The Beaumonts, Opie Hendrix

Six Springs Presents The Beaumonts with special guest Sutherlin

The Beaumonts

Opie Hendrix

Sutherlin

Sat Jan 13

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 12:30 am)

$10.00 - $15.00

The Beaumonts - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
The Beaumonts
There's something about Lubbock. Something other than the oppressive blue sky, the unavoidable cloud of shit-smell that occasionally engulfs the city, the flat, featureless landscape, or the preponderance of teen pregnancy, boredom, alcoholism, and God. There's music. Yes, indeed there is. The Hub City has spawned music like you wouldn't believe. Music loved by folks the world over. Even the real "King of Rock and Roll" came from Lubbock, and if you believe that (which you'd be a damn fool not to), then it ain't too much of a stretch to believe Lubbock is also home to the greatest country band that ever existed. That band is THE BEAUMONTS.
 
It wasn't too long ago that four of Lubbock's most loved veteran musicians decided the state of Texas country music was dismal at best, and horrifying at its worst. Somehow, over the last twenty years, it became acceptable for a group of frat-boys to show up in thrift-store AC/DC shirts, play half-ass Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes about drinking Lone Star and smoking weed, and call that "country." Well, good friends, THE BEAUMONTS didn't think that was "all that damn country" and decided to do something about it. What resulted was a juggernaut of essence, the trooest of troo cvntry, something akin to the creation of the universe, but with Telecasters. Behold, good friends, and delight in the majesty of THE BEAUMONTS!
Opie Hendrix - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Opie Hendrix
An Opie Hendrix album is somewhat like the proverbial box of chocolates in that you never know what you’re going to get when you open it. Over the years, Opie has recorded one surprise after another. We’ve experienced Opie’s country side, his rock side, a few ballads, and a blues and pop tune now and then. His ability to work well within each genre makes him a well-rounded performer and his recordings usually appeal to those with eclectic tastes. Hendrix has narrowed his scope a bit on this album. Not to say that his vast influences aren’t present, but Hendrix has established himself as a big time recording artist with big songs, big arrangements, and an extra large feel to the entire disc. Opie has assembled an outstanding list of pickers for this project and even utilizes horns in a way that you would almost expect from a Hendrix release. The John Evans-like “Hurt Feelings” is a favorite and “Girl From Portland” is an amazing blend of pop, rock, and country influences. “Here Comes A Heartache” and “It’s Raining Somewhere” are the square pegs of the album as Opie offers a country shuffle with enough twang to keep two-steppers busy for a while and a serious ballad worthy of a second listen. Only Opie will offer up a song called “Apesh**t” that is nothing short of classic Opie Hendrix with a southern rock feel and a musical mosh pit ending. This is probably the genre in which Hendrix is most comfortable and I assure you he could play this entire six minute tune with his eyes closed, grooving every second, enjoying the performance as much as the listener enjoys the experience. After experiencing the disc, and seeing the list of friends who showed up to play on this album, I am quick to offer CAMINO ALTO up as Opie’s best work to date. Opie has been known to release an album for himself, leaving out any regard for what commercial fans might want, and he’s been known to record for the fans, leaving behind some things he might have wanted for himself. For the first time, Opie might have found the happy medium. His fans will love this album, and yet, he didn’t sell out on his creativity, his splendor, or his ability to hit the groove. Gordon “Big G” Ames writes the liner notes for this twelve-cut gem and Opie himself painted the portrait appearing on the cover. Even the title is classic Opie. The only thing missing from this box of chocolates is something with a cream-filled center. Oh, wait… nevermind.
Sutherlin - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Sutherlin
Thomas Dietzel shows remarkable comfort in his new gig Sutherlin. Straying from his rock roots to bring us his debut in country music and he makes it seem effortless.
The 10 tracks are hand-crafted to a standard of perfection. The lyrics are a flawless fit to today’s modern country.  The combination of these songs and the superb production makes for a very strong album.
Thomas admits that as a kid he didn't really like country music because it was uncool. "My mother listened to it constantly but my intellectual father scorned it as 'prole-feed.' She liked Eddie Rabbitt, Mickey Gilley, that kind of shit, and I heard it constantly on the radio until I went back to my hometown of Buffalo to go to college in 1991. I didn't start listening to radio country again until 2015, and let me tell you: things changed a lot during that time." 

A lot of these songs, Thomas claims, are playing with the lyrical conceits of "bro-country music" specifically and country music generally, both as homage and parody. "I guess they're kind of like little Quentin Tarantino films, or Don Quixote. I mean, I really love modern country music, but that doesn't mean it's not kind of ridiculous." He pauses. "Especially in Portland."
Thomas collaborated with pedal steel player Paul Brainard (of The Sadies, Richmond Fontaine, Alejandro Escovedo) and guitarist Chet Lyster (Jayhawks, Eels, Lucinda Williams) took over production duties, Thomas says he's the one largely responsible for the album's radio-ready pop sheen.
Sutherlin is celebrating the release by hitting the road. You can catch him out on tour till mid January. 
Venue Information:
Six Springs Tavern
147 N Plano Rd
Richardson, TX, 75081