The Scrappers / Drinkard Sisters / Don Duprie & the Inside Outlaws

Sat, Aug 5, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

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Saturday, August 5 / 8pm doors, 9pm music
The Scrappers (Americana/Rock)
Drinkard Sisters (Country folk)
Don Duprie & the Inside Outlaws (Rock/Alt-country)

The Scrappers are a 4-piece rock ‘n’ roll band with harmonies, pedal steel and real songwriting. If The Beatles drank with Hank, this is what may have resulted.

If you stroll through Strawberry Fields under the Nashville Skyline, The Scrappers would be the wind breathing through the trees. These four Detroiters may have spent an endless summer in Laurel Canyon with Gram, but it’s not all Nudie Suits and cowboy hats. The dock of the bay they’re sitting on looks out over Cripple Creek, creating another ripple in their torn and frayed jeans.

 

The Drinkard Sisters have been playing out as a duo since 2012, but they hadn’t officially released anything until earlier this month. A cassette, it’s the first release on new label Ylang Analog, and features just the two of them — Caitlin and Bonnie Drinkard, who are actually sisters — captured singing around a microphone in Caitlin’s living room. The music is stripped down, minimalist acoustic country folk; the kind of thing that somehow seems to sound better the colder the temperature is outside, perhaps a literal embodiment of all the warmth to be heard in the sisters’ deeply lovely voices.

The band Drinkard Sisters also exists as a full on, co-ed group, which includes Nick Landstrom on drums, Dan Clark on guitar, and Ryan Harroun on bass. This configuration was assembled to play Mittenfest on New Year’s Day last year as a one-off thing, but it was so much fun that they decided to make the band permanent. Now here they are, trying to find a practice space that isn’t Caitlin’s dining room, writing more songs, and gearing up for Hamtramck Music Festival, which is likely to be their next gigas a full band. Oh, and they just finished recording a full album with Warren Defever. Maybe 2017 won’t be so bad, after all.

The sonic equivalent of kindness, the music of the Drinkard Sisters is supposed to make people feel good, and it does. It is little wonder, then, that Caitlin is inspired by another musician who found perfect harmonies with family: “I saw Brian Wilson at the Fox in September and he asked the audience, ‘Did you guys come for shitty vibrations?’ and everybody screamed back ‘Noooo!’ and that’s basically what drives me to make music. I want to contribute the opposite of shitty vibrations to the world around me by making music that feels good on the ears and resonates in the heart. Plus playing music with your friends is really fun and we are, if nothing else, a fun-loving bunch.” [Detroit Metro Times]

Don Duprie & the Inside Outlaws: The deep working class roots of singer/songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie echo throughout his music. Front man for the Detroit area alt-country/roots rock band Doop and the Inside Outlaws, Doop is a laid off firefighter born and raised in industrial River Rouge, Michigan. He teamed up with legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes) to record his albums “Blood River,” “Everett Belcher” and now “What am I supposed to do?”

Doop’s songwriting has received national attention, having been hailed “hands down the best songwriter we (Detroit) now have to offer the Americana World” by Don Zelazny, AmericanaRoots.com.

The albums made the Top Ten Lists in Metro Times and AmericanaRoots.com. “Everett Belcher” won the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Country Recording” and was named “Album of the Day” by Country Music Pride’s podcast Americana Daily. Doop’s music has been featured on the American Public Media radio show “The Story,” the award-winning podcast Digivegas.com and the #1 rated Americana podcast, “Americana Roots Roundtable” on NoDepression.com.