Pale Blue Dot

Pale Blue Dot

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The Collins family band Pale Blue Dot hail from East Nashville, TN USA. They play "garage folk", "dead country", and "schooly rock". It has been said that Pale Blue Dot make you feel like you're riding in the back seat of a station wagon in 1975.

Biography

The Collins family band Pale Blue Dot hail from East Nashville, TN USA. They play "garage folk", "dead country", and "schooly rock". It has been said that Pale Blue Dot make you feel like you're riding in the back seat of a station wagon in 1975.

PBD's musical collaboration began when Scott left New York City to join his younger brother Justin in East Nashville, where they busted ass writing and rehearsing songs in an abandoned trailer with no electricity thirty miles outside of town. (When asked why, they simply responded "I don't know.") The synergy, sometimes described as a "southern Fleetwood Mac", was furthered by the addition of Scott's wife Kim, a multi-instrumentalist with a mystifying knack for harmony, and then finally rounded out with shoe-string bassist Mike Whitty and washboard toting drummer Kyle Walsh. Once dubbed "the white Sly and the Family Stone" for their fearless live energy, PBD rely more on gut than technique and possess a demanding presence and distinct sound that is a result of who they naturally are, not what guitars or amps they arm themselves with.

On the recording side of things, echoes of raw classic acts like The Violent Femmes and The Kinks and remnants of more modern artists like Wilco can be heard in Pale Blue Dot's most recent tracks put to tape, collaborating with Rob Clark, who, most recently, co-engineered Neil Young's latest album Prarie Wind. PBD's forthcoming LP, tentatively titled Western Scene, is due out in Winter 2005 under their indie label Bandaloop Music with plenty of barnstorming live dates in the southeast, northeast, and midwest to back it up.

PBD's previous LP's include Big Plans, which was recorded at Scott and Kim's home in East Nashville on a 1970's 1/2 inch 8-track analog machine, and the self-titled conceptual debut Pale Blue Dot.

"The Collins family and Pale Blue Dot fuse poetic folk and harder sounds into music with scope, depth, and texture." (Nashville Scene)

"It's a family affair when East Nashville's Pale Blue Dot roll in to town with their gritty garage folk and toe-tapping, boot-stomping live show." (The New Yorker)

"...I quit drinking because of songs like these." (Enigma Weekly)

"High energy rock that socks you in the gut." (Nashville City Paper)

Discography

Western Scene
Big Plans
Pale Blue Dot

Set List

With three albums plus of original material to draw from, set lists can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours in length, depending on venue and type of show. As are most bands from East Nashville, PBD aren't really into covers (not quite kosher in the songwriting capital of the world), but when in the mood it is usually a Neil Young song, or perhaps an early Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones, or Jefferson Airplane tune. Something with lots of feeling and energy.