Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekly Picks: Blackberry Smoke, Delta Saints, Corey Harris, Black Girls, Reverend D-Ray & The Shockers, Southern Belles, Susan Greenbaum, Zoso

Things pick up a bit this weekend as people look to beat those post-holiday blues with some tunes.

Black Girls will be at The Camel Friday night. Doors open at 9, show starts at 10 and it's $5 to get in. Sleepwalkers open. Black Girls will put our their third album, "Claire SinClaire", in March, so I would suspect you'll hear some new tunes Friday night. Here's a little teaser they put together for their new album:

Over at Capital Ale House Friday night, it's bluesman Corey Harris. Doors open at 9:30, show starts at 10, it's $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Mighty Joshua opens. Here's the little press blurb on Corey, "Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music."

Here's Corey doing "Honeysuckle":

If you always wanted to see Jimi Hendrix play with Led Zeppelin, well, you're out of luck. But you can get the next closest thing, when Led Zep tribute band, Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, plays at The National with Jimi tribute band, Hendrix Lives, opening up. The show is on Friday night, doors open at 7, show starts at 8 and it's $12.50 to get in. Here's Zoso doing "The Ocean":

Saturday, Susan Greenbaum will do all of Carole King's classic album, "Tapestry", along with some of her own tunes at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Show starts at 8, tix are $17 in advance, $20 day of show. Here's a little preview of the show with Susan doing "It's Too Late":

If you want something a little more intense, but still danceable, go see Western surf-a-billy band, Reverend D-Ray & The Shockers at Bandito's Burrito Lounge on Sunday night. I don't think there is a cover charge. The show starts at 9 with opener Sean K. Preston & The Loaded Pistols. Here's the video for Reverend D-Ray's song, "Zombie Cowboys", which just sounds cool:

Wednesday night I'm gonna rock and hopefully you too. I'm heading out to see up-and-coming Southern rockers, Blackberry Smoke, at The National. My friend, Perl, said these guys kicked ass last time they were in town and I believe him. Tix are $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8 with openers The Delta Saints. Make sure you get in early to see Delta Saints because they're pretty good too. These two bands must really like each other because they are touring together for the next four months. We're the fourth show on the tour, so everything will still be fun and new and the tour buses won't smell too bad yet. Here's Blackberry Smoke doing "Sleeping Dogs". If you like the Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band or The Outlaws, check these guys out:

And here's one from The Delta Saints called "Cigarette":

Thanks to the good state of VA, Generals Lee & Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr. and one day of leave, Wednesday night is the first night of my five day weekend, so I'm heading out to see Southern Belles at Cary St. Cafe after Blackberry Smoke. The Belles come on around 10 and there is no cover. Here they are at The Camel last Friday night doing a new song, "Molly Whopped" sandwiching a cover of Phish's "Gumbo":

Have a great weekend and I'll see you at Blackberry Smoke/Delta Saints and Southern Belles on Wednesday night!

Tony Jordan