Remember when country music was at once down-home and sophisticated? Back when roof-raising honky-tonk singers kidded dumb-Southerner stereotypes, instead of reinforcing them? Those days may be dead on the radio, but don’t tell Junior Brown. Brown has that increasingly rare combination of great singing, blazing guitar chops and tongue-in-cheek humor, evidenced yet again on his 2012 EP Volume Ten. Highlights include “Trust Me,” a bluesy ode to the two most suspect words in the English language; “Hang Up and Drive,” an amusing old-school rant about a new-world problem; and the buoyant Western swing number “I’m Headed Back to Austin Tonight.” If you’ve never seen Brown cast his spell on his guit-steel — his signature hybrid instrument combining a Telecaster-style guitar with a lap steel — suffice to say it’s a pretty jaw-dropping experience. Brown used to be a fairly regular visitor to Nashville 10 or 15 years back, but his visits have become an increasingly rare treat, so get it while the gettin’s good.
Sat, Oct 19 | 9:30 PM
3rd & Lindsley