Detroit, Michigan (April 17, 2018) – The mural adorned, all-ages El Club in Southwest Detroit, MI was host to three great rock/country music talents from Jack White‘s Third Man Records label this evening. Opening the show, local favorites the Craig Brown Band got the audience pumped up and ready to rock. Making their Detroit debut, Blackfoot Gypsies, an explosive energetic band from Nashville, were next on the bill. Country singer/songwriter Margo Price headlined the sold-out event. The bright yellow Third Man Records mobile record store was parked out front and fans gathering in the line that stretched down the street were busy buying merchandise.
Featuring singer Craig Brown, formerly the lead singer of the punk band Terrible Twos, The Craig Brown Band released their debut full length album, The Lucky Ones Forget, on Third Man Records label on March 31, 2018. Known for their songwriting and self-described “hillbilly-deluxe-meets-dive-bar-jukebox classic rock” sound, this band is worth a listen. Craig thanked the crowd for coming early and evoked some laughs reminding the crowd to ‘tip your bartenders, especially on Saturday!” – when he would be bartending at El Club! Their set featured several songs off their recent album, The Lucky Ones Forget and held the crowd’s attention with rocking guitar riffs and Brown’s energetic jumps and side-kicks.
Nashville rockers, The Blackfoot Gypsies, cannot be missed. Opening their set with the statement ”you rock and roll and then you die, that’s how life goes!” gave the crowd an idea of what to expect. The frontman, singer Matthew Paige, had amazing stage presence with his red guitar and explosive energy. The power quartet engaged the audience and had everyone moving with their roadhouse rock. You can definitely feel the Blues, Rock, and Southern Rock influence in their music. The give one hell of a show complete with harmonica, guitar riffs and hair whipping.
Headliner Margo Price, is currently on the road with her Nowhere Fast Tour, promoting 2017’s release All American Made. A Nashville transplant, like Jack White, Margo became Third Man Records’ first country artist, when she released her debut album Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, in 2016. She has been called “country’s next big star”. Her voice has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. The El Club was packed and she delivered an amazing 16 song set, pleasing her loyal fans with a couple of covers and plenty of original tunes. Margo played guitar and tambourine on crowd favorites like “Don’t Say It” and “Do Right By Me”. A two song encore featured Hurtin’ (On The Bottle) and a raucous rendition of Proud Mary joined by Craig Brown and The Blackfoot Gypsies.
This was a night to remember, with strong sets from three powerful artists making their mark on the music scene!
Photographer: Kelly Harmer
Journalist: Krissy McGuire
Journalist: Kate Sumbler