Fast Rattler set to headline Crazy Horse show |

Fast Rattler set to headline Crazy Horse show

When the Crazy Horse shuttered its doors in July 2010, local bands and musicians performed and patrons gathered to say goodbye to the kitschy aesthetic and decades of history that made it a unique place to see music in downtown.

Under new ownership and with a new stage and sound system, the Crazy Horse has re-opened and is set to begin offering music once again. On Saturday the saloon will play host to the country swing of the Buffalo Gals, the raucous old-timey tunes of Cedar Hennings and Sean Kerrigan (of the Belfry Brothers) and the Americana folk-rock of Fast Rattler. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Headlining the night and coming off a sold-out show in Nevada City with the Dead Winter Carpenters in September is Fast Rattler. The band has been the longtime project of Brendan Phillips, son of U. Utah Phillips, who has recently relocated to Nevada City from Portland, Ore.

After his father passed away, Phillips was digging around in Utah’s archives and came across a number of old songs that his father had never performed or recorded. He picked up a guitar (and later a banjo) and started to work out arrangements for those songs as well as some of Utah’s well known material. Over time, he assembled Fast Rattler and began incorporating original songs to the set. They have been touring and releasing records ever since. The band has shared the stage with Peter Yarrow, Merle Haggard, Coyote Grace, Lee Bob Watson and The Easy Leaves to name a few and has played all over the West Coast, including stops at the Kate Wolf Festival, Montana Folk Festival and the Vancouver BC Folk Festival.

While Fast Rattler’s line-up has rotated over its five years of existence, it has always kept its focus on vocal harmonies, an Americana-tinged folk-rock sound and songs about working people and social movements. Embracing influences both new and old, Fast Rattler brings a dynamic sound that leans on older artists like Bob Dylan (circa “Highway 61 Revisited”), Arlo Guthrie, Neil Young and Tom Petty to more recent additions to the folk-rock scene like Mumford and Sons, Wilco and The Avett Brothers.

More about the band is at

Also on the bill will be Cedar Hennings and Sean Kerrigan (of the The Belfry Brothers) performing a special duo set. Hennings (upright bass) and Kerrigan (guitar) lay heartfelt vocal harmonies on top of old-time and bluegrass tunes.

Local group, Buffalo Gals, will start out the evening at 8 p.m.

There is a $6 cover charge. The Crazy Horse Saloon is located at 230 Commercial St. in Nevada City.

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