Friday To-Do: Jim Mize / Isaac Alexander | Rock Candy

Friday, February 8, 2008

Friday To-Do: Jim Mize / Isaac Alexander

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JIM MIZE / ISAAC ALEXANDER
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

I called “Release It to the Sky,” Jim Mize's sophomore album on Fat Possum Records, the album of the year in a year-end countdown a few weeks back, and I'll continue to sing its praises until — well, until he puts out another one. With a full-throated, gravelly storm of a voice, Mize sings simple, elemental songs of things slowly going to hell. The 50-something insurance adjustor might be our state's best lyricist. Buy the damn record. Here's your chance: Mize usually lugs around a big black bag full of albums at his gigs. Come with cash. Come, too, with anticipation. It's fairly rare to see Mize and his back-up band, the Germans. The Germans — Dave Hoffpauir, Jason Weinheimer and Charles Wyrick — always manage to add an extra heft to the material, particularly by sharpening the edges with guitar skronk — a welcome addition to anything alt-country-leaning. Isaac Alexander makes up a gig he had to cancel two weeks ago. As the lead singer of Big Silver and the Easys, Alexander starts with a solid base of the Beatles and builds — a hearty dose of the Band in the former, the likes of Elvis Costello and Jellyfish in the latter. While Beatlesque melodies are pretty much a given, who knows what Alexander's latest solo foray will yield? Last year, the singer/songwriter traveled to Nashville a half dozen or so times to record a solo record. A thick vinyl release may be on the horizon. In the meantime, check the demos on his MySpace page (myspace.com/isaacalexander).


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