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Cheetah Chrome

Cheetah Chrome

Cheetah Chrome, Black Actress, Flesh Panthers, Jollys 

When: Thu., Feb. 19, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $10
Time for your annual friendly reminder that “CBGB” originally stood for “Country Bluegrass and Blues.” Of course, those may not be the types of music you most associate with the legendary former venue. But they’re not too much a stretch for Cheetah Chrome, a Cleveland native and Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs vet who became a Nashvillian and cofounded a label with the grandson of the great country singer Eddy Arnold. Plowboy Records is a diverse entity that favors old-school country and rockabilly as well as acts like Alejandro Escovedo’s quasi-supergroup, the Fauntleroys. Chrome’s first solo album, Solo, was released on the label in 2013 (though it was mostly recorded in 1996 with CBGB denizen Genya Ravan producing), and there’s not a lick of his diverse interests that goes unrepresented. Chrome’s early-punk background permeates the catchy songs, but he always had a broad interpretation of “protopunk,” and the surf and psych and garage and psychobilly flavors surging through the record celebrate that—as does his cracked, well-worn voice, which does sound a little bit country by way of the Bowery and the rust belt. Also in 2013, he produced the Eddy Arnold tribute album You Don’t Know Me, which features an all-star cast that spans five decades and at least a half-dozen genres. —Monica Kendrick
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