Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cletus Who? (6/13)

Friday June 13th, 2008

This raspy-voiced singer-songwriter is one of the city's true hidden treasures. Cletus Black is in fine form once again on this new album that finds him backed by many of the players from his live band, the Revue.

Join them this evening for the CD release celebration at John Christ Winery in Avon Lake. A glass of local wine, paired with some local tunes, a great way to kick off the weekend.

The disc opens with a gritty cover of J.J. Cale's "Bringing it Back" that Black makes his own thanks in part to some fine harmonica work courtesy of Dave Morrison. The rest of the tracks are all originals, and it's a testament to Black's abilities as a songwriter that the album seamlessly flows together after the opening cover. Black alternately evokes the working-class rock of Springsteen ("Woman Woman") and the Gothic blues of Nick Cave ("Sanctified").

Guest spots from local heroes such as Colin Dussault, who adds harmonica to "Never Enough," drummer Tommy Rich, who's behind the kit on the same tune, and pianist Greg Hurd, who appears on "Tennessee Baby" and "Heavy and Blue," provide a nice touch, too.

Cletus Black performs at 7 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the John Christ Winery. FREE.
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