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Striking Matches with Fairground Saints
With their T Bone Burnett-produced debut album, guitar-wielding duo Striking Matches creates an unexpected and unique sound that defies easy categorization. The music of Striking Matches—Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis—occupies that sweet spot at the intersection of country, rock and blues, where all of the elements blend to form an authentically raw and rootsy sound that has a timeless and international appeal. Indeed, their songs including “When the Right One Comes Along” and “Hanging on a Lie” have been featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville and recorded by the show’s stars Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen, and attracted an international fan base. Their first performances in London produced sold-out shows and audiences with a deep knowledge of their lyrics, even before the release of their first full album. Their debut self-titled EP was named among iTunes “Best of 2012” and received national attention from outlets such as NPR, the BBC and The Wall Street Journal.
Striking Matches is the debut artist on the newly revived label, I.R.S. Nashville, and has toured with Train, Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe and Hunter Hayes. Although their debut album is a perfect fit in the landscape of today’s commercial music, it also stands out from the rest of the pack with its driving rhythms and simple yet artful production that’s designed to showcase the compelling harmonies, honest lyrics and innovative guitar playing. They had a hand in writing all 11 songs on the album, which captures the high energy and spontaneity of their popular live shows. Both decided to pursue their dreams of having a career in music by moving to Nashville.
Their paths crossed when both decided to attend Belmont University in 2007 and major in guitar, so they attended the same guitar seminar class and were randomly paired together by their professor early in the semester.
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Doors at 6:00pm
818 Third Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37210(Neighborhood: SoBro)
The parking in the Business Center lots and the street parking remains free. The two upper lots, on the corner of 3rd and Ash were leased to continue to provide parking , and at a reasonable rate. There will be a $5 parking fee in these two lot's as needed. The Lot directly across the street from the Venue has changed owners and they are going to a pay to park system. Alley parking is allowed, but please don't park in front of any business doors or entrances, as it disrupts their business and vehicles can be towed accordingly.
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