John Doe and the Sadies

Sunday, August 2

John Doe, of course, is the iconic singer/songwriter/bassist of long-running L.A. country-punks X. The Sadies are a not-quite-as-long-running, but still equally excellent, alt-country/indie-rock combo from Toronto. They’ve come together on the recently released album Country Club, a spirited honky-tonk collaboration that includes covers of Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and Hank Williams tunes alongside a few originals. Tonight’s gig should feature most, if not all, of that material, and maybe they’ll sneak an X or Sadies tune or two into the set, too. “Keeping up with their fast songs,” Doe replied when I recently asked him what’s been the most interesting thing about playing with the Sadies. “I thought I was pretty badass, but I’m not playing punk rock bass, so I’ve gotta keep up with their stuff.” With Jill Sobule. Photo courtesy Autumn DeWilde.

Sun., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., 2009

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