The Lonesome Billies, Albatross

When: Sun., July 7, 3 p.m. 2013


The Lonesome Billies have a future, but it remains to be seen whether it will be as a band, a troupe of performance artists, or playing Johnny Cash covers in a Vegas revue. The four members all claim the name Bill (and, presumably, a solitary worldview), and singer Billy West Kimsey has the deep voice and conversational singing style of the Man in Black. But this band also has a little something in common with Ween's brilliant genre album 12 Golden Country Greats. See, thematically, the Lonesome Billies run heavy on bizarre imagery and nihilism, which makes for a surprising and at times humorous contrast ("Rats at Your Feet") to the sing-along choruses and acoustic guitars. Also with a flair for the dramatic, Albatross are storytellers of tales that probably aren't going to end well. Their call-and-response narratives and purple violins call to mind morose Civil War ballads. They kick off the Doug Fir's free summertime patio series, Pickin' on Sundays. REBECCA WILSON

Price: free

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