We had the good fortune of connecting with A.G. Sully and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi A.G. Sully, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
What a question! I think oftentimes when doing music we expect success to happen overnight. We see 17-year-olds blowing up on tiktok from one 15 second clip, we see faces popping up out of nowhere on New Music Fridays and we are left feeling like our hard work behind the scenes goes unnoticed. What keeps me going is the idea of building something sustainable, having fans that have been around since day one. What a beautiful concept- it’s almost like building a family that (ideally) keeps getting bigger and bigger. What keeps me going are the small victories, the slow increase in numbers, the emails from blogs (even if it’s just one)…I wasn’t getting those a year ago. Ya know? If things are slowly stirring, that’s my sign to keep pushing. If the same people from three years ago are still rocking with it, then that’s my cue that there’s something I’m doing that is sticking with people.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Alright!! Let’s say pre-Covid. I’d definitely start out with an early morning coffee from either Headquarters or Stay Golden. I honestly wouldn’t be able to resist a biscuit from Stay Golden as well, they definitely have some of my favorite breakfast food in Nashville! If the weather’s nice I might go for a stroll at Radnor Lake State Park and then get lunch at the Sunflower Cafe in Berry Hill. It’s strictly vegan food (which I’m not vegan but I can appreciate some yummy healthy food). I’d definitely have to make a stop by Buffalo Exchange and Smack, which are next-door to each other. I love thrifting and those are probably my favorite spots in town. I definitely took my parents to both places and they were in love. When it comes to a date night, one of my traditions is to hit the First Art Museum and then walk to Wild Wasabi, (like a 5 minute walk) grab sushi, and then walk next-door and get margaritas from Cinco-de-mayo. But here’s the fun part. It’s dinner time. I’m biased. I work at Oku, and I swear we have the best sushi. Swear it. Also, amazing service and an amazing team! Otherwise, I love Otaku Ramen and the Smiling Elephant. The Smiling Elephant is down the street from my house and they have super authentic pad thai. For drinks and maybe a little dancing, always Flamingo. The music is always on point, and also the owner is a sweetheart. In next place, I always love Greenhouse, which is a literal Greenhouse in Green Hills and is SO nice to be in. I honestly try to steer clear of Broadway and super touristy areas because I don’t think they represent all the beauty of Nashville. Lastly, I finish off the night at Cafe Coco in west nash, which is (I think still) 24 hours and the best late night drunk spot.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Honestly I owe so much to the kindness and support I was shown during my years at MTSU! I had just started writing songs and had no idea what I was doing but I had new and old faces reassuring me that I had potential and that I should keep going. Love you guys: Sam, Alix, Gabe, Neeko, JP, Phil
the live show photos: Michael Dove out of the car window shots (striped shirt): Freespectrum all others: 303jac