But it's an elegant kind of nothing. On the band's most recent album, Is a Woman, the spare arrangements of horn, piano, and just about every other acoustic instrument in the known universe (plus some studio gadgetry) together evoke the languid silence of a country night. Played live, so much quiet emanating from so many can be unnerving -- the kind of show where you whisper for your Budweiser at the bar.
But though Lambchop will demand occasional moments of breath-holding in order to coax the right tone from its most deliberate songs, Wagner and company generally give themselves over to a more ramshackle, freewheeling sound. Not to mention the fact that they'll be tossing out a few of the older numbers, which frequently employ the talents of those 20 to make the noise of an invading army, albeit one with a very nuanced sense of the cross-currents of country, old-time R&B, and kicking rock and roll. There will, in other words, be ample chance -- and reason -- to drink.