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When: Sat., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. 2015

In 2013, Evan Patterson—perhaps best known as the front man of veteran Louisville posthardcore band Young Widows—began traveling to Santa Fe to visit his then girlfriend who was there attending grad school. During his downtime, he strung up an old acoustic guitar she had lying around and started writing some exploratory yarns that were never meant to see the light of day. After hearing snippets of the tracks, however, Patterson’s friends encouraged him upon his return to pursue the subdued side project. Or so the story goes. What resulted was a modest singles series by Jaye Jayle: four records, each with two tracks per, on four different labels. Patterson’s dark and heady drawl is unmistakable during a slow roller like “Moonglares,” but it’s on the dustier lilting numbers like “The Road to New Mexico”—with its rudimentary, stripped-down-to-nothing rhythm—that Patterson softens his vocals and sounds the most like a wanderer casually hitching his way through the southwest (“I’m on the road to New Mexico / I’m going to bury my face in the desert snow / I’m on the road to New Mexico / I’m going to leave my wife and my kid at home”). For this show Jaye Jayle will perform as a quartet; and the singles series will be available in its four pieces along with a screen-printed limited-edition CD of the series as a whole. Patterson also tells me that his debut full-length album, House Cricks . . . and Other Excuses to Get Out, will arrive early next year via local label Hawthorne Street Records.

Kevin Warwick

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