One of the greatest
proto-Americana outfits ever to tread the boards, bubba!
By Fred Mills
It’s been over two decades since the Long Ryders did a U.S. gig. Those
of you with long memories no doubt recall the hard-twanging,
Byrds/Burritos-loving, proto-Americana L.A. band from its mid ‘80s heyday (at
the time, lumped into the “New Sincerity” and “Paisley Underground” movements);
a key influence upon everyone from the Black Crowes and the Jayhawks to the
entire Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt/Wilco camp, they broke up in 1987 after several
outstanding albums. They also reunited briefly in 2004 for their so-called
“Last Ever” tour, ultimately yielding the State
of Our Reunion Live
Now comes word from the band’s MySpace page that they’ll be getting back
together again for a show in Atlanta (at The
Earl) in January, with some potential further dates announced for later that
year in Europe.
From the band:
are true: The Long Ryders have agreed to play a show at the Earl in Atlanta, GA on
January 10, 2009. This will be the first Long Ryders show on U.S. soil in 21
years. This will feature the classic 1984-1987 & 2004 lineup of Sid
Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Greg Sowders and Tom Stevens.
and further details will be released as soon as we have it.
So yeah, that’s pretty far in advance, but in a stroke that Celine Dion
would no doubt approve, indeed, tickets went on sale today at The Earl’s
website. Better act fast – the place holds less than 300 punters.