Its hard to believe that the sunny shores of Southern California would be the ideal incubation zone for a band like Mississippi Man. With shimmering harmonies poking through dusty folk rhythms, this OC-based quintet slathers their songs with Southern charm and an eye towards rock-n-rolls rough-and-tumble roots. Catching the attention of fans and record labels alike with their 2009 release The Snake Oil Salesmen, the band seems fully prepared to stretch beyond local borders to rope in a new crop of shaggy haired followers. With a new year full of promise, the band sets their sights on a West Coast tour alongside the Silent Comedy, a fiery folk outfit from San Diego. This week, theyll have a hometown send-off at La Cave before hitching up the wagons and heading up North for the bulk of January.
Fri., Jan. 8, 9 p.m., 2010