Saturday, February 17, 2018

The All Togethers, JonEmery Dodds at the Huntridge Tavern, Friday Feb 16, 2018

The Huntridge Tavern is one of my favorite dive bar hang outs in town and when they have live music, the intimate setting allows for plenty of drunken fun. Bartenders extraordinaire Kate and Arty are a couple of the coolest in town and add to the good times here.

Accompanying the AT's this evening was the solo acoustic country tunes of JonEmery Dodds. I showed up a bit late so did not catch his entire set, but he had a strong voice and had some humorous songs (one about the movie Cannonball Run) and some straight, old school country, including an obligatory train number.

I've ranted'n'raved about the All Togethers innumerable times here and they never fail to entertain with their unique brand of acoustic Americana Hillbilly Jazz. With stand-up bass, cello and mandolin along with two acoustic guitars and pretty terrific 5 part harmonies, they went through songs from their various recordings, as well as a few new numbers. Ken normally takes the lead vocals, but Mike sang his original and Brandon did his punky version of "Folsum Prison". Lots of variety, from their ode to a still, "Copper Angel" to a frantic "Hangover Stomp" to a raucous "When the Night Comes" to their clever interpretation of "Baba O'Reilly". Always a good time, but I especially enjoy the in close quarters like this.