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 Prank, Rose 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!