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Evan Murdock And The Imperfect Strangers

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Thom Byerly.

Photo by Thom Byerly.

Madison singer/songwriter Evan Murdock and his band The Imperfect Strangers bring a welcome warmth and a bit of playfulness to the local country/folk landscape. Murdock's voice tends toward the baritone but still has lots of wry and vulnerable shades to it—not always an easy balance for singers with a deeper range. The band's instrumentation hangs between Murdock's tastefully overdriven guitar (when he's playing electric) and Aaron Jossart's gently trilling accordion and organ, but Liz Stattelman-Scanlon's vocals, Pat Logterman's upright bass, and Colin Good's drums all contribute to a full, well-rounded sound. The band plays this happy hour show to celebrate their second full-length album, Animals. The record feels amiable and familiar throughout, but covers a lot of approaches, from the extended ballad "A Way To Leave" to the honky-tonk hookup duet "Let's Finish What We Started." Give "A Way To Leave" a listen below. The band will have CDs for sale at this show, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Dane County Humane Society's Wildlife Center. —Scott Gordon

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