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2015-18 Nashville Sounds Road Hat

The Pacific Coast League theme continues this week as another Tennessee team worth a look is the Nashville Sounds. Sadly, their road cap has just hit the road itself after the 2018 season as the Sounds rebranded once again leading up to the beginning of their affiliation with the Texas Rangers the following season.
I'm not sure why the Sounds would abandon such an amazing logo, especially after such a brief time. It's also hard to believe that it's been a little over three years since the home cap was featured on the site!
Unfortunately this is a "Made in China" cap and it definitely feels stiffer and boxier than other caps. It also feels like it's a size or two bigger than 7 3/8 but I suppose that's the risk you take buying New Era caps nowadays.
Another thing that's hard to say goodbye to is the "Bred" (black and red) MILB batterman as the newest Sounds caps are dark navy, which I find to be interesting because they certainly could have gone with a Pantone 288 to match their parent club in Dallas.

For this latest rebrand, the Sounds went with a design firm called RARE which is based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for this ephemeral design and I'm certainly glad to have scooped up a few caps on clearance from their team store before they cut over to the new logo.

I also find it interesting that the Sounds revamped their wordmark to include Red Sox-esque serifs (pictured above, left) rather than sticking to the Rangers lettering (above, right) however it's possible they felt they wanted to maintain some distance creatively.

As much as I'll miss the Brandiose caps, I'm actually excited to pick up the newest rounds of Sounds hats. The home hat is a given but I think I might also pick up the "Tri-Star plate" cap which is a nod to Tennessee's state flag.
This cap is not going on the Trading Block however please do not hesitate to reach out if you want any other cap from that list and you are willing to part with any of the hats on my Wish List.

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