Glossary at the Hi-Tone Café 

While they've never been as well-known as scene compatriots like Georgia's Drive-By Truckers or Memphis' Lucero, the Murfreesboro-born Glossary belongs in that company as a long-standing Southern-rock institution that brings its own character, soul, and musicality to the sub-genre. Glossary, which returns to Memphis this week, drew from the city on its most recent album, Long Live All of Us, an R&B-influenced collection that features horn arrangements from Memphian Jim Spake and performances from Spake (sax) and fellow Memphian Nahshon Benford. The soul feel of Long Live All of Us — most prominent on slow-burners like "Nothing Can Keep Me Away," "Under a Barking Moon," and "Some Eternal Spark" — was an easy transition for a band that's always had more space and movement in their sound than most on their scene. The album also has a reflective tone. It's interesting to listen to a song like "When We Were Wicked" in relation to the first album made by the band's current lineup, 2003's How We Handle Our Midnights. That album, made nearly a decade ago, was one where the genre's latent romantic rootlessness was pinned down by a post-collegiate specificity: newly minted adults working on their night moves along vagabond highways connecting small towns to small cities, trying to figure out what's next. "When We Were Wicked" looks back on those days with the hindsight of experience: "Four bands at a house show/On a three-band bill/Five dollars got you in here/Now George Dickel's gonna make you feel" leading to "So come on out/I know we're older now/But I've still got the fire in me." Glossary plays the Hi-Tone Café on Sunday, February 10th, with Telegraph Canyon and Alex da Ponte. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $8.

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