RADAR: Striking Matches

For whatever reason, tacking on "Nashville-based" to a band's bio pretty much redefines a reader's perception and attitude toward the music. Despite the incredible variety of sounds coming out of Music City -- from Kings of Leon to The Civil Wars -- the country music business has its roots so deep and wide that artists like the rising duo Striking Matches probably think of themselves and their opportunities in a different light, too. The music of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis touches folk, pop, Americana and roots music -- and if they were living in Denver like The Lumineers, that would be the end of it. But since they live in Nashville (they met at Belmont University), have signed to an up-and-coming country label, pitch songs to the TV show Nashville (with success), debuted at the Grand Ole Opry and look for adds and mentions on CMT, it's a whole different world. Or is it? Zimmerman, originally from Philly, and Davis, from Atlanta, follow up last year's fine self-titled EP with a new song "Trouble Is As Trouble Does," a preview of a debut full length due next year via I.R.S. Nashville. Click through to stream the ballad "When The Right One Comes Along" and watch them cover Pink's "Try."

Striking Matches - "Trouble Is As Trouble Does"

Striking Matches - "When The Right One Comes Along" (from Striking Matches EP)