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Mus 352: Intro to ‘Southern Soundscape Pop’


Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only 10 I see! Going far beyond such a horrible pick-up line, Proud Larry’s presents an amazing band that will literally be the only 10 you see on Sept. 26. 

The band is called “10 Out of Tenn” and is made up of 10 separate artists, each with successful careers of their own. 

Informally know as “TOT,” the group gives rise to an enchanting ensemble, mixing sounds from many different genres to provide a thoroughly tantalizing experience. This experience is its own genre, coined by co-founder Trent Dabbs as “Southern soundscape pop.”

The innovative idea of rustling up 10 artists to create a mega-group of talent was bred and cultivated by Trent and Kristen Dabbs. Kristen sought to change the public’s view of the Nashville music scene. 

“People know Nashville as country music and there’s a whole other scene here,” she said. “We decided to put these artists on the road to show people what is really happening in Nashville.”

Trent’s inspiration sprung from a 1978 film.

“Martin Scorsese directed a documentary called ‘The Last Waltz,’ which is a performance piece where Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison played on the same stage in the same night,” he said. “It was really inspiring. After we made the first compilation, which was just a bunch of friends in this community, we thought we should take it on the road and kind of have this live iPod shuffle.”

And what a shuffle it was. 

With those two ingredients combined, it did not take long for a reaction to take place. That reaction is now in its fourth cycle with a new album and nationwide tour schedule.  

Volume four includes performers Amy Stroup, Gabe Dixon, Katie Herzig, K.S. Rhoads, Tyler James, Matthew Perryman Jones, Trent Dabbs, Butterfly Boucher, Jeremy Lister and Andrew Belle. The background drummer is Will Sayles. 

Stroup’s music has been featured on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Brothers and Sisters.” 

Dixon’s song, “Find My Way,” was also the theme song for “The Proposal” starring Sandra Bullock. 

Katie Herzig gained much attention for her contribution of “Hey Na Na” to Honda and Target commercials. 

Rhoads, multitasking as a singer/songwriter, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, has produced songs for the likes of Mia Carruthers and Erin McCarley. 

Tyler James had a song, “Call My Name,” that reached number one on the Billboard Heatseekers charts, and he has enjoyed performing as both a solo artist as well as a part of a duet or band. 

“Something Borrowed,” a movie from earlier this year, featured one of Matthew Perryman Jones’s songs, “Satellite.” 

Trent Dabbs holds six solo albums under his belt and has songs featured in shows like “Hawaii Five-O” and “Vampire Diaries.” 

Butterfly Boucher gained instant recognition after the release of her first album and has since gone on to duet with David Bowie and tour with Sara McLachlan. 

The ninth member, Lister, gained fame with his a capella group, “Street Corner Symphony,” on the NBC show “The Sing-Off.” 

Belle released his first album last year and has since reveled in the honor of having his album in the iTunes Top 10 Albums from 2010. 

The undercover 11th member, Will Sayles, has worked as a drummer for eight years and has played for “Sixpence None the Richer,” Matt Kearney, John Paul White and many others. 

“We have everything from horns to glockenspiels,” Trent Dabbs said.

The ability of these performers to play such a wide range of instruments is a factor that adds tremendously to the show that they put on during their tours. 

“TOT” co-founder Kristen Dabbs said, “They rotate instruments on stage; while Trent is playing, K.S. Rhoads is playing bass and Butterfly Boucher is playing guitar. They just all kind of rotate around. It’s just a fun show, the way that it’s set up.” 

She later divulges the secret to “10 out of Tenn’s” growing recognition, “It just works to have 10 artists.” 

Trent seems to agree with her conclusion, as he describes a typical day at practice with 10 artists in one room. “It’s like being at a musical camp that I don’t want to leave.”

At Proud Larry’s, Trent hopes to share this feeling with the Oxford residents. 

Since he lived in Oxford before moving to Tennessee to record his first album, Trent views the band’s upcoming performance as a homecoming of sorts. 

“A lot of these artists have never been to Oxford so I’ve been talking it up,” he said. “I don’t think they believe me at this point.” 

So mark your calendars and show “TOT” some genuine, eternal Oxford spirit while you enjoy a night of musical phenomena.