Saturday, May 19th
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm | $5 Cover
"Alt-Country-Alt the Time!"
Celebrating 20 years! Corndaddy is an Alt Country Rock and Roll band from Ann Arbor MI. When they started, Americana music was hardly a category, and the group looked back to what used to be called country rock: to the serious-minded later Byrds and Gram Parsons more than to the Eagles. From the Byrds, especially, they took the idea of mixing country music with the sounds of rock's British Invasion. Over twenty years they've elaborated on this idea on several fronts and have amassed a body of songs that are unfailingly catchy and rewarding on multiple hearings. Although rooted in the past, their music doesn't traffic in nostalgia, and all their songs are originals.
Musically, Corndaddy expands on the Byrds' model in two directions. Kevin Brown's lead guitar is what you'll notice first: it's not innocent of what's happened in rock music since the Byrds' heyday, and there are shades of power pop, straight Midwestern rock and roll, Americana, and even the country-punk hybrid known as twangcore--another sound that Corndaddy was doing before it had a name. The band's harmonies also reflect the use of modes, chords of the third and sixth, and other developments in rock harmony that have come along since the three-chords-and-the-truth days. From the Byrds' "Turn, Turn, Turn" to Corndaddy's "Rainbow on a Girl" is a short journey in one way, a long one in another.