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- MUSIC BOX: Go to Therapy with The New Mastersounds
- THIS WEEK: JANUARY 21-27
- PROPS & DISSES
- COSMIC CAFE: Q: Am I an old soul or a new soul?
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MUSIC BOX: Delta Reverend takes you South
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Raw and gruff and all that hillbilly stuff, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s new album Between the Ditches debuted at number one on the iTunes Blues Chart. Americana and Delta blues is pushed to the pavement over 250 tour dates a year for the trio, which is rounded out by Peyton’s wife, Breezy, and junkyard percussionist Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell. The era of their music can be linked to Peyton’s instrumentation on the last album—two 1930s National guitars, a cigar box guitar, a custom shop Gibson flattop 1929 L2 and an Airline map electric guitar. Stupendous performers, they are.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $14-$17. PinkGarterTheatre.com.
Two kinds of country
A contemporary pop-country act can usually be spotted from a distance via its fluorescent song titles. “Truck-N-Roll,” “Topless,” “That’s Why God Made a Front Porch,” and especially, “My Baby’s Daddy,” are dead giveaways for Georgian Craig Campbell. The self-proclaimed sharp dresser will be joined by standout Americana group The Black Lillies at this year’s Teton County Fair Concert on Friday.
The Black Lillies are fronted by the articulated Appalachian drawl of frontman/guitarist/pianist/songwriter Cruz Contreras. His delivery and tone has drawn comparisons to Randy Travis, Dan Tyminski and the great Ralph Stanley. While the similarities are warranted, production aesthetics of The Black Lillies’ studio albums – combined with poetic lyrics and the rootsy singer-songwriter foundation – exposes the subtle, yet distinct elements that distinguish the Americana and (pop) country genres.
Jackson Hole Live and Teton County Fair presents Craig Campbell with The Black Lillies, 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Snow King Ball Field. Free, all-ages. JacksonHoleLiveMusic.com.
Lonesome Heroes bring fresh sound
Austin’s The Lonesome Heroes have been burning up Highway 287 every year from Texas to Wyoming since 2006. Frontman/guitarist/songwriter Rich Russell is a troubadour if I’ve ever seen one. Russell recently recorded a new batch of songs with a new cast of memorable Heroes – Nick Lochman (vocals, upright bass), Gary Newcomb (electric guitar), and Dave Sims, Jr. (vocals, drums) – who will accompany him for a two-night run at The Silver Dollar Bar. The Lonesome Heroes’ 2012 release Daydream Western won the Independent Music Award for Vox Pop, and just last year, the band’s music was featured on ABC TV series, Nashville. Get ready for big hooks via Newcomb and a driving rhythm section that has taken this band into a new dimension of indie country-rockin’ goodness.
The Lonesome Heroes, 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Bar. Psych-country, indie rock. Free. 732-3939.
Mountain Men come to the mountains
A splice of folk, blues, country and rock sounds like a dime-a-dozen splice, but when it’s done with brotherly chemistry, multiple competent vocalists and interesting songwriting, it’s a home run. Let’s meet The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men, who have managed to put a contemporary step on golden era 60s rock. Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, brothers Jamie and Kellen have a melodic flow that brings all of the classic elements together, not unlike the knack that Creedence Clearwater Revival had. You have two chances to catch the five-piece this week.
The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men, 10 p.m. on Thursday at Town Square Tavern; 7 to 11 p.m., Monday at Q Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewery.