July 22, 2017 (Saturday) - We often like to wait until the summer to thank The Autumn Roses for their support of the music of Thayer Sarrano. The very word "autumn" always reminds us of cooler climes, in the balmy sweatbox that is northern Georgia in July. Many thanks to The Autumn Roses for covering, back in February, the video release of the song "Thieves," from the album Shaky. The Roses write: "Thayer Sarrano is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Athens, Georgia, and wildly-talented photographer and director Curtis Wayne Millard Studio has crafted a softly-psychedelic and visionary new video for her star-dusted song 'Thieves.'" Thank you! You can read more of our perennial thanks to The Autumn Roses in our Archival Vaults: July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, and March 2016.
September 21, 2017 (Thursday) - Thayer Sarrano plays the Let It Begin With Me Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. The aim of this world peace day event is, in the words of its official website, "to celebrate each other, and encourage ownership of our individual power to make a more peaceful and welcoming world for all." Inspiration for the festival found origin in "the desire to channel the energy and awareness of the creative community in Nashville into a positive, powerful experience." Beyond live music, there will also be a keynote address by the Venerable Doctor Pannavati. A disciple of Great Master Kuang Seng, Pannavati is a female Buddhist monk. Her ordination is in the Theravada and Chan traditions. She is co-founder and co-Abbot of the Embracing-Simplicity Hermitage, and co-director of the Heartwood Refuge, in Hendersonville, North Carolina. You can read more about her story in this article from the Huffington Post. Also speaking from the podium on behalf of Let It Begin With Me will be Rashed Fakhruddin, president of the Islamic Center of Nashville.
September 17, 2017 (Sunday) - It's an extravaganza -- CTR-Style. The masterminds of Cosmic Thug Records (CTR) are bringing it. It's their second such annual event, in a post-Americana Fest world. Today's CTR buffet offers you a stellar line-up, including she who is not replicable: Thayer Sarrano. You will also hear performances by an Egyptians-less Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift. Care to be schooled? Watch this live solo acoustic rendition of Hitchcock's "Chinese Bones," a song which first appeared on the album Globe of Frogs, boasting arpeggios then from Athens own Peter Buck. Our Guildwater Scriptorium once boasted a vinyl copy of the record, before it melted off into scratches and ether, as all great records must, in the heat of the Southern turntable. Meanwhile, back at The 5 Spot, your ears can also catch, proceeding alphabetically now: Lilly Hiatt, Justin and the Cosmics, T. Hardy Morris, Elli Perry, Pony Boy, Pujol, and The Smoking Flowers. You can also feast upon a reading from Ben Burr, a poet from the pages of the Cosmic Thug Press arm.
In case you missed our earlier memo, Cosmic Thug is the brainchild of Justin Collins (of Justin and the Cosmics fame), and producer / musician Adam Landry of Playground Sound. You can read all about their thuggish plans for world dominoes in The East Nashvillian. That very same print-magazine issue featured on its very cover, we should note, Robyn Hitchcock. We've been setting this up for months now, our Archives reveal to us, almost as if we envisioned it from the beginning. (We did.) Adiós, muchachos y muchachas.
August 18, 2017 (Friday) - Thayer Sarrano plays the Altamont Theatre in crisp-aired Asheville, North Carolina. Sarrano lasted visited Asheville in September of 2015, when she performed at Warren Wilson College, as part of the Shaky East Coast Tour 1.0. (You can read about those fine adventures in our ever-opulent Guildwater Archives.) This evening's Sarrano show is in support of Nicole Atkins, whose new album is out now on Single Lock Records. It is entitled Goodnight Rhonda Lee. Snatch up your copy of this vinyl platter while supplies last. Exclaim! magazine decrees: "Amid soulful, R&B-indebted sounds married smoothly to the more country-leaning, Atkins has created her best and most resounding work yet."
If you were unfortunate enough to miss the recent AtkinsAudiotree performance, when it popped live (fanciful way of saying: "streamed") over a week ago, we'll provide the appropriate links, once the official videos rise up off the cutting floor (fanciful way of saying: "are released"), because that would be Thayer Sarrano on keys. [Addendum: The videos have now risen up, since the time of this initial writing: Nicole Atkins - Audiotree.] Gracious thanks to the Atkins Camp for inviting Thayer along for these Rhonda Lee festivities. Tonight's rock show is brought to you by the good people of Worthwhile Sounds.
August 8, 2017 (Tuesday) - Thayer Sarrano arrives on the outskirts of Chi-Town today. (The Lincoln Park Zoo and The Art Institute are within walking distance, if you are feeling especially fit and really game, we Guildwater Scribes being of the peripatetic variety.) Thayer's set this evening at the Space is, once again, in support of Nicole Atkins, as with dates just prior at The Burl and The Ark. The new album -- Goodnight Rhonda Lee -- is out now on Single Lock Records. Pick up your copy of the vinyl platter of which NPR Music opines: "Though Atkins' album is animated by a spirit of impulsiveness, it's also very much the product of artful craft, burnished not only by the symphonic production, but her Brill Building-style grasp of rich melody and sturdy structure." Reading from the tour press release, we find: "Named Rolling Stone’s 'Top 10 Artists To Watch' in 2007 for her debut album Neptune City, Nicole Atkins has appeared on numerous late night TV shows, including 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' 'Conan,' and 'Later… with Jools Holland,' and featured in media outlets ranging from the New York Times to Time magazine. She has toured throughout the US and Europe, both headlining and also touring with The Black Keys, Mavis Staples, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Chris Isaak and the Avett Brothers." Many thanks to the Atkins Camp for inviting Thayer Sarrano along for these Rhonda Lee festivities.
Jason Thrasher's forthcoming Athens Potluck is a photographic journey across the Athens music scene. The book is due out later this fall from Deeds Publishing. As we never tire of noting, more than a few of these Thrasher images find themselves ensconced at the Georgia Theatre, including one, we are told, of Thayer Sarrano herself, as informed by Jacob Deaton. You might also consider the following video of Thayer Sarrano performing "Blue Mother" from Lift Your Eyes to the Hills. This Thrasher video was created in preparation for the photo session. The book also includes photo features on: Michael Stipe, Patterson Hood, and T. Hardy Morris, among numerous others.