Jeff the Brotherhood is gaining traction in the Nashville, Tenn., music scene, thanks to production work on their CD “Hypnotic Nights” by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Transplants such as Jack White, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon have helped bring the spotlight to Nashville’s thriving — but long ignored — rock ’n’ roll scene. Country may still be king in Nashville, but there are plenty of emerging rockers leading a revolution.
Here’s a look at a handful of notable groups gaining traction on the national scene:
Jeff the Brotherhood
This two-piece group featuring the Orrall brothers — Jake on three-string guitar and Jamin on drums — moves effortlessly from Black Sabbath- and Hawkwind-flavored heaviness to updated punk. Their most recent album, “Hypnotic Nights,” was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, which should help the brothers gain more exposure around the country.
Lead singer Jonas Stein — once a teen sensation with Be Your Own Pet — has assembled a tight unit after years of a sliding lineup that makes this four-piece one of Nashville’s most exciting acts, regardless of genre. Jim Eno of Spoon produced the band’s scorching new classic rock-flavored album, “Butter.”
This quartet from nearby Murfreesboro is nearing the 20-year mark and has long been a local favorite. They’re getting a much-deserved push outside the Nashville area thanks to their association with Kings of Leon’s Serpent and Snakes Record.
As one of Nashville’s most literate rockers, you can usually find Daniel Pujol with a book in hand and always ready for a deep discussion. He name-drops Robespierre and the Magna Carta with a snarling growl over sugary power trio grooves on his latest album, “United States of Being.”
This trio of blues-rocking scene veterans is releasing two albums this year — “Hard in Heaven” — and they really are twice the fun. Steeped in early 1970s rock and a let-it-roll attitude, this band might provide Nashville’s best live show.
This is not just a male-dominated scene. With guitars dialed up to fuzz, the all-female quartet Heavy Cream is louder and more abrasive than the boys. Ty Segall produced their latest, “Super Treatment.”
This six-piece features four guitarists (sometimes five) and recently was cited for violating the city’s noise ordinance. Buried beneath the volume is a devious sense of humor.