Messin' With Texas: Seattle Bands Sing Songs of the Lone Star State, with members of Visqueen, Shim, Widower, Pablo Trucker, The Long Winters, The Maldives, The Head & The Heart, Thee Sgt Major III, Hannalee, James Apollo, Mostly Dimes, Dark Plum, Shelby Earl, Bryn Lumsden, Barton Carroll, Ben London, Martin Feveyear. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $8. It may seem strange that a dozen Seattle bands are willing to proclaim their love for Texas, but it makes sense once you realize how many classic tunes were born from Lone Star State love. Kris Kristofferson, born in Brownsville, Tex., wrote "Me and Bobby McGee," a torch song that Visqueen's Rachel Flotard could try on for size. There's "That'll Be the Day," by Lubbock-born Buddy Holly, a soulful, pop-tinged number. The Long Winters could pull that off, while Barton Carroll could test out "Brownsville Girl" by Bob Dylan. There's an embarrassment of riches in Lone Star songs: let's not forget Willie Nelson, who not only wrote about Texas but created songs that felt like the restless Wild West. Maybe the Maldives could pull something from Old Willie's songbook? The possibilities are endless. PAIGE RICHMOND
Rachel Flotard is one of many artists performing Texan songs at the Tractor tonight.
Cady Wire, with Ryan Purcell, The River Empires, Jones Family Fortune. Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 323-9853. 9 p.m. Transplanted New York band Cady Wire has found a home for itself amongst Ballard's country-loving, cowboy-boot wearing populace. Frontman Sam Riley possesses a soulful singing voice that lends itself well to the mournful melodies he favors. Lyrically, Riley tends toward vivid imagery that's so effective, it's downright unsettling. One memorable lyric references a woman sucking the blood out of his stones and spitting it into the shitter. Disgusting, yes, but it does garner a visceral response. Another song, "Tumbleweeds" juxtaposes raw, wistful lyrics with a cheerful tune, a more affecting combination than the tear-soaked numbers that dominate Cady Wire's repertoire. If the band can duplicate the success of "Tumbleweeds" on future releases, they might just have a future as Son Volt's freaky younger sibling. SARA BRICKNER