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March 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

The Apache Relay dig deeper at the Tractor Tavern | Concert preview

The Apache Relay plays the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.

The Apache Relay plays the Tractor Tavern Wednesday night.

Listening to the first moments of The Apache Relay’s new single “Katie Queen of Tennessee,” it’s easy to pick up on the Nashville sextuplet’s pop pedigree in the cloying violin twirl and breezy snare drum. It’s a sophisticated start to their self-titled sophomore album, an 11-song collection full of satisfying, layered moments due out April 22.

“We’re all very inspired by Phil Spector and everything he did with that wall of sound thing,” said guitarist Ben Ford said. “I think on this record we did try to channel a little bit of that, in our own way. Our musical tastes are very eclectic and I think on this record that’s coming out, we thought, ‘This feels right. Let’s go with it.’”

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December 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Brandi Carlile rekindles romance at the Tractor | Concert review

Brandi Carlile. Photo by Jeremy Cowart.

Brandi Carlile. Photo by Jeremy Cowart.

Some shows you mark on your calendar months out, like the epic Pearl Jam show Friday night that was undoubtedly the hottest ticket in town this week.

Brandi Carlile’s thrilling set at the Tractor Saturday was not planned. She stepped in at the last minute for The Lone Bellow, but despite the late notice tickets sold out in a flash, with locals cognizant of the rare opportunity to see Carlile in such an intimate setting.

It didn’t used to be that way for Carlile and her fans. There was a time, Carlile recalled, before the days of social media when she struggled to fill just part of the Tractor, but that was before she was recognized as one of the best singer-songwriters of her generation. 

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