The Athens Post

Column: Athens Rock City: 'Promising bill'

Folk-punk, metal on tap

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Just when you thought you were out, you’re back in. It’s time for another weekend of big music in a small town.

Ghostwriter, Wailin’ Elroys, Dragline Bros., Bram Riddlebarger and His Lonesome Band; 10 tonight; O’Hooley’s, 24 W. Union St. — We begin at O’Hooley’s, which, like most of the bars in town, has expanded its repertoire in recent months to cater to a wide range of music fans. This particular rock show is all about country roots. Bookended by one-man folk-punk bands — Austin’s mysterious Ghostwriter and local Bram Riddlebarger and His Lonesome Band — we have a double billing one could call a Riddlebarger deluxe: Bram’s acclaimed rockabilly group Wailin’ Elroys and brother Seth’s high-speed garage rock combo Dragline Bros.

Our guest, Steve Schecter of Ghostwriter, sounds appealing — “a noisy, abrasive approach to a lyrically driven, stripped down style of music,” he explains on MySpace — though is perhaps a little too picky, he continues, “I believe over 95 percent of the music available today is crap.” Seems he likes what Athens and the Riddlebargers have to offer, though, as this has become a regular stop for him. Tonight’s show should be, in a word, rollicking.


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