WHO’S PERFORMING? Ashley Raines (Colorado)
WHAT TO EXPECT? A brutally honest show…
Raines brings a stripped down version of the New West Revue on the road for his shows. He might bring one person with him for accompaniment on stage but expect a scaled back show. Raines makes the most of his time on stage rattling off songs from his extensive catalog and often divides his show into two complete normal length sets. He is 10 albums in for his career and it seems like he writes new songs quicker than he books shows to play them at. It is the perfect time to sit back in a small bar, have a beer and enjoy a criminally underrated talent.
WHERE IS IT? The Dawg House, 108 Commercial St., Forest City, MO
WHEN IS IT? Thursday, May 16th, 2013; 8:00pm
WHY SHOULD I GO? Raines is a rare treat. His dark lyrics give you just a glimpse into the madness that must go on in his head. He plays several instruments and can shock you at any time with something really different.
He plays mostly originals but every once in a while he busts out a great cover song. He is notorious for his fittingly dark version of Warren Zevon’s “My Shit’s Fucked Up.” He recently released a digital single of a eerie cover of Tom Waits already dark tune “Alice” with any luck he will be playing that song as well.
His (even newer) digital single is called “Old Time Religion” and should make a nice addition to the about 25 requests I have to bestow upon Mr. Raines during the show. I don’t look forward to many St. Joe area shows as I am this one. It is a little bit out of town but I give you my word that it will be well worth the short drive.