After a two-week tour with the Caterwaulin Caravan that culminated with a performance at the annual Kate Wolf music Festival, Brendan Phillips and his band Fast Rattler will return to Nevada City at 8 p.m. Saturday to play at The Curly Wolf. Opening up the night with a set of soulful folk-inflected Americana will be Sonoma county native Alison Harris.
Brendan Phillips and Fast Rattler play a mix of high-energy, foot-stompin’ folk rock and more subtle, wistful, country-inflected Americana. For this show, Phillips will be joined by a different lineup than past appearances in Nevada City with Travers Clifford (son of Dakota Sid) on guitar and mandolin, John Simpson on bass and Josh Henry on drums. As always, the selection of songs they play will includes a number of songs written by Brendan’s father, Utah Phillips, along with original songs and traditional folk tunes from luminaries like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Omega Records recording artist Alison Harris currently resides on the edge of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a wild space between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Alison’s music embodies this lush unique environment. Harris’ songs have been heavily influenced by contemporary female singer-songwriters such as Lucinda Williams, Emmy Lou Harris and Gillian Welch.
The Curly Wolf Espresso House is located at 217 Broad St. in Nevada City.