Cree Rider Family Band Serves Up Some Delicious Alt-Country on One Night Stand

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The record, and these bottle-based themes, culminates with "Drunken Lullaby." It's a loping waltz with eerie, piercing instrumentation, and what sounds like organ, theremin and synth blasts providing a disquieting backdrop. But Rider's performance doesn't quite sell the desperation and desolation that comes at the end of another bender. Townes Van Zandt may be the drunken angel on Rider's shoulder here, but there's a gap between the singer and the song. Rider, Wilson and the rest of the Family work better in the melding of classic country signifiers and a modern lyrical sensibility that stretches the borders of the form.

Cree Rider Family Band Record Release
8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12. The Gramophone, 4243 Manchester Avenue. Free. 314-531-5700.

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