Eight bands from St. Louis paid tribute to one of the grand masters of songwriting on Saturday night at Off Broadway. And they all did Leonard Cohen's poetry proud.
A good tribute show occurs on a narrow road bordered by nostalgia and cover-band schlock. The road gets slippery when the band being honored was a batch of local boys done good. For the second Uncle Tupelo tribute show in just over three years, eight St. Louis bands kept it on the road while having a hell of a lot of fun.
Each year brings more and better albums by St. Louis artists. 2013 brought so many that it wasn't possible to limit a list to the 10 best. It’s not a bad problem to have.
Returning to St. Louis after spending time living in San Francisco and Brooklyn, the Cree Rider Family Band tells tales of life and love over a blend of alt country, roots and Americana.
The band Ween made a career of poking at genres from every angle, stretching parody into marvelously-real, uplifting art.
So many musical strains come together in the songs of Cree Rider – honky tonk, cajun, blues and, of course, rock 'n' roll – it's easy to get lost in the sound. But his stories are always sure guides.