John Doe, of course, is the iconic singer/songwriter/bassist of long-running L.A. country-punks X. The Sadies are a not-quite-as-long-running, but still equally excellent, alt-country/indie-rock combo from Toronto. Theyve come together on the recently released album Country Club, a spirited honky-tonk collaboration that includes covers of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and Hank Williams tunes alongside a few originals. Tonights gig should feature most, if not all, of that material, and maybe theyll sneak an X or Sadies tune or two into the set, too. Keeping up with their fast songs, Doe replied when I recently asked him whats been the most interesting thing about playing with the Sadies. I thought I was pretty badass, but Im not playing punk rock bass, so Ive gotta keep up with their stuff. With Jill Sobule. Photo courtesy Autumn DeWilde.
Sun., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., 2009