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Western Centuries
Atwood's Tavern
Cambridge, MA
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Western Centuries
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective tunes of heartbreak, and everything in between, the album strikes an oft-strived-for but rarely achieved balance between genre-busting experimentation and thoughtful continuity.

Comprised of Seattle-based country musician Cahalen Morrison, jam band veteran Jim Miller (co-founder of Donna the Buffalo), R&B and bluegrass-by-way-of-punk rock songwriter Ethan Lawton, pedal steel player Rusty Blake, and bassist Dan Lowinger, Western Centuries are clearly a diverse bunch. The band is collaborative in nature, but they are  albeit subtly  helmed by Morrison. After years of performing in prominent roots duo Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (whose music made fans of Tim OBrien, Jim Lauderdale, Dirk Powell, and BBC Radios Bob Harris along the way), Morrison formed and led the band Country Hammer, made up of members who have mostly crossed over into Western Centuries.

Produced by Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) and recorded in his Nashville studio, Weight of the World features three different songwriters and lead vocalists (Morrison, Miller, and Lawton); the result is a sound that deftly defies neat categorization. Yet the album doesnt come off as scattered. Instead, it feels like the natural confluence of the bands wide-ranging influences, laced together by the interconnected histories of the musical styles at its foundation, and by its writers commitments to imaginative songwriting.

The progressive, almost psychedelic nature of the albums lyrics infuses the 12-track record with a distinctly modern sensibility. Sure, theres ample pedal steel and plenty of country telecaster twang, but Western Centuries elevate these neo-traditional two-stepping tunes into transcendental, rootsy rock n roll doused think-pieces.

Upon first listen, Weight of the World provides all the familiar satisfaction of traditional country lyricism  rife with simultaneously hilarious and heart-breaking one-liners, tales of hitting the bottle and scraping bottom, and so on  but these songs yield new and deeper meaning with every listen. Each songwriter brings his own flair to Weight of the World, but there is a deeply literary approach to the songwriting woven throughout. The metaphors cleverly extend on, sometimes for an entire song as with Lawtons Off the Shelf -- a love song written for a bottle of booze.

While its lyrics are impressively layered with meaning, Weight of the World will appeal to just about any fan of roots music; the album certainly showcases the bands great range and ability to blend influences ranging from early rhythm and blues, all the way to straight up country. But its also marked with a profound ingenuity  the type that feels instinctual rather than intentionally labored for, the kind that continues to flourish and snake into new realms as time wears on. This is just the beginning for Western Centuries, and its not likely their creative well is going to dry up any time soon.

ATWOOD'S IS A MIX OF SEATING AND STANDING ROOM. PURCHASING A TICKET DOES NOT GUARANTEE SEATING.

THIS IS A 21+ SHOW. FINAL SALE, NO REFUNDS/EXCHANGES.

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Atwood's Tavern (View)
877 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States

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Categories

Music > Country
Music > Folk

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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