One of the things that I think is very fun about participating in this MMR project is that I now look a little more closely at what is coming through Madison. . . One of the next shows I plan to catch is John Doe, playing with Dead Rock West at the High Noon Saloon on Monday July 16 at 8pm ($12 adv/$15 dos).
As a founding member of LA punk rock legends X , in the late ‘70s, John Doe holds a rightful place as one of the most influential musicians in American alternative music in the 1980’s. In fact, Greg Prato writes in AllMusic.com that “X were undeniably not just one of the greatest punk bands, but one of the greatest live rock acts of all time.”
In addition, by the mid-80’s, Doe further solidified his groundbreaking reputation with the formation of The Knitters’ – pioneers of cowpunk or folk punk, the genre which gradually evolved into alternative country. (The Knitters’ name is a play on the name of the legendary folk group The Weavers.) . . . I’m not even going to talk about his acting career in films and television. Let’s just leave it at this – he’s a true artist.
John Doe just released his sixth solo album on June 12th – A Year in the Wilderness (YepRoc Records) and its been garnering fine reviews. He describes the record like this, “. . . Sometimes it sounded like a Replacements’, then a Velvet Underground record, then Blonde On Blonde…twelve-strings, six-strings, electrics, upright bass, big kick drums, pianos, organs, slides, floating & screaming voices. These may be the darkest moments recounted but you have to look inside to hear that, and in there is some of what happens during a year in the wilderness.”
Sounds right up my alley. . . Hope to see you Monday at the High Noon!
Dead Rock West has been described as “X meets Wilco” and they will be backing up John, as well as opening the night in support of their new album, Honey and Salt.
PHOTO by Autumn DeWilde