The World Famous Headliners feat. Al Anderson, Pat McLaughlin, Shawn Camp, Michael Rhodes, Greg Morrow & Tristan Prettyman

When: Sun., Aug. 19, 8 p.m. 2012

The reason to get excited about the World Famous Headliners’ self-titled debut album isn’t that they’re a hungry young band stirring up next-big-thing-type buzz; they’re definitely — even defiantly — not that. These five guys have already broken into the business and experienced various kinds of success for decades. They could easily be in cruise-control mode. Instead, they’ve gotten seriously playful with their well-honed chops — and not the least bit showy — making it damn hard not to enjoy their wired and wiry Southern groove-pop right along with them. Fronting this band are three singing lead guitarists with loads of songwriting cuts: Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin. They know what makes a song work, and the baker’s dozen they’ve co-written here hit the sweet spot between rock ’n’ roll classicism and clever tweaking. But this isn’t just a songwriting showcase. These guys — along with bassist Michael Rhodes and drummer Greg Morrow — really get down and keep it loose, exchanging biting, funky solos and drifting between unison singing and scruffy harmonies. Hell, Anderson probably hasn’t had this much fun since NRBQ.

Jewly Hight

Price: $5

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