Sad13, Lisa Prank, Rose Melberg, More Team Up for Unlikely Indie Tribute to ABC/CMT’s ‘Nashville,’ Organized by Tacocat’s Bree McKenna

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Regular readers may remember our love for Seattle indie punk group Tacocat, a band we always make a point to recommend any time they stop through town. What you may not know, however, is that Tacocat’s bassist, Bree McKenna, happens to be a big fan of ABC/CMT musical drama Nashville, which, of course, was filmed right here in (an incredibly dramatized version of) Music City! And though the show’s been off the air for more than two years now (it ran for six seasons, from 2012-2018), McKenna has, apparently, spent that time gathering friends from the Seattle indie scene and beyond to tackle covers of songs from the show (fan of Nashville or not, the pool of talent involved in crafting its original music was always top-notch), resulting in a surprise tribute compilation release, out today, dubbed Live at the Bluebird: A Nashville (THE TV SHOW) Covers Compilation.

An incredibly niche melding of musical worlds, to say the least, most everyone involved here seems to have taken the task pretty seriously, adding their own artistic flair, but retaining the spirit of 16 of the show’s most memorable tunes (along with one original contribution, which is both hilarious and spoiler-y), and the result is much more awesome than it needs to be (we’re kind of obsessed already). Contributors include Sad 13 (the solo project of Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis), Lisa PrankRose Melberg (of The Softies, Go Sailor,  and Tiger Trap), Neyla Pekarek (formerly of The Lumineers), and tons more!

The comp dropped today on Bandcamp, and coincides with Bandcamp Friday, an ongoing effort the first Friday of each month, where Bandcamp waives its revenue split and gives artists 100% of the proceeds of their music sales, encouraging many to drop new, limited, and special releases (along with special pricing). While you can stream the Nashville covers comp for free, if you’d like a digital copy, it’s currently set at “name your price” (find it here or below), and proceeds will be split between The Okra Project and MusiCares. Listen below, and while you’re on Bandcamp, be sure to support some of your other favorite indie artists and buy their music today as well!

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Musician’s Corner Kicks Off Virtual Fall Sundown Series | TONIGHT w/ Erin Rae

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One local musical cancelation back in the COVID beginnings of spring that might have slid under your radar, as it didn’t get the broad attention of Bonnaroo-sized festivals, was Musician’s Corner, the free spring and summer festival series in Centennial Park, which has been going on now for over a decade and has long been another site favorite.

After canceling the (typically larger and broader) spring season outright, Musician’s Corner, like Live on the Green, has managed to find a way to adapt to the times, and salvage what typically would’ve been their September Sundown series. The more paired down, Thursday-set event generally runs for just four weeks in September with a few performers each week, but this year’s virtual version, rebranded as simply the Sundown Series, will go for nine, each Thursday throughout September and October, and will broadcast a single 30 minute performance each week at 8 p.m. CDT from one of Musician’s Corner’s talented alumni.

Kicking things off tonight, Sept. 3 is local folk pop staple Erin Rae, who longtime readers and anyone dialed into the local music scene should be more than familiar with already. And, in the coming weeks, you can look forward to an exciting slate of Devon Gilfillian, Matthew Perryman Jones, The New Respects, Jason Eskridge, Scott Mulvahill, Jill Andrews, Bre Kennedy, and Amythyst Kiah- all standouts of Musician’s Corners past!

Though we will certainly miss the in-person atmosphere of Musician’s Corner, and dearly hope things will be safe enough for it to return in the spring, this adapted version is yet another imaginative example of the local music community finding a way to continue on in these difficult times, and we urge you to tune in each week in support! You can stream tonight’s performance live in the YouTube player below, or through Facebook right here, and peep the full season calendar and details on the free fest’s site.

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Live On The Green Goes Virtual with Five-Day Live On My Green Radio Broadcast

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In a normal year, we would’ve spent our last several Thursdays in Public Square Park, enjoying what would no doubt have been a stellar twelfth season of Live on the Green, Nashville’s premiere annual free, outdoor music fest, and a beloved fixture of our festival season, which would be winding down with its signature Labor Day Weekend finale.

