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Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday To-Do: The Drams / Glossary

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The Drams.

9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $6.

Years before Ben Nichols smoked his millionth cigarette, gravelling his voice to its current phlegmatic depths, there was Brent Best, who fronted a band that sounded as guttural and down-and-out as its name — Slobberbone. For somewhere around a decade, the group, based in Denton, Texas, toured tirelessly and released four albums that got lumped in the '90s alt-country movement, mostly as a consequence of geography. Best's growl came with a West Texas twang, but otherwise the band was stylistically all over the place — messy, Replacements-style bar rock, ruminative folk, with rooftop horns, keyboards, tuba and harmonica featured liberally. Now after a post-Slobberbone hiatus, three-fourths of the group, including Best and guitarist Jess Barr and drummer Tony Harper, have come together as the Drams. They sound an awful lot like Slobberbone, if a little poppier. Fans of bands like Lucero, the Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers, take note. In what's becoming a calling card for White Water, the venue has the Drams playing a two-night stand with Glossary, another band that often unjustifiably gets tagged as alt-country. In the last year, the Murfreesboro rockers have built up a sizeable following with repeated visits to the tavern. Locally revered singer/songwriter Kevin Kerby, who grew up in Texas with Best, opens the show.

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