Nashville duo The Southern Gothic return on July 6 with their brilliant new single Straight Up, a fantastically unique take on the Paula Abdul hit. It’s not a song you’d instantly think of them covering, but they do a wonderful job doing it and it sees them following up on previous hits, including their CMT Pure Country #1 hit, 12-Pack Sheets Down. Once again, the pair have provided an excellent mix of American, rock and country music. Straight Up further enhances their growing reputation and shows a natural growth and progression that pushes them to the forefront of the genre and puts them on the map in Nashville and beyond.
The Southern Gothic summarizes their intentions on this album, looking for novelty without losing nostalgia, playing with the genre but without falling into predictable tricks, nor in the arrogance of those who castle themselves in a genre or mannerism to show that they have personality. . Paradoxically, to achieve simplicity and lucidity requires experience and the ability to know how to free oneself from the limitations of conditioning, and this work is also a healthy example of this.
For Connor Christian, leader and principal songwriter of The Southern Gothic, life has always been about the journey. The son of an American military officer and diplomat, that journey began at 6 months old, when his family moved from Los Angeles to Jakarta, Indonesia, and from there to places like Singapore, South Korea, and Belgium, along with stops for everywhere. . the world. parts. the United States. «I’ve never lived in a place long enough to think of it as my hometown, to make those memories and lifelong associations, so I’ve learned to take little pieces of each stop and make them part of my story.» That story brought Connor to Atlanta GA when he was a young adult. Stints in various other bands led to the formation of The Southern Gothic with former Truckadelic drummer Shawn Thacker. What began as an energetic house music cover band at the revered Atlanta dive, Dixie Tavern, grew along with Connor’s writing to become the band Billboard magazine called his ‘Band on the Edge.’ Ten months later, the band’s second album ‘New Hometown’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart and #17 on the Country Albums chart. The same month, the record’s lead single «Sheets Down» reached No. 1 on CMT’s Pure Country 12-Pack Countdown, a spot it held for 4 weeks – thesoutherngothicmusic.com