American Songwriter Presents John McCauley and Robert Ellis Tonight at The Stone Fox



Recent Scene cover boy and frontman of both the solid Deer Tick and the critically acclaimed Diamond Rugs will appear alongside Texas transplant Robert Ellis tonight as part of American Songwriter's showcase at The Stone Fox. It promises to be a good one, seeing as how both artists are gifted performers with very different approaches. Anyway, contributor Jewly Hight penned a Critic's Pick for us, so I'll let her give you the full scoop:

It’s hard to imagine a bill being shared by two twentysomething singer-songwriters whose impulses seem more different, but that’s exactly what makes this lineup interesting. Robert Ellis leads the rising generation of Townes Van Zandt-schooled folk-country troubadours. For him, the craft of storytelling is the main event, and he has a good bit of experience unfurling his introspective narratives at a leisurely pace — often over a bed of fingerpicked guitar — for audiences who have come prepared to listen. John McCauley, on the other hand, has a reputation for putting on far wilder, woollier and unpredictable shows with Deer Tick, or Middle Brother, or Diamond Rugs. Of late, he’s been performing his scruffy, urgent ballads for less boozy crowds (even headlining Carnegie Hall last year), revealing that there is, in fact, a committed songwriter behind it all — one who also happens to dig Van Zandt. —JEWLY HIGHT

Show kicks off at 9 p.m. and costs $10. If you're worried about a sell-out — which I suppose is a reasonable thing to be worried about — get your advance tickets via the Fox's site. That flier over there on the right was created by (who else?) talented local artist Rachel Briggs. I was going to call her a "doodle-doer," but I already used that joke.

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