Concert Reviews

Ralph Gean Is Denver's Greatest Unknown Rock Star

Ralph Gean hasn't played many shows in the last couple of years. So you might think the local rockabilly legend might be a little bit off his game. But that notion was quickly and handily dismissed over the weekend at Mutiny Information Cafe, when Gean got up in front of a small crowd for something like two hours. It's hard to know what Gean is like in his time off stage, but the guy played with his usual high spirits and good humor and engaged with fans. Some musicians who experienced some early success get a little bitter in their later years, but not Gean. If he has, it sure didn't show in the performance. Instead, Gean played covers and originals as though sharing a new song he dearly loved.

See also: A Weekend at Mutiny Information Cafe, Denver's Most Unexpectedly Great Music Venue

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.