Originating in St. Louis, MO, NQN is fronted by the duo of Johnny Goodwin (vocals, guitars) and Paul Stephens (vocals, bass) and anchored by the solid skills of drummer / vocalist Robert Roewe. Through their steady and energetic live performances, Not Quite Nashville honed an impressive set of material which culminated in the recording and release of their self titled debut CD.
The twelve songs that make up the CD create a unique blend that swerves from the straight ahead rock of â€œLouisiana Girlâ€ and â€œLast Timeâ€, into the power pop undercurrents of â€œSuperfineâ€ and â€œWorld Full of Beautiful Womenâ€, over the median into the alt country leanings of â€œWelcome Home Old Friendâ€ and â€œNo Coming Homeâ€, and back again without ever becoming a car wreck. To the contrary, the result is a very cohesive set of heartfelt and memorable songs that covers a wide slice of American music.
With their debut release just hitting the streets, the band has been working hard at expanding their fan base. â€œWe feel really good about the CD and want to play these songs live as much as possibleâ€ commented vocalist / guitarist Johnny Goodwin during a recent visit with the members of the band. Vocalist / Bassist Paul Stephens added, â€œWe had such a good time in the studio making these recordings and that spirit carries over into our live showâ€. â€œWe are just having a lot of fun on stage each time that we performâ€.
Not Quite Nashvilleâ€™s debut arrives just as country rock makes its most recent comeback. While Not Quite Nashvilleâ€™s debut more than delivers in that format, one canâ€™t help but notice that NQNâ€™s unique vision and musical direction has set a course that is free to evolve and expand wherever the songs lead. Drummer Robert Roewe summed it up by stating, â€œOur success has always been based on a song being great as opposed to a strictly defined formatâ€. â€œThatâ€™s what makes it fun and interesting to us and our fans now and in the futureâ€.
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1. Louisiana Girl
2. Last Time
4. Welcome Home Old Friend
5. Wrecklessly In Love
6. World Full Of Beautiful Women
7. No Coming Home
8. Broken Pieces Fall Into Place
9. Tatiana's Eyes
10. Gen X Blues
11. A Hit Song
12. Too Soon To Tell