Featuring three of Nashville's latest up-and-comers - Kassi Ashton, Greylan James, and Frank Ray
The Tune Up Basement Bar
welcomes Nashville talent showcase
on February 22nd!
Founded in 2011, Whiskey Jam has become a weekly staple of the Nashville music scene. In 10 years and 500 shows, more than 3000 artists have played beneath the Whiskey Jam banner, with more than 300 number 1 hit songs springing from those artists. From Kip Moore to the Fray, One Republic to Chris Young, the next big thing is always brewing at Whiskey Jam shows. Now, Whiskey Jam is bringing a taste of Music Row to Bozeman with Kassi Ashton, Frank Ray, & Greylan James.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music kicks off at 7 p.m.!
$20 Cover charge at the door.
About the Artists:
More About Kassi Ashton
With a little bit of rock, a hell of a lot of soul, and a throwback R&B groove, MCA Nashville’s Kassi Ashton is set to take the music world by storm.
“Kassi Ashton is in line for Nashville domination, and she’ll do it her way –unapologetically,” proclaims PEOPLE Magazine. Kassi brings a whole new attitude to country music. The California, Missouri singer/songwriter touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope Records. Her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and radio personality Bobby Bones. Rolling Stone lauds her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” while Refinery29 claims, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-cares-left-to-give authenticity,” PAPER Magazine calls her “the next big country superstar,” and American Songwriter notes, “Ashton brings powerful storytelling and a sense of poetry in every release.”
Kassi defies convention and defines her signature style with confessional, catchy storytelling and dynamic delivery on songs including her latest, “I Don’t Go Back,” and critically acclaimed releases “Dates In Pickup Trucks”, “Heavyweight”, “California", Missouri”, “Hopeless”, “Violins”, and more.
In February, 2022 the Tune Up hosted a showcase featuring Kassi in front of a crowd of music and radio industry movers and shakers. Kassi thrilled everyone who attended and we just couldn't be more proud to have her back!
More About Greylan James
At just 5 years old, Greylan James’ papaw gifted him his first guitar. From that moment on, whenever anyone would ask what he wanted to do in life, he responded, “I’m going to be a Country Music star.”
Shortly thereafter, Greylan met his hometown hero, Kenny Chesney, who told him to “stay in school and learn how to write songs” - which is exactly what he did. After High School, the Knoxville, Tennessee native moved to Nashville in pursuit of his dreams. Shortly after, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) signed Greylan to a global publishing deal. While writing he was also featured on NBC’s The Voice and ranked one of the best guitarists in the world under 21 by Guitar Center Magazine’s Brotherhood of the Guitar Top 100. “I write songs about the stories from my life and the stories I’ve seen others live. I just want anyone who’s listening to my music to be able to relate to them,” Greylan says. His songwriting is proven to be relatable, often ending up in the hands of notable names such as Chris Young, Blake Shelton and Chris Janson. In 2020, Kenny Chesney personally called Greylan to inform him he was recording his song “Happy Does,” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. In 2022, Greylan released his debut EP I Hope She Hears These followed by a brand new single co-written with NBA superstar Jimmy Butler called “Old Truck, Young Love.” The song, along with his latest release “My Future” are just a taste of what is to come on his forthcoming full-length album due out later this year. The songs can be heard live as Greylan opens for Old Dominion on the No Bad Vibes Tour which kicked off in January 2023 and runs through July.
With support from People Country, American Songwriter, CMT, Billboard - who just named his forthcoming record one of the New in 2023 projects to look out for - and more, Greylan continues to win over his rapidly growing fanbase with his authentic storytelling, undeniable talents and genuine passion for his craft.
More About Frank Ray
Frank Ray is a former police officer, Texas chart-topper, and bilingual recording artist opening doors for a modern Latino Country movement. Growing up both enriched in his Mexican culture, three miles from the border in New Mexico and surrounded by Country music in Texas, Frank was immersed in the best of both worlds and has been harmonizing the two since. Described as “easy going contemporary Country with pop-soul hooks and a dash of Southwestern spice” (Rolling Stone) Frank’s music is a blend-drawing influences from ’90s Texas Country, Latin, R&B and Pop. As an entertainer, Frank delivers engaging, high-energy performances that have a little something for everyone. It’s with this cross-cultural appeal and his panorama of influences that the Los Angeles Times proclaims Ray “is looking to stretch Country music’s cultural boundaries.”
In the three short years since embarking on his musical journey full-time, he has racked up two No. 1 singles and three Top ten singles on Texas Country Radio, become a staff songwriter, landed Frank Rogers as his producer, signed a record deal with BBR Music Group/Stoney Creek Records and much more. In addition to being named an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, Ray has appeared on USA Network’s Real Country, been profiled in the Los Angeles Times and on NBC’s TODAY. He has also toured the nation and shared stages in support of artists like Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, LANCO, Old Dominion, Hunter Hayes, and more. Following his just released EP “Getcha Some” and just in time for the holiday craze, the versatile entertainer is now cranking up the holiday spirit with his latest song, “Feliz Navidad,” available now.
More about Whiskey Jam
In January 2011, Whiskey Jam started a Monday night event in the burgeoning midtown Nashville area. Built on the idea of “good music, good friends, good party,” what began as an underground writer’s night, quickly became a musicaland social mainstay of the local music scene.
The first few months saw artists like One Republic, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, David Nail, Chris Young, Dustin Lynch and The Fray. The laid back atmosphere was cool enough for locals, yet accessible enough for visitors. Music row A-listers enjoying beers and music alongside the aspiring stars of tomorrow. In that regard, it was a rare combination and an instant hit.
Over the past 10 years, Whiskey Jam has grown to have a huge following of artists, friends and fans, all drawn in by their honest attachment to the freshness and spark of the event. From Music Row publishing companies hosting “takeover” nights to showcase their team of talent, to Music Row record labels testing their latest artist’s mettle on the seasoned crowd, you’re always in for a great time. Of course, there’s always the occasional pop-in by one of Nashville’s (or LA’s or NYC’s) top writers or artists. The cherished Nashville idea of “you’ll never know who you’re gonna see” is alive and well here.