In doing my due diligence (i.e. some idle Googling) to try and gauge Nashville’s overall impact on the national music press, I came across an overwhelming amount of Music City-centric coverage — mostly positive, if not outright gushing — across the blogosphere echoing the Cream’s South-by sentiments on locals who repped Nashville (and ripped Austin) hard; marching to the Music City drum we’ve been beating for years. Like how JEFF the Brotherhood have the power to part seas like Moses, or how Mona take a novel approach to garnering Prince comparisons by asserting themselves as Kings of Leon’s heirs apparent.
Since I want to keep myself from drowning in the minutiae of Google News, and I don’t want to flood you with aggregated links that are, honestly, too vast to encompass in this pithy (not really) little post, I’ll just expand on a few post-South-by-y Newsy Bits of note for you.
OK, now I know our modest media enterprise isn’t the only source in the music press Jack White talks to about stuff, but I figured we were at least the only press peeps he talked to about The Cannery Ballroom. Not so. In an interview posted earlier this week — and conducted during SXSW — with Pitchfork’s Amy Phillips, White mused that his plans for Third Man Records’ Rolling Record Store could — in addition to stops at Bonnaroo, state fairs, car shows and Coachella — include making a second home of Cannery Row. He said:
… There's a club across the street in Nashville called the Cannery and I thought we could use them as a partner, drive up and sell records to the people waiting in line and play music. ...
This was news to me, as well as both Mercy/Cannery GM Drew Mischke and co-owner Todd Ohlhauser, who each expressed bewildered enthusiasm, telling the Scene that, while this is the first they’ve heard of such a potential alliance, they’d be all for it. Third Man commander Ben Swank, who was also surprised by the statement at first, later reiterated it, telling the Scene via email that, while no formal discussion have yet transpired between the two camps, Third man would love to “roll up outside of shows and sell some swag.”
Sounds awesome. Being a West Sider, if this ends up coming to fruition, I’m definitely gonna start the “Eighth South Is the New East Nashville” campaign. In the meantime, check out this clip of White's performance outside the TMRRS at SXSW (via NPR Music) — unfortunately I was across town listening to D. Patrick Rodgers' screams of agony while they were taping it:
While catching up with Caitlin Rose manager Aaron Hartley during Rose’s set at the American Songwriter SXSW day party, I learned that the increasingly loved-abroad local chanteuse will appear alongside heavy hitters like U2, Coldplay and Beyonce at this year’s Glastonbury Festival — the self-proclaimed “largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world.” Don't believe me? Then read it reported here. Way to go, Cato!
Here's a clip of her playing at that Songwriter jump-off (courtesy of Shawn Kornhauser):
OK, I admit, those two items are only tacitly related to SXSW. Well this next one is wholly related to the festival. I promise.
So, it looks like I wasn’t the only music journo bowled over by JEFF the Brotherhood’s thrilling showing at last week’s SXSW Noisey showcase — which went down at what’s normally a gay dance club. Spin magazine — who included the band on their list of 35 Must-Hear Acts at SXSW — was apparently in the house as well and, in their post-fest coverage, elected to give the band’s performance 10-fingered praises not once, not twice, but in three separate mentions, with various contributors awarding it accolades in categories such as “Bummed I Didn’t Catch,” “Best Set,” and my favorite, “Best Use of Cages Made for Dancin’ Ladies.” Locals Mona — who also made the 35 Must-Hear list — took home Spin’s title for “Best Next Kings of Leon,” and Jessica Lea Mayfield was deemed “Best Rising Star Poised for Cross-Over Success.”
Here's a clip of Jake Orrall crowd surfing at the Noisey showcase:
In other Spin/JEFF news, the magazine recently gave JEFF’s latest, We Are the Champions, an 8/10 rating, along with a review praising the “classicist duo” for their “... unironic embrace of the elegant, harmony-rich hooks and wide-eyed lyrics of rock forebears the Righteous Brothers.” Well, they got the whole brothers thing right ... and the righteous thing.
Annnnnd in other post-SXSW/Nashville news — with videos — IFC posted both an interview and a performance clip of local “indie folk duo” The Civil Wars, captured during their stop by the film company’s Crossroads House SXSW shindig, while NPR Music posted a minute-long clip of Tristen performing at Next Big Nashville’s SXSW showcase. Check out some of both below: