18 South was born in the dining room of a house on the quiet Nashville Street, 18th Avenue South. The band is the coming together of six musicians whose one common desire is to create a band defined by nothing other than it’s music. 18 South’s music reflects the divergent musicianship and experiences of its individual members. Meet 18 South,
Texas native Jon Randall Stewart got his start playing bluegrass around the Dallas area. Having moved to Nashville over 20 years ago, he has become one of Music City’s top session players, singers and producers. A Grammy and CMA award winner, Jon’s career has run the gamut of touring the world with Emmylou Harris and Sam Bush, to releasing several major label albums, to writing the smash hit ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ with Grand Ole Opry legend and Country Music Hall of Fame member, Bill Anderson. In 18 South, Jon brings all of his talents to the front: his pure tenor lead and harmony voice, distinctive acoustic guitar and mandolin playing and his songwriting.
Jessi Alexander was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. The argument could be made that Jackson lies at the crossroads of American Roots music and her style represents the best of Memphis and Nashville. Jessi made the country charts with the critically acclaimed Sony/BMG album, ‘Honeysuckle Sweet’. Additionally, she has become an in demand studio vocalist and songwriter. Her song ‘The Climb’, co-written with John Mabe and recorded by Miley Cyrus, had a run of 15 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart. Jessi brings to 18 South not only great songs but also delivers them with a voice, as one might imagine, country, bluesy and drenched in southern soul.
Keyboardist Jimmy Wallace is a road veteran as well as an ace studio player. He is equally at home on Piano and B-3 Organ. Jimmy’s playing is a definite reflection of his Louisiana roots. Additionally, Jimmy is a soulful vocalist and songwriter. 18 South performs several of his compositions including one from a series of songs he is currently writing based on the characters of the Peanuts comic strip and animations.
Guthrie Trapp came to Nashville from the Gulf Coast. With the ability to play many different acoustic and electric styles, he is at ease in any genre of music. Guthrie is one of the most in demand guitarists in Nashville. From Bluegrass to Blues, Rock, Jazz and Country, Guthrie’s playing covers it all. The last few years have seen Guthrie performing with Patty Loveless on her ‘Mountain Soul II’ tour as well as the challenging dynamics and genre bending sounds of the Jerry Douglas Band.
Larry Atamanuik is the official groove master of 18 South. Cutting his teeth in the Toronto club scene as a teen, Larry first reached the national spotlight as a member of the seminal rock band Seatrain. A drummer sensitive to the dynamics of acoustic instruments, Larry has been the first-call for many Nashville artists including Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss and Union Station and the Alison Brown Quintet.
Bassist Mike Bub is a 20-year veteran of the music scene in Nashville. In addition to spending 13 years with the Grammy award winning Del McCoury Band, Mike has had the opportunity to work and record with many of bluegrass music’s first generation artists. The past few years have seen Mike stretching his boundaries on the upright bass touring with Vince Gill, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Shawn Camp and Danny Barnes.