- Eric Helmin
Country-western music is about love and loss,” says Reformed Whores guitarist Katy Frame to the audience at Gotham City Comedy Club in New York. Ukelele player Marie Cecile Anderson adds “Folks we know this is a comedy show, but ... we’re gonna play y’all the saddest country love song ever written.” Then the duo launches into “Hump-A-Lot Bear” a low-tempo number about forbidden love between a young girl and the stuffed Care Bear her parents callously throw away after they catch her ... well you get the idea. As their name, not to mention the title of their latest album Don’t Beat Around the Bush, would indicate, the Whores don’t waste blood blushing at their own sexuality. Songs like “Whorny,” “Raw Hide (The Waxing Song)” and “Southern Cumfort” feature double entendres only in that they sometimes repeat themselves. Anderson and Frame spice up all that sex talk with feminist PSAs like “Girls Poop Too” and “Douchebags” and make a conscious effort to be less heteronormative with “Eating Out.” This is outlaw country circa 2016. $17, 8:30pm Thu, 8pm & 10:15pm Fri-Sat, 8pm Sun, Improv San Antonio Rivercenter, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 229-1420, rivercentercomedyclub.com.
— Jeremy Martin