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Published on February 7th, 2017 | by Brittany Clayton

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Local Music You Don’t Want To Miss

There were quite a few bands and artists that I covered in the last year of writing for The Local. For this month, I’d like to draw your attention to some of my favorites in case you missed an article or two in 2016. There were a few full bands and artists that completely gripped my attention and made me want to catch every show they had in the area without even thinking about it.


NO. 1: Filmore Drive 

I covered them the very first month of 2016 and it was the second article I’d written for The Local. I love this band. I love the members of this band. I love the way this band makes me feel. I have yet to see a local band have as much energy on stage as Filmore Drive does and they bring it every single time. They continue to work in new originals and new covers so you’re not seeing the same set every show. Since I wrote about them, they’ve brought on a new drummer who fits like a dream. They are tighter as a band than ever before.

NO. 2: Kane and the Saints 

I actually never covered this full band for The Local, so I’m taking the opportunity to tell you about them now. I’ve seen Kane and the Saints a few times and I love them, whether seeing them at Foster Fest playing on a street or seeing them control the full stage at The Peanut Festival fairgrounds. This band, honestly, takes you back to the music of the 70s except with a current music vibe. For example, listen to The Allman Brothers Band: Whipping Post. You hear that voice? Those guitars? That’s Kane and the Saints except Kane amps it up even more than they did. If you have a chance to catch them, you won’t be disappointed.

NO. 3: The Alan-Clayton Project

I forgot exactly what month I covered this band but I’m pretty sure it was over the summer. Anyway, y’all, if you want to hear the voice of an angel backed by a folk guitarist/singer then this is the band to see right here. Dustin Alan can sing the notes of Sam Smith and Adele. That’s a rarity. That’s something you don’t hear every day. Brad Clayton can finger pick like no other local talent I know and his voice is like one you’d hear if you were to step onto Broadway in Nashville. They have mostly been doing private parties and weddings lately, but occasionally they’ll play at a local bar here in town. The next time you see someone post about them, go see them. Drop whatever plans you have scheduled and go.

NO. 4: Mike VanDusen

This guy is phenomenal. He’s actually one of the last I wrote about in 2016. Like I said before, he looks and sounds like someone who stepped out of Nashville. He played a Jason Isbell cover, for crying out loud, and not one of Isbell’s hits, either. The type of covers you play shows the depth of your musical skill. Everyone has to play popular covers, sure. We know that. However, when you catch that one person who plays the obscure covers as well, that’s when you know they’re one to watch. Not only is Mike a fantastic musician, but he’s also a hilarious person in general. He will make you laugh when he plays and that’s a fantastic talent to have. You won’t be disappointed if you’re able to catch him.


With so many great local bands, it’s hard to narrow your favorites down to just a few. However, 2017 is a new year. With a new year comes new artists and new bookings. This year, I look forward to branching out and seeing what all talent I’ve been missing or maybe catch a brand new band who is just emerging. Regardless, it’s going to be a great year of entertainment. I can just feel it.

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