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Ryan Adams (guitar); Caitlin Cary (fiddle); Mike Daly (multi); Ed Crawford (guitar); Jenni Snyder (bass); Skillet Gilmore (drums).
By DAVID SCHONFELD
The Jack Daniels will be flowing on Tuesday.
With a freshly released album, alternative-country rockers Whiskeytown, will pour into Crowbar, 420 E. College Ave., for an evening of twang and pedal steel guitar.
"This is for all intents and purposes one of the most unique bands," said David Wells, director of operations for Dante's Restaurants Inc., which owns Crowbar. "There's a lot of potential behind this band."
With its new album, Strangers Almanac, Whiskeytown began a new phase in its career. By signing onto a new label, Outpost Recordings, a subsidiary of David Geffen Company, Whiskeytown has taken the next step towards greater popularity. Good reviews from Rolling Stone and a track on the soundtrack for The End of Violence are just the beginning.
"We are excited about it," said Matt Bugaj, a clerk at Arboria Records, 119 E. Beaver Ave. "They're in line with some of the alternative country bands of the moment. For people that like the sound of musicians like Steve Earle, John Fogerty and up to the newer stuff like Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt and Wilco, they're right up their alley. Also, it's cheap."
Tickets for the all ages show will cost $5 and will be
available at the door.
"They're great," he said. "The record they just put out, Strangers Almanac, is awesome from beginning to end."
Now Whiskeytown has made its way into the adult contemporary top ten lists and local promoters have found it plausible to bring the band in.
For students in the area, Whiskeytown may be a much needed relief from the normal music played in the area.
"I'm glad they're playing because it's better than the usual garbage played in this town," said Michael Dougherty (junior-microbiology). "I've heard their album and it sounds decent."
Whiskeytown also has been the subject of rumors of a break-up on the World Wide Web. Recently, only two members of the band have been performing, but according to a publicist at Outpost Recordings, those were acoustic performances and not a sign of a split.
Copyright © 1997, Collegian Inc., Last Updated - 10/16/97 10:17:26 PM
Reveiwed By DAVID SCHONFELD
Sometimes seeing a show at a smaller venue can be a
gamble. Most of the time, bands consist of undiscovered or up-and-coming
talent, both of which could make a show hit or miss.
On Tuesday night, the small crowd that did turn out to see
rising star Whiskeytown at Crowbar, 420 E. College Ave., definitely
experienced something special.
"I really liked it," said Matt Bugaj, an
employee at Arboria Records, 119 E. Beaver Ave. "Even more than I
thought that I would."
Showcasing the music and lyrics of 22-year-old prodigy
Ryan Adams, the concert ranged from crackling rock to soothing, rootsy
country. With a remarkable voice and rousing guitar playing, Adams
mesmerized the crowd with songs from the band's newest album, Strangers
"I think they're good songs," Adams said before
the show. "It was a really bad time for the band when we were
recording the album. There was a lot of inner turmoil. We went ahead and
made it anyway. We weren't about to quit. I never quit."
Of the musicians on Strangers Almanac, only Adams and
violinist Caitlin Cary were present on stage Tuesday. The rest of the band
was replaced after recording the album.
Recently, Cary and Adams were doing acoustic duets
together and then decided to return to a full band. To help out, Adams
called in veteran guitarist Ed Crawford, who played with the band fIREHOSE.
Adams said, "I called Ed up on the third acoustic gig
we did and said, 'Hey, do you want to fly to Austin in a week and quit
your job and play some music?' "
In concert, Adams deftly led the band through versions of
songs such as "Losering" and "Excuse Me While I Break My
Own Heart Tonight." In between songs, Adams and Cary held discussions
with the audience, telling jokes.
"We're like the Grateful Dead without the drug
connection and the great, big beards," Adams said.
Although it had some technical problems, the band made it
through a rousing electric set. For the encore, Adams and Cary returned
for a stripped down acoustic set, featuring beautiful renditions of songs
such as "Theme for a Trucker," a selection from The End of
"I thought the first section of the show, the
straight rock 'n' roll, was fine," Bugaj said. "The stripped
down little duo thing at the end was great, too."
Another acoustic selection was "Inn Town." With
his lilting vocals, Adams took the audience to new dimensions of music in
this alt-country tune.
"I think the kid's amazing," said Ted Swanson,
general manager of radio station WGMR-FM (101.1). "He's really
talented. He's a kid, though and he has a lot to learn."
Adams ceased playing during some songs to sip beer. At one
point, he chastised a critic from Rolling Stone who gave the band a
negative review. At times, Adams was the spoilt, young rock star, who may
have left a bitter taste in the mouths of some people in attendance.
"He's got a lot of feeling but he has to learn how to
deal with the business side," said Swanson, whose radio station
helped sponsor the show. "He has to learn to deal with people. He has
to deflate his head a little bit."
Opening band, Citizens' Utilities, warmed up the crowd
with its Buddy Holly-esque rock. Hailing from Seattle, the band has just
begun opening for Whiskeytown.
"It's been really good so far," said Joshua Medaris, vocalist for Citizens' Utilities. "We've played four shows with them and they've been really super-cool."
Copyright © 1997, Collegian Inc., Last Updated - 10/23/97 11:34:20 PM
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