The Knitters

Monday, January 19 and Tuesday, January 20

First emerging in the early ’80s as a side project of Los Angeles punk band X, the Knitters featured three-fourths of that band – singer Exene Cervenka, singer/bassist John Doe, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake – plus guitarist (and Blasters founder) Dave Alvin and rockabilly bassist Jonny Ray Bartel. Though the group’s X members brought along some of that band’s fire and wit to the Knitters’ 1985 debut, Poor Little Critter on the Road, the disc was predominantly a country and blues affair, with originals stacked next to covers of Merle Haggard and Leadbelly tunes. Recognized now as one of the building blocks of the alt-country movement, the album didn’t get a follow-up until 2005, when the Knitters reconvened to record the equally rootsy and fun The Modern Sounds of the Knitters. It’s unknown if we’ll have to wait 20 more years for a third album, but there’s enough great material from those albums – and plenty of X songs to be tackled – to make tonight a spirited good time.

Mon., Jan. 19, 8 p.m.; Tue., Jan. 20, 8 p.m., 2009

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