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Harlan T. Bobo // Pure Memphis Music Series
Old Dominick Distillery
Memphis, TN
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Harlan T. Bobo // Pure Memphis Music Series
Harlan T. Bobo opens the fall season of the Pure Memphis Music Series at Old Dominick Distillery! Doors at 6:30 PM, music begins promptly at 7:30 PM. $5 from every single ticket sold goes directly to our nonprofit partner for the evening, Memphis Slim House!

Once the intro to opener Human gives way to its fully-realized sonic purpose, its obvious that Harlan T. Bobos fourth proper album, A History of Violence, is quite different from his previous body of work. The classic historical emotional heft of a songwriter trying to make sense of lifes chaosthink mid-70s Lou Reed, especially Coney Island Babyis a thread running through the albums mid-tempo tracks like Human and the miniature literary tragedy that is Nadine. The punchier tracks on the album, like Spiders, conjure very early Green On Red, what Xs mid-80s output could have been, or even the roots-rock tendencies of overlooked genius Cass McCombs.
This album highlights Bobos whiskey-and-cigarette-informed vocal style, and on the more intimate tracks, a distorted ear candy that warbles into increasingly sunken, uncomfortable places, like that of the songwriter with which comparisons have followed Bobo throughout his career: the late Leonard Cohen. But there is a richer canvas on which to work this time out, not to mention a decidedly heavier and darker one. The album was recorded in Memphis with Doug Easley, who has previously worked with Cat Power, Pavement, Wilco, Sonic Youth, Jon Spencer, and Jeff Buckley. Bobo also brought in Steve Selvidge (The Hold Steady, Bash & Pop) on bass and Jeff Bunny Dutton (Action Family) on guitar, along with regular contributors Jeff Bouck (Polyphonic Spree) and Brendan Spangler (Viva lAmerican Death Ray). The result is a naturally dynamic album that seems equally at home with howling guitars and heavy bass lines as it does with haunting piano and humble pleas. A History Of Violence is Bobos most complexand completealbum to date.


Old Dominick Distillery (View)
305 South Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103
United States



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


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