About Us

Music Mecca is a Nashville-centric online music publication showcasing non-mainstream artists via interviews, features, playlist curations, show coverage, and more. We also conduct articles on music related events, organizations, businesses, and anything in that bubble.

We are a small team of dedicated writers and musicians working to create quality pieces of content to help support the independent music community, entertain and inform fans, discuss the ever-evolving music world, and so on. We take pride in publishing well-written introspective articles, and that’s what we’ve garnered a reputation for.

Typically we cater to songwriters and instrument-driven music, but we’re always open.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the categories:

Nashville’s Newest- Features on artists making music in Nashville with either recent or upcoming releases. It also includes music events, business spotlights, news, and so on. Priority goes to Music Mecca’s hometown.

Around The Block- The same as above, except these focus on artists from all over, namely within North America and Europe. We are a part of online platforms like Submit Hub, ReverbNation, & Groover, so we receive submissions from near and far.

Top Picks- Well they ain’t the bottom picks…

News You Can Use- Special event news, music business/organization spotlights, informational pieces, and anything else relevant to the scene.

Tales From The Show- Narrative show and event stories from our on-site note-scribblers. We typically cover whatever interests us ranging from small club shows, to acclaimed festivals. We (almost) always obtain official press/photo passes for each show covered.

Playlists- We maintain and update multiple playlists, curated primarily based on artists we’ve worked with or covered to some capacity. They range from mellow indie songwriter tunes, to barn burnin’ country and bluegrass, to pure guitar-led rock and roll among others. A range of genres and moods for your day-to-day.

Gallery- Photos of shows taken by photographers who shot specifically for us. Again, we (almost) always obtain official photo passes for our photographers. Most of the time we shoot photos of artists we’ve done a feature on, or are conducting a show review for.

Music Mecca launched in 2017, and what started as a music classifieds website (think all-things-music Craigslist) soon transformed into a full-fledged online music publication. We’ve since published shy of 1,000 articles. We’ve become entrenched in the Nashville community, including being an active part of Belmont University’s Internship Program, The Entrepreneur Center’s Advisory Program, and continue to expand our ever-growing network of artists, businesses, and music-related agencies.

Our mission is to maintain a consistent and concise platform for both rising and established artists. We aim to be a unique and useful avenue for dedicated artists to get more exposure for their music. And with that, we hope to be a resource for fans to read about their favorite artists and discover new ones.

Stay tuned, stay well, and read about some of the folks behind the site.

Paul Howard

Editor-at-large

It all started with the soundtracks to VHS skate videos and a cream-colored Fender Squier bass for Paul. And when he discovered an affinity for writing, he sought out freelance gigs while volunteering at a hostel in California in 2013, and would continue to do so throughout the years. While living in tents and bunk beds that same year, he started writing what would be his nonfiction humor travelogue book, Vagrants in Paradise, which was published in 2016 and featured at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville that same year and again in 2017. When not Music Mecca-ing, Paul can be found writing/recording his own music, making hot sauces, and rough-housing with his dogs.

Rachel Kolibas

Senior Journalist/Communications Director

It was through Music Mecca that Rachel first found her deep love for writing, and the passion hasn’t stopped flourishing since, influencing her to pursue her own narrative works while still publishing under the company. She spends the other half of her day assisting a film composer, learning the ins and outs of a score’s production process – something she never had the privilege to experience hands-on before, even as an audio engineering grad. And when she isn’t working, Rachel can be found scouring local thrift stores, playing with her beloved cats, working on her album and book debut, and traveling (hopefully sooner rather than later). 

Andre Sabatini

Administrative & Financial Coordinator

Andre currently works in the college admissions system in Knoxville, Tennessee, but played an important role in the inception and growth of Music Mecca. In the early days of the site, Andre helped generate ideas and accumulate finances, and managed various other behind the scenes objectives. He grew up with Paul in The Finger Lakes region of New York, and is a long time acoustic guitar player and fellow lover of the arts and finer things.

 

Anthony Fili

Graphic Designer

Anthony is a local Nashville artist and graphic designer, and go figure, also grew up with Paul and Andre in New York. Anthony is responsible for the Music Mecca logo that has been printed on guitar picks, matchbooks, koozies, stickers, and seen by the many visitors to the site and elsewhere. As you can see, he’s also an avid axe master, and has played and recorded in multiple bands in town. He’s an exceptional artist, and you can check out his artwork on his Instagram. Drop him a DM if you’re in need of some design work or commissioned art.

Contributors

Anna Lee Palmer

Annie Kerr

Max Meeder

Natalie Wicks

Jiana Curcio

Chloe Crowder

Gabe Haley