|Cody Canada and The Departed at the Ace of Spades, Sacramento|
|Whit Wright, American Aquarium|
|BJ Barham, American Aquarium|
Think Springsteen's Nebraska with the plaintive, beautiful pedal/lap steel guitar of Whit Wright weaving its way through the night. BJ Barham is a strong frontman with a voice that is perfect for these songs. I really did enjoy American Aquarium's set; while they are not the most visually-active live show, the music is entrancing.
|Cody Canada and The Departed|
This is my kind of country. This is my kind of rock-and-roll. It's crossover and it's easy and it's fun. It's the sort of music a tourist expects to find playing in an American roadhouse in the middle of nowhere, where Patryk Swayze and Sam Elliot might be hanging out with Jeff Healey playing inside a cage because of the beer bottles being thrown.
(Can't explain it but Cody Canada reminded me of Steve Vai. Not the guitar style; more his presence and looks. That's not a bad thing, now is it.)
For full sets of photos from both bands, follow these links to Cody Canada and The Departed photo gallery on http://alisontoon.com and American Aquarium's photo gallery. The drummer pics are a little different. Yeah... ask me about the light again.