Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tonight @ the Station Inn: Red Stick Ramblers

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 2:12 PM

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RED STICK RAMBLERS Eclecticism and traditionalism rarely meet as comfortably as they do on the Red Stick Ramblers' new Made in the Shade. The Baton Rouge quintet pay tribute to well-known figures such as Louis Armstrong and Clifton Chenier, and guitarist Chas Justus gives props to the undersung Roy Smeck on "The Smeckled Suite." On the title track—a paean to a local whiskey-maker—they sing, "He's got miles of copper tubing coming out of the top / So you gotta sit a spell before you see the first drop." Like many modern acoustic bands, they evoke the past, but they're grounded in a culture that's rich enough to accommodate innovation. "The Cowboy Song," written by Justus and lead vocalist Linzay Young, is a tribute to freedom that makes the connection between "range and canyon" and central Louisiana's prairies. They might be "Unsentimental," as one song is titled, but these guys have plenty of heart. 9 p.m. at Station Inn —EDD HURT


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