Music Tonight: The Outlaw Country movement that emerged in the late ’60s showcased, as the name suggests, a renegade sound that didn’t pretty up Country for a Pop audience, instead keeping everything down and dirty, building a bridge between Country and Southern Rock that fed into the “AltCountry” trend of the past 20 or so years. That honest, raw approach has also been translated in modern times by artists whose rebellious side includes a hankering for muscular Heavy Metal. Beginning with David Allan Coe and Pantera’s co-mingling, Hank Williams III has furthered the metallic side of Country in clubs across the world, mixing hard rockin’ songs with more traditional Country, all delivered with the same timeless Punk Rock spirit. Hank III’s guitar tech/tourmate Bob Wayne is another Heavy Outlaw purveyor and tonight he brings his ruckus (and his Outlaw Carnies) to the Southgate House’s Parlour for a 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 at the door. Here’s a clip of Wayne kickin’ up dust to a shuffling beat and banjo to get you in the mood (NSFW, primarily for language).
• The PNC Summer Music Series that kept Fountain Square musical all summer long with concerts from a variety of genres is coming to an end this week. Friday’s MidPoint Indie Summer free show with headliners Wussy (filling in for The Greenhornes, who have canceled all of their show dates for reasons unannounced) is the finale of the summer. Tonight, you can catch the Chris Comer Trio’s final Fountain Square Lounge appearance at 7 p.m., with special guest Dan Barger sitting in. Don’t be too sad, though — the Square has lots more on the horizon this fall (visit myfountainsquare.com for the low down).
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 29
In today’s musical climate, letting the public hear a full album almost a month before its official release date is a recipe for profit loss and pirating. But on this day in 1991, radio DJ Kurt St. Thomas broadcast Nirvana’s soon-to-be blockbuster album Nevermind from start to finish on WFNX in Boston. Twenty-six million copies later, St. Thomas earned himself footnote-honors in the story of Nirvana for facilitating the band’s legendary album’s world premiere and another one for a 1992 interview special with the band St. Thomas wrote and produced. (St. Thomas, an accomplished music video maker, also co-authored a book about Nirvana.) Nevermind: It’s an Interview was officially released on CD by Geffen Records and it appeared on the end of the iTunes download for the band’s With the Lights Out retrospective box-set.
Here’s Part 2 of the interview special. (The rest is easy to find on YouTube.)
Born This Day: A pretty eclectic collection of artists share an Aug. 29 birthday, including Jazz icon Charlie Parker (1920), Pop Icon Michael Jackson (1958), and boundary destroyers and musical extremists GG Allin (1956) and Diamanda Galas (1955).
Besides the makings of a fascinating dinner party, those artists would also be great fodder for a wild mash-up track. We don’t have time for that sort of creative project today, but if you do, here’s some (largely NSFW) source material. Girl Talk, a little help?