Giveaway: Two Pairs of Tickets to Sid Griffin and The Coal Porters Tonight at AllGood Café
Although much more akin to the Flying Burrito Brothers and Buffalo Springfield, the Long Ryders enjoyed a modicum of success within the Paisley Underground scene--but not enough to sustain a career past 1987. Many consider the band's 1984 effort, Native Sons, to be an alt-country holy grail. Griffin relocated to England and besides, starting another band, The Coal Porters, he became something of a renowned writer. Griffin's bio of Gram Parsons and his more recent expose about Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes period have both received well-deserved kudos.
All of which brings me to tonight's show at AllGood Café: Not only do you get to hear Griffin perform with a full band, but the opening act is no other than Danny Balis. And lord be praised, Balis will even perform with a full band.
So basically, it's a godfather of alt-country and a local guy who worships at the same altar (Cash, Haggard and Parsons) that inspired the movement in the first place. Pretty cool, I'd say. And it's only $10.
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