Barefoots Concert Preview: Phin and Tanner Cherry

Phin, an award winning independent Nashville band, will play at Barefoots Joe this Friday.

Barefoots Joe will kick off their spring concert lineup this Friday with Phin, a leading band from Nashville’s independent music scene. Tanner Cherry will be the opener.

A group of talented musicians who met at Trevecca Nazarene University, Phin began recording songs that band member Toby Haydel constructed on Garage Band in 2013. Meanwhile, the band has built an impressive reputation in the independent music scene of Nashville, even earning a performance slot at the Live On the Green concert series.

Phin seeks to inspire positivity in the midst of the gloominess trend in modern music. Their sound will be a different experience from the folk bands that Barefoots Joe typically hosts.

Opening for Phin is Tanner Cherry, sophomore computer science major. Since the age of 6, Cherry has been developing his talents through music education and self-teaching. Infatuated with music from a young age, he recalled running around his house as a child, singing and screaming the same song for hours on end.

“My parents loved it a lot,” Cherry joked.

A laid-back and mellow person, Cherry enjoys the push that performance brings.

“It forces me to put myself out there,” Cherry said. “Show a more unique side of me that most people don’t see.”

Being a Union student, Cherry was nervous the first time he played in front of his peers, acknowledging that if he made a mistake the people that he saw daily would know about it. However, he enjoys the outpouring of love he has experienced from the Union community when he plays in front of classmates and friends.

Cherry described his style as a mix of classic rock, blues and soul, being inspired by artists like Stevie Wonder and Jonny Lang.

He will be premiering an original song for the first time on Friday.

The show begins Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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Kaylee is a class of 2017 public relations major and a writer for the Cardinal & Cream. She is also the President of the Student Government Association at Union.