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The WDVX Big Plate live from Barley’s – 4/8 – Autumn Nicholas and Madeline Finn / The Alex Leach Band
April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Formed and based in East Tennessee, The Alex Leach Band is a multi-talented group that brings exceptional musicianship and high energy to any stage they play. After releasing their debut album on the Mountain Home Music label with award winning producer, Jim Lauderdale, the band spent all of 2021 burning up the roads playing Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana festivals all over the country.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Leach is accompanied on stage and in the studio by his wife and vocalist, Miranda Leach, as well as Joshua Gooding on mandolin and vocals, longtime member, JT Coleman on bass, and their newest member, Jason Johnson on banjo.
The band is taking the acoustic music of the traditional Bluegrass and Americana world that Alex grew up in; the world that inspired him to start playing in the first place, and moving it ahead into a new future of venues, audiences, and genres.
Their upcoming album, set to debut in Spring 2022, will feature nearly all original songs, written by Alex and Miranda, as well as a few that will be co-written by Alex and award winning songwriters, Jon Weisberger and Jim Lauderdale.
Autumn Nicholas is a gifted songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels and the swagger of Kacey Musgraves, with the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James, Autumn Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories. Stories about love, pain, loss, and hope. She seamlessly blends pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the listener in, so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award-winning artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances. Her latest single, Dealing, showcases her vocal range and lyrical sensibilities with pop infused, soulful melodies and displays a raw, honest, and emotional storytelling style that brings listeners on her journey as if it were their own.
Madeline Finn touches on a wide range of sonic directions in her solo work: sparse folk, meditative piano ballads, twangy rock, and string-laced indie. Luckily, the Cleveland-raised singer-songwriter is also the rare vocal talent with the range to handle just about any music she wants to write. She’ll howl and whisper, rage and mourn, croon and conspire—always with breathtaking precision and heart-piercing sincerity. A Top 70 American Idol finalist in 2018, Finn has also fronted two bands (the pop-punk-leaning band Envoi, Americana-tinged trio Whiskey Hollow) and toured throughout New England, the Pacific Northwest, and her adopted hometown of Nashville.
She released a solo album ‘Trial By Fire’ mixed by Dave Schiffman (Jimmy Eat World, Weezer, Frank Turner) in 2020. Recent singles, ‘Whippoorwill’ and ‘Ohio,’ were produced by Ben Cramer (Old Sea Brigade) and Owen Lewis (Phillip Phillips, Lady Gaga), bringing more space-filled arrangements with cascading guitar lines and the occasional orchestral effect.