Friday, August 18, 2006

Music Director Weekly Spotlight

This week we spotlight two weekend shows: Louisiana Red and Devotchka.

Saturday 6:30, an early show at Club Congress with blues legend Louisiana Red. Not as well recognized as many other bluesmen his age, most of which have passed on; Louisiana Red is nonetheless a formidable player in the blues ranks. His blues have the authentic feeling of someone who has lived it. Red’s music is steeped in the Delta and Chicago blues and he is the rare performer that continues, in the vein of Lightnin’ Hopkins, the tradition of live spontaneous composition. Red recorded his first sides for Chess in 1949 and may not be as well known in the states because of his long term residency in Europe. We have a rare chance to catch him in Tucson this weekend with Phoenix harmonica player Bob Corritore, who produced Louisiana Red’s latest CD No Turn On Red, for Hightone Records. Marty Kool, of KXCI’s own Blues Review, said of the disc “this is as real as it gets.” Nuff said.

Sunday, Devotchka brings their unique brand of gypsy fueled indie rock to Club Congress. This Tucson and KXCI favorite from Denver was once named the “#1 unsigned band in America” by the College Music Journal. Devotchka mixes Eastern European melodies, cabaret flamboyance, carnival and mariachi textures with punk attitude. This band can flat out play and may whip a crowd into a dancing frenzy. Local French favorite Naim Amor opens the show along with Thrift Store Cowboys.

Another Hot Spot:

Tuesday: Corb Lund at Plush. This country Canadian recently won the Juno award (Canadian Grammy) for "Roots/Traditional Album of the Year. On his latest release he reminds me of Todd Snider but more Canadian (i.e. less attitude, more country/traditional sound). Outstanding local whiskey troubadours Loveland open the show.

- Duncan Hudson, KXCI Music Director


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