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This Little Underground

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Baths at The Social; Photo by Christopher Garcia

Izzy Zaidman’s latest band, Izzy & the Catastrophics, recently played (Oct. 17, Will’s Pub). The big feather in Zaidman’s cap is that he was the guitarist for Wayne “the Train” Hancock, the alternative traditionalist country hero who – hot damn – happens to be playing Orlando this Friday opening for the Reverend Horton Heat (Oct. 25, the Beacham). Similar to the Kesstronics, another Zaidman project that’s toured through, the Catastrophics are a throwback gumbo of vintage American style: rockabilly, jump, swing, Dixieland jazz and, of course, rock & roll. Izzy himself is a direct spiritual descendant of Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. And he may have old-school, kitsch-drenched showmanship that sometimes verges on corn, but dude’s got flame-throwing chops that are unassailable.

The kids are digging folk music right now, and opening Fort Pierce band Gravel Kings are as good a look from Florida as I’ve seen lately. They’re youthful and pleasant sounding enough without getting too, y’know, pop. With some nice lap guitar, these boys even have a little country in ’em. But at their core are solid songs with a lot of heart and melody, all delivered with bright ease.

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