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Chris Pureka & Jesse Lafser @ The Basement - 4/21/10

Only a few things would have convinced me to skip out on the Naked Without Us happenings, and one of those things was Chris Pureka's show, which occured at The Basement on Wednesday evening. The night started off with a solid set by Nashville folk/bluegrass, singer/songwriter Jesse Lafser. Backed by another acoustic guitar player and two background singers, Lafser wooed the crowd with her simple and effortless songs, seamlessly moving through her material with her almost spoken/rambling style and breathless moanings. Her passionate singing for the Tennessee hills, lost lovers and the yearning for everything she hasn't yet found were most effectively communicated through the songs "Tiny Wars," and "The Rose and The Briar."

The excitement behind her performance was admirably obvious, probably because she was opening up for one of her idols and biggest influences - Chris Pureka. (Compare Lafser's new material to Pureka's old and you'll see what I mean.) Lafser is currently promoting her new album The Living Room Sessions. Score a copy of it on her website. You can also catch her playing live again on Friday evening at Music Row Bar at 8 pm. (I'll also be playing. Hint, hint. Wink, wink).

By the time Lafser finished playing, the crowd had livened up a bit, slammed down some drinks and were ready to begin ogling over Portland, Maine's folk singer Chris Pureka and her new backing band. They are currently on a national tour to promote her new album How I Learned To See In The Dark, and after listening to the new songs for the first time, I can safely say that Pureka has managed to outdo her fantastic previous works by exploring a new side of folk. With the added percussion and incorporation of dreamy color chords, it was like listening to Gillian Welch and Patty Griffin through a waterfall in an African rainforest. Or watching Tarzan on mute. Her voice seems to have grown into this guttural yet unconstrained whimper that manages to wrap around the words she gasped to the crowd, as we all sat there dumbfounded and transfixed on the four seemingly shy girls on stage.

Use your ears to interpret what I'm trying to say, and listen to her album. Then go chase her on the rest of her tour. - Erin Manning


Evan P. Donohue's Rhythm and Amplitude - Belcourt Listening Party

You might think that all the weekend's festivities and fun are going to end Sunday night, and that you'll have to suffer through another hard work week until you can have fun once more. Think again!

This Monday, April 26th, The Belcourt is hosting a listening party for Evan P. Donohue's first full length album, titled Rhythm & Amplitude, and it is to be (unofficially) bookended by a gathering at The Villager beforehand for some tasty beverages, and The 5 Spot afterward for more tasty beverages and sweet dance moves.

The actual event at The Belcourt is free, and the bar will be open for business. Says Evan about the event, "we'll be playing the record, three songs at a time, with commentary about lyrical content, song context, notable production techniques and such and such." 

We encourage everyone and their dog to go to the event, and to support Evan's debut independent release. It will make that gruling work week seem one day shorter, and the weekend one day longer. - Fletcher Watson


NaFF Final Film, Tonight!

Our own Erin Manning participated heavily in the viewings of this year's Nashville Film Festival. In the next few days we'll be posting reviews, interviews and other news all about it. Hold onto your popcorn. - Deli Staff


Luke And The Late Nights @ The Basement, Friday the 23rd


Go see Nashville's Luke And The Late Nights this Friday, April 23rd at The Basement. As a part of Chicken Ranch Records Nite, LATLN will be opening for bands The Clutters, We Were the States, and Tiger! Tiger!.

This is not a show to be fashionably late to, friends. Be there by 9pm! $5. -Mackenzie Grosser


Jacob Jones' new album Bound for Glory

So many bands in Nashville combine rock with country and folk, and they call it Americana - a term used so freely that it carries little weight. However, Jacob Jones may have achieved it with Bound for Glory, his sophomore album which sounds as traveled as he is.

If the name of Jones' album Bound for Glory rings a bell, that's because it was fittingly stolen from Woody Guthrie's autobiography of the same name. Jones has been playing the songs from this album in bars and venues all over the country, but on April 15th, it was officially released with a showcase at The Basement.

North Carolina's American Aquarium was on the bill along with Go Long Mule, Chicago's version of Kopecky Family Band. Some of the crowd from Electric Western Records (Jones' label, which he started with fellow musician Reno Bo) made it out to the show as well as a few local musicians and one especially entertaining, beer-clutching showgoer who interpreted portions of Jones' set through dance.

Jones looked the part of a traveling song-and-dance man. Donning a white outfit and matching hat, the getup would have seemed theatric if Jones hadn't delivered such a genuine sound. It's the type of music one would hear on a Friday night, coming from the tiny corner stage of a booze-soaked roadside venue - right before the bar fight.

Bound for Glory is simple yet poetic; its lyrics illuminate the ordinary and the commonplace in stories of love and travel. Besides some of the best tunes from the album ("The Blues Ain't Got Nothing on You," "Broadway Queen," "Bonnie and Clyde"), a few new ones worked into the set like, "Slave to the Grave" and "Cold Winds," as well as a cover of "The Ballad of John and Yoko."

It's no surprise that Jones writes about travel; he has uprooted several times, living in such different locations as New York, Indiana and Georgia. With mandolins, fiddle and upright bass, Bound for Glory carries a little bit of the places Jones has visited, and creates a musical map of his own world. - Jessica Pace


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