by Daniel Warren Hill
Scott Kurt’s bio says he is ‘Southern by way of the Rust Belt,’ but these days you can find him spending equal time in both the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and in Nashville. Kurt’s a through and through Country music artist who has found a way to stay grounded in Virginia with his backing band Memphis 59, and to collaborate with some of music city’s finest, including co-writers Brian Sutherland and Josh Byrd, who helped Kurt write this upbeat and melodic track that could easily be a coming of age love story about meeting that special someone who helps inspire you to choose a better future yourself. “Opened Up My Eyes” is available now on all major platforms.
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When Jamie Darken first began writing the songs that would appear on his debut solo EP, Burial, he imagined he was crafting demos for Cherry Ames, a local Washington DC area indie-rock band that Darken performs as vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. With Cherry Ames on hiatus amidst the global shutdown and performing in venues unavailable as an option, Darken’s drive to make progress with the ideas on his own eventually brought the tracks to the place where it simply felt right to release as his own project. The result is five songs written, produced, and performed by Darken, with the exception of leading single “This Could Be Your Home” co-written with fellow DC area musician Christopher Mathews-Larsen.
Wild Idol is a pandemic formed electric pop/soul duo made up of producer Nathan Ellman-Bell (drummer for Brass Against) and award winning vocalist Nora Palka. They are also in love. Although they currently live in Brooklyn, Nora is originally from the DMV and Nathan started his career in Baltimore.