Monday, January 12, 2015

This Little Underground: Nashville South 3 at the Social

Posted By on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:32 PM

This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene. Read the latest column here.

click to enlarge Stephen Rock at the Social - JIM LEATHERMAN
  • Jim Leatherman
  • Stephen Rock at the Social

Orlando’s alt-country scene isn’t what it used to be, or at least its profile isn’t. Although not at the pitch or concentration as in the mid to late aughts, the talent, however, is still out there. That fact there is something the Nashville South series is trying to spotlight. With a little luck and a lot of good curating, maybe this showcase can help bring that scene back to prominence.

A concept of Modern Music Movement, the organizer behind the Acoustic Soundcheck series at the Imperial (a recent 2014 Undie Award winner for best acoustic night), Nashville South just returned for its third run (Jan. 10, The Social). Besides expanding its horizon slightly to embrace the indie-pop of auspicious local band Sabals (also a 2014 Undie winner as one of the best young acts), the showcase mostly stuck to its twangy premise.

click to enlarge Beemo at the Social - JIM LEATHERMAN
  • Jim Leatherman
  • Beemo at the Social

Brian Killeen’s
songwriter sound traced the sensitive stretches of the back roads, Stephen Rock’s dramatic flair conjured its usual Southern gothic hex and Beemo’s string band aesthetic mined the soft-core side of young folk.

But of all the roots-minded acts, Slim Walker & His Orchestra stood up best to an irritatingly loud-talking audience. Instead of what the term “country-rock” usually implies, this group is a rather specific blend of country and early rock & roll that sounds like the house band for a cowboy kegger. It’s a fun, romping intersection, and the boys have crystallized considerably since I last saw them. 

click to enlarge Slim Walker & His Orchestra at the Social - JIM LEATHERMAN
  • Jim Leatherman
  • Slim Walker & His Orchestra at the Social

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