Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Matthew Perryman Jones & Cornmeal in concert (04/21/2010)

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Cornmeal It may have a cornpone name, but Chicago's Cornmeal aren't necessarily the most traditional of bluegrass bands. In food terms, they're more like panko – light and fast to fry. They've got a new(ish) record out, Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I (catchy, that!), which is a rather fine document of their quicksilver live show. Are they a bluegrass band proper? A jam band? Who knows. The thing here is the group's pickin', which, like the foodstuff they're named after, seems to work fine on most everything. The Milestone

Matthew Perryman Jones Last 'round these parts with Butterfly Boucher and pals as part of the "10 out of Tenn." traveling songwriter troupe, Jones is a consummate solo artist in the sense that his songwriting begins and ends with his acoustic guitar, his oak-y (as opposed to Okie), burnished pipes, and little else. He's moved away from the Americana sound he broke into Nashville with, in favor of a more Pete Yorn-like (yorn-y?) pop direction. On record (see 2008's Swallow the Sea) his sound's a little more fleshed-out, but there's still plenty of meat on these bones as it is. With Joshua James. The Evening Muse

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