Terry Glaze and Taz Bentley
Thursday, January 5
Better than: Listening to a guy slaughter songs on an acoustic while trying to eat your lunch at Potbelly.
The Single Wide doesn't normally host shows, even if it's just a guy and a guitar. Last night's double bill was a very special one, no matter how loose and informal it was.
As a semi-preview of their shows at Lola's on Friday and the Double Wide on Saturday, two members of the rock band 76 gave almost two hours of acoustic material. Patrick "Taz" Bentley went on a little after 9pm, showing a much different side of himself. Known for many, many years as the bulldozing force behind Rev. Horton Heat, Tenderloin and The Burden Brothers, Bentley proclaimed this show was his first as a solo act.
Playing to his fellow 76 bandmates and friends, Bentley didn't act like it was his first rodeo. A number of his songs had a lonesome folk atmosphere that recalled the softer side of Red House Painters. And his voice had confidence and clarity.
A pretty important thing to point out: Most shows like this are mere audio wallpaper for people. This was an exception. Whenever Bentley took a break between songs to talk, there was total silence. He talked to the crowd like he was talking to only a couple of people, like when he quipped how most of his songs were about "pussy and booze." The whole venue had a good laugh.
Terry Glaze, in town for only a few days as Annapolis is where he now lives, gave the place 40 minutes of material, some of which he plays in 76. The man who once fronted Pantera in their glam metal days, as well as Lord Tracy, enjoyed being in good company and his performance showed. Cheery songs like "Anything For Your Love," "City of Idiots," and "Sick of All the Bullshit" were played like they could either morph into country songs or pop-punk songs.
Personal bias: My first time at the Single Wide. Granted, it's about the width and length of a hotel hallway, but the vibe is as calm and friendly as the Double Wide.
By the way: I had known about Pantera's glam metal days for a long time, but I've never heard songs like "Heavy Metal Rules." Now I'm really curious.