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Famous Punkers go Acoustic for Revival Tour

Saturday, April 14 at Neurolux

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Punk celebs Chuck Ragan and Tom Gabel are best known as frontmen of Hot Water Music and Against Me!, respectively. But they have since teamed up with outlaw country vet and Lucero contributor Cory Branan, Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano, and acoustic star Nathaniel Rateliff. The result is a "come to Jesus" group aimed at rousing the spirit of folk.

Though its members might be known for hard-hitting punk rock, the band has slowed things down with the aptly named Revival Tour. The group has taken a page out of the late Earl Scruggs' book, pairing banjo and acoustic guitar with voices that drop into the bluegrass realm on tracks befitting the Louisiana swamplands.

And the two genres mesh together surprisingly well. The brashness of punk shows its defiance in the refrain of "Open the Roads," which is belted out over twangy country tracks.

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