When: Thu., July 29, 9:30 p.m. 2010
William Topley is one Brit with particularly strong ties to Nashville. He’s made bluesy, sophisticated pop albums for Luke Lewis at Mercury Nashville, and on his most recent album, Water Taxi, there’s a blues-rock boogie called “Don’t Do That No More” that he co-wrote with Gary Nicholson and Delbert McClinton. But the way Topley sounds really has more in common with John Hiatt (especially the husky, throaty grit in his singing), Mark Knopfler (who played on Topley’s album Sea Fever) and, occasionally, a rootsier Peter Gabriel. These days, Topley’s working in acoustic territory as often as not. He’s bringing a folk trio, The Sea Gypsies, with him on this tour, rounded out by guitarist-singer Luke Brighty and percussionist-singer Dorie Jackson, both of whom played on Water Taxi. And for the record, Topley has been mining maritime imagery even longer than Colin Meloy.