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Open Mic Spotlight is a weekly podcast that highlights the local musicians of Chattanooga and the bigger named artists touring through Chattanooga. Each episode contains conversations and performances of covers and originals. Learn more about the artists lives and their secrets to being successful in the crazy world of the music industry. This show includes all genres and styles from bluegrass, pop, rap, and even comedy!

Open Mic Spotlight is a weekly podcast that highlights the local musicians of Chattanooga and the bigger named artists touring through Chattanooga. Each episode contains conversations and performances of covers and originals. Learn more about the artists lives and their secrets to being successful in the crazy world of the music industry. This show includes all genres and styles from bluegrass, pop, rap, and even comedy!

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Open Mic Spotlight is a weekly podcast that highlights the local musicians of Chattanooga and the bigger named artists touring through Chattanooga. Each episode contains conversations and performances of covers and originals. Learn more about the artists lives and their secrets to being successful in the crazy world of the music industry. This show includes all genres and styles from bluegrass, pop, rap, and even comedy!

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 80: Spinster

5/6/2019
Sisters Rosalie, Rachel, and Amelia formed the trio, Spinster, after unearthing their grandfather’s accordion in a closet and spending several summers learning pop covers on a hodgepodge of acquired instruments, from the mandolin to the washboard, glockenspiel, and upright bass. Spinster melds familial harmony and old-timey sensibilities with pop sounds, reviving classics of doo-wop, 80’s art pop, and 90’s boy band rock. This episode features the lovely three sisters of Spinster plus host...

Duration:00:40:00

Episode 79: Stellar's Jay

4/22/2019
Stellar's Jay is the moniker for the music of Jayke Webb from Chattanooga, TN. It all started in Rogers, Arkansas in 2001 when Jayke, at the age of 15, picked up a guitar and began writing songs. The subject matter of these songs span from Jayke's endless need to travel, love gained and love lost, imaginative stories of war, pirates, and beasts, as well as an examination of what it means to be human.

Duration:00:35:21

Episode 78: Rachel McIntyre Smith

4/15/2019
Rachel McIntyre Smith is a singer-songwriter from Oliver, TN. She moved to Chattanooga when she started her marketing and communications studies at UTC. Currently, Rachel is finalizing her degree with an internship at Songbirds Guitar Museum. Find out what's next for her and find out why it was love at first listen for me!

Duration:00:38:22

Episode 77: Summer Dregs

4/8/2019
Summer Dregs is the production moniker of Carl Caldwell, a Chattanooga native who has been intertwined in the music scene for many years. Carl is a commercial music producer, but in the last year or two has dedicated some time to working with other artists. Find out how he got started, how he got to where he is now, and listen to some of his most recent collaborations with Swayyvo, Johnny Balik, Superbody, and more.

Duration:00:41:51

Episode 76: Chelsea Ford and the Trouble

3/31/2019
Chelsea and Jonathan Ford joined us all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio. Chelsea's voice is so unique and easy on the ears. They have a classic bluegrass-country sound that will make you feel right at home. You'll enjoy this episode. "Chelsea Ford and The Trouble features Ford on banjo, with Jonathan on acoustic guitar and Matt Crone on upright bass. The collection of tunes breathes in kicked-up red dust from rural paths and exhales stark, confident Americana, drifting from melancholy...

Duration:00:42:19

Episode 75: Cloud Caverns

3/25/2019
Cloud Caverns is an acoustic/experimental project comprised of Brandon Peterson and Dan Bouza. Brandon moved from New York to Chattanooga a few years ago but continues to collaborate with Dan from afar. While the two are mostly a studio project, Brandon Peterson plays a few live for us on this episode. His performances and song-writing are deeply beautiful.

Duration:00:38:39

Episode 74: Ariel Omarzu

3/18/2019
Ariel Omarzu is a singer-songwriter based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is new to the professional music world but you will not be able to tell. The power and soul of her vocals will shake you to your core and leave you speechless. You don't want to miss this episode.

Duration:00:29:18

Episode 73: Oh Jeremiah

10/9/2018
This is a special episode featuring a live Chattanooga House Shows​ performance by Oh Jeremiah​ from Athens, Ga. Prepare to laugh, get chill bumps, and feel like you were actually at the show. They’re amazing. Such a beautiful show and now everyone gets to be a part of it! Oh Jeremiah is the singer/songwriter duo made up of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin. Started in south Mississippi and currently residing in Athens, GA, the couple draws its inspiration from the storytelling nature...

