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Americana Festival

Tim Carroll, Cameron Carrus, Reeves Gabrels @ 5 Spot (📷: Jared Godar)
Tim Carroll, Cameron Carrus, Reeves Gabrels @ 5 Spot (📷: Jared Godar)

Anna & Co. should be thankful, as we all are, that Reeves showed up Friday because the normal Tim trio is tough to top. Who is Reeves Gabrels? He plays guitar for a little band called The Cure and was David Bowie’s guitar player before that.

Tim Carroll & Cameron Carrus (📷: Jared Godar)
Cameron Carrus & Reeves Gabrels (📷: Jared Godar)

Where else can you get a free, kick-ass rock show with no cover and drink specials from 6:00-8:30 on a Friday? Seriously, if you know, tell me. How many other living souls can say that John Prine recorded one of their songs?
He has opened for punk the Ramones.  He’s even been name-dropped in a Robbie Fulks classic “F This Town.

This has always been my favorite way to end my week. Many of you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t had the pleasure, I highly recommend you go next Friday. And every subsequent Friday. 

Darrin Bradbury (Cafe Rooster Records)

Hello, there. Long time, no see. Just survived another long, beautiful week of music with far too little sleep. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and bask in the glow of talented performers sharing what they love.

Stay tuned this week for some of the sights and sounds of Americana 2018. I will be sharing my favorites for the week from smallest to largest act. Starting with the FTNB pick for the best solo set of the week—Darrin Bradbury.

During the Cafe Rooster showcase at the Basement East, Darrin and the engineer couldn’t quite isolate the source of some feedback. Undeterred, Darrin unplugged and jumped off the stage. The room was still and quiet. As he began sharing songs, new and old, several concentric circles of bodies formed around him.  

The loudest noise in the crowded room beside Darrin was the whirring of the fan behind the bar. Except for the occasional chuckle and the handful of folks singing along, it was just Darrin and his guitar. 

This clip below gives you a little idea of this special set, but in no way comes close to encapsulating the experience.


Darrin Bradbury (Cafe Rooster Records)

Stay tuned tomorrow to see the FTNB pick for best duo of the festival.