The Greenhornes are first up in the Nashville Scene’s “Sounds Like Summer” (SLS) concert series. The SLS concert series is every Thursday night in July at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville. Upcoming SLS acts include Real Estate (7/14), The Legendary Shack Shakers (7/21), and Guilty Pleasures (7/28). We’ll talk about each of them in due time, but, for now, let’s focus on this week’s show.
The Greenhornes are Nashvillians (by way of the suburbs of Cincinatti, OH), and are firmly engrained in our local scene now. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Craig Fox, bass guitarist Jack Lawrence, and drummer Patrick Keeler. The trio released their first three LPs between 1999 and 2002 (with an EP and compilation album released in 2005), before taking breaks to work on numerous other projects. Fox is also associated with Cincinatti bands (Cincinatti Suds, Oxford Cotton, and Pearlene). Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler had a bit more of a run by teaming up with long time friends Jack White and Brendan Benson to form The Raconteurs, who recorded two LPs and toured heavily around the world between 2005 and 2008. Jack Lawrence went on to the next Jack White project, The Dead Weather, who released two LPs and toured the world heavily again in 2009 and 2010.
After all this time apart, the guys who are The Greenhornes got back together in Nashville to record a new Greenhornes record called Four Stars (released in 2010 on Nashville’s [and Jack White’s] Third Man Records). Since the release of the new album, The Greenhornes have been touring various festivals in North America.
We have our chance to see The Greenhornes play at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe on July 7th starting at 7pm. Tickets are available through Nashville Scene for $5 or for $10 at the door. Be sure to get there on time so you can also check out another up and coming Nashville rock band, Turbo Fruits.
Of course, with all this talk about just focusing on The Greenhornes for a bit, Pitchfork announced today that The Raconteurs will be co-headlining the MI Fest in Michigan in September (their first gig in 2 years). There is also a really cool video on the Pitchfork site from the iTunes Festival featuring Seasick Steve performing with John Paul Jones (bassist of Led Zepplin and Them Crooked Vultures fame) and special guests were, Dead Weather cohorts, Jack White (drums) and Alison Mosshart (vocals). Be sure to check that video out. It’s awesome (click here to watch it).
You can listen to The Greenhornes latest album Four Stars in it’s entirety below. Enjoy and see you at the Hard Rock Cafe.