the skids and the straits

los straitjackets: guitarists eddie angel and danny amis, bassist pete curry, drummer jason smay.

los straitjackets: guitarists eddie angel and danny amis, bass guitarist pete curry, drummer jason smay.

Two killer bands, both longtime regional favorites, are teaming up to revisit the region twice this weekend. But you will have to hit the road to catch them.

The bill features the veteran roots rock party trio Southern Culture on the Skids with the masked men of surf, twang and instrumental pop, Los Straitjackets.

southern culture on the skids: dave hartman, rick miller, mary huff.

southern culture on the skids: dave hartman, rick miller, mary huff.

Southern Culture on the Skids – SCOTS, to its fans – has not released a new album since the 2007 covers project Countrypolitan Favorites. But that is a blast of a record if you haven’t heard it, from Mary Huff’s highly respectful cover of the 1961 Wanda Jackson b-side Funnel of Love to Rick Miller’s instantly infectious country-a-go-go version of the 1967 Byrds hit Have You Seen Her Face.

Los Straitjackets may be known for summoning sounds of vintage surf and twang. But its newest recording, The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets, displays its guitar savvy sound in a lighter, warmer light with new original tunes like Cal-Speed, Fortune Cookie and Nocturnal Twist. The titles figure into the album’s elaborate comic-style album art, as well.

The Skids and the Straits play Friday at Headliner’s Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd. in Louisville and Saturday at the Southgate House, 24 East Third St. in Newport. (9 p.m., $18 each night). Call (502) 584-8088 for the Louisville concert and (859) 431-2201 for the Newport show.



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