DENVER, KELE GOODWIN
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) If there's such a thing as a sober Denver show, I don't wanna know about it. The Portland quintet plays sloppier 'n' hell country songs with a side helping of whiskey, and their acoustic shows inevitably devolve in the best way possible. There's a reason this kind of music is so inextricably linked to the bottle—it just sounds better when you've got a few under your belt. Hey, they don't call it outlaw country for nothing. The group features the impressive mustache of one Michael Elias—he of Valentine's recurring Tender Love 'n' Care country DJ night—along with Birger Olsen of Town Rill, Tom Bevitori of Alela Diane's band (they're hitched), and John Gnorski of Inside Voices. Rounding out the quintet on banjo is Eric Earley, from a little-known local band called Blitzen Trapper. NED LANNAMANN
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