Joe Hysell (EP Release Show)

Jan. 28
7:30 p.m.
Americana, Folk, Rock, Singer-Songwriter

Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter Joe Hysell is the former leader of the underrated, now-defunct country/roots band the Dirt Road Ramblers. And, whether you’ve followed him through the years or not, his songwriting is now fully formed. That’s evident on his short but potent EP from November, Workin’ Too Hard, for which Saturday’s show at the Turf serves as the release party. It’s an efficient, consistent, and unpretentious five-song collection that leans outlaw country, with the deep-voiced Hysell proving himself to be a captivating singer and storyteller. His accompaniment, from three-piece band the Ramblin’ Mercenaries, keeps things dynamic throughout, with crackerjack backing vocals from Myra Joan and rollicking piano playing and drumming. Any song on the thing could be a listener’s favorite. With the Ramblin’ Mercenaries, Dan Neale, and the Long Odds.