On 1996’s One Mississippi, Brendan Benson’s songs came rough-hewn but charged with hooks and with wit; 2002’s Lapalco brought a perfect pop ripeness, and by The Alternative to Love in 2005, there was something quite brilliant, quite burnished about his songwriting. Along the way he has co-written and recorded two spectacular albums with the Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers and Consolers of the Lonely.
For Benson, The Raconteurs was not just an opportunity to play with close friends Jack White (The White Stripes) Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes) but also a chance to roll around in the rock, psychedelia and blues that had shaped his musical taste. This year's offering, My Old, Familiar Friend, gathers together many influences — the Americanness, the Anglophile twist, the geography, the rock and the pop to create something truly exceptional.
Also Performing: Young Hines
Thursday, May 3, 20112
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
$14 - $18 + processing fees