i have a feeling they won’t be begging for long

leah over at confessions of a music addict has been raving about this band the beggar’s guild for as long as i’ve been reading her blog, and i downloaded a copy of their song “minnesota” from either her or rich over at cable and tweed, and have played the track whole bunch, so when i saw they would be playing at smith’s old bar last night, it definitely went on my calendar. the offer of a free cd and a personal email from the drummer sealed the deal for me.

so i headed over to smith’s and listened to one of the most rocking 45 minute sets i have heard in a while. the bloggers have been raving about this band for good reason. it’s kind of rockabilly-mixed with some counting crows-mixed with some hootie and the blowfish (which sound strange but just trust me on this) played by musicians with great songwriting skills who really take the genre to a level beyond the standard cookie-cutter southern rock fare. the lead singer has a voice that was just built for the songs; the addition of a steel guitar added a nice touch, and really the songs are just damn good. damn good head-bobbing rock tunes that just about anybody would love.

i also collected my free copy of their new ep breaking me down and it is really good. i have been wearing it out in the ipod as i drive around town all day. personally, i think that if you weren’t savvy enough to read my post yesterday, print out the coupon, go to smith’s and redeem it for a free ep, you should definitely go over to their myspace page and buy it.

and if you don’t trust me because i’m a libertarian or something, you can read leah’s review of the show on confessions here.

p.s.- i only stuck around for two songs of the electric fiddle-hillbilly act that came on next so i can’t really comment, but leah really liked them.

6 Comments so far

  1. Leah (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

    Wait, you were there? Where? From the look of your photo, we were in the same vicinity.

  2. james (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    yup, sure was. standing on the floor in front of the bar, almost AT the front of the bar, if that makes any sense….

  3. Leah (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

    I was standing there too, but on the steps, not the floor. Weird.

  4. james (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

    hmm, maybe you were the person that kept bumping me. ;-). weird indeed….

  5. Rich (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    Funny how you can miss people in small venues. I found out Sunday at The Preakness show that about half of ATL’s indie rock folks were at The Features/Luigi on Saturday night. Somehow I only ran into a handful of them though. It was packed, but The EARL isn’t *that* big.

  6. james (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    maybe you couldn’t see them through the smoke haze ;-)

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