Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

Sol Cat

Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett Hamman tells Billboard they are proud to be a repeat performer from last year.

"We played it last year, and it was great," he says. "I'm looking forward to the same experience this year. For us and our family, it's kind of our big hurrah for the summer. We've been fans of Lettuce for a long time, so it's pretty wild that we get to share the stage with them in a Nashville representative kind of way."

Sol Cat recently released a new song, "Bread on the Table," one of quite a few singles they will be releasing before the year's end. The track is proof that the group is continuing to grow their psychedelic/dance-infused sound. "As far as the style goes, it's a little bit of a departure from what we've been doing. I think that everybody is finally finding a happy way to create some space in our music. There's six of us, and sometimes it can be a little difficult to get everybody to a point where they are happy with their parts, and feel that everyone is contributing," Hamman tells Billboard. "That's the first song we've found with a formula that allows everything to space out and breathe a little more easier than it used to."

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Though critics haven't always had the easiest time categorizing Sol Cat (which also includes Johny Fisher and Jaan Cohan on guitar, Taylor Craft on bass, Tom Myers on drums and and Jeremy Clark on keys/synths), Hamman sees his group's sound as pretty straightforward: "A lot of people have definite definitions of what it is that we do, but I've just used rock and roll since we started," he explains. "It was a mixture of the blues, some country and nowadays you also have to combine the electronic and dance aspects of the music. It's not going to sound like the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin or those bands that you think of when you hear the term rock and roll, but in 2014, there are so many influences that go into what I call rock and roll."

The new songs that Sol Cat have been recording will be included on a forthcoming project, but Hamman is a little unsure of the new disc's timeline. "We've been piecing it together. We've definitely been preparing to have some sort of release come early next year," he says, adding that the band has about 35 songs in the can.

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Sol Cat's growing success story is proof of Nashville's musical diversity. "We've entertained the idea of moving as a group to an area that might be a little more receptive to what we're doing, but at the end of the day, it's awesome to be in Nashville and be part of a scene that is evolving," Hamman says. "You go to a lot of places, and the scene has been established for twenty to thirty years. There's a nationwide gentrification going on -- at least that's what I've seen in a lot of cities we've been playing -- to going back downtown and rebuilding parts of the city that have lost their magic. Nashville is the 'Athens of the South' and there's a lot of young acts and our good friends who are right on the forefront of that."