Tuesday, June 16, 2009

review: Lonnie Walker's These Times Old Times w/ tour dates & vid

It was a name whispered in my ear..."You gotta hear Lonnie Walker." Then Brian over at Bootleg mentions them and books a show. Huh. Then the Ninja Patrol starts it up. And finally I get to hear the Lonnie Walker goodness. Man, he's good. Oh, snap! Not a one-man band anymore, and no one was ever named Lonnie! Ho Ho Ha Ha! Made up of originator, Brian Corrum, Lonnie Walker's new disc got to me the old-fashioned way, making me savor its tasty delights. For These Times Old Times the debut by Lonnie Walker is amazing, great and wonderful, wham bam, thank you ma'am. Lonnie Walker is the apex and culmination of the cultural momentum, one that includes alt-country (Lucero), another one that includes folk-punk (Against Me!/Avett Brothers), and another that loves everything Tom Waits. This is the album that makes every other alt-country band wannabes turn their heads and pick up hardcore again. Because Lonnie Walker does it right and does it true.

"Compass Comforts" with its crowd-pleasing Dixie punk-stomp and fast-pickin. And another that can't be denied is "Summertime." Its quick spittle about corndogs and "wasting gas to go fast in reverse" is the transcendent traditionally structured song that all the kids will love and "Pendulum's Chest" will woo the critics, just as Dead Confederate did last year. With backing from The Annuals' Terpsikhore Records, Lonnie Walker is that amazing awesome thing to burst forth from North Carolina that you will now go and tell all your friends about. You will, yes you will. Tour dates and a vid of "Pendulum's Chest" below.

Jun 16 Charlottesville @ IS Venue w/ Motel Motel
Jun 17 Richmond @ The Triple w/ Motel Motel
Jun 18 Greensboro @ Green Bean w/ House of Fools(acoustic) and Motel Motel
Jun 19 Chapel Hill @ Local 506 w/ House of Fools and Motel Motel
Jun 20 Greenville, NC @ Spazzatorium w/ Howlies, House of Fools, and Motel Motel
Jun 21 Wilmington, NC @ the Soapbox w/ House of Fools and Motel Motel **Bootleg Mag Show**
Jun 22 Charleston, SC @ Ashley Street House
Jun 23 Atlanta @ Criminal Records
Jun 23 Athens @ GoBar (w/ Werewolves, Trashcans)
Jun 24 TBA Sumwarsin, Tennessee
Jun 25 Knoxville @ Pilot Light
Jun 26 Asheville, NC @ New French Bar w/ Nat’l Geografics
Jun 27 Charlotte @ Dugg Dugg Gallery w/ Nat’l Geografics

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