Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line
Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line is an Americana band based out of Nashville, that works under the Blue Pig record label. While their newest EP, Wake, was released early last year, it has had lasting impact. The group is very talented, and together create a very deep sound that will hit the listener right in the heart.
They have released five full length albums since 2009, and do not appear to be slowing down. They were headliners one night this year at Chattanooga’s summertime Nightfall Series, and they are constantly on tour playing at festivals and venues across the country.
Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line have produced two incredible music videos to coincide with their newest album release. The deep felt songs “Let Go”, and “When I Wake” both were accompanied by very well put together music videos, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The rest of the songs on the album are very easy to listen to, and you can feel the life experiences pouring from the speaker box. It is apparent that Nora Jane Struthers has done some living in her lifetime. She is no stranger to the ups and downs of life, and being able to pour her heart out into her music.
“Lovin You” is a fun jam that has a catchy sound, and is a self-explanatory title. It is simply a love song directed at her significant other, but all the feels are locked deep inside of it. “The South” is a song about an outside person finding the beauty in new places, and falling in love with a region.
This is a very special group that makes amazing music. They have the key that unlocks all of the elements that create great music. From start to finish, the listener will feel a wide variety of feelings. In one minute flat they will go from laughing to crying, all while bobbing their head. All of their albums are recommended, however, Wake is extraordinarily special.
Unfolding The Muse
Jade Alger is a local Chattanooga musician that breaks all molds when creating music. His music style is folk based, but he bends the genre effortlessly, and his style ranges from traditional to experimental folk music. Although his new EP, Unfolding The Muse, is his first official full length EP, it is certain that it will not be his last.
He creates music that is full of life, and nostalgia. He also has a way of bringing listeners to a foreign time and place; unbeknownst to their own personal realm.
Jade records his music locally in a little house in Chattanooga, and he creates all of the words, music, and drum arrangements. Music pours out of him in the most authentic way imaginable. He focuses on making music that is pure and wholesome, and he delivers flawlessly.
While Folk music is not for everybody, anybody that gives Unfolding The Muse an honest listen will be an instant fan. It is nearly impossible to not connect with the music; it is borderline spellbinding. This beautiful soul will lift up his listeners, and captivate them with his words, and his well-produced musical sound.
All of the songs on this album are phenomenal, a few stand out above the rest. “March to Grace”, is an instrumental song, that produces instant chill bumps. “Ferris Wheel Tree” has a gnarly sound that could easily be heard during any scene in a Quentin Tarantino film. “Indigo Road” paints a beautiful picture that leaves much interpretation to the listener, and it is accompanied by an acoustic track on the album.
This astonishing troubadour will light up lives with his music and light. Sometimes it is hard for people to think outside of the box and listen to music that is not mainstream, but for the record, music does exist outside of pop culture.
This beautiful music needs to be heard by the masses so that its light can fill their spirits.