The Parlor Sessions, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN

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The Parlor Sessions, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN

November 19, 2014

The Parlor Sessions is a tour that has happened twice since last summer, featuring four supremely talented songwriters:


Andy Zipf (of TheCowardsChoir – (

Dean Fields (

Eliot Bronson (

Ryan Culwell ( – Ryan was filling in for Jason Myles Goss, who you can find at (

The Bluebird Cafe is a place of legend here in Nashville, and frequently sells out. I got the last ticket available for The Parlor Sessions after they’d been on sale for about 15 minutes. The venue is incredibly intimate and serves some pretty fantastic food. It’d be a great date spot – if you can get in.

The Parlor Sessions are based on the in-the-round format in which the participants rotate performing a song. What’s unique about The Parlor Sessions is that the musicians also provide some back story or banter related to the song about to be performed – it makes the songs feel real and relatable to the audience and makes for an unforgettable experience.
Ryan Culwell kicked things off with his gruff vocals – think in the vein of Bruce Springsteen. He tells stories as effortlessly as he performed, and he did not disappoint. He was thoroughly entertaining and very personable and added an unpredictable ‘rough edge’ to the evening’s proceedings in a true rock ‘n roll fashion.
Next up was Dean Fields, who described these Parlor Sessions and songwriting in general as “therapy”. He’s got a rapidly rising star here in Nashville, and hopefully beyond.
Eliot Bronson followed up with some neo-outlaw-country. This ain’t no pop/bro country. I don’t even know if I’d really call it country at all, but he’s getting some play in some country circles, but who cares – it’s good, he’s got an amazing voice, and he writes great songs. And he’s also from my hometown (Atlanta), so he gets a hometown boost from me.
Finally, Andy Zipf rounded out the rotation. Andy has been a huge part of my music library and gig attending over the last nine years. He was gracious enough to pull out both some current tunes and some of my old favorites during the show.
Four guys with their guitars have made for some wonderful shows – if there’s any justice in music, there will be more Parlor Sessions tours in between the guys’ other projects. Check them out (with Jason Myles Goss) for yourself at

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