The Joiners feat. Stagolee, Milktooth, Diamond Carter

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

There’s a laid-back, ramshackle charm to The Joiners’ latest album Bad Birmingham, like you’re listening to a couple of your pals jamming in an East Nashville living room — something The Joiners did a fair bit of, before departing for the titular Alabama metropolis three years ago. The husband-and-wife duo — Taylor Joiner on guitar and vocals, Rachel Joiner on drums and vocals — continues in the dusty, roots-rock tradition of their first two recordings, bearing faint echoes of Son Volt and Neil Young on material that leans more toward moody poetry than story songs. Opening track “Birmingham” begins in the lovely, unhurried fashion that typifies their sound, with nearly 40 seconds of sweetly strummed guitar melody before the vocals come in. One of the song’s lines could be the mantra for all their music, which is somehow melancholy and happy at the same time: “Things sure seem funny, things sure seem strange, but I can’t complain.” Other highlights include the Crazy Horse-ish “Saturday Night” and a couple of jaunty numbers that seem to be odes to the Joiners’ young daughter — “Who Who” and “The Babe.” Who knows? Maybe there’s a hip kids album, à la They Might Be Giants, in their future. Also on the bill: Stagolee, Diamond Carter and Milktooth. 

—Jack Silverman

Sat, Sep 14 | 9:00 PM
The 5 Spot
21 and over
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The Joiners

Birmingham AL  |  Americana, Country

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