August 29, 2019 – 6:00 pm
Music at the Frist: Shelby Bottom Duo
Cafe ~ FREE
Michael August and Nell Levin formed the “formidable” (Nashville Scene) Shelby Bottom String Band in 2008. Shelby Bottom Duo continues the band’s tradition of entertaining, irreverent social commentary, humanity and humor. Their repertoire includes originals like “East Nashville Rag,” the title cut of the band’s CD; “Displacement Blues,” named by the Tennessean as “Nashville’s newest social justice anthem;” and “Fat and Bald," an audience favorite about life’s unintended consequences.
Nell and Michael have performed on the stage of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and at festivals, house concerts and beneﬁts for environmental, community and social justice organizations. They are currently touring their Musical History of Joe Hill and the Early Labor Movement show around the South and released a companion CD, Joe Hill Roadshow, in October 2016.
Michael August has been a programmer at Nashville radio station WRFN for 10 years. He is a songwriter and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Shelby Bottom String Band for 7 years. He has also played as a solo artist. Nell Levin has played with Americana artist Tom Roznowski, Buffalo Gals, Cadillac Cowgirls, Goldrush and bluegrass pioneer Earl Taylor. She was voted Most Promising Female Songwriter by Tennessee Songwriters Association. She was the primary songwriter, ﬁddler and back-up vocalist for Shelby Bottom String Band for 7 years.