But, alas, like all live events and public gatherings, LOTG, in its conventional form, was canceled months ago, leaving us to count down the days until next summer, when, hopefully, music events will be back to something resembling normalcy. Not content to simply call it a loss, however, the industrious folks at Lightning 100 and Live on the Green have, like so many other events and musical entities of the last six months, found a creative way to keep the spirit of LOTG alive, and have put together an absolutely stunning five-day audio and video stream they’ve dubbed the Live On My Green FM Music Festival.

Running today, Thursday, Sept. 3 through Monday, Sept. 7, with programming spanning more than 20 hours a day, Live On My Green will largely feature previously recorded performances beamed over Lightning 100 (which you can find on the FM dial, online, though the Lighting 100 app, or even through your smart speaker), with a handful of performances also offering video streaming, along with a few of what are being billed as live video streams (which sound to be pre-taped like the rest of the performances, but are special and unique live sets) from the likes of Fruition, Jason Isbell, Spoon, LP, Beck, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Briston Maroney, Moon Taxi, Drumming Bird, James Ethan Clark & The Renegades, Catalina, Oddnote, Taylor Noelle, Fulton Lee, The National, Future Islands, and Judah and the Lion, plus new interviews and unheard content, some guided yoga classes via Zoom (an in-person LOTG tradition), and more! Lightning 100’s YouTube is the best place to catch those video streams.

In addition to the aforementioned artists, LOMG will also feature Jade Bird, Colony House, Hamilton Leithauser, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sylvan Esso, Cold War Kids, Liza Anne, Joan Jett, Dr. Dog, Dawes, Mumford & Sons, Bruce Springsteen, The Weeks, Norah Jones, The Avett Brothers, Lilly Hiatt, Cage the Elephant, My Morning Jacket, Metallica, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Waxahatchee, Savannah Conley, Phoebe Bridgers, Ruston Kelly, Ron Gallo, The Black Keys, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Bully, Margo Price, Perfume Genius, Sheryl Crow, and so many more.

Tune in for free all weekend long, check out the site for the most up to date info, and peep the whole schedule below!

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Adia Victoria, *repeat repeat, Bantug, Brooke Alexx, John Tucker, Stephen Day, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“South Gotta Change” by Adia Victoria
“Wind in My Sail” by *repeat repeat
“Soften” by Bantug
“It’s Not You” by Brooke Alexx
“Flow” by John Tucker
“Droptop” by Classic Williams
“We Had Everything” by Super Duper
“Kitchen Table” by Molly Parden
“The Ballad of James Howlett” by Billy Raffoul
“down” by Mokita

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New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Liza Anne, Robyn Harris, Bully, Ron Gallo, danny g, Daisha McBride, Lackhoney, & More

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Our main goal at No Country is to share music from our favorite local artists and touring acts that hit Nashville. Now you can get straight to listening on our Nashville Spotify playlist.

Local music additions

“I Shouldn’t Ghost My Therapist” by Liza Anne
“Sunburn Season” by Robyn Harris
“Every Tradition” by Bully
“WUNDAY (CRAZY AFTER DARK)” by Ron Gallo
“I Was A Young Girl” by Black Bra
“Money or Drugs” by Midtones
“Tell Me That You Love Me” by Veaux
“Screen (bedroom sessions)” by Taylor Buono
“run it” by danny g, Daisha McBride, Hendersin
“Really Feel” by Wade Brown, Mike Floss
“Outside” by Lackhoney
“2k Freestyle” by Brian Brown
“In Your Eyes” by Sons of Bill, Molly Parden
“Your Eyes” by Juan Solorzano
“This Summer” by Jeffrey James, LÒNIS
“For a Friend” by Chey Rose
“Something to Keep Me Awake” by Social Animals
“One Day Here” by Safari Room

Follow along so you don’t miss the best of No Country for New Nashville on our Nashville Spotify playlist!