Ana Lee

Host/Music Director

Ana Lee is the host and producer of "The Local Brew," a weekly radio show plus a live showcase for Nashville based artists. She hosts mid-days on 89.5 WMOT Roots Radio, Nashville, is a voice over artist and curator of musical experiences for events.

A Los Angeles native, Ana Lee has been on the air at several Southern California stations, from Santa Barbara's KTYD to legendary Los Angeles rocker, 105.5 KNAC. More recently, she hosted afternoons at WRLT, Nashville.

She's interviewed artists from John Hiatt, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow and Kacey Musgraves to Ozzy Osbourne, John Waite and more, local politicians, non-profits, covered events such as the Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards and worked at Capitol Records, A & M Records and House of Blues.

Ana Lee's other passions include animals, nature and gardening. She lives on a mini farm north of Nashville with two horses and a rescue pup named Archie.

After ten years of getting kicked out of bars in New York, Stuffy Shmitt finally figured out that “his brain was on fire” because he was actually suffering from bipolar disorder. He made the move to Nashville six years ago and, as he points out in his bio, “finally got my head screwed on tight enough to make a new record.” Stuff Happens is Shmitt’s first in eight years, although he did release two full length albums in 2012! Stuff Happens came out earlier this month and I wanted to include it before I take a little holiday hiatus from Liner Notes.

Jo Lopez

SZLACHETKA (Sla-HET-Ka) is the band name and the real last name of Matthew Szlachetka. I remember when I first met him at the Basement East a few years ago and was having a hard time getting the correct pronunciation of his name, he was kind in taking the time to say it again and again until I got it right! He remarked something like, “if people are going to take the time to figure out how to pronounce it, the music better be good”, and I’m happy to report, it is! He’s released several singles leading up to the full album release of Young Heart, Old Soul.

Taylor Ann Bogner

Jess Nolan has several creative outlets including poetry, painting, singing, songwriting and playing piano. She recently released two songs to end this year with messages of hope and an honest look at what we’ve gained, during a year full of so much loss. Nolan released her debut full-length album, From Blue to Gold in August and has collaborated on several Nashville projects.

In the song, “Mighty Soul”, Langhorne Slim sings, “Someday the world might come and blow your house down. First a tornado then a plague.” Blunt, accurate and put to a happy melody, that connection to what we’ve all gone through this year is truly healing. But I’ve always felt that way about Langhorne Slim’s songs. I saw him the day after Leonard Cohen passed away and he played a song he had written upon hearing the news of his death. It didn’t have a name yet but he said it was a love song to love.

Michael Weintrob

This new animated video from LadyCouch for their song, “Good God” is intense. It’s definitely not a “cartoon”. It’s got a little bit of everything 2020 has offered up, Coronavirus, California wildfires, civil unrest… it’s also really interesting to look at. Someone put a lot of creative effort into this; I especially like how the legs of the moving furniture touchdown on beat. It’s a brilliant video to match an equally brilliant song.