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Friday, June 19, 2009

6/20: Chuck Mead at the Beachland

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Back in the ’90s, BR549 were hailed as saviors down on Nashville’s Music Row. With their tradition-based country music and an irreverent attitude, the group was an invigorating antidote to the Shanias and Garths ruling the charts. Although the guys never became mainstream heavies, they did manage to snag a few Grammy nominations. But after a succession of underperforming albums and member departures, they are now in a state of “extended hiatus.” Co-founder Chuck Mead recently released his first solo album, Journeyman’s Wager, an excellent slice of Americana. While still roots-based, the record slides slightly more to the early days of rock ’n’ roll than old-time country on twangy rockers like “Out on the Natchez Trail,” “I Wish It Was Friday” and the double-entendre delight “She Got the Ring.” Mead has been barnstorming around the country with his ace touring band, the Grassy Knoll Boys, putting on fun, loose shows that draw upon his new tunes, old BR549 songs and covers ranging from Hank Williams to a countrified take on George Harrison’s Beatles b-side “Old Brown Shoe.” Twangabilly traditionalist James Intveld opens at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $15. — Michael Berick

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