When: Thu., June 28, 10 p.m. 2012
John Massengill had never written a song in his life. But when he got divorced, he wrote a whole bunch of them. Call it therapy.
One person's pain is another's entertainment: In that spirit, drummer Raymond Finn (Lonnie Walker) and guitarist Jeremy Walton (Nests) talked Massengill into starting a band with Sean Koenig, bassist in appropriately named upstarts the Charming Youngsters. They debuted at Slim's in October, but around the New Year, Walton dropped out. Jack the Radio multi-instrumentalists Danny Johnson and George Hage joined, adding mandolin, lap steel, dobro and more guitar, supplying shape to the skeletons.
"I feel like it's really branched out," says Massengill, noting that his skilled collaborators give the songs something more than their basic beginnings. "They start out as country songs and they play whatever they're feeling and they turn it into more of a rock thing. It expands them a lot. Many times they won't sound anything like I imagined."
They've been woodshedding when they can. Finding time can be difficult, Massengill explains, because everyone but Massengill plays in other bands. They hope to get the songs tight enough to record live on the floor with producer Nick Petersen for a four-song EP available by summer's end. Old Quarter shares the bill with Goner and Phononova Thursday, June 28, at Tir na nOg. The 10 p.m. show is free. —Chris Parker