Honky Tonk Country Club

“Featuring singer-songwriter Dean and L. Denison on vocals and acoustic, Andrew Skates (bassist/organist for Leon Bridges) on lead guitar, singer-songwriter Jake Paleschic on bass and vocals, and drummer Will Reynolds, the Honky Tonk Country Club typically goes through all the greats of the early days of country, all the way up to some ’70s and ’80s songs as well, from Waylon Jennings to Steve Earle, Roger Miller to even Dwight Yoakam. The ladies in the band handle the bulk of the lead vocal duties, and they sing harmonies together beautifully. It’s a truly awesome thing to hear Waylon’s “Warmore’s Blues” sung by a female, and Dean executes it hauntingly and beautifully. Denison handles most of the other lead vocals, and she navigated Freddy Fender’s classic “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” with all the power that LeAnn Rimes did with her version of the song.

The Country Club also involves a rotating cast of auxiliary musicians. Perhaps a fiddle player one night, a keys player the next, a steel guitar player the next, or a sit-in by one of the many local musicians who have come out to see the show. Tonight it was local singer-songwriter Joe Savage, who played a few of his original songs solo before joining the band to sing on Michael Martin Murphey’s “Fort Worth I Love You” from 1973. You just never know who’s going to get onstage next.”

FW WEEKLY – Concert Review 03.23.17