Yacht Rock: the name alone feels like something of a contradiction. Rock music, which has satisfied all of our most culturally rebellious instincts ever since Chuck Berry duckwalked across the stage, and yachts, those totems of indulgence filing the harbors of San Tropez and Miami, have scarcely anything in common. Yet in the late 70s and early 80s, like two raptured souls tangled in a passionate fling, like chocolate and peanut butter, these two gave birth to a short-lived yet spirited genre of music. Say it out loud: Yacht Rock. It is the embodiment of a mustachioed, blow-dried era of soft-focused wonder.
Ahoy! The eight members of N.Y.C. are some of the most accomplished players in the charted universe! Comprised almost entirely of former New York City musicians, this 8-piece tribute band can claim among its members over a century of collective experience playing live music all over the world. Co-captaining the lead vocals you’ll find Cody Belew (The Voice) and Brianna Sage (K’naan, Active Child, Carole King) at the helm, ready to deliver those extraordinary songs you know and love, as well as so many timeless male/female duets of the era. Anchoring the band are accomplished bass player Matt Wigton (Christopher Cross, James Otto), and rock steady Ramsey Roustom (Blue Man Group, Colin Hay) on the skins. First mate Jay Barclay (Augustana, The Waterboys, The Damnwells, Ben Kweller) mans all the tides of guitar duty, delivering all those signature lines and searing solos you love to sing along with. Our A.B.S (Able Bodied Sailor), Ryan Link (Rent, Once) is the backbone of our ship; navigating us on percussion, guitar, backing vocals, sax and more. On double keys, the “flung spray and blown spume” of N.Y.C. are John Pahmer (Carly Simon, Terence Trent D’Arby, Jordin Sparks) and James Farrell (Matt Nathanson, Brett Eldredge). They put all the ripples on the water, bringing those lush 70’s arrangements to life.
So, lay back. Kick off your loafers. Grab a Dark n’ Stormy. Unbutton that silk blouse, man, and soak up some sun. Nashville Yacht Club is ready to set sail!