Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s may have "The Nashville Sound" but his roots are from Green Hill, Alabama.
Before he became a two-time Grammy Award winner, Jason Isbell returned to his home in Northern Alabama for a breather in 2010 prompting him to write the critically acclaimed album "Here We Rest" in 2011. He followed it up a year later with a live set, "Live From Alabama" recorded at WorkPlay here in Birmingham, Alabama and the Crossroads in Huntsville. See Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit on Saturday, July 15th!
ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
St. Paul and The Broken Bones, a six-piece soul band, formed in 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama! Vocalist Paul Janeway and bassist Jesse Phillips met in the mid 2000s while playing in Birmingham as part of another group. The pair met back up in 2012 to start a new project. Paul said it was going to be their "last hurrah" before focusing on other careers when something just clicked! The two continued to work around Paul's voice and realized they were creating a soul outfit. As the project started to progress, they brought in the other member of the group and recorded their very first EP, "Greetings from St. Paul and the Broken Bones." We are excited to have this Birmingham band back on the Sloss Fest stage Sunday, July 16th!
Moon Taxi may have formed in Nashville in 2006 but before that, Trevor Terndrup and Tommy Putman were just two high schoolers from Vestavia Hills! The pair played together in a bluesy rock group during their junior and seniors years of High School before moving to Nashville and attending Belmont University. This is where they met the other two members of the band. The quartet jammed in freshman door rooms and quickly landed a gig backing a local rap duo along with performing around the college time. When the drummer decided to pursue another career path, Moon Taxi commissioned another Alabama native, Tyler Ritter. Later, they added a keyboardist and the rest is Moon Taxi history! Another incredible Sloss Fest artist set to play Saturday, July 15th.
Waxahatchee is an American Indie project formed by Katie Crutchfield. The unique band names comes from the Waxahatchee Creek in Alabama! Her very first recorded album, "American Weekend" was wrote and recorded in one week at her family's home in Birmingham. Her forth album "Out In The Storm" was released in 2017 and is "way beyond the low-fi sound quality" of her early albums. This time she opted for a proper recording studio and a full band but the album definitely isn't lacking in "gorgeous and shard songwriting." See her kill it at Sloss Fest on Saturday, July 15th.
JOEL MADISON BLOUNT
Joel Madison Blount was born in Mobile, Alabama but his family moved here to Birmingham while he was in high school. He says the "easy going lifestyle influenced the music he listened to as a kid and continues to influence the music he writes today." He wrote a song about Birmingham and this is what he had to say about it: “'Beautiful Birmingham' is the song I wrote for the contest. I set out to build upon the idea that we are more than the typical stereotypes assigned to us, more than our past, and that we are stronger and more beautiful together, united by this place we call home." Hear his easy going music on Saturday, July 15th!
SEASICK RECORD STAGE BANDS Seasick Record Store in Birmingham loves to support local music and as been bringing them to Sloss Fest for the past three years. We are thrilled to introduce the local bands that will be playing the Seasick Record stage July 15th and 16th: