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July 14, 2018 (Saturday) - A last minute show in downtown Athens. A show before a departure. All things shall be revealed in time. Thayer Sarrano -- She, the Electric -- and her full-tilt boogie band play tonight at Hendershot's Coffee. It's more than a coffee shop, should you not know. It's a cultural oasis. It's an early show -- 8 pm. Have your $7 ready at the door. Up next, in the days and weeks ahead, yet another Nashville jaunt westward for Sarrano, this time at The High Watt, on Friday the 27th of July. From there it's a longer trek. "Goin' Out West." Pages in the greater desert hymnal of Sarrano songs. You've had your chance, East Coast. The medicine show and your miracle cure are now in transit.
(We Think, But We Are Never Too Sure.)
June 28, 2018 (Thursday) - The Basement East. No Country for New Nashville. Of Thayer Sarrano, quoth Philip Obenschain: "…A product of Athens' legendary, flourishing art scene," (wise man, he saith), "…the southern Georgia native is a bit more unconventional than the singers she’s opening for, and that’s all the more reason to arrive early and see Thayer in person, especially since she seems primed for new music in the near future." (Where did Obenschain get the scoop? Ears to the ground. No doubt.) Sarrano opens for the majestic headliner Lilly Hiatt, progeny of the legendary (not like Facebook ersatz "legendary," more like *real* substantiated legend) John Hiatt. (If you don't or didn't know, don't tell a soul.) As of last year, Lilly's got a new record -- Trinity Lane, which combines equal parts garage rock, alt-country, and folk. It is her third release, snipped at, on the heels, by Royal Blue (2015), and Let Down (2012). "Hang on, a little bit longer," and peep the video for the Hiatt title track "Trinity Lane." "Put your faith in something you can't see." Also performing this evening is the most august Brandy Zdan, Nashville by way of Canada. (If you're catching a hockey match of the Ottawa Senators prior to the concert in the Basement this evening, drive south. It's more or less a straight shot. Kind of.) Boasting a tripartite catalog, Zdan's Secretear, freshly released as of this year, follows her self-titled album of 2015, and her EP Lone Hunter of 2013.
Or Perchance It Was The 40 Watt.
We Are Never Sure.
June 09, 2018 (Saturday) - We've got your hops. In case you're still in denial, summer and sweltering heat are upon you. Winter lasted all of a mid-morning. Regardless, Thayer Sarrano and her magic band play tonight at Creature Comforts in Athens. Eschewing her String Ensemble for the moment -- and sending her power trio scurrying under the carpet for another -- Sarrano offers a special full-tilt jam set in support of The Head, who are from Atlanta, which we Guildwater monks understand is a small, quaint village in Texas, where traffic jams are a thing of the future. Their hometown scarcely matters, though, any more than our myopic scriptorium scribal cartographers err, relying as is our medieval wont upon a Catalan Atlas from the fourteenth century, because The Head, most admirably, and much to their credit, tour in virtual perpetuity in support of their album -- Space (2017). Check out the video for the album's anthemic lead single "Tea Colored Radio." We dig it. Also getting in on this summer heat and summer hops will be Dead Neighbors, who are local Athenians. Far from supine, and scarcely recumbent, these Dead Neighbors indeed have a pulse, and are quite lively, active even -- in short, they rock -- having released their album Less in March of this very year of 2018. This follows their self-titled debut from 2015. Real music is alive and well. Lest ye doubt it, render yourselves on down to Creature Comforts. Sweat a little. They've got your hops.