Friday, June 19, 2009

Punk/Folk Troubadours Hit FLA

Joey Cape

At a time when bands trim the Florida leg from their summer tours as a nod to the creaking economy, three exceptional singer/songwriters are headed to the Sunshine State.

Joey Cape, vocalist of the Southern Cal punk outfit Lagwagon, will lead the Punk/Folk Troubadour Revival into our sweatbox of a state. Joining Cape will be fellow punk folksters Jon Snodgrass and Cory Branan. The three sharing the same stage promises an evening a damn good music.

Along with fronting Lagwagon, Cape explored his poppier influences with Bad Astronaut and the cover band legends Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. On the link below, Cape does a heart-wrenching version of Bad Astronaut's "Killers and Liars." I love the line, "Lying is like murder, It's easier each time." Definitely a songwriter with something to say.

“Killers and Liars (Acoustic)” by Joey Cape (mp3)(iTunes)

Snodgrass is a label mate of Cape and fronted the great and under-appreciated Drag The River. Snodgrass recorded his first solo album earlier this year and is about to release a vinyl and cassette album only (so very old school - schweeet) with good friend Branan. Below is a classic DTR track for your listening pleasure.

“Me & Joe Drove Out To California” by Drag The River (mp3)(iTunes)

Branan is a new name for me, but sign me up. Cory evokes Conor Oberst or Jeff Tweedy in his voice and phrasing. The more I listen, the better it gets. You are going to hear of this guy again. Seriously.

“A Girl Named Go” by Cory Branan (mp3)(iTunes)

Looking forward to their southernmost gig at Propaganda at Lake Worth. However, I suspect the New World Brewery date in Tampa will be the state's can't miss show.

Tour Dates:

Sun. 6/21 - Atlanta, GA : The Earl

Mon. 6/22 - Savannah, GA : The Jinx

Tue. 6/23 - Jacksonville, FL : Jack Rabbits

Wed. 6/24 - Gainesville, FL : Common Grounds

Thu. 6/25 - Tampa, FL : New World Brewery

Fri. 6/26 - Orlando, FL : Will's Pub

Sat. 6/27 - Lake Worth, FL : Propaganda

Sun. 6/28 - New Smyrna Beach, FL : Beachside Tavern

Tue. 6/30 - San Antonio, TX : Rock Bottom

Wed. 7/1 - Houston, TX : Walter's On Washington

Thu. 7/2 - Dallas, TX : Double Wide

Fri. 7/3 - Denton, TX : Andy's Bar

Sat. 7/4 - Austin, TX : Red 7 (Punk Rock BBQ)

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