We're taking the stage again, this time Friday night, Feb. 26, at Cafe Bourbon Street opening for a great band out of Louisville, Dry Summers. Doors at 9, $5. Also w/a beamed gelling rose + undam and Faster Island. CBS is the best dive/rock bars in Columbus, and I mean that lovingly.
Check out Blind Engineer at Mingo Town Music. Like I said the other post, we recorded a bunch of songs just after the new year and we're working on getting them done. A handful of new songs, one or two we'll play Friday.
The Blind Engineer has two shows coming up. I'm playing Friday Dec. 11 at the Mingo Town Music Acoustic Holiday Party, a five-hour extravaganza featuring pretty much all the artists on MTM: Harvest Kings, Heartbreak Orchestra, Devil Doves, Al Smyth's FBnCC, Apple Bottom Gang, Jake Follrod, and Jon Schaer. Eric and Jesse will join me, so it's a BE set without drums.
Next week we'll be heading down to Athens again to one of our favorite spots, Casa Nueva. Here's the show flyer, which is proof that I could never teach Photoshop or InDesign.
Also, my review of the Bruce Springsteen box set The Ties That Bind is up at PopMatters. Had some leftovers from that but I'm saving them for the January column. The December column should be up sometime soon.
My new column is up at PopMatters here. "A Town Called Malice" takes a look at the state of working-class music from the US to the UK. As you might guess, it grew out of thinking about The Jam, one of my favs, after watching the recent documentary About the Young Idea. I hope this will be a series of articles about working-class music--what it is and where it's gone.
Later this week my band The Blind Engineer is playing the Mingo Town Music happy hour gig at the Shrunken Head. Friday the 13th, free cover, cheap drinks, and our bass player Eric Nassau will be pulling double-duty with a set of his own. He's great, and a great friend. Here's the Facebook event page.
Also later this week my review of Greil Marcus' two new books should be up at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I'll probably have some extra thoughts about that.
The PopMatters column has a live version of "Town Called Malice." Here's another:
The Blind Engineer is headed out on the road for a whirlwind two-day tour of the central/southeastern corridor of the state. Exotic! The jet's in the shop so we'll have to drive. Full band with Bill Heingartner, Jesse Charles and Mr. Eric Nassau fresh off his tour.
THURSDAY AUG. 27: Casa Nueva, Athens, Ohio // Opening for The Heartlanders + DJ Barticus + DJ Wet Ditch // $3 cover // 10PM // In all seriousness, we're up for this show since it's our first outside of Columbus and Athens is always a good time. The Wells always had great shows at Casa and The Union. If you're headed out, check out the event page here.
FRIDAY AUG. 28: Big Room Bar, Columbus, Ohio // Opening for Electro Cult Circus and Cherry Chrome // ALL AGES, $5 cover ($7 under 21) // 8PM Door, 9PM Show // Affiliated with CD 102.5, the BRB just opened. Check out Cherry Chrome's great single "Velvet"! And if you're joining us, say you will here.
Here's the map we'll be using for our trek.
UPCOMING SHOW ALERT: The Blind Engineer will play in Athens, OH on Thursday, August 27 at Casa Nueva with The Heartlanders. Expect a low-cost door and good beer. Athens has always been one of my favorite places to play. The Wells had a handful of excellent shows there. This will be the first time the blindengineer has played down south. Full band, with Eric Nassau coming off his August tour and meeting us at the Cantina.