True Endeavors presents:
Steve Gunn, Oedipus Tex
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 18 and over
You most likely have already heard of Gibson. In the short time since the release of his debut album All Hell, the handsome balladeer hailing from Carlisle, PA is capturing serious attention by tastemakers and music fans interested in new takes on country and blues. Daughn's background is rooted in playing in punk and metal bands and truckdriving across America, but it seems recently, he's taken this hearty rough-and-tumble past and made it more gentile. Adding a dash of grace and debonaire known best to predecessors like Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood - doubtless influences. You might also hear subtle nods to Robert Johnson or Skip James, but Daughn throws a curveball by adding dark electronic elements to boot. Daughn Gibson's charm and uniqueness comes from his ability to perhaps equally fit in alongside Toby Keith or Depeche Mode.
Daughn Gibson released his debut album All Hellfeaturing this already iconic blend of electronic country and blues on White Denim Records, owned by Matt Korvette of Pissed Jeans in March. He quickly followed up this release with a 7" for "Lite Me Up" b/w "The Mark Of A Man" on Dull Knife Records. "Lite Me Up" is a perfect summer time jam…full of heart, soul, and a little bit of whimsical swagger.
Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn's music throughout the world.
Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, and Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn's signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.
Gunn's 2009 solo masterpiece, Boerum Palace, demonstrated a fully realized power for songcraft. Steve started to sing more and developed a commanding vocal style equal to his guitar practice. His acclaimed instrumental duo recordings with Truscinski, Sand City (2010) and Ocean Parkway (2012), cemented his place among the top of his peers, both present and past. These documents display Gunn's compositional penchant for charting musical travelogues that ramble through city and wilderness alike. Dispatches home are not merely descriptive but corporeal; the evocative, rhythmic power of his writing and phrasing carries the listener along bodily. Steve builds songs as exploratory vessels, opens them up for mechanical tinkering, and lives in them through ceaseless improvisatory permutations.
Paradise of Bachelors is thrilled to release Time Off (2013), his first album as leader of a trio including longtime friends John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp on bass, and a record on which Steve's compelling singing features more prominently than ever before. The album features his oblique character sketches and story-songs about friends, acquaintances, and denizens of his Brooklyn neighborhood, using the trio band format to launch his compositions into new, luminous strata. This is Gunn at the top of his game, writing his most memorable tunes and lyrics, utterly unique but steeped in traditions both vernacular and avant-garde.
Eric Caldera’s instrumental post-rock band El Valiente has garnered him the most attention in Madison, but his quieter solo project, Oedipus Tex, has been around much longer. Besides that, it gives Caldera a chance to write lyrics and sing, which winds up being the focus on his new release, Borracho Corazon. Not to say that his intricate finger-picking style doesn’t initially pull listeners in, but it’s Caldera’s cracking voice that engrains songs like “Leave Room” with a sense of loneliness and makes you jump a bit when he delivers lines like “I’m coming out your fucking stereo” on “Yonder.” Though, it’s his friends and bandmates who lift the last track, “Firefly,” to its breathtakingly rocking close. -The Onion/AV Club-
$10 adv / $12 dos