on the case

peter caseThe return of fiddler/folk stylist Carrie Rodriguez to the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour on Monday is reason enough to celebrate. But the taping will also feature the first Lexington performance in over six years by the great West Coast songsmith and postpunk pop stylist Peter Case.

His expert rock works with the Los Angeles band The Plimsouls notwithstanding, Case has been making extraordinary solo records that explore varying temperaments of folk, blues, pop and more for over two decades. The 1993 folkie covers collection Peter Case Sings Like Hell and a more stylistically varied 2000 set of reflective originals titled Flying Saucer Blues are personal favorites. But just as arresting is Case’s recent Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John.

Contrary to what the title suggests, the album is not a tribute to bluesman Sleepy John Estes, but a folk/blues sampler of originals that team Case with guitar greats Richard Thompson (on Every 24 Hours) and Duane Jarvis (on I’m Gonna Change My Ways).

As always, the brief WoodSongs sets succeed in making one salivate for a longer feature concert programs by the artists it features. But 10 bucks? For and Rodriguez both? Bring on Monday!

(alove photo of Peter Case by Denise Sullivan)

Peter Case and Carrie Rodriguez perform at 7 p.m. Monday for the WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour at the Kentucky Theatre. Admission is $10. Call (859) 252-8888. Reservations are strongly suggested.

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