Open Mic Spotlight

Open Mic Spotlight is a weekly podcast that highlights the local musicians of Chattanooga and the bigger named artists touring through Chattanooga. Each episode contains conversations and performances of covers and originals. Learn more about the artists lives and their secrets to being successful in the crazy world of the music industry. This show includes all genres and styles from bluegrass, pop, rap, and even comedy!

Episodes Date

On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight, Chattanooga musician Danny Alvarez stops by to talk with Heather about growing up listening to religious music in a conservative household, his musical epiphany on...
November 20, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, singer-songwriter Sophie Lockhart joins Heather in the studio to talk about her studies at Lee University, how the guitar is not her main instrument and ho...
November 15, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Navid Eliot and Jenny Borst from Planes on Paper and Josiah Johnson from The Head and The Heart drop by the studio to talk with Heather. They’d a...
November 7, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Barrett Maury and Dakari Kelly of Caney Village drop by the studio to talk with Heather about the ways in which the band has changed over the years, how th...
October 31, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga singer-songwriter Derick Anderson embraces the realities of his newfound fatherhood and brings his son, Jack, to spend time with Heather in...
October 24, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga musician, Austin Sawyer, the main songwriter and member of Drumming Bird, stops in to talk with Heather about his studies at MSTU (where he fou...
October 17, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, the Americana-varnished duo Nick and Luke stop by to talk with Heather about some of their more unusual experiences while touring, their desire to use musi...
October 10, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga musician Derek Wayne Martin spends some time with Heather in the studio to talk about the ways in which he’s trying to help build the local m...
October 3, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Pattee Wilbanks and Robert Lovett of Mountain Creek House Fire stop by the studio to talk with Heather about their collaborative process, some of their fav...
September 26, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga pop-rock trio Midnight Promise drop by the studio to talk about the process for how they collaborate on each track, the familial atmosphere tha...
September 19, 2017
In this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga musician John Cotton of No Thank You, John drops by to talk with Heather about how he first got into recording, the trials of listening to cont...
September 12, 2017
In this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga singer-songwriter Hailey Miller stops by the studio to discuss how she first learned how to play the guitar, the experiences that have shaped h...
September 5, 2017
  On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, singer-songwriter Nate Currin joins Heather in the studio to discuss how a religious upbringing drove him to seek out secular music and the deep influen...
August 28, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Seattle-based Americana duo The Local Strangers drop by the studio to share some of their achingly beautiful harmonies and discuss details of their upc...
August 22, 2017
Hannah Murphy – Open Mic Spotlight On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Atlanta singer-songwriter Hannah Murphy joining Heather in the studio to discuss their first meeting at Eddie’s Atti...
August 15, 2017
In the Open Mic Spotlight podcast this week, Chattanooga artist Marcus White drops by the studio to discuss his tenure with several local bands, the varying roles he takes as both musician and produce...
August 8, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Chattanooga singer-songwriter LadyLyn brings her soul-infused melodies to the studio and discusses her past history in college sports, the years spent sing...
July 31, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, New Orleans-influenced singer-songwriter Gino Fanelli stops by the studio to discuss his reverence for jazz vocalists, the history of his own cross-genre w...
July 25, 2017
On this week’s Open Mic Spotlight podcast, Christopher Andrew Johnson of Chattanooga dream-pop outfit Side Affect drops by to talk about his work and perform a handful of songs, including an unrelea...
July 17, 2017
Ben Strawn is a young and somewhat new artist to the Chattanooga music scene but don't let that fool you. This singer-songwriter from Cookeville, Tn will make you swoon with his lyrics and voice. His ...
July 10, 2017
Megan Saunders is a songwriter that grew up in Vermont but now resides in Chattanooga. She plays a variety of different string instruments including the guitar and banjo. Her band includes Jason Reed ...
July 3, 2017
Ian Sharp is one of the movers and shakers of the Chattanooga comedy scene. After life as a tourning musician with the band, In Faith Or Flames, he found himself loving comdedy. He got his start where...
June 26, 2017
Buddy Shirk is an an organist and a pianist who has performed on local, and national, and international television, as well as in numerous recording studios and churches. He served with the Baldwin Pa...
June 20, 2017
Episode 40 gives light to the upcoming event, Make Music Day, a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. It is held on the same day in more than 750 cities and 120 countries. Make Musi...
June 13, 2017
