Rat Dafrico and the Ray City Rollers
Friday, January 3, 2014 at 9:00 PM - Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:30 AM (EST)
Ray Dafrico and the Ray City Rollers
A founding member of legendary Atlanta bands The Nightporters and later Kathleen Turner Overdrive. Guitarist, singer, songwriter Ray Dafrico has been playing original music professionally since April of 1981. He has toured, opened for or performed with artist such as The Clash, The Ramones, The Replacements, REM, Bo Diddley. Richard Hell,The English Beat, Joan Jett, Hugh Cornwall, Wierd Al Yankovic, Husker Du,Peter Tork, The Lords of The New Church, Johnathan Richman, Lene Lovich, Misiing Persons,The Georgia Sattilites, Redd Kross, The Flaming Lips, The Long Ryders, Cheetah Chrome, The True Believers,The Dickies, The Red Rockers,Rocket From the Tombs, The Feelies,Let's Active, The DB's, Rancid, Jason and The Scorchers, Mary Lou Lord, Mojo Nixon, Flat Duo Jets,The Offspring, The Fleshtones, Die Kruzen, Guadalcanal Diary, Steve Wynn, Young Fresh Fellows, and many others.He has also had many of his own projects such as Shades of Shame, Kickstand, Soulfinger & The Shanghai Gesture. In the studio he has worked with Peter Buck (REM), Rob Fraboni (Bob Dyna, The Band, Beach Boys), Brendan O'Brian (Bruce Springsteen) and Pierre De Beauport (The Rolling Stones). He has also lent his talents playing bass for Michelle Malone's Drag the River, and as a touring guitarist for Chapel Hill's Snatches of Pink.
Drunken Prayer is not trying to be neo or alt or Americana, not trying to do anything but let out a howl informed by living life and soaking up American music from slave tunes to psychedelia to street parades. Making music out of the reservoirs left by listening to humanity. Drunken Prayer makes an honest tune. A Geer lyric is an unironic narrative of the harsh and beautiful harmonies and discords every human faces: a kind of holy blues. Geer wrote and arranged many of Drunken Prayer’s first compositions while wood-shedding on a farm in Sonoma County, California, before moving to Portland, OR. The songs that made up the first Drunken Prayer (self-titled) record are a hefty mix of blues, country and alternative, in traditional arrangements, often violently dynamic and always with “an almost inculpable sincerity” (Mountain Xpress, Asheville, NC). His big-shoulders vocals and swampy guitar create a nicely creepy backdrop for rakish, playful stories of eternal themes. The dark themes at the core of tracks like “What Made Me Kill” and “The Demon” contrast sharply with the sweet melody and sentiment of “Pearls and Swine”. Blurt Magazine called it “one part The Band, one part Tonight’s The Night, and one part sinner’s remorse… Bad Seeds-in-New Orleans noir.” In February, 2012 Drunken Prayer joined Portland-based Fluff and Gravy Records to release Into the Missionfield, an ambitious record with gut-bucket guitars, keys, and heavy percussion. The sounds are bluesy and psychedelic; the horn arrangements are as loose and buoyant as a New Orleans Jazz funeral. The lyrics are as sweet as they are damning. No Depression raved that “Every artist should so coherent when in the midst of such intoxicating revelry”, and the Portland Mercury went so far as to call Geer “Warren Zevon’s medium, showing him the world from the great beyond”.
In The Showroom
Doors @ 8:00 PM
Show @ 9:00 PM