The Scene That Celebrates Itself

When I headed down to the Nashville Cream 2nd Anniversary bash at the Mercy Lounge on Saturday night, I was curious how the evening's theme was going to come off. The idea of local bands covering other local bands was clever, but you had to wonder if it'd come off like a private joke that most of the crowd weren't in on. But what could have turned into a reminder of the local rock scene's perceived insular nature ended up just being one hell of a good time. Even if those who weren't familiar with the oeuvre of the area bands that got covered were treated to an incredibly fun show.

Highlights included Stories That Live kicking off the festivities with Superdrag's "Keep It Close To Me," The Privates doing a killer take on Hotpipes' "Where Is The Shore?" that almost surpassed the original, and The Carter Administration paying tribute to Apollo Up with a ferocious version "Walking The Plank." But the absolute high point of the evening though had to belong to Cortney Tidwell, who dug a bit deeper into the past and did a gorgeous take of Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" that featured harmonies from Festival's Alexis Powell. Between the relaxed and almost too brief sets from all four bands, the utterly decadent dessert table, and the dollar Yazoo drafts, it made for a pretty swell birthday party.

Also, it's kind of bizarre seeing things you wrote on the interweb plastered on the walls at a bar months later. Reading the excerpts from comment threads that the Scene's staff has postered all over the Mercy was like reliving the unproductive afternoons of countless workdays gone by.

Apollo Up - "Walking The Plank" (mp3) from Chariots Of Fire

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