The Subdudes with Opener The Bittersweets presented by WMOT/Roots Radio - 3/27/20Friday, March 27 2020 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
The Subdudes with Opener The Bittersweets presented by WMOT/Roots Radio - 3/27/20
at City Winery Nashville
Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.
Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.
Their music features an intoxicating blend of passionate, joyous roots music, not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any musicians. More than a just a concert, the “dudes” leave you feeling like they’re having a party and you were lucky enough to be invited.
A decade ago, The Bittersweets looked like that elusive band, “destined for stardom,” as the East Bay Express wrote at the time. They were on a major radio station in San Francisco before playing their first show. Their two records were nearly universally praised by critics, and they spent the next several years on the road, opening for acts such as Cowboy Junkies, CAKE, Rosanne Cash, Buddy Miller, and Emmylou Harris. Numerous songs were placed in network and cable TV shows. After a significant hiatus to start a family, friend and producer Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Christina Aguilera) convinced them to get into his studio to put new songs to tape. Joined by John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass, Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Lorde) on drums, and longtime collaborator Jason Goforth (Over the Rhine, John Paul White), they spent a week in the studio, creating what would turn out to be their finest record to date. The new music will trickle out to streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and YouTube in the new year via Compass Records. For more information, visit www.thebittersweets.com