Two underground titans of song, for one night—and on one couch! It’s a Texas-Vermont connection as Denton/Austin man Will Johnson and Burlington-based Anders Parker team up to criss-cross the country for a tour that puts them in the living rooms, lofts and sometimes even kitchens of fans’ homes for intimate acoustic sets. This is kind of the perfect fit for artists like Johnson and Parker because while these are two guys who write songs that sound great on stages, plugged in through big PAs, in many cases their music is even better in a small space with just voice and acoustic guitar. Parker fronted psych-folk-country outfit Varnaline and the tripped out Spaceland prior to his solo years, along with a celebrated pairing with Jay Farrar (Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo) as Gob Iron. Johnson—a renaissance man—leads the revered bands Centro-matic and South San Gabriel, made a 2009 record with Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Company), plays drums with the indie supergroup Monsters of Folk, and is steadily growing in reputation as a painter, particularly for his series of baseball player portraits delivered through his unique folk-art style. The hosts for this special concert—Marty Boratin and Susan Tanner—are essentially WNY’s first couple of live music. A night at their home is the rare chance to see where your favorite musicians like to go after the shows.
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