DLMC is proud to present Al Scorch live in Davis at Odd Fellows Hall, Thursday May 10th. The man Huffington Post calls “The finest country-punk-folk-bluegrass banjo player in the country” will be making his Davis debut, bringing a uniquely infectious strain of genre-busting music and Midwest charm.
Balanced on wedges of punk, old-time string band, American and European folk, and soulful balladry, Al Scorch is an entertainer, road warrior, storyteller, and one helluva musician. His second album and Bloodshot Records debut Circle Round the Signs is built on a sonic framework sharing an intersection with the Bad Livers’ lawless next-gen take on traditional country & bluegrass, and Black Flag’s burn-it-all-down revolt and breakneck tempos.
A punk rock banjo-wielding John Prine or Billy Bragg, Al Scorch writes for the every-person. Through his acrobatically poetic politics, hopeful tales of love lost, or cathartic takes on urban chaos, he pens rowdy campfire stories, calls for action, and draws the epic from the ordinary. Celebrate, right a wrong, or find your path and go for it.
“Scorch’s music possesses blistering energy, smart and insightful lyrics drawing from traditional American string band music, European and American folk, including klezmer, and, of course…punk.” — PopMatters
Al will be supported by an opening performance from the delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic Meredith Axelrod. Meredith envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or even Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago.
The show is general admission, all ages, and on sale now! ($10 advance / $15 door)