Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The O'Kanes- This Ain't Love

No more love.

I was really pleased to get the chance to interview John McEuen. A McEuen solo gig at an instrument shop was one of my favorite live shows of 2007. And I feel strongly that the role of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the development of outsider country and roots music is woefully overlooked. Not only did McEuen and company bring old-timey and bluegrass stalwarts to a new audience, they reintroduced fiddles, banjos and mandolins back to Nashville's mainstream sound. It made the path for subsequent roots-tinged acts like the O'Kanes a lot easier. "This Ain't Love," consequently, includes elements of the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It's available on an out-of-print 1990 release.

My review of last night's Hotel Cafe show is here.

The new album by third-generation punk band Pennywise doesn't offer anything new, but it's good. Really good. I believe it's still available as a free download at MySpace.

Kansas City Click: Spoon, the Watchmen and White Rabbits are at the Uptown tonight.

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