Film At 11: Jessie Baylin

Between Caitlin Rose, Tristen, JEFF The Brotherhood and, ahem, boasting the best music scene in the country (at least according to rock crit’s grey lady Rolling Stone), Nashville’s non-Opry community has been on a tear in recent years. And songwriter Jessie Baylin, who moved to Music City in 2009 after marrying Kings Of Leon’s Nathan Followill, is intent on keeping up the momentum. With her recently released third album, Little Spark (Thirty Tigers), Baylin broke from a more polished, predictable sound to create something that casually nods to the mid-century Brill Building aesthetic without getting mired in kitschy revisionism. A remarkably solid and (dare we say) timeless effort, Little Sparks was in no small measure aided by a gaggle of session veterans whose collective resume includes work with John Lennon, the Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop, among others, as well as producer and arranger Richard Swift, whose own star has continued to rise seemingly unabated in recent years. (Do yourself a favor and pre-order this gem he just produced alongside the folk singer Damien Jurado.) Check out the Scarlett Johansson-directed video for Little Sparks opener “Hurry Hurry” below.

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