On the mountain it comes down to whether you want to ski or ride. In the Coppertop, it can get more complicated.
Feel like folk-rock? Blues? Americana? Country? All of the above?
It’s that kind of run in the ’Top, starting Thursday night with Fern & Rita, veterans of the North County club and singer/songwriter circuit. The duo returns tonight at 8 p.m.
Hoodoo Revelator plays in the Coppertop Friday, bringing a brand of blues that stretches from Muddy Waters to Rolling Stones. The band does a great job shifting gears from gritty to funky to soulful without losing focus. To get a handle on what these guys are all about download or stream their free live E.P. from the band’s Web site, http://www.hoodoorev.com/fr_home.cfm
Christoph Krey and a few of his McAlister Drive cohorts pull into the Coppertop on Saturday, and this troupe is about to break, if you ask me. The band’s new album is a fresh twist of pop and roots music that’s already earned McAlister Drive some coveted dates at the South By Southwest and Folk Alliance music conferences and festivals. Check back tomorrow for a more complete update and interview with Krey.
The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m.
Joe Macey played 217 shows in 2012. His stop into the Coppertop Sunday at 4 p.m. won’t even be his first of 2013; it’ll be his fourth. This is one hard-touring troubadour. Macey is a country artist, and one of the region’s few to go it mostly solo. But with a batch of polished originals and an ear tuned into what’s bubbling up on country radio, all Joe needs is his guitar to get the job done, like he has been doing since the ’80s.