Sound Advice 

The Flyer's music writers tell you where you can go.

If there's one must-see show this week, it has to be Shangri-La Records' Annual Christmas Party at the Madison Flame on Friday, December 7th. The shindig will be headlined by the local debut of the latest project from David Shouse (the Grifters/Those Bastard Souls). With The Bloodthirsty Lovers, Shouse has assembled an exciting group of local artists, joined by Shelby Bryant (the Clears), Jason Paxton (the Satyrs), and Paul Taylor (DDT). The Lovers will headline the party at 11 p.m., with the lineup morphing into Shelby Bryant's Cloud-Wow Music to play Bryant's songs. The party is set to begin at 9 p.m. with spinning from Memphix DJs Chase-One and Redeye Jedi. They'll be followed at 10 p.m. by The Bo-Keys, featuring ex-Impala players John Stivers and Scott Bomar along with Stax vets Willie Hall and Ronnie Williams. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance at Shangri-La. All profits from the party will go to the Memphis Music Collection at the Main Library.

-- Chris Herrington

When Danny Barnes and the Bad Livers played Barristers several years back, an eclectic audience of punks, hipsters, and genuine tobacco-spittin' rednecks witnessed something rare and fine: the total union of virtuosity and reckless abandon, the fusion of raw power and studied refinement. The Livers came into being in the early '90s when a terrible epidemic was spreading like a brushfire across the musical landscape. Every other band down the pike sang with twang, tossed a Don Rich lick or two over a rumbling Rolling Stones riff, and called themselves alt-country. The Bad Livers made real rocket-powered bluegrass and hard-corn country that was mean and unapologetic. It was aggressive, fully progressive, completely traditional, and a much-needed antidote to so much middle-of-the-road Americana. Sadly, the Bad Livers are no more, but diehard fans will still want to see their banjo-plucking badass, Danny Barnes, when he rolls through town this week with his new group, Thee Old Codgers. Alas, as the name implies, the Old Codgers' sound is more "mature." Barnes' lyrics with the new band sometimes head into questionable territory, but the musicianship is superb. Barnes' banjo and Keith Lowe's tidy bass provide an excellent foundation for some truly inspired fiddle-playing by Jon Parry. There's not a tune on Thee Old Codgers' album Things I Done Wrong that can really scratch a bad Bad Livers itch, but that's not really a fair thing to say since few things can. Thee Old Codgers are playing at Young Avenue Deli on Thursday, December 6th, with The Bluff City Backsliders. -- Chris Davis

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