The Knitters, "Wrecking Ball"

The Knitters play tonight and tomorrow with Dead Rock West, Leila and John (Tuesday night only), at Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m.,


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The Knitters, "Wrecking Ball"

The Knitters play tonight and tomorrow with Dead Rock West, Leila and John (Tuesday night only), at Tractor Tavern, 8 p.m., $20

First emerging in the early '80s as a side project of Los Angeles punk

band X, the Knitters featured three-fourths of that band - singer Exene

Cervenka, singer/bassist John Doe, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake - plus

guitarist (and Blasters founder) Dave Alvin and rockabilly bassist

Jonny Ray Bartel. Though the group's X members brought along some of

that band's fire and wit to the Knitters' 1985 debut, Poor Little

Critter on the Road, the disc was predominantly a country and blues

affair, with originals stacked next to covers of Merle Haggard and

Leadbelly tunes. Recognized now as one of the building blocks of the

alt-country movement, the album didn't get a follow-up until 2005, when

the Knitters reconvened to record the equally rootsy and fun The Modern

Sounds of the Knitters. It's unknown if we'll have to wait 20 more

years for a third album, but there's enough great material from those

albums - and plenty of X songs to be tackled - to make tonight a

spirited good time. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

 
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