Dexter Romweber Duo, the Pack A.D., Velcro Lewis & His 100 Proof Band Critic's Choice Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Sept. 24, 8 p.m. 2008

Even though Jack White claims him as a huge influence, North Carolina guitarist and singer Dexter Romweber says he hasn’t really listened to the White Stripes. It seems like he could use some marketing tips from Jack, though. In 1986, when Romweber was living in Athens, Georgia—and stealing the show from R.E.M. and the B-52s in the scene documentary Athens, GA: Inside Out—he looked ready to take on the world. But more than 20 years later, his irresistible cockiness has hardly translated into rock-star status; his roots-psychobilly duo the Flat Duo Jets took more than a decade to hit the majors and then flopped, breaking up within a year of 1998’s Lucky Eye. And even if everything had gone right, it might not have helped: for years Romweber has been fighting a mental illness bad enough to impair him but not disastrous enough to make him a cause celebre like Roky Erickson. Make no mistake, though: he was and is a fantastic rockabilly player of the old school, with great heaping helpings of soul. His drummer these days is his sister Sara, a veteran of Let’s Active and Snatches of Pink; they signed to Bloodshot this summer and are recording an album that will include duets with Chan Marshall, Exene Cervenka, and Neko Case. —Monica Kendrick

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