SHK talked to Marchelle Bradanini from Pony Boy, our latest Nashville crush.

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SHK: I KNOW IT’S BEEN A FEW, BUT WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING THING YOU DID AT SXSW?

MARCHELLE BRADANINI: Sadly, I didn’t run across any noteworthy light displays. Music-wise, the most exciting shows I saw were by some fellow Nashville artists or people I’ve seen in town before. The instrumental band, Steelism (who also backed me during SXSW) are one of the best live acts around. It’s Joe Fletcher, Robert Ellis, Nikki Lane, Hugh Bob and the Hustle who all put on really memorable shows. There are a lot of new artists out there to be excited about.

YOU’VE MENTIONED NICK CAVE AS A MUSICAL INFLUENCE OF YOURS. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LIKE ABOUT HIS STYLE OF MUSIC? AND DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER HEROES AT THE MOMENT?

I’ve always loved Nick Cave for his lyricism, theatricality and musical intensity. There’s such a mood to every song and I’m always taken somewhere emotionally. It doesn’t exist within straight genre lines or passing fads. Other musical heroes are John Prine, Bobbie Gentry, Howlin Wolf, Karen Dalton, Julie London, Leonard Cohen, Betty Davis, Judy Henske, Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, Billy Sherrill, The Swampers, Patti Smith and Dorris Day. All these people are as timeless as their music.

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