This is a quick, perhaps abbreviated run-down of the week’s shows, but don’t let that stop you.
Top Show(s): Two music legends (country or otherwise) Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard share the bill at the Saban Theater. Stephen Kellogg really grabbed my attention with his excellent new album South, West, North, East. It’s not often that a 20-track song cycle captures and holds your attention. Check him out at the Hotel Café. Tommy Keene, a big cult figure in the power pop world, plays the Satellite; last year he released Laugh In The Dark.
Ryan Montbleau brings his soulful bluesy music to the Mint while Marlon Williams plays the Bootleg.
Top Show(s): The wonderful Charlie Faye and her Fayettes do their sublime ‘60s-flavored soul-pop thing at the Sayers Club (Mr. Pete Thomas will be part of her band). Diego “El Twanguero” Garcia, who has been called a Latin-Twang pioneer and a “fire-breathing guitar hero,” starts his El Cid/Honktonk Hacienda residency tonight and will return on 4/13, 4/18 and 4/25. Roots rock survivors Jonny Two Bags, Scott Biram and Jesse Dayton will raise a ruckus at the Troubadour with the Loved Ones also on the bill.
Benji Hughes performs his curiously twisted pop tunes at the Bootleg; his latest Songs in the Key of Animals is his Merge debut. Grateful Dead interpreter David Gans has a show at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Noted guitar/singer/songwriter Ellis Paul returns to the McCabe’s stage.
Top Show: The Grammy-nominated funk outfit Blinddog Smokin’ serve up some smokin’ roots music at the Mint. Two folk/blues legends Jim Kweskin and Happy Traum will be playing at the Coffee Gallery Backstage while McCabe’s hosts its second acclaimed guitarist of the weekend, Laurence Juber, tonight.
Top Show: Phil Lee is a rascally roots rocker from Nashville. His 2000 album Mighty King Of Love made me a fan with its colorful, clever tunes. He’ll be sharing his latest offering Some Gotta Love at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.