OK, so Superdrag’s John Davis is from Knoxville (but kinda calls Nashville home), Cheap Time are from Nashville (but kinda call Memphis home), and local renaissance rocker and musically critical colleague Dave Paulson (The Privates, Pink Spiders, My So-Called Band, DJ D-PAUL and more) is, well, Nashville through and through.
Uniting these three representatives of Tennessee’s three geographical regions, in addition to their penchant for and ability to rock, is that each has unleashed some fresh tracks and — in the cases of Davis and Paulson — new projects for your listening enjoyment.
* First on the agenda: Scroll back to the top of this post to peep Cheap Time’s fresh vid for “Another Time,” their latest snot-nosed, neo-punk single, which just dropped on Cass Records — the label of Third Man Records' Official Pinball Wizard Ben Blackwell. The B-side is “Immediate Future.” E-mosey on over to the label’s official site and add it to your cart.
* Second on the agenda: While Tennessee power-pop favorites Superdrag are currently on hiatus, frontman John Davis has teamed up with famed locally based modern-rock producer Nick Raskulinecz — who you may recall from this Scene profile — former Slack drummer Nick Slack and Knoxville musician Stewart Pack, who, Davis tells the Scene, “played, wrote [and] sang for both of the all-time greatest Knoxville bands in my book (One-Nine Hundreds and Pegclimber)," to form Epic Ditch — a no frills, straight shot of balls-out rock. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and check out their fresh tracks on Bandcamp. A sample track called “Go Forth and Ride” is posted below. It sounds like “Ace of Spades.”
* And last but not least on the ‘genda: Local-rock veteran (relatively speaking) and Tennessean music journo Dave Paulson has — under the moniker Norm — dropped a five-song EP on Bandcamp that shows the pop-savvy auteur presenting a lo-fi, casual take on new-wavy, dream-poppy, Brit-poppy faves like The Cure and The Smiths’ more sugar-coated moments. Check ‘em out, and/or purchase, them on Bandcamp. And sample a track below.