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Sunshine Studios is looking to heat up what has, to say the very least, been a stupidly cold winter with some steaming Southern folk, blues, gospel (in the good way) and country soul. On Thursday, Jan. 14, the top-notch recording-studio-cum-concert-hall will welcome Texas songstress Jamie Wilson, along with tourmates Jason Eady & the Wayward Apostles and special local guests Sandy Wells & the Smokin' Guns.

Wilson is best known for her roles with the Indie/Americana "sweetheart band of the hill country," the Gougers, and more recently with the pulchritudinous (that means "physically attractive," look it up) Austin pretty-girls-sing-country-pop cliché known as the Trishas. (Catch a few of the YouTube videos, especially "Satan's Paradise," at and tell me they aren't going somewhere ... you can't do it!) Now, fresh off a stint at last week's Steamboat Springs Music Fest, she'll throw down a solo set of her captivating country folk.

Eady, meanwhile, serves up impeccable (albeit cleaner than the inside of a Spic 'n Span bottle) country blues. Spanning the vast array of musical styles prevalent in the American South, from Americana to zydeco, and from the "church house" all the way down to the "watering hole," Eady and his band grapple with the usual suspects: sin and redemption, money troubles, women troubles and trouble troubles. But they always maintain the spirit of battle-hardened optimism that has marked Southern music from the very beginning.

And it isn't as though Jason and Co. don't have plenty of reasons to be optimistic. His 2007 recording, Wild Eyed Serenade, was named one of the Top 50 albums in No Depression magazine's readers' poll, and his latest effort, 2009's When the Money's All Gone, was produced by the acclaimed songwriter Kevin Welch. More information can, and should, be found at

Jumping to a trusted old standby, the Black Sheep has a humdinger of a three-day weekend planned. On Saturday, it'll showcase a multitude of the more experimental Colorado indie, metal, and hip-hop bands. At the top of the list are Springs reggae rockers the Knightbeats, followed by the infamous emcees known as Too Tone Taurus, the growl-and-chug alt.rock of Inelements, the tryptophanic sounds of Abracastabya, Denver's alt.hop hope the Pirate Signal, and lastly, but not leastly, Signatures. Featuring ex-members of both the Great Redneck Hope and They Murdered Miracles, Signatures are the "last unicorn" of our once-mighty "screamo" scene. At just $8, this is the week's Reverb pick for best bang for your buck.

On Sunday night at the Sheep will be the venerable Reverend Horton Heat, with tour support from Deadbolt. And on Monday, the Sheep will offer up its stage to the band of miscreant Kansas cowpunks known as Split Lip Rayfield, along with Arkansas' finest redneck hippie rebels, Mountain Sprout, and Pinecreek SK. Happy MLK Day, indeed!

Finally, it looks like the Rocket Room will "live to drink another day." Word on the street (OK, the Internet) is that the venue is booking again, and the Cantrells are hopeful they'll make it through this brutal winter freeze.

See guys, it could always be worse — and it won't be this cold forever, right? Please tell me it won't be this cold forever!

Smell you later.

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