Thursday, April 19, 2007

No River City is an American band (thanks, John Seay)

I used to hate having to stand through the performances of opening bands, so I find it ironic that I first heard one of my now-favorite bands whilst I stood waiting for Iron and Wine to play in the now-defunct Echo Lounge in Atlanta.

No River City is the band that opened that night, and I have been hooked on the Atlanta natives ever since. One of the reasons is that I love a good story, and Drew deMan is one of the best songwriting storytellers since Whiskeytown. In fact, if you're a fan of the croonings of the Ryan Adams and Caitlin Cary pair, I think you'd like deMan's music. It gives one a feel for his love of all things western, all things beat culture, and all things egalitarian. That means calling up the wandering spirits of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly and at times the defiant mood and it's-all-out-on-the-table morality of Henry Miller. In short, it's a gem for those of us who appreciate neo-folk and good storytelling.

Here's one of my favorites from No River City's first album, This is our North Dakota: 100 Mile Dance

These are from the band's new release, Wolves and Fishes:

Two Sad Horses
Leftover Men & Machines
Dissolved in Your Whisky

If you're in Birmingham, come out to Bottletree this Saturday night, April 21, to hear No River City play with Birmingham's own folk outfit The Saturdays and Athen's Nate Nelson.

Other No River City dates this tour:

April 2007
20th Album Release Party, Redlight Cafe, Atlanta, w/ Blake Rainey & Little Country Giants
21st Bottletree, Birmingham, AL

May-June 2007 - Westerly Tour
May 2 Brentwood Pub, Nashville, TN
May 3 Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
May 4 Blue Fugue, Columbai, MO
May 5 TBA, Lawrence, KS
May 7 Mooch And Burn, Tulsa, OK
May 11 3 Kings, Denver, CO
May 17 Old Ironsides, Sacramento, CA
May 18 Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
May 22 Radio show, LA, CA
May 23 Silverlake Lounge, LA, CA
May 24 Pappy & Harriet's, Pioneertown, CA
May 25 The Hut, Tucson, AZ
May 31 Common Ground, McCall, ID
June 1 Neurolux, Boise, ID
June 5 In-Store, Music Millennium, Portland, OR
June 8 John's Alley, Moscow, ID
June 9 In-Store, Cactus Records, Bozeman, MT
June 14 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
June 15 The Mill, Iowa City, IA
June 16 The Busted Lift, Dubuque, IA