Ariana Hodes is one of those artists that may convince you she was born in the wrong era while sounding refreshingly modern at the same time, like Joni Mitchell meets Florence Welch. “I’m a sponge for sound because I was listening to music since before I was born.” Her mother, a classically trained soprano, and father, a self-taught guitarist and recording engineer met making music, and included their kids in the tradition. “When I got big enough to help with load in and load out I carried mic stands. When I learned how to count I manned the merch table.” Ariana’s soulful twist around rootsy melodies defies the Country label, though she insists Nashville is the place for her. “It’s all about the song, and that’s what I’ve tried to do: write a gadang good song. A song with a good groove, and a little something you can hum along to never did nobody any harm.” This tour is to “get them out there just me and my guitar; to see if they’ve got legs as long as mine or what.”
Developing her own sound has been both a challenge and a journey that has taken her from coast to coast, but now she calls Nashville home. Playing around town at venues like 3rd & Lindsley, Mercy Lounge, The Basement, and Springwater Supperclub, Ariana has gotten the Nashvillian Nod from more than one bar regular. Ariana says living in Music City has inspired her material and the way she approaches being an artist. “There are so many amazing songwriters in this town that care about the truth, and writing songs that are true, that are real. Now is the time. If I don't say something because I'm afraid, then I'll know it’s weak-sauce while I'm singing it, and everybody else will too. I'm not trying to make ‘shut up and sing’ music, but there’s something for everybody I hope. Because music is connection, and we sure need that.” Ariana pens songs about love, long nights, and standing up for what you believe in. Whatever your politics though, her big hooks and sweeping melodies will keep you grooving way past her last note.