Photo Credit: Cathy Partridge
Mobile, AL singer-songwriter Abe Partridge is an Americana artist of the true-blue variety, drawing gritty inspiration from outlaw country, red-dirt folk and even classic punk to flesh out his Waitsian story-songs. An Air Force vet and onetime evangelical minister-in-training, Partridge’s rich and unconventional background gives narrative heft to his sweat- and piss-stained music. His new LP, Cotton Fields and Blood for Days, is a standout nine-track set of rowdy roots music that will appeal to fans of Steve Earle and Red Red Meat. Partridge plays Athens Friday evening alongside Athens bluegrass mainstays The Welfare Liners, as well as longtime local singer-songwriter Ken Will Morton.
THE WELFARE LINERS This five-piece bluegrass unit blends classic tunes with melodic, high lonesome originals.
ABE PARTRIDGE Gritty folk singer-songwriter from Mobile, AL. See Calendar Pick on p. 12.
KEN WILL MORTON With his gritty, soulful rasp, Morton blends folky Americana with rock and roll swagger.