Duration:00:56:41

Episode 73: Oh Jeremiah

10/9/2018
This is special epiosde featuring a live Chattanooga House Show performance by Oh Jeremiah from Athens, Ga. Enjoy! Oh Jeremiah is the singer/songwriter duo made up of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin. Started in south Mississippi and currently residing in Athens, GA, thecouple draws its inspiration from the storytelling nature of their home state, echoing the likes of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. Oh Jeremiah is known for its harmonies in the style of early Damien Rice and their peculiar...

Duration:00:54:31

Episode 72: Superbody

8/20/2018
Superbody is in every sense of the phrase a true pop star. Listen to what gets him going and his new single!!

Duration:00:47:35

Episode 71: Bryce Cronan of The Afternooners

8/13/2018
Bryce Cronan of the Afternooners joins us in the studio for the next round of the Summer Series with his smooth melodies and his Jack Johnson vibe. Listen to some interesting show stories like the time his band opened for Cherub!

Duration:00:36:31

Episode 70: The Mailboxes

8/6/2018
The Mailboxes is an art-pop band from Cleveland, Tennessee. Members Jillian and Logan Ivey are creative partners who also happen to be married to one another. Jillian plays piano, sings really loud, and writes catchy indie pop melodies. Logan plays the drums, looks cool, and is trying not to break his arms again. They like touring across the country in their van and thru hiking in the mountains. They have a new project and album coming in 2019!

Episode 69: Thirstain Daniels

7/30/2018
Thirstain Daniels is a Chattanooga native with the most beautiful voice. Listen to his stories about his up bringing in music and where he is headed! You will really enjoy his covers and originals played on this episode.

Duration:00:30:17

Episode 68: Twisted Pine

3/1/2018
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Heather talks with Boston-based bluegrass-pop band Twisted Pine about how they first met, their experiences within the bluegrass scene in Boston and why they’ve adopted a response of “four separate beds here” where it comes to questions about their personal relationships. The band started out hewing closer to their bluegrass roots, but over time, they broadened their approach, incorporating more indie pop hooks and rhythms into their string band...

Duration:00:39:40

Episode 67: DJ and Marv

1/22/2018
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga duo DJ and Marv talk with Heather about how their religious upbringing influenced the direction of their music, how they came to meet through a shared musical friend and when we can possibly expect their debut EP to be released. This episode is recorded at Andrew Meadow’s house, another local musician who also happens to be the producer of DJ and Marv’s forthcoming EP and who also works at Dynamo Studios at the downtown Chattanooga...

Duration:00:33:28

Episode 66: Josh Driver

1/16/2018
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Heather invites Chattanooga songwriter Josh Driver into the studio to talk with her and guest co-host Adam Stone of Over Easy about some of his influences and why “Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4” led him to pursue a musician’s life. Known for his work with The Dixieland Playboys and as a recent addition to Chattanooga hard rock group Subkonscious, Driver has always possessed a restless creativity, a stubborn and uncompromising need to widen his musical...

Duration:00:33:22

Episode 65: Alex Volz

1/8/2018
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Heather welcomes Chattanooga singer-songwriter Alex Volz to the studio. Over the last few years, Volz has been making the rounds in town and gaining a following for the acoustic expansiveness of both his children’s songs and for the more adult-oriented work of his alter ego Burly Temple. Relying on clever wordplay and a knack for surprising and complicated melodies, he spins stories that address weighty topics that children might come across in...

Duration:00:36:51

Episode 64: Cannon Hunt

11/27/2017
Open Mic Spotlight – Cannon Hunt On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, singer-songwriter Cannon Hunt joins Heather in the studio to discuss the details of his upcoming EP, the effect that his faith has had on his music and how music became such an important part of his life at an early age. And at 15 years old, Hunt has the distinction of being the youngest guest on Open Mic Spotlight, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t miles of experience buried within his work. Whether he’s aiming...

Duration:00:46:43

Episode 63: Danny Alvarez

11/20/2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight, Chattanooga musician Danny Alvarez stops by to talk with Heather about growing up listening to religious music in a conservative household, his musical epiphany on a Navajo reservation and his love of ‘90s hip-hop and R&B production. Armed with his keyboard, Alvarez doles out liquid grooves and mercurial rhythms that bounce around within a host of different genres. From Sam Smith to Stevie Wonder to Louis Armstrong, his choice of cover songs reveals the...

Duration:00:39:22

Episode 62: Sophie Lockhart

11/15/2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, singer-songwriter Sophie Lockhart joins Heather in the studio to talk about her studies at Lee University, how the guitar is not her main instrument and how she’s made the change to a full band for the release of her new single. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, her fiercely confident voice and a microphone, Lockhart invokes a timeless sound, one that doesn’t rely on cheap theatrics or studio manipulation to develop an intense emotional...

Duration:00:42:23