Just heard that Junior League Band‘s playing with Hoots & Hellmouth tomorrow night at the Black Cat. Mr. Zebulon Bowles, a rootsy chap from Atlanta, will join the band on (ahem) second fiddle. All of it sounds promising.
Here’s what we said before the last JLB concert:
Junior League Band has forged something rare among city-living ruralists: an authenticity that sidesteps revivalism. While founder/frontwoman Lissy Rosemont has a little Allison Krauss thing going on, Union Station this ain’t—the bass lines are fleshier, the humor richer, and the lyrics unapologetically intimate. The band is touring behind its 2008 self-release, Mitchell Williams Fo’ Govena, which ditches some of the pop on 2007’s Oh Dear! in favor of a more straightforward string-band approach. Don’t go looking for hoedowns just yet, though: Dulcet tracks like “Kiss You in the Morning” and the night-permeated “Smokies” do little to elevate the heart rate. Rosemont’s central confession is what captivates: That as much as she might like to quit the big city for the Appalachian circuit, she knows urban escape is no longer possible.
Deets below the jump:
Doors at 9; JLB 11-ish.
Junior League Band, Hoots & Hellmouth, and O’Tasty Friday. 1/23 at 9 p.m. The Black Cat 1811 14 St. NW $10 advance/$12 the door.