Neil Flanz (of Gram Parsons' Falling Angels Band) will be playing steel with The Burning Angels at the show. Saturday, 8pm @ Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill, 71 East Yale Avenue.
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Prestwood recorded his album, The Jukebox Is Busted Vol. 1, a little closer to home, at Macy's Denver studio. Vol. 1 is made up of covers, whereas volume two, which will follow later in the year, will be all originals. "I think part of being a country purist is taking what came before us and introducing people who might not listen to country to some of those great gems," notes Prestwood. "Some of them are lost songs, and that songwriting style is a dying art. Something about that attitude that country music has, I want to bring alive. I know Colorado is a weird jumping ground for that, considering some of the residences I've held, but we also see it as an opportunity for this band.
"That's kind of what our mission has been," he adds, "to take all the gloss off of it that is going on in Nashville right now. Not to condemn what they're doing, but I would like some of these rock-and-roll fans to listen to this stuff the way they did twenty or thirty years ago, when country was a little bit more acceptable and a little bit less political.
"I feel like even if you're in a modern rock band, at some point you're really going to get into classic rock, and getting into classic rock is what turned me on to the Gram Parsons-Flying Burrito Brothers thing. I haven't looked back. I sometimes feel like I'm fighting a losing battle trying to sell people on country, because the name has been so dragged through the mud and corrupted over the years, with, you know, 'She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy' and 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.'
"I don't judge the folks who think that stuff is cool, because once you're in the country realm, you can recognize the positive in the most negative of songs," Prestwood concludes. "I think that some work has to be done to get it where it really should be, and I think there's a lot of good guys out there, and I hope that the Burning Angels are in that group, too."
Even though Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels are traditionalists down to their custom Manuel Cuevas suits, the presentation of the music and the songwriting sound very much like a thing of the present, continuing a tradition rather than being defined by it.