Two notable bands from Dallas-Fort Worth are hosting concerts on the same evening at two haunts on Greenville Avenue to celebrate their new albums. Love live music? Adventurous concertgoers might be able to see both.
Eleven Hundred Springs, perhaps the greatest country band from Dallas from the past 20 years, will release The Finer Things in Life, the band's first album since 2011. Meanwhile, Motorcade, made up of esteemed artists responsible for some of the best indie-rock we've heard in these parts, will release its first album.
Here's why both shows are worth a listen.
Eleven Hundred Springs
In 2014, band leader Matt Hillyer released a fantastic solo album and has regularly performed solo shows since, but such branching out was never meant to take the place of his real musical love. "The solo gigs are fun," he says. "But Eleven Hundred Springs has been a band for coming up on 20 years now, and that's not something I take lightly. Steve [Berg, bassist] and I have been making music together for most of our lives."
The new record features more of the expertly-rendered, timeless honky-tonk the band has long been known for. They're not reinventing the wheel, but they sure are making it roll smoothly. Dancing fiddle, soaring ribbons of pedal steel and Hillyer's often witty, razor sharp lyrics are the perfect certified sawdust combination.
With 40 Acre Mule and Squeeze Box Bandits. Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. Details.
Don't try to count the bands that the members of Motorcade have been involved with for well over two decades. It's a fool's errand. James Henderson (Baboon, Legendary Crystal Chandelier), Andrew Huffstetler (Baboon), Jeff Ryan (Baptist Generals, Pleasant Grove) and John Dufilho (Deathray Davies, Cantina) bring a collective pedigree that's unmatched by any current band performing in our area. Songs such as "Recover" have already gained traction through radio airplay and positive press from around the country. It isn't much of a shock; the immensely melodic tune is as catchy as the band members are accomplished.
Going back a few years, Henderson, Huffstetler and Ryan had been crafting Motorcade's signature blend of '60s psychedelic and '80s post-punk. But then Dufilho, who usually drums or sings, joined in on bass -- and the music clicked for this fresh band of grizzled vets.
"We all go way back," Dufilho says. "I'd played with Jeff [Ryan] and James [Henderson] before, so we drank a lot and made terrible noise for a few rehearsals. And then it somehow started to sound really good."
With DJ CeePee. Jan. 20 at 7:00 p.m. Details.