John Nathan, who fronts a group called the Rotten Gamblers, was born to perform during the fourth annual Hankfest showcase. He and Hank Williams, the country icon whose music is being celebrated tonight, share the same birthday as well as an appreciation for music founded on authenticity. "They're simple three-chord songs," Nathan says about Williams's ditties. "But somehow they have this great hit-you-in-the-gut realism, and they really seem to explain the human condition."
Nathan and the Gamblers will be joined by a slew of other Hank appreciators, including the Lois Lane Superband, Denver Joe and Ellie Mae, onetime leader of Ellie Mae's Roundup. These performers will tackle everything from "Mind Your Own Business" to "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," and as a bonus, there's no cover charge.
Doesn't sound like such a rotten gamble to us.
Hankfest starts twanging at 9:30 p.m. at Bar Bar, 2060 Champa Street. Call 303-296-1250 to learn more.
Fri., Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m., 2007