Timber and Steel

Songwriter Eric Rhame plants his baritone tongue firmly in cheek when he begins his latest album with the line, “I’m here on the road, thinking about coal, pain and sex.” For most of Ontario: The Lost Songs of Elam Baxter, Rhame employs his unique storytelling skills to make classic Nashville country sound like a church basement hootenanny. Similar to Ween’s 12 Country Greats, Timber and Steel pays tribute to and pokes holes in the genre without so much as a snicker. Steve “Chief” Johnson’s fiddle, John Erickson’s bass and Greg Tiburzi’s percussion add first-rate brushstrokes to this well-kept secret.

11:30pm Wed 5/1 | Lake Avenue