Hiatt is a sensitive and somewhat rowdy young lady from Nashville, Tennessee. Hiatt has enjoyed some successes as a solo artist, including a shared stage with Emmylous Harris and Jim Lauderdale, as well as a guest appearance on the Craig Ferguson show. Upon her introduction to North Carolina guitarist, Beth Finney, a new beast began to form. Hiatt's aching melodies combined with Finney's tender yet turbulent guitar licks yielded a sound that the two were unable to find prior: women shedding their childhood skin and coming into the unraveled and emotional world of adulthood. Soon after, the girls hooked up with drummer Jon Radford (Charles Walker and the Dynamites, Drew Holcombe Band) and bass player Jake Bradley (Over the Rhine). The stampede had begun. Since then, Lilly and the ponies have graced the stage of the Ryman, opened for Lyle Lovett, and enjoyed success over seas. They currently reside in Nashville, TN and are awaiting the release of their debut album, "Let Down". Produced by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Gretchen Peters), the album is to be released in 2012.


Ronnie Fauss

Ronnie Fauss, an alternative-country singer-songwriter from Dallas Texas, is known for crafting songs that hold true to the grittiness and resolve of the Texas troubadour tradition. As Americana UK says of Fauss' talent on a previous record, "Ronnie displays absolute killer songs/vocals, and bags of personality". After independently releasing a series of critically-acclaimed EP's over the last few years, Fauss is currently in the studio recording his full-length debut. The album, to be released in the fall, will be produced by Sigurdur Birks (drummer for Will Hoge) and features label mate Lilly Hiatt on harmonies. Other musicians include Jason Mowery (John Fogerty), Dave Labruyere (John Mayer), and Chris Tuttle (Indigo Girls, Jewel).


New Madrid

From the southern wilds of Athens, GA comes young four-piece, New Madrid. Their music is a dynamic mixture of underwater-psych-rock that engages the listener in fully textured aural landscapes, both on record and live. Their acclaimed 2012 independent debut, Yardboat - engineered by David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers) at Chase Park Transduction- displayed the band's inherent talents and introduces a distinctive sound budding with sonic energy. In their ever-thriving music- mecca hometown, Yardboat garnered "Album of the Year," and the band's formula of constant touring and creative restlessness earned them "Artist of the Year" at the Flagpole Music Awards. In the summer of 2013, New Madrid signed to local start-up Normaltown Records, and entered the studio to record what would become Sunswimmer. Their second full-length finds New Madrid further exploring depths of psychedelia and textured noise.

The new record presents a New Madrid audibly settled into itself. Focused into a collection of collaborative songs, the band delves into a more experimental soundscape. Recorded solely on analog tape during a cool, wet July – once again under the direction of David Barbe - Sunswimmer telegraphs a newly confident self-knowledge, from the assertive opening riff of the churning “Manners” to the infectious driving beat behind “Forest Gum.” The tracks here are more concentrated than Yardboat’s offerings, but fans of New Madrid’s expansive tendencies will be sated by the record’s final 25 minutes, which are characterized by two linear compositions (“Homesick” and “And She Smiles”). The album's body of music was conceived as a singular piece and is best consumed that way.

In a digital age, when song snippets skip cross-country on the backs of broadband, Sunswimmer is a testament that making music for shared space still remains. With their sophomore album, New Madrid continues to redefine...


J. Thomas Hall

For the past six years, J. Thomas Hall has written, recorded and toured with Ponderosa. In the studio, Hall has co-scribed some of that Atlanta-based act’s most immediate songs, such as “Navajo” from last year’sPool Party. On the stage, his steady bass line and pitch-perfect harmonies often tether the wandering parts of Ponderosa’s psychedelic dynamic. Wherever he goes, Hall carries himself like a seasoned veteran, because that’s exactly what he is. He’s operated in and around the Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll stratosphere for the entirety of his adult life.

It’s no surprise that Hall has solo material in the can. This pair of songs is a nice juxtaposition and a perfect demonstration of his range as a writer. “Heart Ache” is the sort of Willie Nelson story from the road that country music needs more of these days. It’s a poignant tune that could have been recorded in the musky backseat of the van or the cramped green room of any of the hundreds of clubs Ponderosa has played in over the past three years. “One Day” sees Hall dig into his Atlanta garage scene roots, reminding us not to get sucked into the murky big picture. He’s going to “take [his] chances one day at a time.” Good news: word is that those chances will include the release of further singles, eventually enough for an LP. Here’s looking forward to that.


Ruby The Rabbitfoot

“I had an ‘aunt’ my cousins and I thought was a witch,” Ruby the RabbitFoot explains, her South Georgia drawl lagging after a long day at work. “So I think I’m connected to that world. Even though shit seems to always hit the fan, I feel like a lucky charm.”