The Dirty Smokers don’t have much patience for either contemporary commercial country or your college-educated Americana. The band plays red-blooded, old-fashioned hardcore country in the spirit of Bakersfield and the 1970s outlaw movement. They’ll be the first band performing at the inaugural show of the new Old City Live free concert series, opening for Mic Harrison and the High Score. Here’s what singer/guitarist/songwriter J.C. Haun’s been listening to to get ready.
Jamey Johnson, That Lonesome Song (Mercury, 2008)
I think he’s a kick-ass songwriter. He’s not pretty about everything. That song “In Color” is kind of poppy, but he gets down and dirty on the rest of it.
Dale Watson, Trucking Sessions (Koch, 1998)
It’s all songs about truck drivers.
Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stay Human (Boo Boo Wax/Sig Degree Records, 2001)
Mostly I’ve been listening to hardcore country, but this is one of the offbeat things I’ve been listening to. I like that he has a live band behind him, and he has a good, positive message.