The Black, Wil Cope and Whiskey Shivers Tonight at 29th Street Ballroom
Here I go again. It’s one of my favorite things – finding a triple bill deal with three local faves that I love to brag about. This time, it’s an evening filled with pop/rock, roots rock, and Americana, essential classic styles expertly tailored for a new generation.
Songwriter David Langoria is the vocalist and frontman for local quartet The Black. I first got a taste of their sound with their six-track EP Donna (2008) the follow-up to their first full-length release Tanglewood (2006). The track “Eshu Blues” is an absolute standout and instant favorite, running wild with a Beatles/Dylan-esque, garage rock jangly guitar rampage. Then along comes another gem, Sun In the Day Moon At Night (2010), showing off solid groovy sounds straight out of the mid- to late-60s. The releases are spread out a bit, but always worth the wait.
Recently, The Black had been sharing a Tuesday-night gig with Deadbird Records artist Wil Cope, a wandering soul whose laid-back, unassuming style summons the spirit of Gram Parsons on his folk-country debut Sunset Craves (2011). It’s a perfectly well-rounded pairing for a show that could only be made better by a band as wild and carefree as country “trashgrassin’” quintet Whiskey Shivers. These gents always wow the crowds with old standards and outstanding originals, owning it all by letting loose on banjo, guitar, upright bass, washboard beats and harmonies that bring the room down.
Holy smokes. Could you possibly resist a triple bill like this? I think not. You can see The Black, Wil Cope and Whiskey Shivers perform tonight at the 29th Street Ballroom, 2906 Fruth St. at Spider House. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on all the fun. Recommended.