Will Hoge & Jason Isbell

This pair of superlative Southern singer-songwriters revel in whiskey-soaked Americana angst, their music laced with stray elements of Southern rock, country, and the classic soul/R&B/blues hybrid that lurks in places like Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The Nashville-based Hoge played with former Georgia Satellite Dan Baird for a time and had a dead-end contract with Atlantic. But he honed his grit-flecked, soulful drawl and songwriting skills on the bar circuit. Last fall, he issued Draw the Curtains (Ryko), which runs the gamut from fiddle-tinged ballads to full-tilt rocker reminiscent of Skynyrd with the lyrical muscularity of Springsteen or Petty. Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell reprises his local November visit, still touting his fine solo debut, Sirens of the Ditch (New West), full of his own Southern-fried soul and demons. 18+.
Wed., Feb. 6, 7 p.m., 2008

 
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