The other day at the Nashville Curse panel, someone mentioned that perhaps rock bands that move to Nashville take a while to admit to being based here, whereas bands that move to Portland or Athens will be there two weeks and consider themselves a Portland or Athens band, due maybe to some perceived cool factor.
On the flip side of that, a few weeks ago I got an email from Jason Harper, the music editor of The Pitch in Kansas City: "Just got this CD from a Nashville metal band called the Showdown and it's pretty badass. Are you familiar?"
The band's publicist sent me a copy of the album, Back Breaker, which the promo materials refer to as "the Nashville, Tennessee, metal quartet's master stroke." Thing is, the band's not from Nashville. They're from Elizabethton, about five miles outside Johnson City in East Tennessee. Back Breaker was recorded in Nashville and LaVergne, and while the band still lives in their small home town, bassist Eric Koruschak said he had "no idea" why they were being promoted as a Nashville band.
"I love Nashville, though, man," he says. "Totally." (The Showdown play RCKTWN Oct. 4.)