Throughout the annals of Now/It's, I'm almost certain I've stated at least a time or two that blues and soul music in Nashville have long been under-served. Granted, there's still plenty of gospel music to be found all around town.
That being said - both blues and soul have been on the up and up in and around town, it would seem but not necessarily as a whole. A lot of times aspects of both are blended with rock or highfalutin production that makes the finished product a far cry from the field hollers and work songs that gave birth to what we would come to know as blues and soul.
It seems as though the intrepid spirits willing to tackle (what I would reckon are) two of the most challenging musical genres are a "once every blue moon" type.
With that in mind, I suppose it's high time we took a gander up at the sky, because we may have found ourselves one of those "once every blue moon" types - Jenn Bostic. If ever there were a evidence against the aforementioned notion of blues and soul's under-served standing in Nashville, Bostic's phenomenal bare bones take on her single "Lonely" would be exhibit A.
Now, I feel I should qualify this lofty talk by saying by no means am I suggesting Bostic is here to "save" or "revive" soul or blues or any genre of music in Nashville, for that matter. I'm simply saying "Lonley" is the latest addition to an exponentially expanding and delightfully diverse blues and soul scene that already touts everyone from Emma Hern to Devon Gilfillian to Dynamo.
The song itself serves as a fantastic showcase of Bostic's striking command of her voice that lends itself so effortlessly to both the seamless ease of soul and the steely resolve of soul.
Normally, "acoustic" videos tend to skew on the somewhat docile end of the musical spectrum, but Bostic's impassioned presentation is directly antithetical, in the best way possible - it is equal parts fiery and ferocious, while being measured and compassionate all the same, and that's something worth sharing.
It's offertory in every sense of the term, and from Bostic's view, there's an empathetic and personifiable edge as well -
"We all find ourselves in seasons of loneliness; moments when we feel like no one could possibly understand what we’re experiencing. This song speaks directly to loneliness as if it was a person. We have the opportunity to choose joy every day, even when our hearts feel alone.”
There's plenty to be gleaned from the song, and the performance itself, as one could inevitably draw all sorts of additional conclusions outside of Bostic's own interpretation, and that's a beautiful thing, not only for Bostic, but for Nashville itself. Like I said, "Lonely" won't single handedly lead a soul and blues resurgence in Nashville, but it's a damn fine, and compassionate contribution to an already promising community.