a green weekend

the deadstring brothers from detroit perform saturday at the green lantern.

the deadstring brothers perform saturday at the green lantern.

The Green Lantern kicks the weekend into gear tonight with the return of the Cincinnati cowpunk brigade 500 Miles to Memphis. The band rocks heartily with guitar crunch, country commiseration and hook-happy tunes from its 2007 album Sunshine in a Shot Glass.

This is supposedly 500 Miles’ last show of the year. Of course, its website claimed a Friday the 13th bash at the Southgate House in Newport was going to close out road work for 2009. Regardless, you won’t have 500 Miles to kick around after this weekend. The band plans to get busy this winter on a new album with eyes toward a February release.

The very fine West Virginia string band The Fox Hunt will open tonight’s show

The club follows up on Saturday with The Deadstring Brothers, a band that poses this intriguing rock ‘n’ roll query: What if the Rolling Stones, especially as they existed in their honky tonk glory of the early ‘70s, hailed from Detroit in instead of England?

Certainly there is a passing shade of Mick Jagger in the singing of Kurt Marschke – although it is mostly a reflection of Jagger during the roots rebellion days of Exile on Main St. Those accents, along with an occasional nod to Faces-style looseness, fuel such Deadstring albums as 2007’s Silver Mountain. But expect boozy country blues to also abound on tunes the Brothers are bound to play Saturday from the forthcoming Sao Paulo record, which is due out on Chicago’s famed Bloodshot label in February.

Opening on Saturday will be fellow Motor City country stylists Whitey Morgan and the 78s. Morgan’s crew, however, seem to steer closer to the traditional. Its cover of Bruce Springtsteen’s I’m on Fire sounds like pre-outlaw era Waylon Jennings in a heady Western mood.

500 Miles to Memphis performs at 10 tonight; The Deadstring Brothers perform at 10 Saturday. Both performances will be at The Green Lantern, 497 Third St. Cover charge each night is $5. Call  (859) 252-9539.

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