Based in Nashville, TN, alt-country rock duo Glass Cabin's self titled debut EP.
Based in Nashville, TN, alt-country rock duo Glass Cabin's self titled debut EP.
Nashville based, alt-country band Glass Cabin release their second album "2" on October 20th, 2023 including their new single, "Weary Man."
Based in Nashville, TN, roots-rock band Glass Cabin was formed by singer/songwriter Jess Brown and studio musician David Flint. After a decade of co-producing other artists, the two began collaborating on their own project during the pandemic, resulting in the self-titled album, "Glass Cabin," released October 2021 along with their single and video, "Hey O." The duo's second EP “2” is scheduled for release October 20th, 2023 with the single “Weary Man.” Their music has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, Netflix, Hulu and Hallmark.
As a writer for Almo-Irving/Universal and EMI, Brown worked primarily in country and Americana, writing songs for artists like Lee Ann Womack (Little Past Little Rock, Now You See Me), Trisha Yearwood (I Need You), John Michael Montgomery (Rope The Moon, Cover You In Kisses), Tracy Lawrence (The Coast Is Clear, A Far Cry), Sara Evans (I Learned That From You), Randall King (One Goodbye) and "Break Down Here" for Julie Roberts and Trace Adkins, which the New York Times called “an instant classic.” With 25 gold and platinum certifications, inclusion in the Top 100 Road Songs and Grammy and CMA nominated albums, his songs appear on over 25 million cds.
Hailing from upstate New York, multi-instrumentalist David Flint was a founding member and lead guitarist with country rock group, Billy Montana and the Longshots, which led to the band being signed to a recording artist deal at Warner Brothers Records with the legendary Martha Sharp, Warner’s VP at the time, in charge of finding new talent. After the country rock band folded, Flint made the move to Nashville and began touring with numerous groups, most notably the hit country rock band Highway 101, touring with them for the next decade before turning his attention to producing artists and Nashville session work (Lonestar, Addison Johnson, Clayton Smalley, Jake Ybarra).
GLASS CABIN DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL MUSIC IN EPONYMOUS ALBUM
WEAREYMX - LONDON, ENGLAND
“It’s not often that we come across such gifted musicianship and refined songwriting. Nashville-based alt-country/Americana outfit GLASS CABIN are the exception, exhibiting high-quality tracks with a chart-topping sound and inspired lyrical themes.
Coming together in the creative whirlwind that is Nashville, the pair was able to deliver excellent music, putting them instantly on the map of the most interesting newcomers...crafting charming and poignant musical gems clothed in country formulas and bathed in pop sensibility. GLASS CABIN is your new favourite country group. They are, trust us.”
From Illustrate Magazine, London:
"If I had to describe the tone of this band, it’s a tight whiskey drink filled with Americana and deeply rooted country melodies."
From Edgar Music Poets:
"Glass Cabin music is intense and solid. The arrangements are refined and perfect. Artists who have worked a lot in the studio and who have toured are able to leave us only the essentials. By doing so the songs take on a particular halo which makes them compelling.Their self-titled debut album is fantastic, every track is great, and the overall sound follows a rich, coherent thread. The execution and interpretation are dead on and the production flawless."
...unique when it comes to their Americana sound. Not that country music is completely out of the group's seductively alternative classic rock.
...Hey O is one of those songs born with the irremediable status of an anthem...with roots riffs blending beautifully with the cohesive instrumental rocker footprint.
...musical intensity can sound simple while simultaneously very well constructed in terms of arrangement. Vocals loaded with emotional intensity enrapture and subliminally lead this great song.
...rootsy blues-rocker loaded with driving emotion and natural passion.
...aspires to 60s intent immersed in the deepest roots of American music, where viscerality once again descends into an irresistible stanza.
...embarks on an intense blues/country hard journey that promotes an overwhelming experience for those who journey to the end. Another track that imposes its strength with classic airs, born with a penchant for absolute rock. The atmosphere of mystery that surrounds each step taken is largely cathartic, it is literally a blockbuster of a song.
...a beautiful ballad of great acoustic content, denoting the simple and emotional side of Glass Cabin. A song that packs a captivating harmonica adding to Jess's solid vocals.
...the entire vocal line, together with the poetic lyric and melodies of rare inspiration, bring a bout a hit with blazing potential, and that we don't leave after the first listen. Sensational.
...a lament of intentions loaded with sensitivity - a closing that gradually moves in epic growth.
From Music and Tour News:
"Glass Cabin's powerful first single, "Pray For Me, Pray For You," delivers deep, thought-provoking lyrics overlaid with a gorgeous folk drenched sonic backdrop that deftly weaves between country rock and Americana."
JESS BROWN : Growing up in New York’s Catskill Mountains, with roots reaching back into rural West Virginia, Jess spent his early childhood hearing his mother's big band albums and the Appalachian music his mechanic father played while tuning car motors in his garage. But when he was eight, his father died at the age of 42.
