You step into a legendary American rock club and hear a jazzy, Joni Mitchell-style voice singing poignant stories over the gritty tones of a faded vintage 1974 Stratocaster. The singer’s rawness is lightened by her laughter and dad jokes between songs. You’ve just walked into an Eva Cassel show. Buy a beer and leave the tab open — you’ll be here for the rest of the night.
Thorough. Sincere. Thoughtful. These are the words John Mayer used to describe the songwriting of Eva Cassel.
A Nashville-based electric guitarist and punk rock poet, Cassel converted from days as an acoustic folk artist to fronting a rock band with her trusty nicotine-patinated Strat, fondly known as “Old Yeller,” in tow. Combined with effortlessly melodic vocals, jazzy chords, and rock and roll attitude, one could call her music the lovechild of Bonnie Raitt and Amy Winehouse.
Cassel’s highly-anticipated EP, Spaces You Crawl In Between, shares personal glimpses into transcendently-everyday human experiences. Leaving home, the tumultuous highs and lows of love, and loss of innocence are all present, and Cassel handles every subject with brutally sincere poeticism. Her singles “Nothing” and “Untouchable” off of The Spaces You Crawl In Between can be heard on all streaming platforms.
A California Bay native, Cassel grew up soaking in whatever music was around her, from her parents’ Stevie Wonder and Joni Mitchell albums to 2000’s-era classics like *NSYNC, Brittany Spears, and Eminem. (She discovered what the word “high” meant at age 9 while listening to a contraband Maroon 5 album on a portable CD player in the bathroom at homeschool game night.) Later influences such as Elliott Smith, Brittany Howard, and Lake Street Dive, and studies in Songwriting and Poetry at Berklee College of Music both broadened and solidified Cassel’s unique sound. She now lives in Nashville, where she regularly performs solo and with her band.
Be on the lookout for The Spaces You Crawl In Between, coming in 2020.