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Thinking Inside the Box: Catfish & the Bottlemen Perform a Communion Barnstormer, June 19 at Codfish Hollow Barn
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-06-12 13:58:20

Van McCann, singer and guitarist for the United Kingdom’s Catfish & the Bottlemen, has a strange relationship with the song “Homesick.”

“I thought it was the worst one of the batch we did ... when we first started recording for Communion,” he said, referring to the label/tour founded by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett. “Since then, it’s become my favorite.”

What changed, McCann said, was that other people liked it. And therein lies a great deal of the charm of Catfish & the Bottlemen, a band described by the UK’s The Guardian as “deeply old-fashioned – and unfashionable.”

McCann doesn’t disagree with that assessment – whether it means an indifference toward appearance or, in a larger sense, a band more in love with the idea of playing for as many people as possible than selling lots of records or making artistic statements. When the quartet performs a Communion/Daytrotter show at Maquoketa’s Codfish Hollow Barn on June 19, expect no-frills rock-and-roll with one goal: to connect with the audience.


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Multi-Sport Stars: The Communion Tour with The Weeks and The Dough Rollers, January 23 at RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2014-01-10 15:36:17

The Weeks. Photo by Emily B. Hall.

The title of The Weeks’ Dear Bo Jackson does more than name-check the famous two-sport professional athlete – an All-Pro running back in the NFL and an All-Star outfielder in Major League Baseball. It also articulates a mission statement for the Nashville-by-way-of-Mississippi band.

“Bo Jackson, as good as he was at baseball and football, he was just called a ballplayer,” said guitarist Sam Williams earlier this week. “Bo Jackson just kind of does what he wants. That’s sort of what we were going with, musically. ... I just want to be a rock band. ... I think this record has a lot of different genres. We kind of skip around a lot.”

To extend the metaphor, Williams said “the bashing rock-and-roll songs” represent The Weeks’ football career, while the slower songs are baseball. “They take a little longer to develop,” he said, but they have their share of “triples and homes runs.”

Of course, bands hate being pigeonholed, but The Weeks make good on their chutzpah. When the latest edition of the Communion tour hits the Quad Cities on January 23 (at RIBCO), the bill features a pair of throwback bands. Both The Weeks and The Dough Rollers play rock that neither needs nor warrants additional modifiers; it’s music largely out of time.


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Loyal to the “Awesome Lesson of Jazz”: Keegan DeWitt at Daytrotter’s Barnstormer 5, September 3 at Codfish Hollow Barn
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-08-25 14:09:30

Keegan DeWitt. Photo by Beau Burgess.Keegan DeWitt is inviting his fans along on his journey, in what passes for real time in the music industry.

The Nashville-based musician and composer has many of his film scores available for free on his Web site. His earlier solo recordings found him in singer/songwriter mode. A trio of singles over the past year have shown him making the transition from solo artist to bandleader. And he hopes that all those elements will come together on the album he and his band are working on.

A Daytrotter.com veteran with three sessions under his belt and an EP (last year’s Nothing Shows) released by the Quad Cities-based site, DeWitt will perform as part of the September 3 Daytrotter Barnstormer 5 concert in Maquoketa’s Codfish Hollow Barn.

Two years ago, he said in a phone interview this week, he recorded largely by himself with a couple of string players. As he’s built a band, he said, “we wanted to make sure that everybody was following us on that trajectory, instead of listening to something that was super-outdated. ... We wanted to make sure that through this process of making music ... we weren’t waiting on anybody.”


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Daytrotter’s Barnstormer Tour Closes in Maquoketa on April 30
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2011-04-26 17:53:50

Daytrotter.com’s latest Barnstormer tour – five nights of live music in Midwestern barns – closes Saturday at the Codfish Hollow barn in Makoqueta. The Reader published an interview with headliner Sondre Lerche in 2009 (RCReader.com/y/lerche), but we wanted to acquaint our readers with a couple of the other bands on this year’s tour: Guards and the Romany Rye. (The bill also includes Keegan DeWitt, ARMS, Mike & the Moonpies, and Hands.)

Richie James Follin of Guards. Photo by Olivia Malone.Guards: A Series of Fortunate Events

Richie James Follin said that the ongoing joke of his current band is that as long as a song has a Omnichord – an electronic instrument that was meant to mimic an autoharp – and a 12-string electric guitar, it’s a Guards song, regardless of genre or any other consideration.

So Guards’ seven-inch of covers includes a startlingly sleepy and longing inversion of Metallica’s “Motorbreath” alongside transformed tracks from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend. There’s a dreamy, retro haze over everything, but on that and the earlier collection of seven songs that Follin posted on Guards’ Bandcamp site (Guards.Bandcamp.com), the vibe ranges from dark, propulsive pop to angular, doom-filled rock. (Both sets of recordings can be downloaded for free.)


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Wielding a Precise Instrument: Nathaniel Rateliff, August 27 at Borders and RIBCO
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Music

Category: Feature Stories

2010-08-20 16:36:12

Nathaniel Rateliff

When I talked with Nathaniel Rateliff earlier this week, he was driving a dump truck for his job as a gardener, and closed the interview with these pronouncements when asked if there was anything he'd like to mention: "I love to swim. I like poultry."

Aside from hinting at a dry sense of humor, these things suggest that Rateliff is grounded person. And that's reflected in the path that he's chosen.

The Denver-based singer/songwriter, who will perform two Daytrotter.com shows on August 27, had an opportunity to have his rock band (Born in the Flood) and perhaps his current folk-ish outfit signed to the Roadrunner label. But he chose instead to follow his heart.


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