posted January 22, 2009Tweet
After two successful tours and album releases in 2008, the "ambassadors of Nashville indie-pop" (Nashville Scene), known collectively as Ten Out Of Tenn, will head West on the third leg of their US tour sponsored by American Songwriter. The tour will kick off March 12 in Louisiana and take and extended stop in Austin for SXSW on March 18-21.
Since its inception in 2005, the members of Ten out of Tenn have grown collectively as well as individually. This past year saw the rise of the group as they released their second compilation, Ten out of Tenn: Volume 2 and the Ten out of Tenn Christmas compilation and toured to sold out dates across the US.
It was a stand out year for Erin McCarley who released her Universal Republic debut Love Save The Empty to critical acclaim including a national television appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" and an upcoming performance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and milestone as the the highest number of free downloads on iTunes and a feature in the Wall Street Journal titled "The Marketing of Erin McCarley."
Following the release of his EP, Jeremy Lister is getting ready to record a new record for Warner Bros. Member and producer of the TOT Christmas compilation, KS Rhoads teamed with MySpace Records to promote the release of Dark Hotel.
National spots in film and television have helped propel the careers of Matthew Perryman Jones (One Tree Hill, The Hills), Trent Dabbs (film "Nothing But the Truth") and Katie Herzig ("One Tree Hill, Lipstick Jungle, Ghost Whisperer, and "Sex & The City" soundtrack). Butterfly Boucher, Griffin House, Tyler James and Andy Davis are currently touring and preparing to record new records.
Ten Out Of Tenn debuted three years ago to shine a light on a few of the many Nashville artists who haven't waited around for the world to hear about them. It was the brainchild of recording artist Trent Dabbs and his wife Kristen. On their way to Nashville from Jackson, Mississippi, it occurred to them that their favorite musicians were closer than they'd realized.
"We were thinking about how much music we like that happens to be our friends'," says Dabbs. "There's a community of people here with a lot of talent."
Helmed by Kristen, the idea quickly turned into a compilation disc, and the compilation into a tour.
The inaugural tour was partnered by MySpace.com and Paste Magazine who praised: "The average person's knowledge of Music City consists of televised Tim McGraw concerts and Bluebird Cafe T-shirts. But there's a mostly overlooked community of musicians behind Nashville's glitz. Ten out of Tenn is a group of independent, Nashville-based musicians who have a lot more to offer than rhinestones and country-pop."
In 2008, Ten out of Tenn returned with a seconding offering in July and then with a holiday compilation of traditional and original holiday tunes.
The Ten Out Of Tenn will tour the following cities: