“Jeffrey Lewis has always felt like my little secret that I try to push on anybody who will listen. He’s labeled as an anti-folk artist, but I never knew what that meant. His influences are extremely obvious, though, and you can hear them on songs like “Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror” – a fictional story about meeting Bonnie “Prince” Billy on a train – and “The Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song,” a conversation about a Leonard Cohen song in front of the building where said song takes place. He’s not a great guitar player, nor does he have a “pretty” voice, but he makes up for that in honesty. In fact, I can say I’ve never heard more honest lyrics from any songwriter. He’s also quite an accomplished visual artist, designing artwork for Kimya Dawson (they’re in a band together called the Bundles) and the Mountain Goats. If I were to suggest an album as an introduction, it would have to be It’s the Ones Who’ve Cracked That the Light Shines Through. If you’re a Crass fan like me, check out his tribute album, 12 Crass Songs.”
(Local singer-songwriter Adam Goodrich plays a solo set 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at Austin’s Coffee. His band, Goodrich & the Die Tryins are currently prepping their debut solo EP.)
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