After weeks of competition, area bands vying for a headlining spot at this year’s Nightfall concert series were whittled down to four finalists, with Strung Like A Horse emerging as the winner during the final competition on Thursday, March 29, at Rhythm & Brews.
The “garage-grass” favorites bested Ryan Oyer, Amber Fults and Long Gone Darlings to win the coveted Aug. 3 spot. The other finalists will be guaranteed an opening slot for a headlining band when the summer series opens May 11. Strung Like A Horse has developed a passionate following locally and regionally and is comprised of Clay Maselle, Ben Crawford, Mark Fiddler, B.J. Hightower and SLOTH.
“All of the bands did an excellent job, and all were worthy of the showcase,” said Zachary Cooper, Pulse publisher and a Nightfall committee member who attended the show. “But Strung Like A Horse was the clear winner and put on a great show.”
Judges for the compeition included Carla Pritchard of Chattanooga Presents, WUTC-FM host (and Pulse music columnist) Richard Winham, and Barrett Sellars, a Nashville talent agent for William Morris.