Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Reverend Returns With More Bands!

Hey, gang! Yeah, the Reverend has been gone from this page a lot longer than anticipated. I planned on taking a couple of weeks off to celebrate my birthday (49, thank you) and it ended up stretching into a month of time spent diddling around with other stuff.

That hasn't stopped you great readers from unwilling the Reverend and throwing your favorite local bands into consideration for the ever-growing list. Hell, I had no idea that there had been THIS MANY bands in the Music City during the past three decades, but the proof is on the list. A reader named Jamie wrote me and recommended folks like Buzzkill (with Brooks from F.U.C.T.), Bedwetter, Love Bucket & Slaphappy Superfly (who I kinda remember), Psomni, Fleming & John (who I should have remembered), Blue O' Clock and Depth Core Blue. Like usual, if you have info on any of these bands, lay it on me stringbean!

Laura Matter Fukushima also wrote with an extensive band list and earns extra points for having, possibly, the coolest name of anybody that has written the Reverend so far! Laura brought to mind folks like CYOD (Marky Nevers), Girls In Action, the Frothy Shakes, the Hissy Fits, Well Away, Scout, P.M.S. and Pelt City. She also mentioned the Wayouts (w/Jeff Cease), Colin Wade Monk (who I really should have put on the list before now), Wishcraft (which several other people also mentioned) and former Lucy's Records mainstay Leslie Q. Thanx to both Jamie and Laura for their suggestions!

Laura also asked me about the qualifications for making the list, bringing up Murfreesboro bands like Jack and Holtzclaw and questioning my inclusion of the Black Crowes. I consider Murfreesboro part of the Nashville rock constellation, and besides, for people from out of town, they don't know the difference between Nashville and Murfreesboro anyway. I know that the "Boro" has long had a music scene separate from and, in many ways, equal in talent to Nashville's (examples: Self, Glossary), and I admit that I don't know a whole lot about many of those bands. So for those of you living southeast of Nashville, send me your list of Murfreesboro bands. I also include Bowling Green as part of the Nashville rock scene, if only to include folks like Govt. Cheese. Besides, a lot of Nashville bands drove an hour north to play at Western Kentucky, so there was a lot of Nashville influence on Bowling Green bands (and vice versa)back in the day.

As for the Black Crowes, I may or may not include them on the final list depending on my mood at the time. Yes, they are seemingly an Atlanta band, but in their early days they had one Nashville member (Jeff Cease) and practiced in a room above The Metro magazine offices off 8th Avenue. They also played around town a lot in those days, with Gus Palas promoting many of their earliest shows, and they were managed by Grace Reinbold, who was also based in Nashville. So there are a lot of local ties there, perhaps enough to include the band's first album in the book's discography. After that Jeff left the band and many of us ceased to care. What do you all think?

As for my guidelines to be included in the project as a "Nashville" band, here are my basic rules: 1) the band or artist had to have been based in the Nashville area during the period stated, 1976-2006 and 2) the band had to have been part of the "local scene," playing local clubs and/or recording in Nashville. Thus, in my mind, Anastasia Screamed makes the list because they moved here from Boston, they played around town and they supported the local music scene, even if they recorded for a British label. Ryan Adams doesn't make the list because even though he lived here, he didn't make any effort to become a part of the local scene, but Josh Rouse does make the list because he moved here, played here, recorded here and then moved on. I know, this is all kind of sketchy and the entire process may receive more clarity by the time the book is written.

During the last month, the Reverend hasn't just been slacking off, nosirree, I've been digging through my extensive (literally hundreds) archive of cassette tapes. Cassettes were as ubiquitous in the mid-to-late-80s as homebrew CD-R discs are today as a medium of choice for indie musicians. I found a number of Nashville bands that had released their material exclusively on cassette. Many of the below-listed folks are hereby also attached to the "official" band list, either because I dug up a tape from the bottom of a mildewed box in the closet, or else somebody mentioned them to me recently in an email conversation like Jamie and Laura:

BANG SHANG-A-LANG, THE BEAT POETS,
BEDWETTER, BLUE O' CLOCK, BUZZKILL
CYOD, DEPTH CORE BLUE,
DREAMING IN ENGLISH, FLEMING & JOHN
THE FROTHY SHAKES, GIRLS IN ACTION
THE HISSY FITS, HOLTZCLAW
HOT ACTION COP, JACK
JOHN HINCKLEY & THE JRS.,
LESLIE Q., LOVEBUCKET & SLAPHAPPY SUPERFLY
LIAM LYNCH, MEDICINAL PORPOISES
COLIN WADE MONK
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GRAVITY
PELT CITY, P.M.S., PSOMNI
SCOUT, SUNSET A.M.
THE VAGRANT SAINTS, THE VELCRO STARS
WARM DARK POCKET, THE WAYOUTS
WELL AWAY, WISHCRAFT

Sometimes it is really difficult to figure out whether or not a certain cassette tape originated with a local Nashville rocker. Since The Metro had such wide distribution (bands coming through town often picked up a handful of copies to take home), the Reverend ended up receiving poorly-documented tapes from bands in such far-flung environs as Illinois, Michigan and even Hawaii. Here' s my homework question for readers this week, however -- was the Bob Camp Project a Nashville band? Chip Staley contributed drums to the cassette release I have, but it's not clear if the band was local or regional since the tape doesn't really tell me (and my senile old brain just doesn't remember). HELP! Email your comments, additions or gripes to the Reverend at rev.gordon (at) gmail.com.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please read the last two paragraphs of this bio, note the band members (Jeff Cease) and listen to at least one song. This site will be launched for all to see in 2 weeks, for now it is private.
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