EARTH, JESSE SYKES, CHRISTOPHER FRANCIS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) There’s that whole realm of country music that rejoices in the simplicity of the two-step, the major chords, and the easy everyman chorus. Then there’s that pasty-white underbelly, that weird subset that linked Johnny Cash to Robert Mitchum’s character in The Night of the Hunter. The good ol’ days weren’t meant to be eulogized with frivolous honky-tonk. The past was a bleak place and the heart continues to be a grim and barren landscape. Tonight will not yield simple, sad cowboy songs—rather, it will showcase songs of desolation and emptiness. If Earth’s Morricone-inspired instrumentals don’t thoroughly devastate you, Jesse Sykes’s sultry minor-key ballads certainly will. BRIAN COOK
Earth - Rise to Glory
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