Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nick 13 w/Chris Scruggs Tonight at Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:15 AM

So Nick 13 is the guy from Tiger Army. Past that, I don't really know a thing about him. Contributor Jewly Hight, however, knows a thing or two, and she penned the Critic's Pick you can read below. Nick 13's playing Mercy Lounge tonight, and Chris Scruggs is opening up. If Scruggs ever runs for Cultural Mayor of Music City, by the way, I'd say you should vote for him. He's the heir apparent to Marty Stuart's throne. Just ask Gold. Words:

Thanks to folks like John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Eddie Spaghetti, there’s long been a path laid out between punk and country. Even so, it’s something of a revelation to hear how different Tiger Army front man Nick 13 sounds without his SoCal psychobilly-leaning punk-pop outfit behind him. He cut part of his new self-titled, countrified solo album here and part in L.A. with a pair of producers who know a thing about West Coast roots and rock — in-demand steel guitarist Greg Leisz and Hollywood honky-tonker James Intveld. 13’s native territory may be a pummeling guitar attack, but on his album it’s actually the youthful, vintage-style twang-pop numbers — like “All Alone,” “Restless Moon” and a remake of Tiger Army’s “In the Orchard” — that reveal his strengths as a vocalist. Turns out he’s got a light, nimble vibrato in the vein of Roy Orbison, only not so operatic. —JEWLY HIGHT

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