Downton Abbey vs… Downtown Abby???


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If you’re a fan of early 20th century British aristocrat TV drama, then you’ve likely heard of the runaway hit TV show and its cinematic offspring “Downton Abbey.” You’re no doubt particularly pumped for the upcoming movie sequel, “Downton Abbey: A New Era.” In this new installment, there’s apparently going to be a “talkie” filmed at Downton but more importantly, it seems the senior Lady Grantham has inherited a villa in the south of France from a past lover it seems (GASP). You can take a look for yourself below but quite honestly, who really cares? There are more important things to consider…

When Downton Abbey first came on the scene, I enjoyed pronouncing the title in my thickest New York accent as “Downtown Abby,” much to the annoyance of my wife.

“Hey, baby, you wanna watch the Downtown Abby tonight? I heah the Dowaguh Countess is riled up about somethin’. You know how she is. Fuggetaboutit.”

This was clearly not funny, but that didn’t stop me from doing it frequently. That said, when I saw the preview for the new movie, it got me thinking… “I wonder if a Downtown Abby actually exists outside of my comedic stylings?” … and wouldn’t you know it there is!

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present Downtown Abby and the Echoes.

They are funky and soulful and the singer, Abby Bryant, has a lovely voice. It looks like these days they’re going by Abby Bryant and the Echoes, which seems sensible. Here’s a bit more about them:

“Hailing from Gastonia, North Carolina, singer Abby Bryant and guitarist Bailey Faulkner have been hanging out and playing music together since they were kids. After a few challenging years of learning the ropes as touring musicians and struggling to make their way in a tough industry, the pair has cemented their presence as a regional powerhouse with debut album Not Your Little Girl released with their full group Abby Bryant & The Echoes. The debut LP is a confident and rebellious collection, showcasing Bryant’s vocal abilities and claiming the band’s hard-fought place in the world of vintage-inspired southern soul rock.”

You can find their tour dates on their website and Facebook page.

Mystery solved!



Michael Schreiber

Michael Schreiber is MediaFeed’s founder and Editor-in-Chief. Michael is an Emmy- and duPont-winning journalist and media executive. He’s worked with the New York Times, Frontline, HBO, ABC News and NBC News (where he currently writes for NBC Nightly News from time to time). He’s the founder and principal of Amalgamated Unlimited (a company that helps organizations develop and execute content and editorial strategies) and (a content syndication network).