Ness is More
No one can question Mike Ness punk rock badge, with him being the sole remaining original member of seminal rockabilly punks Social Distortion and having survived an addiction to heroin. And while some may question the authenticity of Ness solo work -- which is markedly less punk and more straight-ahead country/Americana/acoustic rockabilly -- anyone whos heard his two 1999 solo albums, Cheating at Solitaire and Under the Influences cant help but be reminded of the brooding rebel vibe of Johnny Cash. And hearing Ness play live with his super-solid band -- which includes of two members of Social D (bassist Brent Harding and guitarist Johnny Wickersham) -- only provides further proof that Ness means business, and his solo work isnt some fly-by-night foray into another genre.
Sat., June 28, 7 p.m., 2008
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