Worthwhile Sounds Presents: Jay Gonzalez (of Drive-By Truckers) Plays The Golden Hits of the 60’s and 70’s
WHEN: Saturday June 9, 2018
WHERE: Ambrose West
DOORS: 7pm | Show: 8pm
GENRE: power pop / AM gold
AGES: all ages
SEATING: seated general admission
TICKETS: $12 adv. / $15 d.o.s.
Best known as keyboardist and guitarist for Drive-By Truckers, Jay Gonzalez's effortless ability and simpatico with that outstanding ensemble belies his pop heritage. Long-time fans also know his catchy, melodic work with bands like Nutria and the sorely underrated Possibilities. Solo, the multi-instrumentalist Gonzalez's innate pop sensibility is distilled into a bevy of flavors, from soft AM gold to insanely memorable power pop.
Gonzalez released his first solo album, Mess of Happiness, in 2012. Recorded at his home in Athens, Georgia, it exemplifies pop sensibility and craftsmanship of songwriters like Emitt Rhodes, Paul McCartney and Todd Rundgren.
“Mess sounds very much like the work of one guy who’s spent serious time thinking about his tunes and meticulously fleshing out their arrangements for maximum melodic appeal.” - Dave Bloom, PopMatters
Gonzalez’s follow up to Mess was the ambitious 2015 medley, “The Bitter Suite.”
"Inspired by conceptual rock operas like The Who’s A Quick One While He’s Away and [...] side 2 of Abbey Road, Gonzalez stitched five songs together to flow seamlessly as one piece. The album is a pleasing listen through and through with emotional ups and downs, constant tempo changes, and a kaleidoscope of instruments and sounds performed almost exclusively by Gonzalez [...] Hearing a talented musician embrace this criminally underrated genre is a good thing for anyone who yearns for the relative popularity of genre revivalists like Matthew Sweet and Teenage Fanclub in the Nineties." -- Neil Ferguson, Glide Magazine