Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Nashville Singer Is A Little Bit Country, And A Little Bit Rock And Roll

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Nashville is the capital of country music, but one coffee shop crooner wants to change the city’s honkey tonk image one ballad at a time.

Songwriter Dan Cohen admits many people instantly associate the town with “pop” country acts like Keith Urban and Tim McGraw, but says they have no idea there’s a pulsing underground rock scene raging at the coffee shops around town.

Says Cohen: “There’s a whole underground subculture of kids – drinking their coffees and trying to come up with something that has nothing to do with country. Nashville is becoming the Seattle of the south.”

Although Cohen has his eyes more on Madison Square Garden then the Grand Ole Opry, he admits it’s hard not to get sucked into the rhinestones and belt buckle culture.

As he puts it, “Sometimes I slip on a cowboy hat and go out to the kareoke bars to watch people try to sing Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash songs. You can’t get away from it so you might as well embrace it once in a while.”

Cohen’s self-titled CD comes out September 4.

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