THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
Delta Rae Three musical siblings — Ian, Eric and Brittany Hölljes — started collaborating with longtime family friend Elizabeth Hopkins several years ago, and became the current Delta Rae line-up in 2010 with the addition of drummer/percussionist Mike McKee and bassist Grant Emerson. The brothers play guitars and keys, Brittany delivers big velvety lead vocals and pretty support to Hopkins’ raspier piping call or Ian’s straightforward tenor, and all four voices come together in harmonic stretches of soulful beauty. In 2012, the Durham, N.C. sextet was signed to Sire Records by iconic A&R rep Seymour Stein (who originally launched the careers of Talking Heads and Madonna among many others), and full-length debut Carry the Fire was issued last summer. The 12-song set is modern Americana studded with elements of blues, pop and gospel, their sound alternately dark and haunting or bright and hopeful, from the Southern gothic appeal of "Bottom of the River” with its chain-gang stomp and gospel choir intones, to the soaring bittersweet melodies about leaving a lover behind in “Holding on to Good,” to the urgent pulsing drive of “Is There Anyone Out There,” which finds Ian howling about feelings of disillusionment: “My body doesn’t fit me, my dreams are like great ships lost at sea / and this heart grows tired, so far from where I started, so far from where I want to be.” (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater)
Blah Blah Blah II - The Sequel It’s an evening of trap, dubstep, moombahton, drum n’ bass, glitch hop and other breakin’ beats when Low Pass Records unites with Tampa’s long-running EDM Fusion Night at GBar to celebrate a year of dedication to "All Things Bass." This free party spotlights the sounds of Low Pass-repped talent on the speakers and features live spins by uAnimals, a special appearance by Thee Joker & TL Jentgens, and support from Sirkit and Redstar. (GBar, Ybor City)
Rick Springfield The Aussie power pop rocker with the raspy-toned vocals generated several international hits in the early ‘80s (“Jesse’s Girl,” “I've Done Everything for You”), and in the midst of recurring stints as Noah Drake/Eli Love on General Hospital, Rick Springfield has kept plenty busy writing music, selling more than 25 million records worldwide and releasing his 15th studio album, Songs For The End Of The World, in October. (Hard Rock Café, Tampa)
Grateful Dead Nite Deluxe: Uncle John's Band w/Christopher Hawley The ongoing Dead night festivities presented by the Bay area’s longest running tribute act open with a set by California-based roots rock singer-songwriter Christopher Hawley, who has slide guitar chops and an upbeat delivery. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Justin Townes Earle w/Cory Chisel It's hard to believe all the quirks that define Justin Townes Earle are contained within one lanky body. He's a recovering addict, no stranger to the inside of a holding tank; one of GQ's best dressed subjects in jaunty fedoras, bow-ties and three-piece suits; a Southerner taking inspiration from New York City; the namesake of not one but two Americana legends (his father, Steve Earle, and his father’s hero, Townes Van Zandt); and he’s quickly becoming a musical heavy-hitter in his own right. It comes as no surprise, then, that his music can't fit cleanly into any one genre. By blending Memphis soul, Southern gospel, rollicking country and western, and indie rock with unabashed, unapologetic lessons about hard knocks and hard living, JTE appeals to those who grew up listening to Hank Sr. just as much as those who prefer Hank III. He hits Orlando supporting his latest LP and my favorite album of 2012, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now. (The Social, Orlando) —Shae Krispinsky
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
Todd Snider w/Shannon McNally Alt country and folk music troubadour Todd Snider is known for his clever rambling and talk-sung commentary on the human condition, but his wry wit carries a more scathing tone in 2012 album, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables. “And ain't it a son of a bitch / To think that we would still need religion, to keep the poor from killin' the rich?” he supposes in opening track “In the Beginning,” dark trains of thought he continues to explore throughout the album in his rusted drawling style. Snider also recorded and released a record last year dedicated to one of his principal influencers, Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker. WMNF welcomes the station favorite on his return to the Skipperdome backing both LPs. (Skipper’s Smokehouse, Tampa)
Southern Hospitality Three rising stars of the Southern blues scene cook up a blend of funky, grooving, get-you-moving Delta blues, Memphis soul and boogie woogie as Southern Hospitality: Bradenton-Tampa Bay area slide guitar whiz Damon Fowler; Boca Raton-based JP Soars, another string-sliding axeman whose gear includes a homemade two-stringed cigar box Diddley bow; and Memphis keys-banger Victor Wainwright. All three can howl or croon, lead or offer support, and are backed by bassist Chuck Riley and drummer Chris Pete for their Friday and Saturday night Palladium performances. (Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg)
Tyler- I can't believe how talented of a writer you are. This article was beautifully…
Great interview! Give the interviewer a full time job! He's great!
The DJ was actually The Castle's very own DJ Tom Gold :)
Fabulous review Gabe! Too bad I missed it.