Hot on the heels of a successful sophomore release and tour, the Nashville collective of nationally recognized artists band together for a holiday tour to support the Ten out of Tenn Christmas compilation out November 11 and co-sponsored by American Songwriter Magazine and TOM’s Shoes. The disc features a blend of a mix of originals and traditional holiday tunes.

Produced by TOT’s own K.S. Rhoads, the singer/songwriter reflects, “When Katie Herzig came in and started singing “Silent Night,” I felt like it was a moment in time as if I’d just discovered Dolly Parton.” He continues, “I feel so humbled to producing a compilation record. All the artists are bringing their different styles and I’m blown away by all of their talent.”

TOT co-founder Trent Dabbs adds, “It’s difficult to distinguish the songs on the album that are classic Christmas and those that were just written for the album.”

1. Matthew Perryman Jones O Come, O Come Emmanuel^
2. Katie Herzig “Silent Night”
3. Tyler James Sentimental Christmas (original)
4. Griffin House Oh Come All Ye Faithful
5. Butterfly Boucher Cinnamon and Chocolate (original)*
6. K.S. Rhoads Why Are Mommy and Daddy Fighting on Christmas? (original)
7. Andy Davis Christmas Time (original)
8. Jeremy Lister Santa’s Lost His Mojo (original)
9. Trent Dabbs Raise The Tree (original)
10. Erin McCarley Little Drummer Boy

All tracks produced by K.S. Rhoads except ^ – produced by Neilson Hubbard and * produced by Butterfly Boucher.

A unique aspect of the Ten out of Tenn tour is the dynamic of the entire cast of musicians showcasing the depth, range and diversity in a songwriter-in-the-round style of performance that has drawn rave reviews from fans and critics alike:

“Any performer on that stage could mount a credible bid for mega-stardom. This delegation of indie talent bodes extremely well for the future of Nashville’s music scene.” – Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine

“It’s a special thing to witness an artist on the edge of stardom, seeing it times ten is all the more electrifying.” –

Conceptualized in 2004 by recording artist Trent Dabbs and his wife Kristen, Ten Out Of Tenn Volume 1 debuted in 2005 with an extensive national tour partnered by and Paste Magazine.

Three years later, TOT was revived with the release of Volume 2 and subsequent tour. The disc represents a stellar line-up of major label as well as independent artists whose music has been featured in film and television, praised by critics/tastemakers and who’ve logged thousands of miles performing at marquee venues across the country.

TOT continues to challenge the stereotype of what it means to be a Nashville artist:

“The average person’s knowledge of Music City consists of televised Tim McGraw concerts and Bluebird Cafe T-shirts. But there’s a mostly overlooked community of musicians behind Nashville’s glitz. Ten out of Tenn is a group of independent, Nashville-based musicians who have a lot more to offer than rhinestones and country-pop.” – Paste Magazine

“Nashville has earned its nickname as Music City USA, but sometimes people don’t realize we also have a wealth of music that isn’t a bit twangy.” –

“10 tracks from 10 of Nashville’s finest, commercially palatable pop/rock performers. It goes without saying that the compilation provides yet another reminder that Nashville boasts much more than twangy finger-pickers.” Tennessean

“The new Ten Out of Tenn Volume 2 compilation offers convincing proof that there’s way more coming out of Tennessee than just country-like for example, slick alt rock and pretty modern electropop.” – Time Out New York

“A tour (and CD compilation) that shines a light on a handful of the many young singer-songwriters based in Nashville” – Chicago Sun Times

The Ten Out Of Tenn tour will spread holiday cheer in the following cities:

December 7 NASHVILLE, TN Exit/In
December 8 CHATTANOOGA, TN Loose Cannon Gallery
December 9 ATLANTA, GA Eddie’s Attic
December 10 KNOXVILLE, TN Square Room
December 11 BIRMINGHAM, AL Workplay Theater
December 12 CHARLOTTE, NC Visulite
December 13 WASHINGTON, DC Iota
December 14 NEW YORK, NY Canal Room
December 16 BOSTON, MA Paradise
December 17 PHILADELPHIA PA The Note
December 19 CHICAGO, IL Schuba’s
December 20 CINCINNATI, OH Southgate

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