Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, Robert Ellis & Shelly Colvin Play SoundLand 2011

Showcase presented by BMI and Billy Reid, with Ground Control Touring, slated for Sept. 23 at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville

Posted in News on September 12, 2011

BMI will partner with Billy Reid and Ground Control Touring to present a Southern-bred showcase on Friday, September 23 at the Cannery Ballroom (One Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203) during SoundLand 2011 in Nashville. Headliner Justin Townes Earle will bring his provocative Tennessee-rambler songs; Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit will fire off their Muscle Shoals-steeped swamp rock; Houston kid Robert Ellis will reaffirm the folk-meets-twang still cultivated where West meets South; and Alabama-bred, East Nashville-based singer/songwriter Shelly Colvin will inject her soul-baring, soul-searing music into the mix.

BMI is a longtime supporter of SoundLand—formerly dubbed Next Big Nashville. Industry players and music fanatics may be coming together under a new name, but SoundLand’s devotion to elevating and celebrating music’s bottomless well of new sounds rages stronger than ever. More than 100 performers, ranging from unsigned singer/songwriters to major label artists, will play venues throughout downtown Nashville September 21-24.


Justin Townes Earle
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Robert Ellis
Shelly Colvin

Next Big Nashville presents SoundLand: September 21-24
Festival wristbands: $65
VIP badge: $150
For single show tickets, wristbands, and more information:

Billy Reid, men’s and women’s luxury clothing, shoes, and leather
Ground Control Touring, a boutique music booking agency
Cannery Ballroom, one of Music City’s favorite venues

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