Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

JP and the Chatfield Boys

When: Fri., Jan. 2, 9 p.m. 2015

With a nice combination of strings and hearty vocals, the Chatfield Boys explore the roots of folk music while filtering it through a fresh, 21st-century lens. The musicians draw on a number of varied influences -- punk, gospel, etc. -- but their sound is straight-up Americana these days. Check them out on Facebook, where they’ve logged a bunch of their current recordings. “Country Mile” showcases a penchant for gently ambling, picturesque melodies and heartfelt vocals. With acoustic guitar, banjo, washboard, mandolin and upright bass rounding out the instruments here, there’s clearly a lot to tune into. As banjo player Mitch Kozub told us a while back, “We're all pretty good pickers who can fake it well but the truth is, we're Clevelanders who grew up in the '80s. We watched a lot of MTV, played sports, hung out at skate parks, and occasionally watched ‘Hee Haw.’” Sounds like common ground for a bunch of us music lovers. (Sandy)

Price: $6

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