Still dealing with the loss and loneliness, Brown started writing songs at 13. He played Dylan and Kris Kristofferson songs at local cafes and coffee houses, opening for local bands. The first two albums he bought were Me and Bobby McGee and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush. He started skipping school, spending summers hitchhiking through the southwest, sleeping in unlocked cars and under highway bridges before winding up at a relative’s goat ranch in New Mexico. He worked picking fruit and stringing heishi beads to keep his guitar out of the pawnshop.
An avid reader, Jess calls John Steinbeck and playwright Sam Shepard early influences.
“I was a bit of a nomad, wandering around in my teens. I had a string of close calls, but I was lucky. I think I joined the military just to have a roof over my head for a couple years.”
At 19, he discovered his Irish roots while reconnecting with his father’s brothers who relayed dark, often comedic stories of Appalachian life. “My granddaddy's family ran moonshine and worked in the mines for generations, which can lead to an over indulgence of smoking and drinking at a very young age - an occupational hazard of writing as well."
Reclusive, and a reticent performer, it was Jess’ wife who convinced him to move to Nashville. “Nashville was a long shot but l was fortunate to sign with David Conrad at Almo-Irving Music (now Universal) and Barry Beckett (legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios producer and co-founder). Barry had asked me what I was looking for and I said, “A home.” He smiled that big bear smile of his and gave me a writer’s room upstairs.”
As a signed writer for Almo/Universal and EMI, Jess had hits with Trace Adkins and Julie Roberts (Break Down Here), Lee Ann Womack (A Little Past Little Rock, Now You See Me) Trisha Yearwood ( Need You), Sarah Evans (I Learned That From You) and John Michael Montgomery (Cover You in Kisses, Rope the Moon) with songs appearing on more than 25 million cds as well as being listed in the “Top Road Songs.”
DAVID FLINT: Hailing from upstate New York, Dave began taking piano lessons at age five. He reluctantly continued the lessons until he was eleven when he got his first guitar. He continued to take both piano and guitar lessons until his parents realized he would stick with the guitar.
“I was learning on an acoustic guitar before I got my first electric which was some sort of an old pieced together Fender…then I got an Ibanez Les Paul copy and an Ibanez “Iceman” and then a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. I wish I still had that Les Paul.”
He began playing in bands in the 9th grade, spending countless hours rehearsing in basements and garages of his and his bandmates homes.
“Like most kids learning guitar, one of my first influences were The Rolling Stones as well as The Beatles, The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Van Halen.”
There were several incarnations of bands, but always with the same few people from school who were ‘players.’ They played at school dances, church functions, and at a local ‘teen’ club. They entered a series of ‘Battle of the Bands’ where they won a few contests and lost a few.
As a senior in high school, Dave applied to music school in Boston, Massachusetts but then at the last minute decided he didn’t want to ‘teach’ music or live the uncertain life of a musician, playing guitar for a living, so he went to school for business while continuing to play music casually.
“After my first year of college, some guys from high school contacted me about joining their band “Southbound”, later becoming “Billy Montana and the Longshots.” The boys decided to record an independent album and pitch it around Nashville. It caught the attention of the legendary Martha Sharp, VP at Warner Brothers at the time, which led to the band signing an artist deal.
But the group disbanded so Dave moved to Nashville, touring with several bands most notably the hit country group, Highway 101, touring with them for 8 years. A respected session musician, Dave continues playing in various Nashville studios, as well as producing artists at his home studio.
"Demos and Hits" is a compilation of demoed songs and a few that went on to be radio hits.
GLASS CABIN SELF-TITLED ALBUM IS OUT NOW | INDIE MUSIC I BANDS WE LIKE
By Chris Mariotti
"Welcome to the Indie Music Corner. A space dedicated to the best new artists and bands we find around the web. Today’s featured duo is Glass Cabin and their self-titled album.
It is always impressive to note that when music is composed and produced by people with great experience, this experience exudes from the notes of their songs. Generally, artists at the early stages of their careers tend to fill the sound spectrum with many musical “colors.” Artists who have worked a lot in the studio and who have toured instead are able to leave only the essentials. By doing so the songs take on a particular halo which makes them very fascinating.
Their self-titled debut album is fantastic, all the tracks are great, and overall this sound product follows a coherent thread. Glass Cabin music is intense and solid...the arrangements are refined and perfect...the execution and interpretation are perfect and the production is flawless. It is truly a pleasure to listen to Glass Cabin’s music because it makes you travel with your imagination and you feel free. A nice discovery that I recommend to everyone."
EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: GLASS CABIN’S ‘PRAY FOR ME, PRAY FOR YOU’ VIDEO
By Laura Klondowski - Music and Tour News
Americana/country duo Glass Cabin consisting of Jess Brown and Dave Flint are ready to take the scene by storm with the release of their powerful new single ‘Pray For Me, Pray For You’ which delivers deep, thought-provoking lyrics overlaid with a gorgeous folk drenched sonic backdrop that deftly weaves between country rock and Americana.
The track is acting as the lead release off the pairs forthcoming studio album which is slated to drop next year with the record expected to include an eclectic fusion of genres such as rock, country, folk, roots, and Americana which collide to create a stylistic LP that is 100 percent their own.
