Monday, August 5, 2013

Roadkill Ghost Choir: the Un-Wilco at Congress, July 29

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

This band of three brothers and three others seems to have sprung fully formed from their own record collections in little more than a year.

They freely admit a debt to Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and Wilco, the latter an influence that would be hard to discern on its own. The music seems more influenced, perhaps, by Wilco's milieu in the mid-to-late nineties, a sonic era rife with acoustic guitars, banjos, pedal steel guitars and a quest for "authenticity," before the concept took on a hipster connotation and the word itself needed the cover of quotation marks.

Here's a sample; photos from the Congress show are after the jump.



That era owed a lot to punks like the Mekons, Alejandro Escovedo and Green on Red who played country for its heart, and respected their elders like Doc Watson and Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Guy Clark. The pop reference was not so much Fleetwood Mac but Neil Young.

A hokey sentimentalist like me might be tempted to consider Roadkill Ghost Choir "keepers of the flame." Tell me what was it like. I mistakenly thought I had something better to do.

click to enlarge Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29 - C. E. ELLIOTT
  • C. E. Elliott
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29


click to enlarge Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29 - C.E. ELLIOTT
  • C.E. Elliott
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29


click to enlarge Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29 - C.E. ELLIOTT
  • C.E. Elliott
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29

click to enlarge Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29 - C.E. ELLIOTT
  • C.E. Elliott
  • Roadkill Ghost Choir at Club Congress, July 29


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Hip Hop Yoga

Hip Hop Yoga @ Floor Polish

Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

The Purple Rain Sing-A-Long

Time to bathe in the funky majesty of The Purple Rain Sing-A-Long and a collection of vintage… More

@ Loft Cinema Sat., Oct. 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. The Weekly List: 24 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. 9th Annual Pink Hard Hat Campaign (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Better Late Than Never: 1968 Film Makes World Premiere (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Koch Brothers Infiltrate Pima County Schools With a High School Econ Course (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation