Alicia Bognanno is the singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and engineer for a Nashville-based rock band called Bully, and she is a badass. Bognanno went to school to learn audio engineering and then interned with Steve Albini and taught herself to play guitar. Bully feels a lot like some 90s rock artists I liked – The Breeders, Liz Phair and Dinosaur Jr., with songs are simple and vocals lean that are full-throated and passionate.
I’ve had “Trying” on several playlists all summer and it shows no signs of getting old. It’s a great one for rocking out.
Bully’s debut album is called Feels Like and you can get it now. I highly recommend it.
They’re also on tour and I expect them to be a blast. Dates below!
Bully Summer Tour:
Jul 31: Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
Aug 28: Ni-Fi Festival – Sparta, KY
Sept 18: Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
Sept 19: Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY
Sept 20: Pop Montreal – Montreal QC
Sept 21: The Garrison – Toronto, ON
Sept 24: Pygmalion Music Festival- Champaign, IL
Sept 25: Midpoint Music festival – Cincinnati, OH
Sept 26: Mohawk Place- Buffalo, NY
Sept 27: Boston Calling – Boston, MA
Sept 28: Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Sept 30: Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 01: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington DC
Oct 02: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
Oct 03: Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 05: Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
Oct 07: Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
Oct 08: Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS
Oct 10: The Mill – Iowa City, IA
Oct 11: The Frequency – Madison, WI
Oct 12: 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 15: Badlander – Missoula, MT
Oct 16: Barboza – Seattle, WA
Oct 17: Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
Oct 19: Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
Oct 20: Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
Oct 21: The Echo – Los Angeles, CA