Notes on a local tribute to Nick Lowe
This is NICK LOWE weekend in five cities, as clubs host tributes to the English singer/songwriter/bassist/producer to coincide with Yep Roc’s issue of a deluxe CD version of Lowe’s UK solo debut LP, The Jesus of Cool. Various bands will bash out tunes from his catalogue; in Cambridge that labor of love has fallen to a dozen-plus folks who will play Lizard Lounge on February 23. The ringleader is producer/bassist ED VALAUSKAS of the Gentlemen, who met Lowe’s co-manager, Jake Guralnick, at the CMJ convention in New York last year and was told about the Lowe project. Valauskas has assembled a core band featuring Rudds guitarist TONYGODDESS, with singers CHRIS COTE (Upper Crust), JOHN POWHIDA (Rudds), KYLE PATRICK (the Click Five), CORIN ASHLEY (Pills), MERRIE AMSTERBURG, and a few BRISTOLS. Lowe’s songs “are timeless to me,” he says. “Songs I dream of being good enough to write — heartfelt and funny at the same time.” The PILLS will start things off with “Wings over America” and the RUDDS will close the night with “Clock Strikes Ten,” a Cheap Trick tribute.
: New England Music News
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