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By BOB GULLA  |  November 15, 2006

“TROUBADOURS, ROCKERS & PUNKS” | November 17-January 6 | Dryden Gallery, 27 Dryden Ln, Providence | 401.421.6196

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Chris Daltry has made bewitching indie and acoustic-based roots music for quite a while, going back to the acclaimed Purple Ivy Shadows and continuing with the on-again/off-again work of his pet project the ’Mericans. Daltry’s latest incarnation is a lazy susan of a band, with rotating members all taking turns bringing their leader’s songs to life. But Daltry hasn’t made a significant recording of his ’Mericans work — until now.

’Merican Recordings is inspired by Johnny Cash’s work of nearly the same name. As you might know, in his last years, Cash was coaxed by producer Rick Rubin to record a collection of sparse numbers, just his voice and an acoustic guitar. In the same way, ’Merican Recordings is Daltry, a guy with Southern roots himself, expressing his admiration for both Cash and the acoustic idiom.

The 20-minute EP, pressed in a silk-screened, limited edition of 250, includes eight gorgeous tracks, all written, recorded, and mixed by Daltry. He was joined in the studio by Joel Thibodeau (String Builder/Death Vessel) on background vocals, mandolin, and harmonica, Margie Wienk (Fern Knight) on upright bass, and Daltry’s former Purple Ivy Shadow partner Will Rice on banjo.

Daltry’s best work has the bucolic flavor of acoustic archetypes like Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Neil Young and his record release party, featuring a full band helping him flesh out these tunes, should be the perfect showcase for it.


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On Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18, THE HIGH ROLLERS’ new lineup premieres at the Narragansett Café in Jamestown. It’s Tom Ferraro on guitar, Thom Enright on bass, Bob Christina on drums, Keith Munslow on keys, and Greg Sharrod on vocals. Call 401.423.2150. The Providence Black Rep and Soul Optics Entertainment will host C.L. SMOOTH on Friday as part of the monthly Grand Tracks producer showcase. Smooth and a slew of local producers will perform at 10:30 pm at the Xxodus Café, 276 Westminster Street. Call 401.351.0353.

Blackstone River Theatre will present “An Evening of Ocean State Songwriters,” featuring seven members of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association, on Friday at 8 pm. Scheduled for the show are FRANK MARTYN, CHRIS MONTI, SUSAN LAINEY, KIM LAMOTHE, ERIC FONTANA, CHRIS WILHELM,, and PATTI DEROSA. Admission is $10. Call 401.725.9272.  

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