The Show: Wednesday, October 22, 2003
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio

The Lazy Cowgirls’ lead singer Pat Todd is, for want of a better term, an American populist rocker. It’s not just that he drives a truck for a living or that his band is as imbued with the spirit of Hank Williams the Elder as it is with that of Chuck Berry-via-Keef Richards. Or that they’ve avoided jumping on any obvious “roots-rock” or “alt-country” or “garage-rock” bandwagons.

In fact, the Cowgirls just might be the best pure, unhyphenated rock ’n’ roll band currently treading the boards between Bangor and Bakersfield. Last time I saw them, at South by Southwest, they were hamstrung by a shitty sound mix that buried Todd’s vocals completely. It didn’t matter a whit; the gnomic Todd, attired in his customary denim and earring, still leaned into the audience, howling like the captain of a ship sailing into a full-force gale. To his right, guitarist Michael Leigh kicked up enough ruckus to make the absence of a second axe-slinger a moot point. To his left, bassist Leonard Keringer repeatedly bopped up and back like the world’s rockin’-est math teacher. (Between ’em, he and Todd could make male pattern baldness cool.)

Since 1984, the Cowgirls have regularly released classic platters like Tapping the Source, Ragged Soul, and Somewhere Down the Line. Their live-in-the-studio opus, Y2K’s Here and Now, is a scorching document on par with the Johnny Thunders-led Heartbreakers’ Live at Max’s Kansas City. On their freshly released I’m Goin’ Out and Get Hurt Tonight, there’s no new ground being broken, just the same mix of acoustic thrum and electric fire that’s marked their last few discs. It’s still a stirring sound. If you missed ’em at Dallas’ Double Wide last week, you owe it to yourself to make the trek to Denton this Thursday. — Ken Shimamoto

Thu at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, 411 E Sycamore St, Denton. 940-387-7781.


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