“As an artist that has played over 1,000 shows in just about every kind of venue imaginable, I can say without question that my least favorites all have one thing in common: smoke. I’ve battled asthma for years, so playing music in a smoke filled bar makes my job really tough, and honestly impacts the performance I can give fans. Because of that I now make a point to avoid booking any venues that allow smoking on any tour, even though some of the rooms have some incredible history. My lungs are the engine that my career as an artist runs on. If they go down, so goes the music. It’s just not worth it.”
Jamie Kent has been named an “Artist You Need To Know” by RollingStone.com, and dubbed a “Must Watch Artist” by The Huffington Post. Drawing on influences from modern Americana artists like Jason Isbell and Will Hoge, as well as paying tribute to classic greats like John Prine and Tom Petty, Kent is a “an important young voice with something to say” (Music City Roots). His latest album “All American Mutt”, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and #3 on the Heatseeker Charts. Kent was the only independent artist to break into the Top 20 at the time. As an entrepreneur, Kent is the founder of People Supporting Artists, a Nashville based nonprofit organization created to empower artists in times of growth, and facilitate relief in times of crisis. He is also the founder of New Nashville Live, a traveling showcase of rising talent from Music City, appearing at festivals across the country.