Steelism w/Andrew Combs Split 7-Inch Release

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Popular music is a pretty bizarre concept when you think about it. Today’s chart-topping fare may become esoteric fodder for crate diggers down the line. Or, in the case of Andrew Combs and Steelism, familiar, accessible sounds are the stuff of an indie 7-inch. Their new split single, released through Electric Western and Coin Records, pairs “Emily,” a live favorite from Combs, with “China Plate,” an instrumental from the steel-and-tele duo of Spencer Cullum and Jeremy Fetzer. “Emily” would’ve fit right in alongside the chugging grooves of certain mid-’80s country sides by T.G. Sheppard, Ronnie Milsap or Eddie Rabbitt. But the fact that Combs’ hooky, bruised-ego strut arrived a quarter-century later doesn’t make it any less addicting. Fetzer and Cullum — who also back Combs, along with Caitlin Rose and Jonny Fritz — tore a page right out of Dick Dale’s book of party music with “China Plate.” Cullum’s use of a sitar bar on his steel upped the exotic quotient a bit, but this is crowd-pleasing stuff, even when the crowd’s low on vintage music geeks.

—Jewly Hight

Fri, Oct 25 | 9:00 PM
The Basement
21 and over
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Nashville TN  |  Instrumental

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