Tangleweed, Shotgun Party | Old Town School of Folk Music | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Tangleweed, Shotgun Party All Ages Soundboard

When: Fri., July 29, 8 p.m. 2011

This Chicago string band call themselves "forward-thinking reactionaries," and there's a whiff of 50s/60s-folkie purism in their strict metholodogy of acoustic playing and live-in-the-studio recording. And purist folkies are absolutely right that there was a sense of democracy and community back in the proverbial day, when for rural folks all music was local music, probably played by someone they knew. Of course, the democratic aspect was disrupted by the fact that certain musicians were always better or more charismatic than others. Tangleweed, who wrap their straightforward country swing and old-time picking in a delightfully clever, self-aware package, are the kind of players people might have traveled from the next county over to hear: fluid, easy, sometimes fiery and sometimes mellow, full of delightful interplay. This is a release show for their fourth album, Please Punch Richard for Me; they'll also debut their first video, an animated short by Mindy Fisher for their giddy version of the old chestnut "Fox on the Town." Monica Kendrick

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