When: Sat., Feb. 11, 9 p.m. 2012
Often compared to other groups who feature harmony singing and acoustic guitars, the Texas band Sons of Fathers is led by songwriters and singers David Beck and Paul Cauthen. And come to think of it, harmony singing and acoustic guitars define a lot of Americana, but Sons of Fathers represents the more outgoing side of the genre. Lacking the vocal finesse of Crosby, Stills and Nash or the irony of The Byrds, the band has carved out their own bit of territory: uncompromising commercial folk with drums and big hooks. On last year’s self-titled full-length, producer Lloyd Maines added fiddle and keyboards to Beck and Cauthen’s harmonies, and such songs as “Weather Balloons” and “Wind Turbines” are catchy and unobtrusively philosophical. No matter how relaxed the band sounds on their imaginary front porch, their music comes across as urgent and deeply felt — hey, maybe they remember rock ‘n’ roll.