During the 1990s, The Tender Idols were a popular Atlanta rock band whose BritPop-inspired sound and look was given legitimacy by British-born-and-bred lead singer Ian Webber. Although the Idols split up in the early 2000s (country music fans may be surprised to know that current hotshot Nashville producer Dave Cobb cut his teeth in the band), Webber has at least partially reassembled the combo for his latest solo album.
Despite the presence of former Idols Danny Howes on guitar and Guy Strauss on drums (as well as Michael Lamond pitching in on standup bass, Matthew Barge on keys and Pat Strawser handing string arrangements) Year of the Horse is a rather subdued affair, yet positively sublime, lovely and melancholy. After years of living in Los Angeles, Webber has joined Cobb in Nashville for the time being, so chances are he’ll trek down to his old stomping grounds in Georgia for shows more often. In fact, the release show for Year of the Horse was held at newish Atlanta nightclub Venkman’s on June 10th.