Harmonica and guitar. And the Blues. It’s a bygone sound reproduced in true, authentic fashion by two local men, Chrissy Beshore and Jacob Henry of East Texas Tramps. Meet Dry Eye Blues, a tune with scratchy, reverberating guitar sounding a close kin to the guitar work you’d find on a R.L. Burnside b-side. It’s fitting, and impressive. Especially when complemented by Beshore’s appropriately cranky vocals as heard in Dog Won’t Hunt.
Together their sound symbolizes the bond the two men have shared for nearly twenty years. After first discovering each other over Beshore’s lazy sofa rendition of a Alvin Youngblood Hart’s France Blues, Henry quickly became captivated by the raw, rhythmic tones.
“It made me want to learn guitar,” Henry recalls (which he did). The men formed a teacher-student bond that held up after many years apart. They found a mutual appreciation for this archaic heartfelt southern blues. It’s a style that went by the wayside after melody driven jazz and, rhythm and blues took hold in the post-World War II years.
East Texas Tramps pair nicely with the story driven Americana of Swift River Still. Swift River Still, bringing Alaska native Scott Shin’s dynamic story telling front and center, yet again. If you recall, Swift River Still stopped by back in October delivering songs outlining deep human tales of life’s struggles, such as the downtrodden, substance abuse overtones of Drinking from a Razor Cup.
Join this combo show on Friday, February 23rd. $5 tickets available online or at the door. Doors open at 8pm. Shows typically start around 9pm.