I find the music of Steelism somewhat idiomatically imprecise — the duo of guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel player Spencer Cullum Jr. specializes in ’60s and ’70s-flavored instrumentals, but they seem to be influenced as much by soundtrack music as they are by such titans of instrumental pop-soul as Booker T. and the MGs or Moses Dillard and the Tex-Town Display. Cullum and Fetzer got together while touring with Nashville singer Caitlin Rose, herself an exponent of idiomatically blurred re-creations of ’70s folk-pop. That’s not to say that Steelism’s 2012 EP, The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel and Guitar, isn’t fun: “Midnight Fetz” is a riff tune complete with drum solo, while “9 to 5 Jive” sounds like music that would have played over the opening credits to a 1967 American International movie about teens, bikinis and the perils of LSD-spiked Coca-Cola. Tonight begins the band’s monthlong residency at The 5 Spot.
Wed, Jul 3 | 9:00 PM
The 5 Spot