Tonight: Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at Walter's on Washington
Joshua Black Wilkins
On past albums, the Shakers' brand of rootsy, weird-ass America nostalgia reimagined a trailer park, formica kitchen and Pomade past, producing soundscapes littered with neo-polka ("Iron Lung Oompah"), dust-bowl blues ("Bottom Road" and "Something in the Water") and lonesome gypsy jamborees ("Jipsy Valentine"). They never let hot tar settle under their restless heels. Their new slab, Swampblood, is soaked in deep-woods folklore (mobs of hillbillies, broken dogs, gap-toothed grannies) and, unlikely as it sounds, hope - a new dawn rising, especially now that new guitarist (and former Austinite) Duane Denison (Scratch Acid, Jesus Lizard) has joined this bawdy, surreal tent-revival mash-up.
With the John Evans Band and I Am Mesmer..., 9 p.m. tonight at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington, 713-862-2513 or www.superunison.com.