Michael Dean Damron (I Can Lick Any SOB In The House), Dear County, and The Dead Volts - Private Parlor Show (($10 before/$15 day of show))

Michael Dean Damron

Michael Dean Damron is one of the strongest flag-bearers for the old guard of Portland country-punkers whose songwriting remains as sharp as it was 10 years ago. As leader of the explosive band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, Damron's songs have struck a thematic balance of angry political diatribes and nostalgia for '50s pop culture, all while railing against homophobia and a lot more. A former boxer who also served with the Army's 101st Airborne, Damron's wellspring of material comes to the forefront on his new solo LP, When the Darkness Come. Produced by Fernando Viciconte, When the Darkness Come posits earnest tunes confronting aging, alcoholism, womanizing, and disability ("Diabetes Blues") in new sonic avenues for Damron. Ambient instrumentation decorates Damron's typically story-driven vignettes of underdogs, and puts this debut solo effort in a new class for the longtime singer/songwriter.

Around two years ago, Popdose introduced you to Arrica Rose, lead singer of Arrica Rose and The… their album Wave Function. Now she’s back again with a new band, the predominantly country-oriented Dear County and their debut album, Low Country. Co-led by Mark W. Lynn, this band mixes that country feel with a semi-heavy approach, tempered with Ms. Rose’s rich vocals. Low Country is in essence, a fresh slant on retro styles, balancing the raw and more ethereal.

From the moment you listen to all of the opening track, “On And On”, with Ms. Rose’s yearning vocals and the rich harmonies that prop up the strength of the singing, you know this band is definitely on to something good. There’s something immediately embraceable about the melancholy feel of the music; “Oh My Darlin'” follows this spirit in a classic, almost late ’50’s-type of arrangement (listen to it and you’ll know exactly what I mean) and “Losing Leaves” is slow, sad and atmospheric, with its delicate guitar figures and mournful guitar strums. Interestingly, the band’s version of Neil Young’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” is pretty stellar and accurate – yet, it has a bit more liveliness than the original. “All I Regret” is the most textured track, with its reverbed guitar and I think is the album’s highlight – again, sad, wistful but simply lovely and moving. Which this album does in total – it moves you. If it doesn’t, you don’t have a heart.

I would hope that this isn’t a one-off side project but an ongoing thing. This collective of very fine musicians have gifted us an excellent piece of consistent work. Low Country, in my opinion, is of high quality and worth high praise.

The Dead Volts

Straight forward guitar rock with some twang -- 2 min songs played at breakneck speed followed by a few old sad songs, that’s what we’re shooting for.

Rare acoustic show tonight!

$10.00 - $15.00

Tickets

$10 up to the day before and $15 day of show both online and at the door.

Private Parlor Shows are open to all friends and fans of The Lost Church and the performers.

Seating is first come, first served. We recommend you buy in advance to ensure being a part of the event (parlor shows often sell out), but you can also try purchasing at the door on the night of the show.

Online sales are active until 9:30pm the night of show (unless sold out). You can purchase tickets right at the door using a card via your phone and the above Ticketfly.com link. That old-fashioned cash is also accepted, of course.

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