Music City Roots: The Wood Brothers, A.J. Croce, Robbie Fulks & Poor Old Shine

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

Far be it from me to suggest that aloof intellectual analysis should take precedent over immediate, immersive enjoyment of the music being played right in front of your nose, but this particular Music City Roots lineup is a study in creative possibilities for Americana performers. Both A.J. Croce, son of folkie Jim, and Robbie Fulks, long-ago member of Special Consensus, rode out the ’90s alt-country wave and veered from that postured rebellion. What’s left for them to do in an altered musical landscape? Fulks’ answer is to hop in the Wayback machine and return to Bloodshot Records and a pre-bluegrass palette, which serves his well-crafted character studies of defeated souls quite well. Croce, on the other hand, is sampling an array of roots impulses buffet-style, visiting producers from New Orleans’ Allen Toussaint to L.A.’s Mitchell Froom, and releasing the results at the Internet-friendly pace of a song a month. The Wood Brothers are hardly green, what with Chris’s role in Medeski, Martin and Wood, Oliver’s presence in Atlanta’s blues scene and their Blue Note duo albums leading up to signing with Zac Brown’s label. But they’ve really made their jazzy, loose-limbed presence felt in the roots scene with their latest. Poor Old Shine are new kids on the old-time block, tasked with the challenge of finding a fresh folk-punk angle.

—Jewly Hight

Wed, Oct 23 | 7:00 PM
The Loveless Cafe + Barn
$5 - $10
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Shelf Dusters Union

Nashville TN  |  Americana



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