Where: The Stone Church 4225 W. 5th St. Tulsa, 74127 Time: Doors open at 7pm, show starts 7:30pm Suggested Donation: $22 at the door and DOS and $20 in advance and through PayPal. Click button below to make donation through paypal. RSVP required, as seating is limited. Your paypal donation will serve as your RSVP. If you plan to pay at the door, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Food: We will provide some finger food and beverages for this event, but any food contribution from you would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to BYOB
Three time Grammy nominee, Peter Case’s work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.
The Plimsouls achieved success with the hit single, “A Million Miles Away,” which landed them a role in the movie Valley Girl, as the band performing during the club scenes. Case’s 1986 solo Geffen Record debut revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car” as well as the Number 1 spot on the NY Time’s 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar. It’s clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape.
Case’s 2010 CD, Wig emphasized the rock and blues side of Case’s repertoire, while 2007's Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John demonstrates what Case can do with just his voice and a guitar. With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance.
The best of Peter Case’s songs suck you in to their own little worlds so deftly that you shiver with the final chord, like shaking awake from a dream. You’ve been there, inside, seeing what he’s been seeing…
‘Entella Hotel’ has a small crowd at Brighton’s Latest Bar rapt and, when it’s evocation of living the lowlife in San Francisco is over, Case’s collaborator tonight, Michael Weston King, speaks for us all:
‘That’s not just one of my favourite Peter Case songs, it’s one of my favourite songs by anyone, ever.’
There are barely thirty people in the room and Case is so good, that’s crazy. I shake his hand afterwards and tell him he should be playing to thousands. ‘Maybe in another life,’ he replies wryly.
He’s 58 now and has been making solo albums since his classic self-titled debut in 1986. Prior to that he played in a couple of punky bands the Nerves and the Plimsouls. He’s an accomplished guitarist, picking blues licks on an open-tuned acoustic with drive and no little finesse – but it’s feel and impact rather than scrupulous technique that he goes for. His voice is distinctive, clear and expressive, with occasional echoes of John Lennon; his look is equally his own – imagine a beatnik Willy Rushton after an all night session…
Peter Case likes to tell stories between songs, as well as in them, and we get a long tale of buying in to Bob Dylan’s self-mytholigising of running away to hit the road as a child. And, since Case grew up in Buffalo, his route out was Highway 62 – which runs all the way to the Mexican border at El Paso, via the birthplaces of Woody Guthrie and Buddy Holly… Cue a splendid take on Dylan’s ‘Pledging My Time’, re-imagined as country blues.
My partner and I reflect on the way home on the entirely random way that audience size correlates to talent. OK, someone like Case is always likely to be in the cult hero bracket, rather than a household name. That said, the cult really ought to be a little less exclusive. She points out that Peter is just as a good a singer, songwriter and guitarist as, say, Steve Earle, and of a similar vintage. But Steve is capable of drawing an audience in Brighton about a hundred times the size of tonight’s. Go figure.
Dead Rock West - Used To Love You (Official)
DEAD ROCK WEST--the acclaimed California alt-country rock group fronted by Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen—are heading into 2019 with an array of tour dates. Their recently released album MORE LOVE (Omnivore Recordings) was produced by John Doe of X who helped create an album that places Wasserman and Drennen’s achingly beautiful signature vocals and harmonies in finely etched rock, alt-country and pop settings. The sound is both contemporary and timeless. Click here to listen to “Boundless Fearless Love,” a joyously infectious standout from the album which was praised by Randy Lewis of Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss as he premiered the song and noted it is “set to a propellant track that’s part R.E.M., part Tom Petty and part Neil Young…” Says John Doe: “They have combined all of the influences (alt-country, gospel, Everly Bros) from their previous records into this one. Great songs. Great playing. Wonderful performances. More Love is heart & soul from two deeply original singers & songwriters.” Doe adds: “Somehow Cindy & Frank connect the dots between '70 country & '60 soul music. They are a modern day Gram & Emmylou singing songs that Otis & Carla would sing.”