Aubree Riley is an old hand at the Athens music scene. She’s seen it all while paying her dues in this one-horse town, and is now ready to say adios and head for greener pastures.
Granted, that’s laying it on a bit heavy, considering Riley is only 18. Yet, there’s no doubt that she’s a seasoned veteran of our small city’s very lively music scene. Riley, a folk singer-songwriter, has been playing around the Athens area and beyond since she was 11.
But now that she has graduated from Athens High School, she’s heading to Nashville.
Riley is performing a “send-off show” at Little Fish Brewing Co. this Saturday at 7 p.m. Friday she answered a few questions for the A-NEWS about her plans.
The NEWS: Tell us about your Saturday show.
Riley: “I’ll be playing a set, and the producer of my last record, Jerry Weaver, will be opening.”
The NEWS: I heard you are moving to Nashville?
Riley: “Yes I am heading to Nashville. I’m hoping to be in Athens for parts of the summer to play around here.”
The NEWS: What are your plans while in Nashville?
Riley: “I am actually taking a gap year. I’m hoping to play around and make connections, while working on my writing. I want to just get really good during this year. Also I will have a coffee-house job, and will possibly intern.”
The NEWS: Where do you see yourself in five years (or maybe rephrased, where would you like to see yourself)?
Riley: “In five years, I’d like to see myself just doing what I love – playing shows. A record deal would be nice, but success to me is just being able to connect with a few people.”
The NEWS: Do you have any contacts in Nashville?
Riley: “I have a few contacts in Nashville, but it definitely would be nice to have some more.”
The NEWS: Give us a brief summary of your career so far.
Riley: “I just released my third record last summer. I’ve been traveling around Ohio playing shows since I was 11 years old.”
The NEWS: Will you miss Athens?
Riley: “I will definitely miss Athens, but I could not be more grateful for the support I’ve received from the community. This Little Fish show is a ‘send-off’ for me; that’s incredibly humbling. I’ll definitely be back to play some of my favorite venues.”
The NEWS: Anything else you’d like to add?
Riley: “I will also be at Walker Bros Ice Cream in Cincinnati with Megan Wren on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., then Casa Cantina on Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.