In last week's paper, I spoke at length with Macon Greyson about the band's new record because, well, it's good, and free, and worth your grabbing. But I also did so, in part at least, to preview the band's show at the Green Elephant tonight with Springfield, Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka and Austin chanteuse Dana Falconberry.
Ha Ha Tonka, you've probably noticed, has been near inescapable of late, no doubt a tribute to the act's phenomenal release from earlier this year, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South. It's a fine blend of southern rock and folk--and, surely, helped out substantially by the fact that frontman Brian Roberts sounds a heckuva lot like Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill. Knock that similarity if you want--plenty have; the slam on Ha Ha Tonka is that the band's sound is a little too inspired by Kings of Leon--but, fact is, that wavering, heavily-accented vocal style makes for a compelling listen. And tracks like the above "Hold My Feet To The Fire" show that the band has some legit songwriting ability to boot. Plus, Rhett Miller approves, so there's that.
Anyway, between Macon Greyson, Ha Ha Tonka and Falconberry, this makes for a nice little southern rock- and folk-influenced bill tonight. And, in case you can't make it, a near identical one pops up in Denton tomorrow, with Falconberry out and Oso Closo in, making for a more eclectic bill.
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Oh, and speaking of Oso Closo... well, we'll get to that later.