Record Review: Acklen Park

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Record Review:
Acklen Park

By Dave Carew

Formed in 2010, Acklen Park is a six-member, “we’re more than country” band that has been playing high-visibility Nashville venues such as 12th & Porter, 3rd & Lindsley, and The Rutledge during the build-up to this, its first record release. The band has just released “Lost” as its debut single, and is engaged in a promotional campaign aimed at getting the single played on country stations nationwide.

From the initial strains of this album—on the kick-off song “Love You / Need You”—it is apparent why this band stresses its “more than country” moniker. Though most of the album would fit comfortably on country radio, the blast-off feels more like Tom Petty-esque roots rock.  It’s as if the band is signaling from the outset, “Yes, we can write Music Row-style hits. But don’t pigeonhole us. We’ll take you beyond that.”

Whoever chose to make “Lost” the debut single had an ear not only for outstanding country songwriting, but for a potential break-out hit. Sharp and vivid in its imagery and storytelling, the song features the kind of catchy melody that could have it emanating from radios coast to coast. Fans of Lady A and Sugarland take note: Your new favorite band has just arrived.

For more information about Acklen Park, visit

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.



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