Show Post: In House #1554
For a change, there's plenty of live music to go around in the region this weekend-- especially if you come down on the folk and bluegrass side of things. First, on the singer-songwriter side of things comes Los Angeles based Jay Nash, hitting the character-laden Knotty Pine in Victor, ID tonight. Despite playing regularly around the L.A. scene, he's no stranger to southeast Idaho, having played in Lava Hot Springs and Pocatello a couple of times in the past few years. His latest full-length, some kind of comfort, shows off the talents of a number of L.A. artists while comparing favorably with some of Nash's biggest influences: Cat Stevens, Dylan, and the Dead.
Jay Nash & band
Elsewhere, San Francisco's Hot Buttered Rum String Band brings their high-energy form of progressive bluegrass to Park City's Club Suede. A little bit Garcia & Grisman, a little bit McCoury & Blake, the band's most recent studio effort is 2004's In These Parts.
Hot Buttered Rum String Band
Texas-based singer-songwriter James McMurtry and his band play two shows in the area this weekend, hitting the Neurolux in Boise tonight and Club Suede in Park City tomorrow night. McMurtry's built up a reputation over the years as a talented, if moody, storyteller-- kind of a songwriting version of his father, author and screenwriter Larry McMurtry. James' latest is last year's Childish Things.
Meanwhile, if close to home is your bag, old-timey bluegrass is served at Portneuf Valley Brewing in Pocatello tonight with New South Fork. An area staple for five years running now, the band's authentic sound is best taken live. Their debut, Under the Piney Rose, came out last year.
New South Fork
And as if all of that were not more than enough, a late addition to today's show is the Bay Area band Free Peoples. The band brings their unique mix of bluegrass, jazz and latin rhythms-- at times sounding like Bela Fleck jamming with Calexico-- to the First National Bar in Pocatello.
In House #1554.
Focus: Live music galore in the area this weekend featuring Jay Nash, the Hot Buttered Rum String Band, James McMurtry and New South Fork.
Arcata, CA-based singer-songwriter Lila Nelson offers up a live recording, done with the Mad Cow String Band, of her song
"Dirty Magazines" (LIVE)(MP3).
Southeast Idaho's New South Fork, from their debut:
"Under the Piney Rose" (MP3)
"One Less Greedy Man" (MP3) and "Rescue Me" (MP3).