When I first learned that the Swedish trio Baskery will be playing Sunday's opening concert at the promising new Gold Room venue, what immediately came to mind was the band that gave birth to Scandinavia's black metal scene in all its corpse-painted, cathedral-burning glory.
But actually, that was Bathory. And while Baskery and Bathory both share a country of origin and varying degrees of makeup, the two trios are otherwise pretty different. For one thing, Baskery is a sister-act leaning more toward indie-folk, albeit with a less delicate sensibility than the term might suggest.
Now relocated to Nashville and signed to Warner Brothers, the trio was hailed by Britain's Mojo magazine for delivering "boogied up blues and country music like a frenzied Dixie Chicks, bottleneck banjo and all." Little Wild Life, Baskery's third and latest album, was produced by Matt Wignall of Cold War Kids, and moves them in an interesting pop direction that's not entirely unlike Sheryl Crow's early collaborations with the Tuesday Night Music Club.
Steve Harris of Rocky Mountain Highway, who also put on this year's MeadowGrass festival, first caught the trio showcasing at last year's Folk Alliance conference in Toronto. "I am convinced that they are about to blow up," he predicts. "They are beautiful, they are funny, they sing amazing harmonies, and they can be in-your-face edgy."
Sunday's concert will be the first in a series of shows at the Gold Room, a 350-capacity Art Deco performance hall located within the downtown Mining Exchange complex.
The venue will also be playing host to Chris Smither on Sept. 14. The much-lauded New Orleans singer-songwriter got his start collaborating with Bonnie Raitt, after the two discovered their mutual love for Lightnin' Hopkins. Earlier this year, Smither released the two-disc Still on the Levee, featuring new recordings of his best work accompanied by the likes of Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III.
The series continues Sept. 26 with acoustic duo Scott Law & Samson Grisman. Law is best known for his ties to the String Cheese Incident, while Samson is the son of David Grisman, whom he accompanied last month at the Springs' own Fiddles, Vittles & Vino. After that, look for Ronnie Fauss on Oct. 3, Rebecca Folsom & Sally Barris on Oct. 10, and New Country Rehab on Oct. 24.
In other news, Southern Colorado's beloved Elephant Revival are coming to town this Saturday. The 2014 MeadowGrass headliners have been made a last-minute addition to the Nickel Creek show at the Pikes Peak Center.
Creating a Newsense fans, meanwhile, will want to know that their favorite local band will be playing its FINAL final reunion gig this coming Friday at the Ancient Mariner. Billed as a celebration of "ten years and one more night," the show will coincide with the release of a free online album that the band went into the studio to record earlier this month.
Newsense founder Joe Johnson, the winner of this year's Indy Music Award for Americana, promises the collection will contain some of "the best recordings ever" of career-spanning favorites like "Levity," "Ain't No Lie," "Killers" and more. The group also plans to post recordings of past live shows, from time to time, on its Facebook page.