Americana roots-rock band based in Nashville, TN.
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 at the onset of the pandemic, resulting in the self-titled debut album, Glass Cabin, and the release of their first single and official video, "Pray For Me, Pray For You." The full LP was released in October 2021.
WHY DID YOU GET INTO MUSIC: “It kind of chose me. I don't remember much from the years surrounding my father’s illness, his passing and the year that followed. It was like I’d fallen into a daze. Thankfully, there was a lake and forest just outside my bedroom window, and then music came and gave me a reason to move on. I’m still a bit of a square peg in a round world,” explains Glass Cabin’s writer and singer Jess Brown.
WHY THE LP: “I think Dave (Flint) and I were looking for some common ground, some magic that would blend our individual influences and backgrounds,”Jess Brown said.
As a writer for Almo/Universal and EMI, Brown worked primarily in country, folk rock and Americana, writing songs for artists like Lee Ann Womack (A Little Past Little Rock), Trisha Yearwood (I Need You), John Michael Montgomery (Rope The Moon, Cover You In Kisses), Sara Evans (I Learned That From You), Trace Adkins and Julie Roberts (Break Down Here) which the New York Times called “an instant classic.” With more than 25 gold and platinum certifications, inclusion in the Top 100 Road Songs and several Grammy and CMA nominated albums, his songs appear on over 25 million cds.
Hailing from upstate New York, multi-instrumentalist Flint was a founding member and lead guitarist with country rock band, Billy Montana and the Longshots, which led to them 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 and studio session work.
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 Edgar Allan 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 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 sound product follows a coherent thread. The execution and interpretation are perfect and the production is flawless."
...unique when it comes to their Americana sound. Not that country music is completely out of the group's seductively alternative classic rock.
...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 praising Jess's beautiful vocals.
...unleashes melodic arpeggios in a light neo-soul intent, bringing a pop explosion of vivid colors...impressive as the entire course immerses in our minds. The entire vocal line, together with the poetic verve and melodies of rare inspiration, bring a hit with blazing potential, and that we don't leave inert after the first listen. Sensational.
...valued for a lament of intentions loaded with sensitivity - a closing that gradually moves in epic growth in its propensity.
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."
Americana roots-rock band based in Nashville, TN.
GLASS CABIN SELF-TITLED ALBUM IS OUT NOW | INDIE MUSIC I BANDS WE LIKE
By Chris Mariotti
"Welcome to Edgar Allan Poets 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!
Mary Ann: What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music?
Jess: When my new father-in-law asked me what I wanted to be. I told him I wanted to be a writer...maybe a journalist, a novelist or a songwriter. Maybe an actor or director. Maybe a playwright like Sam Shepard. 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 bought six in one day...Kristofferson, Abbey Road, Sticky Fingers, Dark Side of the Moon, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and After the Gold Rush" ...all from a music shop in Rhinebeck, New York. Then a friend turned me onto Blue and another friend played me What's Going On, so I went back and got those when I had some more money.
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 - "Ain't No Sunshine" (Bill Withers), "Without You" (Nilsson),"What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye), and "On The Street Where You Live," from My Fair Lady.
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 out of my car in the woods near a lake. Only a couple of my friends knew. I told my kids that I was a nomadic man about town. My son said, "So you were homeless." Ha!
Mary Ann: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten from another musician?
Jess: I was an unknown, unsigned writer when I got to Nashville. I went to see songwriter Allen Shamblin ("I Can't Make You Love Me) in a writer's round at the Bluebird Cafe. He was kind enough to offer some advice. He said 'write every day, all day, because a lot of pro writers take 3 hour lunches and then skip the rest of the day.' That really hit me - to treat writing like when I used to frame houses. I found my 24 ounce framing hammer, put it on my writing desk as a reminder of hard work, and then I'd sit in that chair with my guitar - six days a week, sometimes seven, 10 hours a day, then l'd lay tracks into the night at my friend's studio. It paid off. I had my first 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 family are from Virginia so I love cornbread 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 fly 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: Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?
Jess: That's a tough one. I gave up soda and haven't had hard liquor in a long time...just coffee and wine. But I remember what it's like to wish I had a hot meal. This company, The Soulful Project makes delicious, hearty cup packs of hot cereal with oats, grains and fruit, and for every one sold, they give one to a local food bank.
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