Not much to say other than get your booty to this show, you will not be disappointed. I first became familiar with Cory Branan's music when I saw him play at the Lucero Family Picnic a few years back. Mr. Branan is great at writing songs that will make you laugh your ass off, and yet can be so completely endearing. I have heard him say before that John Prine is a hero, and you can definitely hear the influence in Branan's songs. On top of being a great songwriter, Branan can unleash some tasty licks on the guitar as well. It has been a while since the Cory Branan/Jon Snodgrass split EP was released, and the promise of a new full length will hopefully be fulfilled in 2012.
I was introduced to the music of Dave Hause when I got to see the Loved Ones open for Less Than Jake back in 2006 at the legendary venue, Mississippi Nights. My first impression of hearing the Loved Ones live made me think of the iconic band, Lifetime. I was not surprised to hear that Hause was from the Philly/Jersey area scene. The Loved Ones 2006 record, Keep Your Heart became an instant favorite of mine. The follow up, Build & Burn, showed that the band had a wider range of influences and pushed the boundaries of being a punk band. Mr. Hause released his first solo album, Resolutions, this year and showed that no matter what the genre, he is a great songwriter. He is also a huge fan of Hot Water Music, so he has to be awesome. (I would not normally go to a show and request someone play a cover, but I would be really happy if he played his version of "Trusty Chords".)
It has been really fun to watch a lot of the singers/songwriters of some of my favorite punk bands put out projects that dwell in the folk/acoustic genres. Just goes to show that a good song is a good song, no matter the genre. Come on out Tuesday, December 20 and see a night a jam packed with amazing songs. Cicero's. 8PM. $10. 18+. Don't miss this one folks.
Shameless plug alert: If you are looking for something to do after the show, swing on over to the Royale where our very own Scott Allen and Jeff Fields will be spinning some vinyl, playing some 1's and 0's, and drinking some beverages from 10PM-close. Maybe if I ask nice they will let me play a few songs too. :)
Cory Branan - "Bad Man"
Dave Hause - "Time Will Tell"