Who: Hill Country Revue with Rosalie
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bluebird Theater, Denver
Cody Dickinson wanted to try something new, so the North Mississippi Allstars’ drummer shifted musical gears and became part of the Hill Country Revue.
The southern rock and blues band features North Mississippi members Dickinson and Chris Chew, plus Kirk Smithheart, Ed Cleveland and Dixie Dan Coburn.
The band released its debut album this year and now it’s taking the show on the road. The Hill Country Revue headlines the Bluebird on Saturday.
“The North Mississippi Allstars took the year off, so I’ve been working and touring with the Hill Country Revue,” Dickinson said. “This band has been going strong for two years, and we’ve quickly gained our own identity and fan base.”
Dickinson is thrilled to change his musical instrumentation with the Hill Country Revue. While the performer plays a mean set of drums with the North Mississippi Allstars, he gets to switch things up with his side project.
“I’m playing guitar and washboard with the Hill Country Revue,” Dickinson said. “We have all this intricate guitar stuff I get to play on.
“Playing in this band really strikes a balance with me. It really opens me up creatively in a new and different way. It’s really been a good learning experience.”
The Hill Country Revue’s been busy touring and turning fans onto its southern fried, roots and blues mix.
“The new record is called, Make a Move,” Dickinson explained. “It’s really funky, gritty, messy and stripped-down.”
“Our songs are mostly written by Garry Burnside and that’s been the magic formula for this band. We handpicked his songs and it’s all about how we interpret them. These songs are a mix of authentic and modern blues.”
Dead Confederate and Meat Puppets
Rocking outfits Dead Confederate and the Meat Puppets are joining forces for a Saturday double-bill at the Fox.
Dead Confederate cranks out an edgy blend of rock and psychedelic sounds, and the band’s touring behind its 2008 debut CD, Wrecking Ball.
“We all went to school in Athens, Georgia, and that’s where we started the band,” bandleader Hardy Morris said. “It’s a really supportive scene, but we wanted to set out on the road and play a lot more shows.
“We play Southern psychedelic rock and we really turn up the volume. Our songs are pretty loud and dark, but they have really honest lyrics that are based on personal experience.”
Dead Confederate has been hitting the road with bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Drive-By Truckers, and the group just hooked up with the Meat Puppets for a fall tour.
“We’d never played with the Meat Puppets before, but we were familiar with their music,” Morris said. “We decided to join forces — and this should be a good tour.
“We’re just trying to tour as much as possible to get our name out. We really get into the songs during our live shows and we deliver them with lots of force.”
Alex Brown Church started out making films at NYU, but now he’s fronting his indie band Sea Wolf.
The band’s built a steady following with its blend of folk, pop and indie rock sounds. Sea Wolf just released the CD, White Water, White Bloom, and the act will be showing off its tunes at the hi-dive on Saturday.
“I really wanted to capture all the energy of the live group on White Water, White Bloom,” said Church. “I wanted to give the songs a different approach, so we brought in a string quartet and got a fuller band sound.
“I’m also excited, because we have the song ‘The Violet Hour’ on the new ‘Twilight’ soundtrack. The film’s called ‘New Moon’ — and that is a very interesting place to have one’s music.”