Christian Lee Hutson, The Saudades, Ruby The Rabbitfoot
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
8pm, $5, 18+, Buy Tickets
To call Christian Lee Hutson an old soul would be to deny the vibrancy of his sound. Hutson’s songs have been championed by LA Record as “sparse and graceful” and by Folkadelphia as “(Having) the feel of having been scrawled on whiskey-stained napkins while the house country band plays us into the lonesome night. A mass for the brokenhearted.” Hutson’s work – while rooted in country tradition – vibrates with a youthful energy, as if a drunk and sedentary George Jones was being channeled through a drunk and animated Conor Oberst.
Hutson’s debut EP Will Never Break Up marked his stylistic shift away from the dustbowl-era sound of his defunct band The Driftwood Singers in favor of a more recent tradition of American songwriting in the vein of Jason Isbell and Justin Townes Earle, a lean toward modernity that continued with Hutson’s first full-length release The Hell With It. Hutson’s second album, Yeah Okay I Know, is being released in installments of one song a month over the course of 2014 and finds him once again working with Grammy-nominated producer David Mayfield.
Christian Lee Hutson tours across the U.S. and back like a man burning demons as fuel. He’s shared many a stage with notable performers like Damien Jurado, Ralph Stanley, and Father John Misty, so come out and join him for a sour, non-alcoholic (one day at a time) drink of some sort and some newborn songs that retain a feel so well-worn, weathered, and welcoming that they whimper and creak as they pull a stool out for you at the bar and slobber cheap tequila all over your new shirt.