When you think about the possible food metaphors for veteran punk rock singers, "hot caramel sauce" might not be the first one you grab for. But when you hear Country Club, the new record by John Doe and the Sadies, "hot caramel sauce" will immediately spring to mind. Which is funny, because "hot caramel sauce" is also the exact food metaphor you'd use to describe the sound of the Sadies' guitars, all of them: the rhythm, the bass, the lead, and the pedal steel of several guest artists. The band combines the lead singer of X and the Knitters with the finest pickers of the alt thing, and is therefore a match made in indie-country heaven, and we're not just saying that because they're all handsome. The album mixes classic covers like "Take These Chains from My Heart" with obscure, evilly beautiful songs like "The Cold Hard Facts of Life" plus some sweet, sweet Sadies originals. It's also a concept album of sorts, and deglams some of those familiar songs, or as Dallas Good of the Sadies put it, "Bakersfield vs. Nashville was never a dispute ... Bakersfield!"
Jill Sobule opens.
Tue., Aug. 4, 8 p.m., 2009