When it came time to shoot her video for the tongue-in-cheek blues-rocker “Sit Here and Cry,” Nashville native Aubrie Sellers found a spot in her hometown that’s ideally suited to the same what-you-see-isn’t-necessarily-what you-get vibe surrounding her buzz-heavy debut LP New City Blues.
The Springwater Supper Club first opened in 1896 — making it four years younger than the fabled Ryman Auditorium — and has a history that includes operating as a brothel, a Prohibition-era speakeasy and a library. Yet for decades Nashvillians have come to see it as a seedy dive bar dwarfed by one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, the Parthenon. In much the same way, simply pegging Sellers as the daughter of singer Lee Ann Womack — while entirely factual — bears little relevance once the needle drops on the LP and preconceived notions are shattered track after track.
“Sit Here and Cry,” a droll rocker awash in screeching electric guitar and bluesy harmonica riffs, was penned by Sellers with Adam Wright — a Grammy nominee for writing “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” for his uncle Alan Jackson. It came shortly after Sellers and Wright co-wrote “Light of Day,” which serves as the moody opening salvo on New City Blues and spotlights Wright’s unique, soulful guitar work.
“For me, loving electric guitar and hearing him play like I love, that was extremely inspiring to me in writing these songs,” Sellers tells Rolling Stone Country. “Those songs are very important to the style, so I wanted them to be the first things that came out.”
Produced by Sellers’ stepfather Frank Liddell, the chief inspirations propelling the “garage country” of New City Blues are guitar lines that run the gamut from country-folk to proto-punk and biting lyrics that don’t always jibe with the subject at hand.
“‘Sit Here and Cry’ was one of the first songs I wrote with that overdramatic sarcastic dry sense of humor, which is why the energy of the song doesn’t necessarily reflect the subject matter,” says Sellers. “You see that with ‘Living Is Killing Me’ and some other songs on the record.”
In the above clip, Springwater (also the location for the Black Keys’ 2012 video, “Little Black Submarine“) is packed with patrons, more than a few of whom are long-in-the-tooth. As Sellers and band rip through a live performance of the tune, there’s little doubt that weeping into your cold one is not allowed.
New City Blues will be released January 29th on Carnival Records via Thirty Tigers.