Leo Rondeau and Them Duqaines Play Wednesday Night at The White Horse
I love show bills that have more than just one of my favorite local bands, and this one certainly counts. Today, we feature two sharing an upcoming bill at The White Horse: Songwriter Leo Rondeau, and local quintet Them Duqaines.
An artist to whom I fondly refer as “that feller Down at the End of the Bar” (in reference to his 2009 release), Rondeau mixes traditional country, roots and a hint of bluegrass. He sings tales of love – and all the damn trouble it gets you into, in his skeptical yet humorous observations from the perspective of a world-weary troubadour.
Them Duqaines, fronted by guitarist John Beauchamp and featuring members of hot jazz/hoakum ensemble the White Ghost Shivers (guitarist Jeremy Slemenda, fiddler Curtis Thomas, and on their recent release, Jonathan Doyle on tenor sax), returned after a five year hiatus to release their self-titled album in 2010. The exhaustive rehearsing and recording became essential to their dynamic delivery. Each member – Beauchamp, Slemenda, Thomas, bassist Frank Martin and drummer Tim Petersen – writes songs and sings for the band, giving them more room to let loose some pretty mean honky-tonk with an edge.
So this is a double treat, folks. Check out Leo Rondeau and Them Duqaines at their show Wednesday night at The White Horse, 500 Comal St. Them Duqaines start their set at 10 p.m., and Rondeau goes on at midnight. If you get there early, you can catch songwriter Robert Allan Caldwell at 7 p.m. Recommended.