Sunday, April 21, 2019

Andrea & Mud sleaze up Will's Pub with their country noir

Posted By on Sun, Apr 21, 2019 at 10:12 AM

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  • Andrea & Mud at Will's Pub
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Andrea & Mud, West Morrison & the Stray Hares, Will’s Pub, April 18

Andrea & Mud – the partnership of Atlanta musicians Andrea Colburn and Mud Mosely – aren’t just about basic music. This is a band with aesthetic.


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  • Andrea & Mud at Will's Pub
Dealing in consciously graphic songs that could only soundtrack shady business, their sound is a nouveau Western romp dripping with pulp and noir. It’s a tough barroom blend of country, blues and rockabilly that’s rendered with deep surf tones and vintage patina. And just to certify their dark-side cred, their latest album (Easy, Sleazy & Greazy) features a cameo by Legendary Shack Shakers visionary J.D. Wilkes (on “Bad With You”).
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  • Andrea & Mud at Will's Pub
Though they often perform with a full band, the two principals came here as a simple duo. Between them, they handled guitars, a singing saw and a kick drum that’s notably impressive for being done with a backwards stomp in stiletto heels.
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  • Andrea & Mud at Will's Pub
But for whatever gaps this stripped arrangement had relative to their full setup, the mileage of their presence and atmosphere carried the show. The long resonance of Mud’s guitar and the bourbon whiplash of Andrea’s vocal personality are, after all, the wild heart of their songs.
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  • Andrea & Mud at Will's Pub
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  • Andrea & Mud at Will's Pub
And besides credit for a colorful performance, extra points to the Atlanta pair for name-dropping Orlando bands the Woolly Bushmen and the Delusionaires.
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  • Wes Morrison & the Stray Hares
Opening were local alternative country rockers Wes Morrison and the Stray Hares. They’re a band that are a little obvious, still clunky and haven’t quite found the pocket live yet. But they’re spirited enough for some good times.
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  • Wes Morrison & the Stray Hares
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  • Wes Morrison & the Stray Hares
Sending the night home was Jacob Miller, far and away the most honky-tonk of the Woolly Bushmen, leading a band of noted locals – all veterans of Brian Chodorcoff’s classic country covers nights at Will’s Pub – across a set of old country songs.

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