Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 3
Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys, Boondocks, April 28: "Reefer and friends can be a benign ensemble whose greatest sin (and virtue) is defibrillating the shade of Hank Williams Sr. for an audience whose appetite for debauchery is more in line with grandson Hank III."
Mike Ness and Jesse Dayton, Meridian, May 6: "Ness' hard-luck characters took an unplanned back seat Tuesday to-the-all too real predicament of opener Jesse Dayton. En route from Dallas, Dayton's tour bus was pulled over in Magnolia County for the stereotypical broken taillight; the subsequent search turned up a certain illegal substance in the singer's backpack that, he said later, had been there "since I don't know when."
Ace Frehley, Meridian, May 13: "It's hard to imagine an environment seething with more testosterone than Monday's Ace Frehley show. A mixed-martial-arts competition or stock-trading pit, perhaps."
Band of Annuals, Boondocks, May 29: "For a band playing such weatherbeaten, world-weary music, they just didn't seem quite seasoned enough. Like the ghost of Townes Van Zandt was there, hovering, but wondering 'Who are these kids and why don't they have more lines on their faces?'"