Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, The Floating Men were among Nashville’s most prolific and beloved indie rock bands. Starting out as a hard-touring acoustic rock trio in 1990, the band eventually blossomed into a 7-piece juggernaut that included some of the hottest Americana, rock, and jazz virtuosos in town. “We kept attracting major players till we ended up with David Steele, Chris Cottros, Jody Nardone, Andra Moran and Steve Ebe. As a writer, that kind of musicianship meant I could write anything I wanted, so I did,” co-founders Jeff Holmes chuckles. Fellow co-founder Scot Evans laughs, adding, “…for better or worse.”
The Floating Men haven’t released a new album or performed live since 2010, but their fans, self-dubbed “The Floatilla,” are as enthusiastic as ever, taking to social media to discuss lyrics, share memorabilia, and swap bootlegs. With the band’s blessings, a couple of key instigators went so far as to mix and press two live albums in 2021 from archived recordings. In 2023, the band released the much-anticipated live album “Dreamland,” recorded at an over-the-top performance 2004.
The Floating Men will perform live at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville Saturday, April 13, 2024. “The vision is still evolving but the general trajectory is to focus on fan favorites from the early years with perhaps a few new surprises. But anything could and probably will happen.” Says Holmes with a mischievous grin.