Muscadine and Dylan at Nashville’s Exit/In
[A bit delayed writing, so hopefully I remember.]
March 3, 2017 was second small Nashville show of the week, having seen LANco and Ryan Kinder on Wednesday. These two shows were my picks, not Stacy’s.
Exit/In is definitely one of the best small places to see a show in Nashville, and Muscadine Bloodline is a much buzzed about band so was excited to go see them. Erik Dylan we’ve heard for years and has a few cuts on major artist album and was the opener.
Erik came on at 9 to an almost full bar, wearing jeans and t-shirt. He has developed a grittier sound
since we had seen him first a few years ago at the Highway Finds stage at CMA Fest. On his new album, Heart of a Flatland Boy, it has the blue collar sound of a Springsteen with the lyrical intensity of Eric Church. In person, he really rocked and made you feel the personality of the songs. He played for 45 minutes showcasing his well earned stage ability and the cool hooks of his songs. I especially liked “Willie Nelson T-Shirt”, a take on a break up song, and “Astronaut,” which is only passingly is about astronauts.
Muscadine Bloodline came on stage about 10:15 and by this time the sold out show had completely filled up. From the first note the crowd was really into Charlie and Gary. The person in the crowd not into, my wife. She didn’t like the way Gary sounded live at all, said his squeak was distracting.
I really enjoyed the way they sounded and rocked out. It was definitely a male dominate crowd and the music spoke to them. They did a few too many covers, but their original stuff, including current single “WD-40” sounded good.
Since Stacy wasn’t enjoying, in fact this wasn’t her idea to go, we cut out a little early, but I’m hopeful we see them again. I definitely see why Erik getting cuts on others records, great songwriter, and hope he gets wider exposure for his own songs soon.
We missed going to Chase Rice in Rome, Georgia, so our next show is Old Dominion in Athens, Georgia. Check back to hear about Meat and Candy tour.