Thursday, October 18, 2007
Christina's Venting Blog #1: The Cliche of Nashville.
Nashville is full of them. You can feel it in the air, hear it in their voices, see it in the faces of the strangers passing by in Hillsboro Village. They're EVERYWHERE! What are they?...the oh-so-cliche male singer/songwriters.
They seem to start in college. Their stories are all the same: "I liked a girl in college (or couldn't get a girl in college), and so I decided to pick up a guitar and try writing/singing...it was all to get girls." Now, my question is, what happened to pure passion for music and art?
Don't get me wrong, not every male singer/songwriter here in Nashville lacks passion and creativity. This IS music city, and there are plenty of incredible artists here. But for now let me vent on those that drive me insane...and not the good kind of insane.
If you enjoy cliche, unoriginal, pop music that has gotten far too much hype in Nashville then I suggest you check out these singer/songwriters:
Matt Wertz - www.myspace.com/mattwertz
Andy Davis - www.myspace.com/andydavis
Rob Blackledge - www.myspace.com/robblackledge
Justin Kyle Hasty - www.myspace.com/justinkylehasty
Given all the awful descriptions I just gave to these artists, I will admit that 3 out of 4 of them I have or still do listen to and enjoy the tunes...despite me cringing at the thought of how they've merely re-written John Mayer.
Some not-so-cliche singer/songwriters that I enjoy in town include:
Josh Johnson - www.myspace.com/joshjohnsonmusic (song to listen to: "Try")
Dave Barnes - www.myspace.com/davebarnes (song to listen to: "Stay Away")
Chad Harris - www.myspace.com/chadharrismusic (song to listen to: "Ghosts of You" "Could You Please")
Tofer Brown - www.myspace.com/toferbrown (song to listen to: "Candy Hearts")
Ah! I feel better now that I've finally been able to vent. I also included some good with the bad...I'm not an awful person, I'm still a nice girl :)