Despite living in LA,Randy Weeks
has determinedly returned to Texas every couple of months since the2006 SXSW
. Bent on creating something like his loyal following atThe Cinema Bar
, where his twice a month residency has become a must for fans of roots music, in the past eight months Weeks has playedMucky Duck, MojoRisin'
, and theContinental Club
(twice). At his last Continental show two months ago, opening for a packed house ofJames McMurtry
fans, the man who wroteLucinda Williams'
hit"Can't Let Go"
finally broke through. With formerHollisterEric Danheim
on lead guitar, in the space of one hour Weeks made the crucial transition from"who's this guy"
to"when's this guy playing again?"
Touring in support ofSugarfinger
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, one of the finest albums released this year, the twenty-year veteran seems to be on the verge of being accepted in Texas, quite an accomplishment for a guy who grew up in Minnesota and has spent his career in the neon canyons of Los Angeles. -William Michael Smith
Randy Weeks performs Saturday, December 9, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main St., 713-529-9899. Two Tons of Steel also perform.
Click here for a video of Randy Weeks performing at the 2006 SXSW.