Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lucero, Webb Wilder, Three Sheets to the Wind, Yonder Mountain String Band

Friday Cheers continues this week with Lucero. Friday Cheers is on Brown's Island, is FREE and starts at 6 PM with opener Farm Vegas. Here's the blurb on the Cheers site about Lucero: "Lucero is a Punk/Country music infused Rock & Roll band that is based in Memphis, Tennessee. Their punk rock roots flavor their now "country-ish" music, while their southern roots give them the twang that they have come to be known by. The band played for the first time in Spring of 1998. Since 2001 they have played between 150 and 200 shows a year across the United States and Canada. They have released six full length albums to date (Fall 2006), the latest entitled Rebels, Rogues, & Sworn Brothers. The members of Lucero are Roy Berry (drums), John C. Stubblefield (bass), Brian Venable (guitar), and Ben Nichols (guitar and vocals), with Rick Steff (piano, organ, accordian). Ben Nichols previous band was Red 40 in which he played alongside Colin Brooks and Steve Kooms."

AllMusic says you might dig these guys if you like The Replacements, Drive-By Truckers, Johnny Cash, The Hold Steady, and Springsteen. I'll probably be down to Cheers to check them out and see what they're all about. I'll have my mini-me, Zach, there with me. He likes to rock out. Here is Lucero doing their song "The War" in Minneapolis on June 9th:


Saturday night, Webb Wilder plays at Capital Ale House Music Hall downtown. Tix are $10 and the show starts at 9 PM. Webb is a little bit hillbilly country, a little bit surf, a little bit good ol' rock n' roll and he throws in some humor too. Here's Webb with an acoustic version of "King of the Hill".


If you're in the mood to get f'in smooth on Saturday night, you can catch the self-proclaimed #1 Yacht Rock tribute band in America, Three Sheets to The Wind. They'll be at The National, doors open at 6, show starts at 6:30 and tix are $13. I mention this primarily to show another episode of Yacht Rock. In this episode, Yacht Rock investigates the feud between Steely Dan and The Eagles. What? You didn't know they had a feud? Well, watch this. Beware, the language is NSFW.


Wednesday night at the Snaggletooth Pavilion at Innsbrook, Yonder Mountain String Band bring their bluegrassy (bluegrassish?) music to town. The opener is Martin Sexton and he's pretty damn good too. Gates open at 6 with Martin starting at 6:30. Tix are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, and $35 in the Gold Circle of Death. You'll dig YMSB if you like Aquarium Rescue Unit, Del McCoury, Nickel Creek or Bela Fleck. Here's YMSB doing the Talking Heads' "Girlfriend is Better":


The big news out of Bonnaroo on Sunday night was Bruce Springsteen joining Phish for three songs ("Mustang Sally", "Bobby Jean", "Glory Days") at the end of Phish's first set. In true Phish phasion, "Mustang Sally" was ten minutes long. When I first saw that Bruce joined Phish, I thought it must be a hoax like when I saw "Bruce Springsteen" join Phish at the Garden State Arts Center on 7/16/99. Trey went into a big buildup that he and Page are "from around here," and that someone else grew up around here, "the greatest songwriter of all time". The crowd figured NJ + great songwriter = Bruce and the buzz started to grow. Trey then proceeded to introduce their lyricist, Tom Marshall (who grew up with Trey in the Princeton area). Tom then sang lead vocals on "Born To Run", in full Springsteen style (red bandanna, etc.).

I would love to see Bruce & Phish try one of Bruce's jammier early songs like "Kitty's Back", "Thundercrack", "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd St.?" or "Prove It All Night". Maybe next time. If you don't think "Prove It All Night" can jam, check out this amazing version from 1978:


Anyway, haven't found a great video yet, but this one has decent sound, the guy filmed the video screen so you get good shots and you get the whole version of "Mustang Sally". They get a pretty nice groove going on this and Trey and Bruce play off each other nicely and it must have been pretty fun and cool to see.


That's it from here. Have a great weekend and I'll see you at Friday Cheers!

Tony Jordan