With current album New City Blues having landed on several critics’ Best of 2016 lists and she herself earning spots on multiple Artists to Watch lists in 2017, Aubrie Sellers continues to carve a non-traditional path around her unique “Garage Country” sound with the “Little Van Sessions.”The first two videos from this new series kicked off this week, showcasing intimate performances of some of Sellers’ biggest influences across all genres. On Thursday, American Songwriter premiered her steel-guitar laden version of Coldplay’s “Green Eyes” and this morning, Paste Magazine shared the mesmerizing cover of Vern Gosdin’s “Till The End.”
Having toured close to 200 days in 2016, the idea to film these inside a van was obvious. “We have spent the last couple of years touring around the country together and spending a lot of time in some pretty cramped quarters,” she explains. “I thought it would be cool to extend a little piece of that, and play some of those songs that I listen to when I’m on the road.”
More videos from the “Little Van Sessions” will continue to roll out in the coming months, really accentuating her diverse influences and the musicianship of her band. Meanwhile, Sellers is heading out on her first dates of the year this weekend with The Cadillac Three and later this month she’ll join Miranda Lambert’s 2017 Highway Vagabond Tour.
Heralded by Garden & Gun for its “brash bold sound that’s made her one of Nashville’s most electric acts,” Sellers has sought to blend the raw immediacy of garage rock into the classic song structure of country. She continues to walk the razor-edged line between punk’s combustibility and Johnny Cash’s frenetic pulse.
The Houston Post proclaimed that Sellers, “…channels a young Dolly Parton one moment, and a fiery Shania Twain the next,” while Spin wrote, “‘Sit Here & Cry’ is a fuzzed out garage rock tune that positions Sellers as country’s new tough girl.”
New City Blues is available everywhere now via Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville and the woman Lone Star Music calls “a new kind of country queen: tough, strong, smart” keeps doing what she does best: singing songs she means and playing for all its worth.”