And it is a rousing introduction to the LP thanks to the overlay of electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, thumping drums, and luscious vocal harmonies that are steeped in old-school rock tradition. ‘Pray For Me, Pray For You’, is a wonderful way to kick-off this album campaign, and allows for Glass Cabin to deliver a little taste of what’s to come.
With the official music video, the duo have put together a truly beautiful piece of art that brings to life the struggle of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic showing how it has temporarily shut down the world as health experts find ways to slow the spread and get the virus under control. It is a touching, emotive visual.
Nashville based Americana duo Glass Cabin is the brain child of successful singer-songwriter Jess Brown and session musician David Flint.
A Grammy nominated song writer, Brown has written songs for Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and Julie Roberts. Flint’s previous life included co-founding country rock band Billy Montana and The Longshots, together with being a hired hand for numerous touring bands including Highway 101. His more recent work has been as a producer and studio session player at his home studio outside Nashville.
Having worked together on albums for other artists, Nashville neighbours Brown and Flint decided to use some of the downtime imposed on them by the pandemic, to write and record their own album.
The end result is a hugely rewarding eight-track record, which fuses country rock and folk, with a somewhat left of centre gothic edge.
A plucked banjo and pounding drums open Hey O. What follows is a chanted recital, complete with handclaps, which sets the theme for some equally dark tunes that come next. Pray For Me and Opportunity also lean heavily into mysterious territory with rolling rhythms, handclaps, and cleverly overdubbed harmonies, all adding to the bewitching atmosphere. They take the foot off the gas on the slow burners Crazy Missing You and Feel Again before tailing off the album with the spiralling Final Day.
GRUBS AND GROOVES by Mary Ann
"Thirsty Thursday" Featuring Glass Cabin
Thank you so much Jess for chatting with us today!
Jess: Sure, thanks for having me.
Mary Ann: So, what was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music?
Jess: Well, when my future father-in-law asked me what I was going to do to make a living lol. I told him I wanted to be a writer...maybe a journalist, or a novelist or a songwriter. Maybe a playwright like Sam Shepard. At the time I was a house framer. He told me to pick one - just one - and focus all my energy on that one thing. He said, "when sunlight is focused through a magnifying glass, it always starts a fire."
Mary Ann: Looking back, what was the first album or “vinyl” you bought?
Jess: Ha...I think I bought eight in one day...there was Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee, Creedance's Willy and the Poor Boys, Exile on Main Street, After The Gold Rush, Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles White Album, Pet Sounds and The Eagles Greatest Hits...all at a little music store in Albany, New York. Then a girlfriend played me Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' so I went back and got that and Sam Cooke's 'Ain't That Good News' the next time I got paid.
Mary Ann: If you could have penned a song in a different genre what would it have been?
Jess: The Nashville Songwriter's Association - a great organization - has this thing where you pick songs you wished you had written so let's see...there's so many - "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) and "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers).
Mary Ann: What is one thing you can tell us that most people don’t know about you and might surprise us?
Jess: When I was fifteen I left home for a while and lived in an old Dynamic 88 Oldsmobile parked in the woods by a lake. Only a couple of friends knew. I told my kids years later that I was a nomadic kid about town. My son said, "So, you were homeless." Lol.
Mary Ann: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten from another musician?
Jess: I was an unsigned writer when I got to Nashville. I went to see songwriter Allen Shamblin ("I Can't Make You Love Me) at a writer's round at the Bluebird. He was kind enough to offer some advice. He said, "write every day, all day, because a lot of pro writers take long lunches and then take off the rest of the day." That really hit me - to treat writing like when I framed houses. I found my old Stanley hammer, put it on my writing desk as a reminder of manual labor and hard work, and then I sat in that chair with my guitar - six days a week, sometimes seven, all day, then l'd lay tracks into the night at my friend's studio. It paid off. I had a radio hit the following year.
Mary Ann: Best food that comes in a can?
Jess: King Oscar Wild Caught Sardines, Mediterranean Style.
Mary Ann: Home cooking or going out for dinner?
Jess: Well, I'm married to a Sicilian, so I'm partial to her cooking. Not only is she beautiful but her baked ziti is the best, and she could open her own restaurant with her fish tacos. My dad's from West Virginia so I love cornbread and beans but I'd put my wife's cornbread up against any of them.
Mary Ann: What is the best dish you ever had?
Jess: When I was in the military, three friends and I went camping along the Big Thompson River near Estes Park, Colorado. We got up early to fish and caught these beautiful rainbow trout that we cleaned and grilled right there over a wood fire, along with a pan of scrambled eggs. To this day I still think about the taste of that trout, with eggs and campfire coffee.
Mary Ann: What’s on your pizza? Do you fold your pizza or eat it straight on? Ranch or no ranch?
Jess: Extra cheese. Coming from New York, I love pizza, and if it's thin crust I fold it. Every town back home has a family owned pizza parlor, like La Bella's in Kinderhook, NY. Ask for Tony.
Mary Ann: Since we're a food blog, we always ask artist's their food and drink preferences...what's your drink of choice?
Jess: Well, when I used to drink it was whiskey now it's just an occasional beer. I like Genesee Cream Ale, Rolling Rock and Guinness Draught.