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Sound and the Fury


The El Orbits make bingo rock at Casbeers on Tuesday, March 2.
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a week on the scene

Texas Waltz Time

The Flatlanders' February 21 show before an overflowing, delirious Gruene Hall crowd found the Lubbock legends in spirited form, as Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Joey Ely took turns on lead vocals, sometimes tag-teaming from verse to verse. Covering most of their new album Wheels of Fortune (Hancock revealed that he suggested calling it Eggs in Your Chickens, but met with a cool response from his bandmates), the group also dipped into its past with fine versions of standards like "Dallas," "Julia," and "West Texas Waltz."

The last number featured Hancock's most outlandish wordplay, including a baseball double entendre ribald enough to give Ludacris pause: "I'll kiss you on the strikes/you kiss me on the balls/and we'll go dance like the dickens to the West Texas Waltz."

Sound and the Fury

a week on the scene
The Greencards, a traditional bluegrass group of England/Australia expatriates, delivered a sterling, well-received opening set. They will be back in the area with a show at Casbeers on Thursday, March 4.

This weekend, live-music highlights include performances by the Lost Trailers and another one of accordion great Steve Jordan's periodic - and unfailingly astonishing - appearances at Saluté.

The Lost Trailers are an Atlanta group of roots-rock road warriors heavily indebted to Bruce Springsteen's working-class heartland sagas. Band founders Stokes Nielson and Ryder Lee swiftly assembled their lineup after slipping a tape to Willie Nelson and getting an offer to play one of Nelson's annual 4th of July picnics. The title of their new album, Welcome to the Woods, comes from a piece of advice Nelson offered Nielson years ago: "If you build a house of quality in the woods, the world will beat a path to your doorstep." The Lost Trailers are scheduled to perform at the Rox Room on Saturday, February 28 at 9 p.m.

Jordan's upcoming gig at Saluté comes uncharacteristically soon after his last show at the club, on January 16. But there's good reason for it: The Friday, February 27 accordion throwdown is being billed as a birthday bash for the conjunto icon. He'll play from 9 p.m. until he feels like stopping. •

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