Rebecca Writes, The Velcro Stars & More Bands!!!
My old high school buddy Ron Graham submitted the Nashville band Ligion for the list, as well as John Davis, formerly of Superdrag. I've added them both, and although Davis is shooting for a CCM audience these days, his music is straight indie rock. I think that there's enough flexibility in the list to include Davis. What about Superdrag, though? They've been recommended by just about everybody that has emailed me to date and although they started in Knoxville, did they play around town enough or have enough of a Nashville presence to include them on the list? Please let me know your thoughts on this, either by email through the nifty new link to your right or in the comments box.
Speaking of bands that are on the edge of "the list," what are your thoughts, readers, on the Immortal Lee County Killers? They're originally from Alabama if I remember correctly, but band leader Chet "Cheetah" Weise moved to Nashville a few months before the band recorded their excellent 2005 CD These Bones Will Rise To Love You. Have the Immortal Lee County Killers done enough locally to be included on the list? Do they receive a similar sort of "pass" as Will & the Bushmen? Inquiring minds want to know....
I also heard from Shane of the Velcro Stars, who also recommended a bunch of great bands, including the Hot Pipes, Apollo Up!, the Friendlies and Tony Danza Tap Dancing Extravaganza, among others. Reader Linda Barnett wrote to recommend Alien In The Land Of Our Birth, who I had thought that I put on the list but obviously overlooked. That band's Steve Austin went on to form underground icons Today Is The Day, who were already on the list. Some of the other new bands listed below, which have also been added, I found through their MySpace pages.
Finally, another old friend and a big supporter of the project, Donna Frost, dropped me a line to recommend the Purple Giraffes. Fronted by wildman Billy Stickers, Donna remembers him wearing a tutu on stage and performing all sorts of antics; the band also counted Jeff Johnson, Greg Herston and Richie Owens among its members at one time or another. Donna also brought up Psychic Surgery, and has found some recordings of that band, who were pretty hot in town during their time if my memory serves me right. They're both in....
ALIEN IN THE LAND OF OUR BIRTH,
AN ARIATIC SILENCE, APOLLO UP!,
BUBBLE GUM COMPLEX,
CAESAR'S GLASS BOX, THE DARLINGS,
JOHN DAVIS, THE FRIENDLIES,
THE GOLDEN GEARS, THE HOT PIPES,
JOE, MARC'S BROTHER, LIGION,
PSYCHIC SURGERY, PURPLE GIRAFFES,
THE REDOUBTS, SERATONIN,
TREY STEIN, THE TIMES,
TONY DANZA TAP DANCING EXTRAVAGANZA,
THE WHOLE FANTASTIC WORLD
Kudos to Rebecca for recommending the Enkoder software for our email link. Thanks to her, I can provide a "mailto" link for you all to contact me without getting swamped with spam and porno links. You'll find that link in the column to the right of the screen, and if you have any info on any of the bands on the list, I'd like to hear from you. Rebecca also recommended some improvements to the band list and project pages and so I've made them better and easier to use (I hope).
If you're just now finding this blog and wonder what the project is all about, you can find the project's details here and last of all, the "official list" is now 410 bands big! I know that I've said it before, but unless somebody comes up with a real hot band, I think that the list is closed. Now I've got work to do and a book to write....