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"We have struck up a sort of creative conversation — one in which strings of instruments are the anecdotes, a brush stroked with color a fanatical retort, and a poet's grin of lines always has the final say," says Jamie Bennett, one-half of the Nashville-based acoustic folk-rock/pop/blues/country duo "Quote." Bennett and partner Justin Tam have experimented with the fundamentals of storytelling in their new album, The Pace of Our Feet. In it, "Quote" gracefully melds media to reinterpret traditional narrative in conversations among musician, author, and visual artist, delivered to the audience in a lyrical yet down and dirty groove. "Quote" tells their story live at the Hi-Tone Café Tuesday, March 10th, with Memphis group Giant Bear.

The Pace of Our Feet, which is also a book of short stories and art, was conceived on a wintry evening, inspired by the idea of collaboration among the arts and a passion for the story. "Quote" recorded songs for the album during the summer of 2007 and then invited artists and authors from around the country to create artwork and stories based upon the songs. The result is not just a medley of voice, strings, and rock but the interplay of prose, song, and visual art.

"Quote," Hi-Tone Café, 1913 Poplar, Tuesday, March 10th, with Giant Bear. Doors open at 9 p.m.

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