Gleewood is an Americana husband and wife duo from New Mexico. They groove through blues, folk, and rock 'n" roll, with lyrics that lend a story to folk and roots music enthusiasts with an energy that...
June 6, 2017
Michael Crowder may be a business man with a family, but he has been a part of the Chattanooga music scene for a very long time. He has been in several bands with his most notable and recent being Dar...
May 30, 2017
Manatee Commune is from Bellingham, Washington. With the help of Chattanooga House Shows and Roots Rated, he put on a killer show. He was so kind to meet with OMS the next day to talk about the night ...
May 23, 2017
Lew Card was born and raised in Chattanooga before deciding to leave for the music Mecca, Austin, Texas, to pursue his musical career with mandolin. After sixteen years and playing with a variety of A...
May 15, 2017
Tryezz is a local Chattanoogan that mixes jazz, funk, classical, and electronic styles into a combination that will get you movin' and groovin'. On multiple occasions, I have seen him turn a dying cro...
May 9, 2017
Webb Barringer is a born and raised Chattanoogan. He is a singer-songwriter that draws influence from artists like Jason Isbell and Todd Snider. You will enjoy hearing songs that will be released on h...
May 2, 2017
Roots of a Rebellion is a group of musicians from Nashville, TN that play Reggae-Rock-Dub music for the soul. They are an upbeat and loving group that won Road the Bonnaroo last year. While in town la...
April 25, 2017
Jake Lemons was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tn. He has been writing songs and playing guitar since he was a teenager. His band, Jetsam in the Noose, has been together for a few years now. His musi...
April 18, 2017
Daniel and Lauren Goans are a husband and wife duo from Charlottesville, Virginia known as Lowland Hum. They write, arrange, and produce all of their own music, and have honed a cohesive visual arts a...
April 10, 2017
Jonathan Wimpee is a local musician from Gadsden, AL. He plays in too many bands to count but most notably for the Molly Maguires and Milele Roots. He is currently working on a new solo album recordin...
April 3, 2017
C-Grimey is a born and raised Chattanooga hip-hop artist. He was very close to winning the Bar Exam which is a quarterly hip-hop open mic at The Camp House. He is also involved in the community and wo...
March 28, 2017
Ben Sollee is a classically trained cellist, singer-song writer, and a composer. He has traveled around the world playing his music with a mix of bluegrass, folk, R&B, and jazz. His music can even...
March 20, 2017
Anthony Quails is the Executive Director of the Chattanooga Songwriters Association and is currently signed with a music publishing company. His songs have wonderful lyrics and melodies with beautiful...
March 13, 2017
Rye baby is a rock'n'twang duo from the Chattanooga area. Callie Harmon and Jennifer Hope Brumlow use just about all of their limbs at the same time playing the drums, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, an...
March 6, 2017
The Muddy Magnolias featuring Kallie North and Jessy Wilson are from Nashville, TN. They just recently released their debut album, Broken People, which blends blues, jazz, folk, rock, soul and R&B...
February 27, 2017
Butch Ross is well known in Chattanooga for his mountain dulcimer playing, but it's different than you would expect. He uses the instrument in a modern way by incorporating loop pedals and playing mod...
February 21, 2017
Luke Simmons is an amazing musician of all sorts. He plays keys, guitar, drums, and his voice is out of this world. He plays with many groups around town and is working on an EP. You don't want to mis...
February 13, 2017
Bj Hightower is the tall, bearded, overall wearing bass player of Strung Like a Horse. He has a goofy stage persona, but really he's just a big hearted lovable guy with beautiful songs. You will love ...
February 8, 2017
Bradford Loomis is a singer-songwriter out of Washington. He played a house show in Chttanooga on his way to Atlanta and so graciously let me interview him. You will love his passionate and soulful l...
January 31, 2017
Amber Fults is a beautiful singer songwriter with a powerful yet angelic voice. She was previously a member of the Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers which won Road to Nightfall a few years ago. He...
January 24, 2017
Jordan Hallquit is a very influential part of the Chattanooga music scene. He a a musician and manages the music at Tivoli and Memorial via AC Entertainment. He also worked at Tremont building a music...
January 17, 2017
Ryan Keef is a musician out of Fort Payne, Alabama. You will know him as the lead guitarist and vocalist of Permagroove and also from a group called the Trade Day Troubadours. His solo music has sound...
January 9, 2017
Jamal Traub is a local singer-songwriter in Chattanooga, TN. He gains inspiration from musicians like Otis Redding and Bob Dylan. His playful melodies and lyrics will put a smile on your face.  Thank...
January 3, 2017
Randy Steele plays banjo for Slim Pickins and also just released a solo album recorded at Fame studios. Listen to his interesting stories of playing and traveling in Europe and how his music progresse...
December 27, 2016
The performance aspects of an open mic musician and an open mic comedian are not as different as you would think. In this episode, Ryan talks about the many ways comedy has grown in Chattanooga over t...
December 20, 2016
Cody James Harris is a native of Chattanooga. he has a soulful americana style with beautifully vulnerable lyrics. You will love what covers he chooses as well!  Thank you to the Revelry Room for...
December 13, 2016

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