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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Black Swans play WonderRoot tonight (Tues., Sept. 21)


The part-time Columbus, Ohio-based/part time nomadic trio the Black Swans are playing WonderRoot tonight (Tues., Sept. 21) in support of their latest release, a split 7-inch with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Each side features a cover of the late Augusta songwriter Larry Jon Wilson.

If you have more than a passing interest in singer/songwriter types, you probably know Wilson from Heartworn Highways. And if you're a local, you probably recognize his voice as the former host of GPB's "Georgia Backroads".

Wilson was a personal hero of the Black Swans' frontman Jerry DeCicca, who produced Wilson's final, self-titled CD for Drag City in 2008. Now DeCicca is traveling throughout the South performing with an acoustic trio (acoustic guitar/harmonica/vocals, banjo, double bass), and has three Georgia shows booked this month:

9-21 (Tuesday) Atlanta - WonderRoot
9-22 (Wednesday) Augusta - Soul Bar
9-23 (Thursday) Athens - Farm 255

"I think Larry Jon Wison is one of the great singer/songwriters of all time," says DeCicca. "Literate, sensitive, not macho, very Southern. He hadn't made a record in almost 30 years, but with three years of trust and lies and arm twisting and long drives, I helped him make a great record."

In a way, his description of Wilson's songwriting describes a bit of what the Black Swans do, but the group takes on a much more austere tone. Surely the group will play a Wison song or two tonight, as well as a few from its latest album, Words Are Stupid, which came out in April on the Secretly Canadian-owned boutique label St. Ives.

"Rooster" mp3

$5. 8 p.m. Downside Up opens the show tonight, and there might be another band playing as well. WonderRoot. 982 Memorial Drive. 404-254-5955.

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