Tommy Womack, River Whyless

Tommy Womack

As both an artist and a person, TOMMY WOMACK has been called everything from "Tom Lehrer with a Telecaster" to "Nashville's best loved musical eccentric," and he might blushingly, but proudly, accept both titles. That's because separating Womack the man and Womack the artist is impossible, as they're both the same guy. An award-winning recording artist and published author, Womack has attracted the attention of the national press while accumulating a loyal following. Certainly no stranger to Louisville audiences, Womack came to Nashville from Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he led the legendary post-punk band Government Cheese, later immortalizing the band's story in the cult classic rock bio Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band You've Never Heard Of. Then, in the midst of it all, began a long and fruitful partnership with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Will Kimbrough.

On his fourth solo album, the career-defining There, I Said It!, Womack sang about how his better days appeared to be behind him. His single "Nice Day" netted a win as "Best Song" award, his second in the 2007 Nashville Scene Critics poll; and the record also features his epic tour de force "Alpha Male & The Canine Mystery Blood" - 8 minutes of cathartic musings on life, love and aging that often moves audiences to standing ovations. With the release of 2012's Now What!, Womack picks up where he left off. "This record is totally a sequel. Hence the title. The last record was all about being washed up." he says, "This one is about what happened when There, I Said It! gave me my career back." These are songs about home and family, where we meet old flames in the grocery, grow old ungracefully, and ponder simple love. Womack is omnipresent in Music City, both live and on record, whether working with Kimbrough in their band DADDY, leading the Alphabetical Kinks with Bill Lloyd, playing in his harmony vocalist's band backing Lisa Oliver-Gray (who's record he co-produced) or simply performing with his own fine band, the Rush to Judgment. "I like being busy." Womack says, "Keeps me out of trouble. I've been in enough trouble as it is. I feel lucky getting to do all this. After growing up such a square peg and spending so much time miserable, I like getting near 50 and actually thinking, 'hey, it's fun being me.'"

River Whyless

River Whyless is named in spirit of its ongoing love affair with the natural world. Since its formation in 2009 the band has toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows from coast to coast and into Canada. Its debut album "A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door" was recorded in the band's home studio in Asheville, NC and released in March of 2012. Its sound has been described as folk-rock, nature-pop, and baroque-folk, but in the end the members of River Whyless hope only to lend craft to their passions. Notable performances include Music on the Mountain Top, Bele Chere, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Shakori Hills, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and supported Ben Sollee and Railroad Earth.

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Tommy Womack, River Whyless

Saturday, November 16 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Evening Muse