Upcoming shows you should check out
A third generation Delta Blues great visits Lexington
You have to wonder what’s in the water in north Mississippi that bestows unfathomable lifespans on these Delta bluesmen. Pinetop Perkins hung around until 2011 at the age of 97, playing until his final days. David “Honeyboy” Edwards passed away not long after at 96, and T-Model Ford died just a couple of weeks ago at around 91, give or take a couple of years. The there was RL Burnside, who was comparatively almost a pup when he passed at the age of 78. RL left behind one of the most active families in all of blues music, however, and the elder Burnside’s multi-talented grandson Cedric is carrying on his legacy. Formerly the partner of Lightnin’ Malcolm, Burnside struck out with his brother Cody three years ago to form the Cedric Burnside Project until Cody’s untimely passing late last year. With guitarist and longtime collaborator Trenton Ayers, Burnside just released the Project’s second album, titled Hear Me When I Say, and is among the best blues releases of 2013. The acoustic/electric affair is steeped in the thorny Delta style of RL, but what’s most interesting is how Cedric retains the hip-hop vocal stylings of brother Cody alongside his swampy baritone, but still wields a mean stick. The Cedric Burnside Project will play High Rock Outfitters in Lexington this Saturday, August 3. Ticket info is unavailable, but the music starts at 9 p.m.
Seth Walker returns to Triad Stage
Through his first five albums, Alamance County native and classically trained cellist-turned-guitarist Seth Walker has shown himself to be something of a roots-music chameleon. After he moved to Austin, Texas 15 years ago to find his artistic niche, he developed the kind of style that led Delbert McClinton to dub Walker the most impressive thing he’s seen in 30 years. He’s dabbled in everything from hot blues to swing to gritty, Southern soul since his debut almost 15 years ago, and on his most recent album, 2012’s Time Can Change, he scuffs off all the polish of 2009’s Leap of Faith as he rediscovers the gritty twang of his early days. Seth Walker brings his unique blend of soulful blues, primitive jazz and swinging R&B to the Eastern Music Festival’s EMFringe series this Saturday at Triad Stage, where his band will include his father, uncle and sister. Guitarist Scott Manring will open the show at 8 p.m., and tickets are $22.
The aging legend and the young Gods at First Friday
Dexter Romweber lamented at the Heavy Rebel Weekender back in early July that he’s in the twilight of his career, but coming from him, that only adds to the brooding, country-gothic persona he’s crafted over the years. His vampish look, melancholic songwriting and fetish for two-piece bands have lent profound influence to the Black Keys and the White Stripes, but maybe he’s right about being in the twilight of a rather illustrious, if cultish, career. His free set this Friday night with his sister Sarah as the Dexter Romweber Duo at Center City Park is a 7 p.m. opener’s slot, with a dance troupe and the excellent, but nearly indefinable Boone indie rockers the Naked Gods closing out the evening. In a logical world, the young talent takes the lead while the legend is afforded the added ambiance of nightfall. Then again, Dexter Romweber has always brought the darkness with him, so maybe that’s what he meant by twilight.