11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Chris Probasco (Fine Lines)

Chris Probasco (Fine Lines) by Jacqueline JusticeSo, Americanafest is over and it’s time to get back to some of the other great new music in town. What happens when two hard rockers move down from Indiana to Nashville and meet two like-minded bar band veterans who came up from Alabama? You get Fine Lines, a solid rock band with a smart smooth sound.

The band’s debut record, “Contact” drops on September 28th. You can sample a few songs right now at https://finelinesband.com/store. I predict that you will soon be hearing their song “Stranger” all over rock radio. (Are you listening Lightning 100?)

Thanks to lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Probasco for taking the 11 Question challenge. You can see the band at the East Nashville Fond Object on Friday October 5th. Bring your dogs and babies!


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I grew up in Indianapolis. I moved to Nashville to be immersed in the city’s deep talent pool. There are so many incredible musicians everywhere–taking your coffee order, pouring your beer, cutting your hair, that just being here forces you to raise your game.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

My older sister gave me my first record when I was maybe seven. It was The Beach Boys Greatest Hits on cassette. I would crank my little portable radio as loud as it would go, and lip sync the whole thing over and over. Ironically, I can’t remember the last record I bought. I’m sure it was something I picked up at a show around town.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

The first concert I ever went to was Mötley Crüe. It was about the loudest thing I ever heard. Vince Neil was getting around with a cane, and Tommy Lee played a drum set that suspended him over the stage and flew him around the arena. Last concert was John Prine at the Ryman.

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

John Prine. Without a doubt. I can’t believe he isn’t already. Growing up, my dad was a huge fan, but it wasn’t until I moved to town that I realized he was Nashville royalty.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

Sky Blue Café for coffee (I work there). Five Points Pizza any day, any time.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

I didn’t know records got made anywhere else.

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Either a burger at Dino’s Bar or the “217 Special” large and hot at Duke’s, although that sandwich choice would be hotly debated among the band.

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

Kashena Sampson. Jack Evan Johnson (as long as he can play his RAT pedal through his Twin Reverb). Erin Rae. Hays Ragsdale. Paul Nelson. Jack White because he would really appreciate getting the exposure. That’s three, right?

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The Basement and The 5 Spot are a lot of fun, but there’s nothing like playing the dilapidated porch behind Fond Object’s East Nashville location. It’s one of the most authentically rock and roll vibes in town and, as far as I know, the only venue that allows both dogs and babies.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

Fine Lines’ future keyboard player.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?

More songs and touring until the wheels fall off or the road runs out… or the wheels fall off again.

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