Rebel Union is a 4 part country group out of Nashville, TN. Made up of Suzanne Dennis, Allison Johnson, Blake Mohler and Zachary Laughlin, the band brings together backgrounds of Americana/Folk and Pop/Rock for a very unique sound and an edgy approach to the country music scene.
Photographer: Annie Blackwood
Blake is basically a musical prodigy and is responsible for any recording/producing/arranging of Rebel Union. He plays pretty much any instrument you could dream up. Except for a kazoo. He is way too much of a snob for a kazoo.
He is originally from Thorntown, Indiana. We have no idea where that is either.
If something needs fixing or building, Blake is your guy. He literally built a computer, a guitar, and even a catio for his kitties Gibson and Howie from scratch (headshots upon request). He even taught himself how to build guitar pedals so well that he started his own company, Nashville Pedal Company. We taught him the best way to eat a cupcake. When you think about it, it's really the same thing.
Blake also knows an ungodly amount of Star Wars trivia. Be forewarned: Going to the movies with Blake is an adventure in itself. Let's just say, he pretends to be a Roman Emperor and the poor previews are his subjects about to be thrown to the lions. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, folks. No preview is safe.
Oh, and he is the undisputed Mario Kart Champ 2017. He told me to include this. Use that information as you like.
Allison's main role in the group is to shred the air guitar and perform emotion-ridden interpretive dance, but she also sings sometimes. She thinks she is pretty good at harmony. She also wrote all of these bios so she can pretty much say anything she wants and you will have to take it as fact. Sorry bout it.
Her guilty pleasure is reading fan theories about Game of Thrones. Please don't try to argue with her about it. She knows all.
If she weren't living in Nashville, she would live at the beach. If it were socially acceptable, she would start her mornings with mimosas instead of coffee. She owns an unhealthy amount of shoes.
This one time she won a ticket onto the Bud Light Port Paradise Cruise and FloRida drenched himself in champagne, took his shirt off, and threw it to her. This explains her love of mimosas.
She has no sense of direction, and about 95% of the time her phone is dead. Her only GPS is on her phone. Not the best combination. If you see her stopped at a gas station crying 5 minutes from her house, she's not having a break-down and it's not "hormonal", she's just lost, ok?
Suzanne is at her best when she is writing killer lyrics and melodies. She is also at her best when she is laying in bed with her two cats and a bowl of guacamole.
She's also an amazing listener and truly empathizes with others. She's kind of like your own personal Oprah. Just don't jump on her couch, bro. WERE YOU RAISED IN A BARN?
Speaking of barns, Suzanne grew up in rural Iowa and Illinois, but contrary to popular belief she did NOT spend her childhood milking cows and shucking corn.
In fact, she developed her love of music scooping ice cream at Cold Stone and singing for tips. Technically, we all still sing for tips so I guess not much has changed on that front, except for now she gets to do it with her best friends and with a bio that she loves. (and that comes carpal tunnel and calorie-free, yall.)
She is a true optimist and sees the best in people. She also sees poor fashion choices a mile away thanks to her experience as a stylist for Anthropologie. And no, she can't get you a discount cause they're strict about that, yo! And our Suz is a rule follower. Except for when it comes to Mario Kart.
Her house looks like it jumped out of a West Elm magazine, and she is always lighting up those good-smelling candles if you catch my drift which you should because I am being literal.
Suzanne is also a vegetarian cause she is a better person than you. Admittedly, this sometimes makes late-night drunken eating a difficult task, but she still finds a way to do it. All while having a serious, philosophical heart-to-heart with you.
Zach is the business mind behind the group. He is never short of energy or Chris Farley impressions. You can always count on him to make the lyrics of literally every song dirty.
He grew up in Columbus, GA near Alan Jackson territory but spent most of his time playing baseball and listening his favorite band ever, Creed. He still thinks there might be a chance they will ask him to replace Scott Stapp but in the meantime, here we all are.
Zach loves to work out almost as much as he loves queso and expensive craft beer. He wears his shirts one size too small to show off his muscles, but we aren't complaining. He is a former college baseball player and there was this one time he wore a speedo on the bus, making UGA real proud. You should ask him about it sometime.
Zach also likes to indulge in the occasional sweet/fruity mixed drink. This is not a euphemism. He will sip on a pink drink with an umbrella anytime, anywhere #NoShame. In a past life he was a math teacher and baseball coach, so if you make fun of him for his guilty pink drinking pleasure, he will make you run foul poles until you puke. He will at the same time make you listen to "I Want it That Way" on repeat all while solving a complex linear equation. Just kidding. We think.
His claim to fame is that he won the University of Georgia's American Idol competition. No, he didn't sing a Creed song. And surprisingly he didn't change the words of his audition song to make them dirty, but he could have, probz.