So it looks like Music City renaissance siblings William and Elise Tyler's mission to put West Nashville back on the local rock map officially launches July 12. According to a press release Sub Pop Records sent the Scene's way, that's when Vermont's first-rate representatives of the international garage-rock revival King Tuff return to Nashville to rock The Stone Fox — the venue the Tylers are opening in The Nations neighborhood.
At press time, this is the first show slated for the currently-under-construction venue-to-be. Favorite local sons Natural Child, who will log a handful of dates on the road with the Tuff guys, will open. I'd hazard that another local ensemble will round out the bill. Were I a betting man (and I am), I'd put my money down on D. Watusi, Cy Barkley, PUJOL, Ranch Ghost or Birdcloud getting the gig. And JACKPOT! I was right. Minutes after penning that sentence I discovered via Natty Child's Facebook that Birdcloud are the lucky locals.
Fittingly and fatefully, King Tuff has a song called "The Stone Fox." Did they somehow cosmically call this momentous forthcoming happening? And if so, does that mean that if the band had a song called "Consul Energy Center" they would have been the first act to play the Pittsburgh Penguins new hockey arena? God only knows.