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Saturday night in Nashville is always special if you want to take a walk on the wild side. Last night began at the radio release party for Acklen Park’s “Lost” that is going to Country Radio in August. The song co-written by Shantell Ogden, Bill DiLuigi and Scott Jarman, will be Shantell’s first Nashville cut to go to radio.

“Acklen Park is a hard-working band that is going places, and I’m so excited they are taking a song I co-wrote with them!  This is definitely a  moment to celebrate,” said Shantell.


L to R: Rob Ray, Casper Resik, Shantell Ogden, Dave Bobrow, Andrea Villareal, Bill DiLuigi and Marcum Stewart

The event started at 7PM in Shantell’s backyard with friends and fans of Acklen Park stopping in for a rare all acoustic set featuring songs off their Otter Rapids Music release with a set ending version of “Lost” which should fit in with Country cross- genre material similar to The Zac Brown Band.

Shantell with Hit Songwriter/Artist Rhett Akins

Shantell had prepared some great Mexican Food including the secret family recipe of sweet pork (anything from pig goes well in Tennessee) with a kind of Pan Pacific-Asian twist,to enjoy in the 88 degree night time heat.  This seems to be one of the hottest summers ever in Nashville.  

Acklen Park represents some of the best of the developing Country Indie scene that is taking root over the last few years in Nashville.

As one fan wrote in their review on Amazon. Com, “Acklen Park has a phenomenal sound and great original songs. They are absolutely hot!!! Keep an eye on them because they are going right to the top!!! I predicted Brad Paisley’s success to friends 7 years ago, and I predict the same for this group. They are headed for the Grand Ole Opry and beyond… and I want front row tickets in advance!!!” (JMR in West Palm Beach, Florida)

Acklen Park under deck lights

The party was still going when I made my second stop, 9PM, at The Rutledge for Hello Kelly’s CD Release Party of (Easy For You To Say), it was excited mayhem as Hello Kelly got ready to take the stage, after a few months on the road, the band is tighter than ever.

Francie / Hello Kelly/ The Rutledge-courtesy Jenni George

Francois “Francie” Goudrealt’s vision when he left Toronto to see what could happen in Music City is beginning to take shape. The record is getting local support at 102.9 The Buzz and is getting airplay as far away as New Zealand.

New Zealand would make sense with the record sitting somewhere between The Ataris, Yellowcard and Midnight Oil. There were some Music City luminaries such as Bekka Bramlett, Stephen McCord (The Service Station, former MCA records) as well as up and coming singer/songwriter Tommy Dalton in attendance.


Travis / Hello Kelly / The Rutgledge photo courtesy Jenni George

The place lit up into full sing-along with the radio ready “Better Now Together”, “Ladder” and what could be Francie’s theme song, (not to be mixed up with Led Zep’s “Communication Breakdown”) “The Communication Breakdown”. Hello Kelly will be heading up to the Kingdom Bound Festival in Buffalo, New York.

It’s just one of the first stops in conquering the world. There are already comparisons to being the next Kings of Leon in terms of possibilities. How about an opening slot with Paramore? Hello Kelly’s (Easy For You To Say) is infectious, sweet and relentless all at the same time.

I guess that is what you get when you combine songs written to your significant other and then play them through Mesa Boogie and Matchless Amps with a four piece firing squad.

Up The Arms!

Photo courtesy Jenni George

 – Brad Hardisty, Nashville,TN

Fragile from Wisconsin who has developed a multi-textured rock work, This Land Will Be Civilized with Producer, David Bottrill (Tool, Staind, and Muse) and Mastering icon, Bob Ludwig will be performing in Nashville for the first time on April 7th at The Rutledge along with 714, featuring Todd Poole from Saliva and Nashville Rockers, Nexus Point.

Brothers Darrell and Chauncey Marrier started writing together growing up in Withee, Wisconsin with the common influences of classic bands such as The Beatles, The Band, Led Zeppelin as well as Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones wanting to develop lyrical content as well as dynamics that would stand the test of time.

This Land Will Be Civilized

This Land Will Be Civilized  featuring “Down To The River” is interlaced with powerful rock and string section breaks that were recorded remotely at St. Hedwig’s, a 100 year old historic abandoned country church, which is now being restored into a world class recording studio with the help of world renowned studio designer, Michael Cronin, known for his studio design at Ocean Way, Blackbird in Nashville as well as the personal studios for Mutt Lange, Clint Black, Big and Rich and Ryan Tedder of One Republic.

Fragile has brought their music to some of the greatest venues in Wisconsin and Minneapolis such as First Avenue, Varsity Theater, The Turf Club, The Fine Line, The Rave as well as the Grand Theater in Wausau, Wisconsin and are looking forward to their first Nashville show.

Fragile is not only committed as a band but as people realizing their vision of This Land Will Be Civilized with the Hands Foundation, established by brothers Darrell and Chauncey Marrier which not only helped Hurricane ravaged Mississippi and Florida but has had annual building initiatives in Monterrey, Mexico to help people who are otherwise living in shelters made of cardboard, pallets, tin or any other utilized debris.

With the addition of the studio being completed at St. Hedwig’s Church, Fragile is committed to future songwriting as well as balancing life with giving back to the community.


Along with Fragile, 714 from Memphis featuring Todd Poole of Saliva fame and local heroes Nexus Point will be rocking The Rutledge. The doors open at 8pm ($5 cover) with the first set starting at 8:30 pm. 714 and Nexus Point will both be featured Sunday Night April 3rd on Local Buzz with Tony Stone on 102.9 The Buzz.

Nexus Point

Support Rock in Nashville. This will be a great night not to be missed.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN