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.”
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CD Review by Vince Gaetano: “Go People” by Blended 328
by guest music critic Vince Gaetano
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Promise you won’t tell?
The secret is this: I am not really a fan of country music.
Did you feel that? Don’t let it spook you. It was only the earth being rocked beneath you by the severity of that revelation.
I am, of course, kidding. About everything. (If the earth did happen to quake at that exact moment, it was most likely a very odd coincidence.) But I’m not kidding about not enjoying country music. That much is true. It’s just never appealed to me. Which is what makes Blended 328’s album Go People such a delightful surprise. They’re country, yes; no doubt about that. But I like it. I like it a lot.
And why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t anybody? (Those were rhetorical questions, but I’ll answer them anyway. Because that’s just the kind of guy I am.)
The short answer is this: of the six members of Blended 328, not one is in any way bland or generic. These guys (three of which are gals) know exactly what they’re doing. Their vocals never fall short of beautiful, their lyrics are playful and evocative, and—last but certainly not least—their songs are pretty catchy. Everything the body needs.
Go People is Blended 328’s first album. I only mention this because it sounds too good to be a first album.
Now that I think of it, that one line sums up about everything I can think to say about Blended 328. And with that in mind, let me repeat it for emphasis:
Go People sounds too good to be a first album.
And there you have it.
With three guys and three girls of different enthnicities, Blended 328 has created a synergistic form of “country music for the world” that is truly unique and enticing. For more information about Blended 328, visit Blended328.com.
Vince Gaetano is an aspiring screenwriter and director who has written film and album reviews for ‘Shake! Magazine’ and ‘Underground Nashville.’ He graduated with honors from SUNY Oneonta with a major in video production.
David M. (Dave) Carew is 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 copywriter.