Hard Working Americans may just be the best supergroup you've probably never heard of. The powerhouse sextet is a side project for its impressive roster that includes alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider; guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and (formerly) Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals; bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, as well as its recent interim drummer Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch and brother of Derek); keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi; and guitarist Jesse Aycock.
Perhaps success is the best revenge. The August 22 Gesher Music Festival performance at the 560 Music Center amply demonstrated the remarkable accomplishment of “degenerate” composers who fled Nazism yet achieved success in Hollywood.
Jim James, frontman of rock group My Morning Jacket, has been (or at least should be) running on fumes lately. Last year he contributed music to “Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes,” a collection of unreleased songs from Bob Dylan. He also co-produced “That’s It!,” the recent album for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Sometimes it doesn't matter how a show starts, because it's all about how it ends. And Turkuaz made sure it ended with a bang.
Kristian Matsson takes the moniker the Tallest Man on Earth. And when he performs, you get the feeling he's earned the name.
Though "Gooey" made my top 10 list of favorite tunes last year, and even after seeing Glass Animals perform it live, I still haven't any clue what the song is actually about. But none of that mattered anyway, because dancing was what the night was really about.
Although they aren't the first pairing that comes to mind when thinking of a big-name tour, Steely Dan and Elvis Costello share a lot in common. Both change genres and lineups more than most folks change socks, and both are consummate showmen, as seen at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on Wednesday night.