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A look at 7 great rock bands from Nashville

A look at 7 great rock bands from Nashville

September 9th, 2012 by CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Music Writer in News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Transplants like Jack White, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon have helped bring the spotlight to Nashville's thriving - but long ignored - rock "n' roll scene. Country may still be king in Nashville, but there are plenty of emerging rockers leading a revolution.

Here's a look at a handful of notable groups gaining traction on the national scene:


This two-piece group composed of the Orrall brothers - Jake on three-string guitar and Jamin on drums - moves effortlessly from Black Sabbath- and Hawkwind-flavored heaviness to updated punk. Their most recent album, "Hypnotic Nights," was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, which should help the brothers gain more exposure around the country. Website: .


Lead singer Jonas Stein - once a teen sensation with Be Your Own Pet - has assembled a tight unit after years of a sliding lineup that makes this four-piece one of Nashville's most exciting acts, regardless of genre. Jim Eno of Spoon produced the band's scorching new classic rock-flavored album, "Butter," out Sept. 11. Website: .


This quartet from nearby Murfreesboro is nearing the 20-year mark and has long been a local favorite. They're getting a much-deserved push outside the Nashville area thanks to their association with Kings of Leon's Serpent and Snakes Record. Website: .


As one of Nashville's most literate rockers, you can usually find Daniel Pujol with a book in hand and always ready for a deep discussion. He name-drops Robespierre and the Magna Carta with a snarling growl over sugary power trio grooves on his latest album, "United States of Being." Website: .


This trio of blues-rocking scene veterans is releasing two albums this year - "Hard in Heaven" is up Sept. 11 - and they really are twice the fun. Steeped in early 1970s rock and a let-it-roll attitude, this band might provide Nashville's best live show, complete with mosh pit and crowd surfing. Facebook: .


This is not just a male-dominated scene. With guitars dialed up to fuzz, the all-female quartet Heavy Cream is louder and more abrasive than the boys in town. Ty Segall produced their latest, "Super Treatment." Facebook: .


This pungently named six-piece features four guitarists (sometimes five!) and was recently cited for violating the city's noise ordinance. "Guilty as charged," lead singer Jordan Smith proclaims. Buried beneath the volume is a devious sense of humor. Facebook: .