The threat of tornadoes didn’t stop newcomer Aubrie Sellers from playing a secret show in trendy East Nashville on Tuesday night. A local auto garage was transformed into a concert venue and event space to celebrate the release of Sellers’ debut album, New City Blues.
The invite-only event brought in some of the biggest names in the industry who were clamoring to see Sellers perform. So far, the 24-year-old has only toured as support for artists like Chris Stapleton, but she recently told Wide Open Country she’ll be heading out on her first headlining tour later this year.
Sellers confidently took the stage and kicked things off with “Light of Day”, the same fierce track she performed during her television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week. The driving percussion and electric guitar guided Sellers’ strong vocals throughout the night. She kept her on-stage banter to a minimum, which allowed more of an emphasis to be put on her music. Although she’s become known for her hard-rocking “garage country” sound, Sellers’ softer songs like “Losing Ground” and “Something Special” showcase her versatility and ability to gently pull back the reigns when needed.
One of the most memorable moments of the set was when Sellers invited her parents, country star Lee Ann Womack and acclaimed songwriter Jason Sellers, on stage to sing “Like The Rain”. As her daughter began the song, Womack watched on with a proud smile before joining in on harmonies for the song’s chorus. It was easy to see where Sellers’ talent comes from during the jaw-dropping performance as the family’s voices blended together with ease.
The performance gave those lucky enough to be in attendance a sneak peak at one of alt-country’s most promising newcomers. If you’d like to learn more about Aubrie Sellers, check out our exclusive interview, which dives into the development of her debut album and what she has in store for the rest of 2016.