There’s a music happening this Saturday night at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur—and I hope to see you there!

Eliot Bronson—an Atlanta-based singer songwriter and great friend—is releasing his self-titled album, and it’s going to be an incredible show.

As some of you know, music has been a foundational element of Lenz since our inception. It inspires us, teaches us, and provides an escape whenever the daily grind threatens to wear us down. Over the last few years, Lenz has developed a more formal relationship with music by throwing and supporting fundraisers, promoting artists, and even performing!

Lenz’s newest and most significant music project to date is Saturn 5 Records, a music label we are launching with the release Eliot’s new album. The record came out yesterday and has been receiving national and international attention even before it has been released to the public. Tracks have been getting added to playlists at radio stations and Eliot can be heard on Sirius Radio.

The album has already received acclaim and attention from Paste magazine, Country Music Television (CMT), People magazine, Acoustic Guitar World, No Depression magazine, and many more. It’s even No. 1 in Belgium!

It can be purchased as a CD or Limited Edition Vinyl here or downloaded here.

“Eliot Bronson” was recorded live in Nashville earlier this year and produced by Dave Cobb, who is the hottest producer today in the category known as Americana (think Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams).

Cobb also produced Jason Isbell’s Southeastern, the best-selling album of the past year, which won Album of the Year at last month’s Americana Honors and Awards show, and Isbell won Artist of the Year.

Also, Cobb’s work on Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music helped him win Emerging Artist of the Year. He’s been profiled in Rolling Stone magazine and by The Wall Street Journal.

As for Eliot, I’ve been listening to music for a very long time, and he’s as talented as they get. I’m not alone: Eliot a few weeks ago won Creative Loafing Best Songwriter in Atlanta. The record is a masterpiece. Everyone who’s heard it agrees. I know you will too.

See you Saturday. Here are the details, and hurry, because it is going to be a sellout.

Eliot Bronson Record Release Party

Eddie’s Attic in Decatur

Saturday, October 25 at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets at EddiesAttic.com

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