It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s blue collar rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans are crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans are rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans first began in 2009 through a series of Craigslist ads and mutual acquaintances. The group, which released its much applauded debut full-length A Royal Battle in 2012, released its sophomore album That Kind of Luster in September of 2014 . The ten-song, 45-minute rocker which the group began working on in the summer of 2013, showcases a band that has dialed in an authentic, raucous live show and somehow convey that same energy in the studio as well.

[Contributing author: Brian Johnson, Marquee Magazine]

Strange Americans has shared the stage with acts including The Hold Steady, The Whigs, Dead Confederate, Water Liars, Trampled By Turtles, Yukon Blonde, Cory Branan, The Fling, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Gin Blossoms, and Nick Urata (DeVotchKa).

The Belle Jar

The Belle Jar has hit the ground running since the five members converged in Denver from musically rich places like L.A., Texas, Chicago and Minnesota. This diversity fuels the catchy folk rock songs of lead singer Ryan James. After several years of teaching English and sporadically playing solo shows in southern California, Ryan moved home to Colorado to write and record the debut album Fall Systems Go. He recorded the album over a period of two years in various houses, churches, hotels and basements. On the album, he plays every instrument and sings every harmony. Not bad for someone who didn’t even play music until college.

the Semaphores

Playing all your favorite honky-tonk classics, live and direct from Denver, Colorado it’s The Semaphores! Specializing in vintage country, western swing and blues styles of music, all while mixing in some outstanding original material, The Semaphores are guaranteed to provide the highest quality musical entertainment around. Featuring powerful vocals, hot guitar licks and ripping pedal steel, The Semaphores are quickly winning over fans young and old alike, so be sure to get out and catch The Semaphores when they come to a town near you!

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Strange Americans with The Belle Jar, the Semaphores

Saturday, December 7 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Hi-Dive

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