Aaron Lee Tasjan
Aaron Lee Tasjan has been on a shapeshifting musical journey his whole life. From his glam rock roots, when Jimmy Iovine told him “guys in make-up don’t sell records” and when Lady Gaga would open for his band in NYC, to his legend- hopping guitar sideman days, Tasjan has traveled the globe, collecting road worn tales like doing mushrooms with Bono in Ireland. His search for a musical locus and geographic wanderings began in his early teens. His travels took him from Delaware, to California, to New York, to his current home in Nashville. He moved there in 2015 to play guitar in a band that imploded on his arrival. Through dumb luck, he quickly landed a record deal with New West Records and became an established musical entity, releasing a diverse succession of critically acclaimed albums that drew the attention of everyone from NPR Music to Rolling Stone. Tasjan’s fourth album and most current recording, “Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan!” was released February 2021 via New West Records and is a masterclass in the sonic amalgam of vintage pop, 90s Anglophilia, glam and 21st Century psychedelia. Tasjan uses unique studio technique, to boldly blends the current and the classic, making his most musically daring and critically acclaimed album to date. He examines sexuality, mental health and dedicates the album to the alternative kids who felt “other” growing up.
The Coffis Brothers
With their newest record, Turn My Radio Up, The Coffis Brothers salute the glory days of the FM dial while planting their flag firmly in the present. Produced by Bay Area legend (and longtime Mother Hips frontman) Tim Bluhm, the album makes equal room for heartland rock & roll anthems, front-porch folk songs, and campfire-worthy Americana ballads.
Brothers Jamie and Kellen Coffis were raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains of northern California, an area whose woodsy imagery left a permanent mark on their sound. Their mother was a children’s musician who often recruited the boys to join her onstage, instilling in them an appreciation for energetic, catchy songs that focused on melody, mood, and message. “We learned how to sing three-part harmonies with Mom at a young age,” remembers Jamie, who later grew into an accomplished keyboardist as his brother sharpened his chops on guitar. When the two began writing songs together in 2007, they found that their shared upbringing — including the music they’d heard on the radio airwaves as kids — had left a lasting mark on their artistic sensibilities. “It’s all-American music,” says Kellen, who shares frontman duties with Jamie. “There’s rock, blues, acoustic folk, and country in there. As music fans, we go all the way back to the beginning — to pioneers like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers — but we also look to artists like the Eagles and Tom Petty for influence. That’s our playbook.”