The Joiners aren’t exactly country. They’re by no means similar to the Urbans, Swifts, Curringtons and myriad other figureheads of “contemporary country,” whatever that is. Like Son Volt and The Jayhawks, The Joiners owe a debt of gratitude to alt-country innovators like Gram Parsons and The Band. Their latest, Glorious Glorious — it was already released digitally at thejoiners.bandcamp.com and should be available physically tonight — is imbued with that familiar wistful twang: Robust organs and bright honky-tonk guitars paint a solemn background over which frontman Taylor Joiner croons his gruff, pensive ruminations. In addition to recently birthing the sonic labor of love that is Glorious Glorious, The Joiners are expecting another special delivery in the coming months: Rae Joiner, the drummer/vocalist/wife of the husband-and-wife team, is “with child,” as they say, and The Joiners will soon be relocating to Birmingham to start their family. They’ve got the keen musicianship and songwriting chops to have earned the right to call Nashville home, so catch them in the flesh while they still do.
Everybody's having babies these days! Kinda scares the hell out of me. Anyway, congrats to The Joiners. Hear "Harder Than It Looks," the lead-off single from Glorious Glorious below. Other shows of note this evening include the heavy, summer-friendly sounds of Across Tundras at Springwater, Bluegrass Night with Earl Scruggs at The Ryman and Chatham County Line's record release at Station Inn.