Live in the San Francisco area? Want to see the Drive By Truckers and The Hold Steady on their “Rock and Roll Means well” tour when it comes through the legendary Fillmore theater on Sunday, November 23rd? Hell, sure you do. You’re not CRAZY!
Just send an email to holler(at)twangnation.com (replace the (at) with an @). type “Drive By Truckers/ The Hold Steady Contest” in the subject field, and tell us why we should choose you to go to this amazing show. The best reason will receive a pair of tickets. Be sure to send your mailing address so we can send you the tickets if you win. Good luck!
It’s Friday night and I’m still sober so I’m gonna get a couple of show announcements out here before things take a bad turn…
My good friend Hang Jones (AKA Stephen Grillos) will be playing Hotel Utah here in beautiful San Francisco Tuesday next 10/21st at 9pm. Hang will be sharing the stage with Utah’s Band of Annuals. This is a show not to be missed so grab the Missus, crank over the Fury and head on into town to catch this.
This next show seems so brazen that I was sure it was going to be a car wreck, but the YouTube video convinced me otherwise. Earl Pickens and Family will perform “The Country-Fried Joshua Tree” Saturday, November 1st at Cherry Alley Cafe (c’mon Cherry Alley! Get a damn web site I can link to!)Â in Lewisburg, PA at 7 PM. Jessie Yamas, Bruce W. Derr, Bob Albin, Jake Kline and Earl will perform an acoustic, countrified rendition of the classic U2 album The Joshua Tree, in its entirety. Yeah, I know that’s what I thought…
Cherry Alley Cafe
21 N. 3rd Street / Lewisburg, PA
Tickets $8, $5 for students
tickets available at Cherry Alley Cafe
You out-of-towners can buy tickets for the Country Fried Joshua Tree show by mail if you so desire. Send a check, made out to Earl Pickens, to PO Box 82, Lewisburg, PA 17837. Shoot Earl an email at email@example.com letting him know that youâ€™re ordering by mail.
Earl Pickens and Family – Where The Streets Have No Name
Elliott Randall is a man to watch.
Randall, not Elliott Randall the ex-Steely Dan guitarist best known for his guitar solos on Reelin’ in the Years, but the Bay area by-way-of Charleston, South Carolina, alt.country rocker has a lot going for him. On first listen itâ€™s easy to be lazy and compare Elliot Randallâ€™s superb release â€œTake the Fallâ€ (self released) to some of Ryan Adams best work.
For instance take the melancholy slide-guitar and Rhodes keyboard steeped â€œElephantâ€ and the soul-wrenching title track, Randall sounds much like heâ€™s channeling Adams more soulful moments. But Randall is his own man and as an artist heâ€™s in many ways more focused in his compositions than Adams has been of recent. â€œHow to Get Oldâ€ is a damn fine song that could have come from Uncle Tupelo with little mainstream Nashville hook added in to sweeten the experience. It works skillfully and without coming off as sterile and contrived. More Early Guy Clark storytelling than Kenny Chesney clichÃ©s.
Barn-burning rave-ups like Donâ€™t Give Up On Meâ€ and â€œLeaving This Townâ€ show that the man can get a room moving when he wants to.
A recent feature on an Americana Roots podcast, Randall straddles the country and rock worlds proficiently and his work sounds both timeless and fresh.