Ten Out Of Tenn is a collective of 10 musicians—Butterfly Boucher, Trent Dabbs, Andy Davis, Katie Herzig, Griffin House, Tyler James, Matthew Perryman Jones, Jeremy Lister, Erin McCarley and K.S. Rhoads—who hail from Nashville, the country music capital of the world. But instead of twangy steel-pedal guitar, show goers hear music born and bred under the shade of the Grand Ole Opry.
Dabbs, who founded the group with his wife, explained from the band's tent at SXSW that the group's approach to shows—each musician performs two of his or her songs backed up by the other members of the group—allows for a diverse performance that offers exposure to music beyond the "rhinestone country" Nashville is known for.
The music spans the indie label, including pop, rock and even a smattering of electronica. Ten out of Tenn's stories are more influenced by each other and their hometown's overwhelming culture of creativity than its country leanings, though they can't escape that completely (their first tour bus was a 1986 Eagle that once belonged to Willie Nelson).
Dabbs said the group does what even a duo or trio would be hard-pressed to do were they to spend hours together on the road: They all get along. "All egos are left at the door," he said. Currently on their third tour, the band's interpersonal success may be a key to the continued success of this unique project. "We don't have any Omarosas here," Dabbs said, laughing.
Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m., $11 adv., $13 door. Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., boknittingfactory.com.