Tonight: Thunderado and the Small Sounds at the Continental Club
Thunderado's Paul Beebe (center) and friends at the Continental, Christmas 2007
Thunderado doesn't play around much. This is not to say it's not one helluva band, but guitarist Hunter Perrin has a day job that keeps him busy most of the year: backing legendary Credence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty. When Perrin is in town, however, he and bassman compadre Paul Beebe bring one of the rockingest three-piece combos in the area to the stage.
Thunderado's bluesy, surf-influenced torrent of rock and roll that pours forth proves that the band is most appropriately named, and Perrin is a serious string-shredder. These guys can shake the rafters. The group's first CD, Thunderado - with powerhouse session man Kenny Aronoff on drums - is due in early December and, if Fogerty's schedule allows, the band hopes to play more hometown gigs for a while. (Thunderado also rocks the Continental Christmas night.)
The Small Sounds is another local project Beebe participates in, and the band has a somewhat higher profile than Thunderado due to regular gigging at Rudyard's and other local venues. The sound is a sparse mixture of pop, psychedelia and wispy alternative country, which makes them fit for a wide range of stages. Debut CD The Small Sounds is available now. - William Michael Smith
9 p.m. tonight at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.