The Doc Marshalls

Front man Nick Beaudoing has arrived in Nashville armed with an album that still reeks of Brooklyn. Whereas previous releases evoked a humid musical landscape along the Texas-Louisiana border, their upcoming CD, "Look Out, Compadre," sheds the honky-tonk and Cajun two-steps in favor of crooked, shimmering folk and lush, rural melodies. Even hardcore country boys are unable keep the city at bay forever.

This hard left turn comes on the heels of years of preaching roots music in indie rock venues, where country flavors are seldom heard. Brooklyn's the Doc Marshalls have forged a reputation for wildly energetic live shows -- the hard way. Whether performing gritty honky-tonk, original Americana, or traditional Cajun two-steps played at break-neck speeds, these city troubadours have long sought to make converts of even the most country-shy souls.

Their debut album, "No Kind of Life" (2005), was warmly received by roots radio, spending over a month in the Top 40 of the Americana Music Association Radio Chart. Their 2008 release, "Honest for Once," surpassed this feat, making a rapid ascent to #19 and earning spots on "Best of" lists for the year, including the Americana Music Association and Pop Matters.com, among others.

Shiny Old Soul

Shiny Old Soul has taken to the description "cosmic Roots" given their fusion of a bluesey, roots driven foundation and an eclectic, unbound catalogue of original songs. Comparisons range from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead, the Meters, Pink Floyd and The Decemberists, to broader things like gypsy jazz & vintage rock. Yeah, they're one of those bands, sounding inevitably like themselves but with a bizarre tip of the hat to countless others. But really it's all about the songs. Bank robberies, pregnant pirates, time travelers, voodoo spells, allegory, and plain old sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, that conspire to reveal a world of simple feelings in exotic places. A broken heart by any other name. If that wasn't wierd enough, folks really like to dance to it too. Fans can be seen singing along to many of songwriter, guitarist Gregory Morris' vast collection of songs, elevated by the jazz stylings of drummer Katherine Monnig and low end folk maestro Michael Sadoff. In fact, Gregory, Michael & Katherine have been playing together since 2003, formerly known as the Gregory Morris Group.

The latest SOS album (Cash is King, Jan 2012) features two charming female vocalists, Lee Schmidt, with her sultry deep water timbre, and Laura Hughes with her clear, high Nashville croon. Together they round out the 5 piece ensemble with it's unique blend of harmony, beat and lyric, ranging from the ominous to the ridiculous, thriving on a balance of low gain and high intensity.

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The Doc Marshalls with Shiny Old Soul

Thursday, May 2 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Southgate House Revival-Revival Room