Pokey LaFarge has a whole deck of naked-lady aces up his vintage thrift-store sleeve. He’s well versed in American musical traditions that were the rage at the start of the last century (including Hot Jazz, Country, Blues and Swing). He has a crack band that is similarly inclined and he has the amazing knack for writing songs that bristle with modern energy and relevance while remaining completely rooted in those early traditions. LaFarge turned out two albums on his own before assembling the South City Three for 2010’s Riverboat Soul, 2011’s Middle of Everywhere and a Jack White-produced single, a period that saw him win two consecutive Independent Music Awards for Best Americana Album. Last year’s Something in the Water may have been LaFarge’s most acclaimed and widely-known album, and he’s opened for Jack White, so you know he’s got a show. Besides, where else are you going to see a guitjo?
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Squirrels, nuts, zippers, flappers, vo-di-oh-dos, straw boaters, megaphones, 78 RPM records, Jimmy Rodgers, trailer parks, liquor and fast women. (BB)