Are you fine folks familiar with longtime local Steve Poulton? Well, I believe Mr. Poulton originally hails from Dayton, Ohio, but he's been working, living and playing as The Altered Statesmen here in Music City for a solid minute now. The Altered Statesman has a brand-new 7-inch by the name of "Bait" — the B-side, by the way, is a cover of Parliament's/The Parliaments' "All Your Goodies Are Gone" — and a video to go with it. Above, see the David Shamban- and Marty Linville-directed video for "Bait," which features members of local outfits FUCT, Lylas, Laser Flames on the Great Big News and more.
Anyway, I like The Altered Statesman. It's gentle but strongly delivered alt country- and jazz-inflected soul of an experimental and somewhat avant garde ilk. If that sounds like a nearly preposterous description, that's probably because the Statesman's material doesn't really sound like much else (or maybe I'm just having an off day). That said, if you like Leonard Cohen and Lambchop and Will Oldham and, hell, maybe even M. Ward or, say, Andrew Bird, I'll bet you'll enjoy a tune like "Bait." Get the 7-inch at local record shops including Grimey's, The Groove and The Great Escape, or via online sources like, says Poulton, "Amazon, iTunes and shit."