Sings Like Hell: Jimmer (from the Rave-Ups), Jude Johnstone
" Flanked by a powerhouse band and showcasing his sardonic, dangerously sharp wit, this is a staggering return to form."
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 8 p.m.
Where: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara
Cost: $30 - $150
Age limit: Not available
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said that there are no second acts in American lives. He would have changed his mind if he knew the story of Jimmer Podrasky. Jimmer, a former punk and closeted John Prine fan, emerged from Carnegie Mellon and promptly formed The Rave-Ups with his old college pals. A natural lyricist armed with a literary sense of irony, The Rave-Ups made quick work of Pittsburg and blasted their way onto the national scene...where the music industry (Epic) promptly released two of the best albums of that decade. Then Jimmer vanished. Well, sort of. He raised his beautiful son Chance as a single father. His first album in 23 years, The Would-Be Plans is Podrasky's strongest work to date. Flanked by a powerhouse band and showcasing his sardonic, dangerously sharp wit, this is a staggering return to form.
Jude Johnstone had her career launched by Clarence Clemons, furthered by T-Bone Burnett and Leonard Cohen, and has had her songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood and Jennifer Warnes (list not complete!) But there is nothing like hearing her slink around her own lyrics herself, with a soulful, melodic grace and artful simplicity that is uniquely her very own. "If Jude Johnstone is not yet a household name, she sure as Hell should be." Harry Carrigan, No Depression
Event posted Jan. 3, 2014
Last updated Jan. 3, 2014