Duo Jailbirds offers fresh take on unrequited love, disappointment

The Hackensaw Boys perform with Jailbirds and the Whiskey Moon String Band on Sunday at High Dive. (Courtesy photo)

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.

What can a singer and a guitar player do these days to get some attention? Be totally awesome. Jailbirds are new, but their music is comforting and familiar. Guitarist Dylan Tapley can play better than your gear-head college roommate, and he does it without the off-putting cockiness; lead singer Cassandra Polcaro has a voice that at worst resembles Patsy Cline and at best sounds like something unique all together.

Sure, they play a lot of covers, and yes, those covers are tasteful and well executed, but it’s their original tunes that really grab the audience’s attention; their witty and fresh take on unrequited love and disappointment make their songs the ultimate country ballads that the genre has been lacking in recent decades.

The only problem with Jailbirds is that they don’t have any recordings or a rhythm section, but the passion behind their performances seems to dissipate any preconceived trepidations about seeing a dude with an acoustic and a girl singer; they make it seem like no one else has done it before.

Be sure to check them out this Sunday along with Hackensaw Boys, a string-punk bluegrass band from Charlottesville, Va., and alt-bluesgrass rockers Whiskey Moon String Band, starting at 8 p.m. at High Dive.

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Southern rockers The JB Crockett Band perform tonight with Dustin Locke and Rachel Rose at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Jacksonville’s premiere pop-rock sextet, Antique Animals, perform with local folk-rockers Adult Boys Thunderband, Jacksonville’s Opiate Eyes and local hardcore-funk duo Rat King on Friday at The Atlantic, starting at 9 p.m.

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1982 hosts the BlastfoME Birthday Bash with Captain Lovely, Dre LaVey, Steelo I.M. and Fleetwood Boss on Friday, starting at 9 p.m.

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Seattle grindcore-punk two-piece Iron Lung performs at the Atlantic along with Shaved Christ from Athens, Ga., locals Sacridose and Ectoplasm, Saturday starting at 10 p.m.

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The Jonnie Morgan Band brings its Orlando-based pop-rock sound to town on Saturday for a performance with Orlando jam-funk-rockers The Dropa Stone and locals November Commitment at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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Oregon punk-rockers Vampirates perform with Paper Dolls and Radiation on Monday at Mars Pub, starting at 9 p.m.

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Reggae-rock act Spiritual Rez performs with the Partials and locals Banditos on Wednesday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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