THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
This city has big love for rugged, bleeding folk-punk.
Just look at the congregation every time Lucero
or the Revival Tour
rolls through. It’s one of the most passionate audiences around. Well, Orlando, I got your next man-crush: Jason Guy Smiley
(Dec. 29, Will's Pub).
Considering the background of the former Midget Fan Club
member – punk vet from Gainesville gone folk – the Chuck Ragan
parallels will loom. And though it’s not a perfect analogy since he’s also got a big shot of Ben Nichols
in his voice, Smiley actually packs the gravel and gusto to justify the comparison. If any of those names are dear to your heart, pour yourself some self-respecting bourbon, lean back and check this guy out. He’s not too well-known here yet but, with this town’s thirst for folk-punk, it should only be a matter of time.
This Little Underground is Orlando Weekly's music column providing perspective, live reviews and news on the city's music scene.
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