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-note from reviewer:
Can I just say that I love your music! It is so fresh and fun! I cannot wait until your full length comes out. Keep on rocking.
Jim Campbell

-review:
The songs on Cottrell Gantt’s EP Here I Go are an interesting mix of pop/rock coupled with sharp—and fun—melodies. "Here I Go" is catchy and toe-tapping. Likewise, "Can't Catch Me" is a sure fire hit. The album wraps up nicely with a smart ballad called "Don't Worry."
Jim Campbell-PlaybackSTL - PlaybackSTL


When a group namechecks Del Amitri and Crowded House as primary influences, they're either sadly mistaken and overreaching, or they assimilate the clean pop-rock of those much-lauded bands into their own fresh-scrubbed version. This Nashville band is thankfully in the latter category, with a sound that nods to the harmonies of brothers Neil and Tim Finn, while utilizing the hooky power-pop vibes of Del Amitri as a starting point. Begun as a duo by Jeremy Cottrell and Jason Gantt, they quickly expanded to a full band last year and issued the EP "Here I Go"
K. Oliver - Free Times Columbia


Nashville power-poppers make their way into Charleston's scene.

"Melody is our big thing," says Jeremy Cottrell, lead singer and guitarist of Nashville's Cottrell Gantt." We take a lot of time and care writing our tunes. If it sounds good and feels good, it is good. We just do what comes naturally to us. There's a public out there for every genre of music, so we just do what we do ... and hopefully, somebody likes it!"
Cottrell, 32, met singer/guitarist Jason Gantt, 28, in Nashville. The two played as an acoustic duo at clubs around town before enlisting drummer Nathan Freitas and bassist Eli Beaird to form "Cottrell Gantt" as a proper band.

The quartet has made several nine-hour trips down to Charleston for recent shows at the Sun Dog, Toucan Reef, A Dough Re Mi, and, most recently, with the Fire Apes at the Music Farm. This week, they return for a headlining gig at Art's in Mt. Pleasant (drummer Mark Niemiec is filling in for Freitas).

Last fall, Cottrell Gantt released a solid debut titled Here I Go. The five-song disc is a modern guitar-pop gem. There's the big kick 'n' snare funky rock beat of lead-off song "Here I Go," pushed along with acoustic guitar and distorted electric guitar — very much in a classic power-pop vein of Live, late-era Cheap Trick, Matchbox 20, and maybe a bit of goofy-but-hook-filled '80s pop. "Lift Me Up" is a slower grooved ballad with tasteful solos and vocal harmonies. The anthemic "Can't Catch Me" features electronic drum samples and guitar effects while "Can't Help It" works from an upbeat four-chord, radio-ready foundation.

"Typically, our live show is a full-on, guitar-driven rock show," says Cottrell. "We are starting to incorporate the acoustic guitars into the set a bit more as we gig out. For a show like this week's at Art's, we'll split it up between an acoustic set between Jason and me and a full-band set." —T. Ballard Lesemann

- Charleston City Paper


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HERE I GO- EP

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Jeremy Cottrell, of Norman, OK, began playing piano at age 5. He grew up listening to a variety of artists from Buddy Holly to ELO and when he was 14, bought his first guitar because he thought it would be cool to play songs like the ones he heard on the radio. Pursuing a career in music, Jeremy began writing songs and performing as a solo artist in Oklahoma and then Arizona.
Jason Gantt grew up in St. Louis, MO listening to a wide range of music from the hard rock of King’s X to the hooky pop rock of Matthew Sweet and Freedy Johnston. He played drums in the school band and at the age of 15, began playing guitar and writing songs. Jason credits his love of music for getting him interested in creating his own.
Eventually, they both found their way to Nashville and met at a recording studio where they discovered their mutual interest in songwriting and performing. Drawing upon their common influences, such as Crowded House and Del Amitri, they worked at developing their own style of hooky, melodic songwriting. “We’re not afraid to pop-rock,” says Jason.
Their first EP, HERE I GO, produced by Jacquire King, was independently released in Spring 2005. “We wanted to make an album that made us feel good when we listened to it, without worrying whether or not it fit into any current trend.” Jeremy adds, “We’ve always tried to go by the rule that if it sounds good and it feels good, it is good.”

Their new full length album "Sing Along" is set for independent release in late summer 2008 and features guest performances by Adam Beard, Aaron Sterling, Brady Beard, Steve Misamore and Murray Pulver.