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“If you have not heard of Blond Bones…you will soon.” (The Daily Beacon)
Pop/surf rock quartet Blond Bones, comprised of band leader Christian Barnett, guitarist Joey English, bassist Joe Rebrovick and drummer Daniel Ryan, is a new and exciting addition to the Nashville music community. Their songs are complex arrangements of dreamy, surfy chord progressions; danceable driving rhythms, and catchy melodies inspired by the songwriting style of Dylan, Bowie and Lou Reed, with a modern sound in the vein of bands such as Tame Impala and Vampire Weekend.
Their forthcoming release, the Sierra EP, pulls from a multitude of styles based around each member’s unique and lengthy musical background, providing a distinctive and interesting listening experience. Barnett and Ryan studied jazz at the University of Tennessee, Rebrovick studied acting before focusing on music, and English released three solo folk albums under his own name.
But before becoming the current configuration of Blond Bones, they started as an acoustic duo.
“Christian and I were playing weddings and stuff for friends, and then somebody said, 'Hey, I’ll pay you 300 bucks to do this thing,” Rebrovick says, “And it was like, ‘Wait a minute, we can do this and make money at it?’ Then it turned into a serious endeavor.”
The group quickly began making a name for themselves in the flourishing artistic scene of nearby Knoxville, Tennessee, receiving praise from Knoxville Mercury for their “…excellent guitar-playing, and…real talent for complex arrangements” and Inside of Knoxville applauding their “dynamic range” and “solidly written songs” throughout a sound described as “reverb-filled shimmering rock.”
They released an EP in 2016, a collection of songs based around the struggle of a family living in the American South, exploring the distinct personal lives of each member. Since writing and recording those songs, the band experienced a sonic shift moving their sound toward pop and dance music.
Touring, playing, writing and promotion are all on the horizon, with each member devoted to their musicianship and deeply passionate about sharing it with others.
“When I hear a really great piece, or I hear a really good player and they connect with me, my immediate response is to give back,” says Barnett.