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Blonde Bones breaks the mold of Music City. Comprised of Nashville natives Christian Barnett, Joe Reb, Daniel Ryan, and Portland, OR transplant Jacob Carey, the up-and-coming indie rock group, is hitting its stride and developing a well-deserved reputation as a tour-de-force live band with a growing fan base all across the South.
Barnett studied jazz guitar at the University of Tennesse, where he met Reb, studying acting – and the two began playing as a duo around town. Ryan, also studying music at UT – soon joined, and the group eventually met guitarist Carey in Nashville. The band has grown from its folky roots into a riotous indie quartet, with Barnett’s earnest lyricism and memorable melodies leading the way.
For their first full-length record, Hiding Out, the band worked with frequent producer and collaborator Damon Moon (Dinner Time, Bathe Alone, Sydney Eloise & the Palms) at his Atlanta studio Standard Electric Recording Co. The result was a trippy homage to maximalist psych/pop imbued with heart-wrenching loneliness and the occasional sideways glance toward good-hearted self-deprecation. Barnett's dreamy vocals share the spotlight with chorus-laden guitars, swirling keys, woody basslines, and urgent and clever percussion.
The band's first single to be released since 2020 is “New Animals.” Just in time for the weather to warm up, this earworm has an unforgettably catchy chorus, guitar licks that sound like they were pulled straight from a Gram Parsons record, lush rolling synths, and a deep-pocket rhythm section that will pull even the most discerning audience member out on to the dance floor.