This Saturday night, the Starry Plough in Berkeley will host an evening paying tribute to Waylon Jennings organized by local country artists Matt Lundquist of Otto Mobile and the Moaners and Misisipi Mike Wolf. Jennings, although wildly popular in his time, seems somewhat under-appreciated today, with his contemporaries such as Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash garnering far more attention. That being said, his great songwriting and distinctive rhythms on his albums are still an influence on artists today, perhaps most notably on Father John Misty’s Fear Fun, where his driving basslines often remind me of Jennings.
For the Starry Plough show, Lundquist and Wolf’s respective bands will be joined by a slew of Bay Area twang artists performing Jennings’ material. Lundquist’s band will back Vince Dewald of Brand New Trash and Buxter Hoot’n, Fiddle Dave Muhlethaler, and Kit Lopez of Kit and the Branded Men. For the second set, Misisipi Mike’s band will perform with Maurice Tani of 77 El Deora, Darren Nelson of Honeydust, and Joan Reuter of Whisky & Women. Although I’ve yet to see Otto Mobile in person, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Misisipi Mike lead the sadly now defunct country music brunch at Hotel Utah, and can confirm he’s great at working with guest musicians. Show details are below.
Otto Mike and the Moaners, Misisipi Mike Wolf & the Midnight Gamblers
The Starry Plough
June 15, 2013
9pm, $7-12 sliding scale