Rosco Bandana at the Evening Muse tonight (9/21/2012)
ROSCO BANDANA If there’s a stigma attached to being signed to the corporate offshoot of a restaurant chain that screams “commodity,” Gulfport Mississippi’s Rosco Bandana overcomes it with solid professionalism. The first band inked to newly minted Hard Rock Records, Rosco Bandana plays a clean mix of wide-screen vocals, rootsy folk and fiery bluegrass with a Skynyrd-fried dollop of loud guitars. A seven-piece, with no less than three singers, Rosco Bandana takes the stage like a ragtag delta militia, but as Americana partisans go, it’s a slicker-sounding crew than fellow travelers the Avett Brothers. Still, Rosco Bandana can rock, anchoring its keening harmonies with a country-blues stomp, lest those yearning voices float away on a “Mandolin Wind.” Solid, narrative songs and unfussy arrangements get a Team Buckingham-Nicks Fleetwood Mac gloss before the whole package goes knockin’ on country Bob Dylan’s door. Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson” is another touchstone, as well a Summerteeth-era Wilco. A jolt of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” would be a nice, welcome touch, but right now Rosco Bandana is a little too grounded to get its hair mussed up. $8-$10. Sept. 21, 10:30 p.m. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376.3737.