Velcro Lewis Group, Lawrence Peters Outfit, Al Scorch's Country Ensemble | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Velcro Lewis Group, Lawrence Peters Outfit, Al Scorch's Country Ensemble Soundboard

When: Sat., July 30, 9 p.m. 2011

The Lawrence Peters Outfit's name has a double meaning—after all, if you've seen much of Lawrence Peters, you know what a "Lawrence Peters outfit" looks like when you spot one on the racks at Alcala's Western Wear. The fashion plate and man about town has been gracing Chicago stages as a singer, songwriter, drummer, DJ, and electric-­washboard wizard for what seems like forever (you might have seen him in the Plastic Crimewave Sound, Tijuana Hercules, the Velcro Lewis Group, the Golden Horse Ranch Dance Band, or . . . well, you get the idea). He's been playing so long with his own outfit that it's hard to believe they're only just now releasing their debut CD, but What You Been Missin' is well worth the wait. Peters's passion for Americana in all its forms—heartbreakin' hard-drinkin' honky-tonk country most of all—comes through in every note. His voice is affable and smooth, and he knows just when to let it break: on the desolate "Bear Creek," about his mother's death when he was a child, he sings in a subdued wail that's so true to the song you can almost hear the whip-poor-wills. He can lift the mood too, like he does on the gentle hoedown "Dirt on My Hands," with longtime fellow travelers Kelly Hogan and Nora O'Connor adding backing vocals. Monica Kendrick


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