Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Josephine Foster w/William Tyler and The Cherry Blossoms Tonight at Betty's

Posted by on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Well, we lobbed a little bit of Critics' Pick love in the direction of tonight's Music City Roots at Loveless, as well as the Wine, Women and Song Planned Parenthood benefit at The Rutledge — not to mention Jewly's interview with Gretchen Peters, who will play the Rutledge event. But we haven't gotten the chance to shine some light on tonight's show at Betty's yet, so let's take care of that.

Now, ever since Leslie Keffer left Betty's, the West Side dive hasn't been the hotbed of noise and experimental music that it once was. But local booker of shows Chris Davis is known for putting together some pretty substantial folk, psychedelic and experimental bills, and the shindig he's scheduled for tonight at Betty's appears to be no exception. Far-out, folk-rooted guitar guru William Tyler needs little introduction here in Nashville. Beautifully melodic and ramshackle folk outfit The Cherry Blossoms are a bit lesser known, perhaps — although this guy posted a bunch of their tracks on his YouTube channel, if you'd like to do some exploring. And then there's Colorado's psychedelic folkstress Josephine Foster, who manages to meld a wonderfully haunting amalgam from the traditional American styles of folk, blues and rock. Foster is featured on the September cover of Wire Magazine, and you can hear three of her new tunes at Wire's website. Above you can hear one of Foster's older tunes, "All I Wanted Was the Moon," which is appropriately accompanied by footage from Georges Méliès' film Le Voyage dans la Lune.

So. Three acts, each known for its unique, avant-garde take on American folk music, and each blessed with the gift of transfixing melody. There's a Facebook event page, if that's what you're into. Starts at 9 p.m., cover is $5-7.

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