Sons of Fathers

Sons of Fathers (10:00 PM)

Rose's Pawn Shop (9:00 PM)

Wed, January 9, 2013

8:00 pm

adv tix $10.00 / day of show tix $12.00

This event is all ages

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Sons of Fathers - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Sons of Fathers
Sons of Fathers will follow up their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut with 'Burning Days,' out April 2 on Blanco River Music. Helmed by legendary producer Lloyd Maines (Joe Ely, Uncle Tupelo), the record's ten tracks find the band's deep American roots blossoming with vines of sonic Texas power, ragged rock, and punk defiance, all wrapped around the "airtight harmonies" (Austin Chronicle) of frontmen David Beck and Paul Cauthen. Maines put it best when he described the band as "The Everly Brothers meets Neil Young and Merle Haggard and The Clash." Rolling Stone has already praised the album's "wide open roots and folk rock," while CMT described it as "rip-roaring Texas rock studded with gospel-influenced harmonies," and Paste called it "soulful."

Though Sons of Fathers is one of Texas' most talked-about emerging artists (eMusic named them one of 12 hot new acts to watch), their sound is generations in the making. Cauthen, a native of Tyler, Texas, began singing in the church at the age of seven and learned guitar from his preacher grandfather. "Granddad was a hell of a musician," he says. "He chose the Church of Christ instead of the church of rock and roll. I remember learning to sing harmonies in the bathtub at six years old." Cauthen wound up in reform school as a youngster and turned 20 doing time on a Texas chain gang, all the while honing his chops as a songwriter and storyteller.

Beck was raised in San Marcos, Texas, the son of Bill Whitbeck, a renowned touring bassist with Robert Earl Keen. As a youngster hanging out on tour buses and in studios, Beck witnessed the ups and downs of the music business from an early age. "It was a different lifestyle for a young son. Dad was always on the road for business…But what my dad did was make it a natural deal to play music. It wasn't strange to me."

"We've learned from what our fathers and grandfathers have done and put those lessons into our lives," Beck continues. Those lessons passed down across generations provided a fitting foundation for the band and inspired their name.

Sons of Fathers released their self-titled debut in 2011 and earned immediate notice from critics around the country. The Wall Street Journal praised their "tight, heartfelt vocal style," while NPR's World Café called them "bold" and "powerful," and WXPN described their music "nothing short of moving."

The catalog they've written reflects elements of all their most righteous influences. Be it a country shuffle reminiscent of Robert Earl Keen, an Americana folk song steeped in the lyrical weight of Bob Dylan, or a genre-bending tune recalling the Beatles, Sons of Fathers possess something unique. "Our favorite songwriters are the most timeless ones: Dylan, Paul Simon, McCartney, Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young," sasy Cauthen. "We also love the Texas writers: Robert Earl Keen, Willis Alan Ramsey, Roger Miller."

The music of Sons of Fathers is not only timeless, but a timely reminder of how great music can be.

Sons of Fathers are:
David Beck (bass, vocals)
Paul Cauthen (guitar, vocals)
Dees Stribling (drums)
Regan Schmidt (lap steel/guitar)
Tony Browne (guitar)
Bryan Mammel (keys)
Rose's Pawn Shop - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Rose's Pawn Shop
Ever have a friend named Peter tell you about yourself?
We have, and here's what Peter said:

It may come as a surprise to hear the foot-stomping strains of Appalachian bluegrass channeled through a rock band here in Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has its share. In a town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose's Pawn Shop, is a pleasant surprise.

Singer-songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the disparate array of popular musical styles any late 20th century kid did. And in that mishmash of rock, punk, country, pop, rap, and all the rest, it was American Folk and Bluegrass music that rooted deepest in Paul, transforming him and his songs. Having played in various rock bands since early high school, in 2004 Paul decided it was time to take his growing batch of old style/new school folk songs, and build them into something greater, more ferocious. The songs were there, volatile, almost flammable, but if they were to attain their potential greatness, he was going to need help.

As so many fortuned events unfold, it was through a series of chance meetings, twists of fate, and Craig's List, that Paul met kindred spirits in Sebastian St. John, Derek O'Brien, Bill Clark, Derek Swenson, and John Kraus. And in 2005 they began building the music and the band that would soon be known as Rose's Pawn Shop. This group of young musicians combined in their collective musical melting pot the old style American sounds of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, and Hank Williams, the high energy punk of The Ramones, and The Pogues, and the melodic songwriting sensibilities of Elliott Smith and The Beatles. They were creating something musically unique and yet imbued with a familiarity and accessibility.

The final ingredient was added one fateful day when Paul's scorned ex-girlfriend/former band mate in an act of revenge stole the band's instruments and gear and took them down to the local pawn shop. Priceless. Rose's Pawn Shop was born… The match was lit.

In spring of 2006 after months of playing live and breaking ground around Los Angeles, the band recorded and released their debut album "The Arsonist". The album quickly began receiving critical praise from print and online publications as varied as "About.com", "The Daily News", "Miles of Music", and "Music Connection". A month after its release, Rose's Pawn Shop showcased and won the grand prize in Billboard Magazine and Discmaker's: Independent Music World Series. And in the summer of that year, the members of Rose's Pawn Shop dared to quit their day jobs and hit the road, and what had started as a slow and steady burn, began spreading like wildfire.

They have been touring the United States nearly non-stop ever since. On any given day you might find Rose's Pawn Shop playing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, busking the streets of Jackson Square in New Orleans, opening for Jack White and The Raconteurs at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, ripping the walls off the club in their month long residency at the Parkside Lounge in New York City, or hitting the main stage of Floydfest in Virginia. On any given day they're out there, growing their music, igniting their passion, and converting an ever increasing congregation of loyal fans.

What do they sound like you ask?

With an arsenal of banjos, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, upright bass, and thundering drums, their sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom's cookin'. It's sincere, straight-forward and sexy as fuck, effortlessly combining such disparate musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass, and punk to create an incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true believers and skeptics alike.

With wisdom beyond their years, they fearlessly confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation, and redemption, while throwing in some drinking-songs for good measure. Sure, they're borrowing pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Johnny Cash, but Rose's Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with breakneck speed, bluegrass instrumentation, 3- and 4- part vocal harmonies and lyrics that'll break your heart.

Whether it's the dreamy snake-charm-thump of "Lone Rider," the wistful whisky-soaked wisdom of "Down The Line," the honky-tonk ruckus of "Funeral Pyre," or the Gypsy-infused mandolin twang of "Reckoning," Rose's Pawn Shop will hook you. Like catfish from the creek, they'll reel you in. And they won't let you go.

And you'll be glad they did.

Because something happens when you hear these songs. No matter how low you've sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you up and carries you home.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change