Friday, December 29, 2006

Nashville Rock In the News

Posted By on Fri, Dec 29, 2006 at 12:21 PM

Uh, sorry I missed these recent hott Nashville-centric posts about the local rock scene.

1) Though I can't tell precisely when this happened, WKRN ran a segment (just online?) on a local rock band risin' to the top of the heap, with the snappy headline "Local Rock Band Brings Bang, Gains Attention." Good for a laugh: it references the band's recent mention in "the Rolling Stone magazine." (A nitpicky observation, to be sure, but not unlike the annoyance felt when people call Dire Straits "The Dire Straits.")

2) A New York Times article from Dec. 17 on a Latin artist in Nashville that features prominent quotage from local producer/former Wilco/Uncle Tupelo drummer Ken Coomer, plus a Lost Highway exec who gives a shout-out to a handful of Nashville acts contributing to the vibrant local scene. Go ahead, guess which ones they are—and don't you love that "alternative rock" is still getting mileage? (Link is from a blog to avoid NYT log-in/article surcharge issues.)

From the NYT article:

"It's very unusual for a Latin act to come to Nashville to record," said Kim Buie, the Lost Highway executive who first thought Mr. Coomer and Mr. Garza would make a nice fit. "We've got a strong alternative rock scene here," she said, pointing to bands like ——, the —— and ——. "But Nashville is not the first place people think of for international music. Neil Young has come here to record. So has Elvis Costello. Jack White moved here a year ago. But for a Latin artist to come? That's a whole new thing."

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