These guys got the gig partly for a non-musical reason: they all have kids who attend Sylvan Park Elementary, and the school happens to have an auditorium in need of updating. Beyond thatand the plain fact that theyre all veteran singers and songwritersthese four really couldnt be more different. Theres Matthew Ryan (gruff murmurer and sensitive, shadowed folk-rocker, who just digitally released his new album Dear Lover), Jeff Black (poetic, pensive heartland philosopher, and pioneer of monthly music subscriptions and a campaign for fan sponsorship of his new album), Jonathan Yudkin (session banjo player, mandolinist and fiddleror violinist, as the occasion dictates and former leader of the Zappa-esque Chainsmoking Altarboys) and Radney Foster (earnest, red-blooded, strongly melodic and proudly Texan, fresh off his gospel-influenced effort Revival). No word on whether theyll be in-the-round, playing separate sets or backing each otherbut the latter could make for one interesting mix.
Tue., Nov. 3, 9:30 p.m., 2009