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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/1 – The Shade Trees / Meredith Rounsley

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The Shade Trees are a bluegrass/country/folk duet group based out of Chattanooga, TN. The group consists of multi-instrumentalists Seth Hicks and Jessica Whaley. Both members were born and raised in Georgia. We started our collaboration in 2018 when we both started jamming some tunes in the lobby area of a local Georgia music store at the time. Since then we have curated a setlist consisting of a variety of styles and genres. Performing anything from bluegrass standards like Are you missing me by Jim and Jesse, to old rock hits like Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress) by The Hollies, we have worked to create a large, full band sound with only two musicians on the stage.

Nashville based artist Meredith Rounsley makes indie pop music balanced on the knife edge of introspection and growth. Taking inspiration from powerhouses like Feist, KT Tunstall, and Maggie Rogers, Meredith twists up her singer-songwriter roots with driving, playful instrumentation. Meredith grew up in rural Maryland on a mixture of soul, gospel, and top 40 radio. After a move to Nashville to expand her sound, she released the four track project, Ember, in 2021. Ember was met with warm local reception with the single “Let Somebody Love You” premiering on Lightning 100’s the615 .
Since then, Meredith has been building a name for herself in the New Nashville music scene, bringing her commanding stage presence and engaging live performance to staple venues like The Basement and The East Room.

Meredith is ready to push her own musical boundaries again with her new project, Soft Animals, Strong Chemicals. “My favorite artists take me with them right up to the cliff edge of their doubt and hope and curiosity,” Meredith explains. “I decided with this project to be brave enough to join them.” Soft Animals, Strong Chemicals is out now.


June 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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