Before Nashville was the “it city.” Before there was a hit TV show on ABC. Before award-winning, elite ranking restaurants and boutique hot spots existed. And long before The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and even Meghan Trainor were calling Nashville home, there was already a movement brewing outside the walls of the country music scene. Their forward thinking may not have broken headlines, but this community of artists banded together and forever changed the game for emerging indie artists. Meet Ten Out of Tenn.
From the beginning, TOT tackled the seemingly impossible – 10 artists, all who have their own successful careers and fan bases, rallying together as they swap vocals and instruments during their shows for a unique twist on each other’s creative work. The result is magical.
Artists like Paper Route, Griffin House, Tyler James and Kate York were the first class in a new school of artistic progress signaling to the rest of the world that there is so much more to Tennessee than country crooners. Along the way band leaders Butterfly Boucher and K.S. Rhoads joined, as well as Erin McCarley, Madi Diaz, Matthew Perryman Jones, Andrew Belle, Andy Davis and so many others have packed their gear and tomfoolery onto a tour bus, taking it out all across the country.
Now, 10 years later, there is much to celebrate. With 27 artists, 7 tours, hundreds of shows, 6 compilation albums and over 500 TV/Film placements shared amongst the group, this journey of Ten Out Of Tenn has seen far more success than anyone could have ever predicted. In 2009, TOT released their award winning documentary, Any Day Now, which debuted during the Nashville Film Festival. Throughout the years, TOT artists have shared the stage with musicians such as Rihanna, Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Ingrid Michaelson, REM and Sarah McLachlan, to name a few.