Righteous Kind promotes new album at Friday show

“Abbey Creek”? No, it’s The Righteous Kind, which will perform its brand of retro rock at Common Grounds on Friday with Moodhosa and The Rooze.

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 1:26 p.m.

I have a feeling 2011 is going to be a huge year for Gainesville music, with some notable bands scheduled for tours and album releases as well as some festivals and mega-shows in the works. I’ll get to all of those things as they approach, but let’s get started on this weekend.

The Righteous Kind is a Gainesville band in constant pursuit of the perfect balance between fun and artistry, and so far, it’s never swayed too far in one direction. It’s also a band that is incredibly supportive of music in our town. You’ll often find Righteous Kind members at shows watching just about any type of band, looking for someone new to follow or play with. But now, the band is looking for community support for its show Friday night at Common Grounds.

Moodhosa and The Rooze will join the Righteous Kind for its first show of 2011, and the band also will be promoting its upcoming, full-length album, “Wild Hibiscus.” The album features guest appearances from local musicians like Rob McGregor of Gris Gris Boys and Company Man, Jason Hedges of Heavy Petty, guitarist Bob McPeek and vocalists Janet Rucker, Cathy DeWitt and Amy Martin.

This show promises to be as solid of a rock ’n’ roll show as you can get in Gainesville, and Moodhosa and The Rooze certainly add to the billing. As I’ve written in this column before, Moodhosa might be the most complete four-piece in town, with equal parts rock, funk, soul and blues. Check it out.

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Friday night at the Atlantic, the South Carolina-based, roots-rock trio Leslie will take the stage with Towers of Hanoi. Leslie has toured with such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, The Whigs, Bang Camaro and Drivin N’ Cryin.

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Thursday night at 1982 Bar you can get a great variety of styles by checking out Markfest 2. I’m not sure how the name of this show originated but I do know that The Haps, Janna Pelle and the Half-Steps, Tighten Up and 8 Track Automatic will be there. The Haps are former members of Bang Bang Boom and have steadily improved as a band over the last year, moving slightly away from their patented garage-rock style to explore darker, more psychedelic avenues.

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And finally, four great songwriters from the Gainesville area are embarking on a tour together, which is kicking off at Common Grounds on Sunday. Come listen to Michael Claytor, Ricky Kendall, Devon Stuart and Lauris Vidal before they head out west and show the middle of the country what North Florida is made of.

I really believe these four guys will have great success on the road and show the rest of the country that the craft of songwriting still exists. At times, these four write songs so good it just makes you shake your head, go home and rip up your notebook. But I’m glad they’re ours.

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