Pokey LaFarge in Music City

St. Louis resident Pokey LaFarge brought his 5 piece band to Nashville last night for a terrific two hour concert for a packed and enthusiastic house at the Mercy Lounge--a real accomplishment considering how hard it is to get folks out to see a show in Music City in the wintertime (or any time). And the fact that a good portion of the crowd included the best musicians in the city says a lot about the support for Mr. LaFarge. "Don't call what we do retro or old fashioned or any of those terms," LaFarge told the audience at the end of the night. "We play American music." Indeed.

The show featured songs from LaFarge's debut earlier this year for Third Man Records. And as usual, Pokey played the whole show with his trusty and now slightly road-worn 1946 Epiphone Spartan ("I wish Epiphone would make the Olympic again"). LaFarge and crew get a short 3-week rest before heading to Bengaluru, India for three shows at the Windmills Craftworks in late January. Look for his tour diary just after NAMM. The photo, courtesy of of Erik de Klerck from Pokey's website, is indicative of any and all Pokey LaFarge shows. He's the real deal. Don't miss 'em.