Friday, February 01, 2013

the fate of music depends on this loop

Whitehorse (with Daniel Romano)
Knox United Church
January 31, 2013

Whitehorse (Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet) have a musical marriage that takes each performer's strengths and lifts them into something greater than the sum of the parts.  The way a good marriage should.  Melissa's love of looping has them laying down tracks throughout the show, turning each song into a complex sonic layer cake.  Luke's fearless and inventive guitar chops, especially on that deeply reverberating Gretsch hollowbody, is the way I always want to hear a guitar played.  And when they stand close to share a single mic, opposing guitars forming a heart around the couple, they are a smoldering, sultry musical force of nature.

Opening for Whitehorse was Daniel Romano, complete with sparkly suit and white cowboy hat, who absolutely nailed an authentic Opry cowboy sound.  The tear in his voice was perfectly accompanied by his partner on beautifully weeping lap steel.  It was not everybody's cup of tea, evidently, but I loved it. 

If you are interested in a complete review, I will have one up at on Tuesday.  See you then!



Eugene Knapik said...

Looks like the guy with the outfit is doing his damnest to put the Western back in Country & Western (my kind of guy). I'm all for pedal steel and Nudie suits and that wound-up Bakersfield Buck Owens kind of twang.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I had no idea they were called Nudie suits, Eugene! You just made my day.

phlegmfatale said...

Everything that Eugene said. I love watching the old Porter Wagoner shows for his dazzling Nudie suits. Styling!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's a style that is long overdue for a comeback, Phlegmmy! I might need to go thrifting for some rhinestones.