Downtown Nashville Save the Date

We designed this suite to give guests a little taste of the Music City vibe. When we met with the bride she fell in love with white printing on kraft paper. Very fitting for the Country Music Hall of Fame venue they're using. We went to work illustrating the downtown skyline and coming up with some fun typography. This invitation included white foil stamping on French speckletone that was duplexed to be extra thick. The final touch was a watercolor cowboy boot we designed to tie around and some killer country western stamps. Had to give it some honky-tonk flair.

Event Planner: Elizabeth James
Calligraphy: Leen Jean Studios

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30A Songwriters Festival

Each January, along scenic highway 30A in Florida, The Cultural Arts Alliance hosts a 3 day music festival along the gorgeous beaches of South Walton. This year Tenn Hens partnered with the festival to design all of their marketing materials for the festival. We created various items like web banners, ads, posters, and the program guide that's given to all attendees & sponsors. We were thrilled to work with their team and have already started on 2015s graphics.  

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the song workshop

We recently worked with songwriter Tyler Hayes to create an identity for her new business venture. The Song Workshop is a therapeutic songwriting workshop headed by Tyler. We started with logo, business cards, and handouts for the conferences she attends.
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"She's created a restorative, healthful, and unique approach to the process of emotional and spiritual healing. It's a gentle way to share your story, while simultaneously having it turned into a song. Tyler guides the process and in it’s culmination provides the client with a complete professional recording of the created song."
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americana music festival 2013

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some snippets from The Americana Music Honors & Awards show last evening… from AMA
 
Americana's Honors & Awards reflected the breadth of the genre's musical reach tonight during a sold-out show at the Ryman Auditorium.


While performances by legends including Stephen Stills and Richard Thompson, and upstarts such as John Fullbright and The Milk Carton Kids, were mesmerizing, it was two of the genre's most prolific and vocal forebears that owned the evening, as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell took home Duo of the Year, Album of the Year for "Old Yellow Moon," and then anchored an all-star finale performance of the Crowell co-penned 1978 Harris hit "Leaving Louisiana in Broad Daylight."

Close behind Harris and Crowell was another duo deeply dedicated to roots music--Charleston, South Carolina's Shovels & Rope--who received the Emerging Artist of the Year honor plus the Song of the Year trophy for "Birmingham" from its 2012 "O' Be Joyful" album. Nicki Bluhm and Sam Bush awarded Song of the Year; John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco and The Autumn Defense announced Emerging Artist. 

"We might very well not be here, as a genre and as an association, were it not for Emmy and Rodney," said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "That we are celebrating them tonight not for the work they did 35 years ago, but for the work they did this year, on the same show that we're awarding another duo that is only on its first album, speaks volumes about where we're headed. What an amazing night."

Americana's commitment to its roots was apparent from the show's downbeat, when an unannounced Delbert McClinton joined the Buddy Miller-led Americana Honors & Awards house band on the Hank Williams' classic "Hey Good Lookin'." The thread carried through when historian and filmmaker Ken Burns, currently at work on a multi-part documentary on country music, began the night by announcing the President's Award to Hank Williams. Presenting the award to Holly Williams, Hank's granddaughter, Burns spoke of Williams' "songs of heartache and loss, abiding humor and deep faith ... that come from deep within America."

From there the night became a crash course in why Americana, as a genre, has had one of its strongest years. Between award presentations, Fullbright performed "Jericho," from 2012's "From the Ground Up"; Hunter, after being awarded a lifetime achievement award from show host and frequent co-writer Jim Lauderdale, performed "Ripple," his first public performance in a decade.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John--a purveyor of American roots music forms that have included the blues, jazz, zydeco, and rock and roll for over 50 years--picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dan Auerbach (the producer of Dr. John's "Locked Down" album and a member of The Black Keys) before taking to the piano to perform a blistering version of "I Walk on Gilded Splinters."

In a nod to the youthful appeal of Americana and the ABC hit show "Nashville," Lennon and Maisy Stella, who play the daughters of Connie Britton's character Rayna James on the show, joined the house band for The Lumineers' ubiquitous hit "Ho Hey." Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, introduced them.
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Americana Music 2013

This will be the 7th year Tenn Hens has partnered with the Americana Music Association. Each year we come up with a new design for their annual conference & festival. Something colorful, and fun, and reflective of the the music they represent. We create all their advertising, marketing, and promotional pieces, and do it with glee! It's truly a dream job. For 2013 we painted textures and patterns with a folk art feel.
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