Charlie Hunter decided it was time to go solo for his newest guitar project, Public Domain.
Hunter dipped into the well of public domain tunes for the new record, and his 99-year-old grandfather helped pick out the songs. The guitarist’s also touring behind his band CD, Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You — You Will Not Be Getting Paid.
Who: An evening with Charlie Hunter
When: 8 tonight
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
Hunter plans to show off tunes from both records at the Fox Theatre tonight. That’s a good thing, because it’s been awhile since the jazz and groove-based guitarist’s played Boulder.
“I never change up my style, but I’m always trying to evolve it,” Hunter said. “I still work hard every day and practice.
“On the new Gentlemen record, I tried to really get a brass sound, and I used polyrhythmic, soul, folk and jazz sounds. I recorded it in mono, so it has this real mono feel that I like.”
Hunter’s also proud of Public Domain. This is the musician’s second solo release.
“My 99-year-old grandfather helped pick out the songs with me,” Hunter said. “It was fun to do and it really is a guitar record. Some of these songs are more than 100 years old. I wanted to make a record that felt a lot deeper.”
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band makes a really big sound for a three-piece act. We’re talking about a group that features a washboard and plays hard-edged blues and roots music.
Peyton and his band just played the entire 2010 Warped Tour. The group was voted the No. 1 act of the summer road show.
Friday, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band hits Denver’s Bluebird Theater. The band will show off tunes from its latest CD, The Wages.
“It’s been a long summer on the Warped Tour, so we’re excited to do some of our new songs in Denver,” “Reverend” Josh Peyton said. “We’ve also got some new instruments we’ll be playing, but it will be a surprise.
“We’re very proud of our record, The Wages. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard blues chart. For only having one guitar, a drummer and a washboard player, we make a huge sound. It’s just real people playing real instruments — it’s a big part of who we are.”
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is also proud of its new video “Clap Your Hands.”
The lively clip features breakdancers, line dancers and sideshow characters coming together to perform a free performance with the Indiana band.
“We just put the word out that we needed people to come out and be in our video,” Peyton said. “We didn’t have a budget and we didn’t know if we could pull this off. People came out to help us — they were all volunteers.
“We didn’t choreograph anything, we just asked people to dance and do their own thing. We’re real proud of them.”