Part-time Vulfpeck frontman and full-time funk-man Theo Katzman brought a big sound to the small listening room at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. Fellow Vulfpecker and bass giant Joe Dart joined Theo for the tour. The lineup also featured Lee Pardini (keys), James Cornelison (guitar) and Jordan Rose (drums). Altogether they make up Theo Katzman and Four Fine Gentlemen.
iTunes lists Theo Katzman’s music under the genre singer-songwriter, which is apt for the fun, thoughtful lyrical style that marks most of his songs. But with an expert blending of blues, soul, and folk, his music–especially his latest release “Heartbreak Hits”–is really rock and roll for today. While each musician’s deep musical knowledge is apparent on stage, you won’t hear a lot of virtuosic shredding (though we were treated to a grade-A Joe Dart solo “on the Fender Bass”). What you will hear is an incredible musical sensibility where pure skill takes a step back, allowing each song to really breathe.
Bridget Kearney and her guitar opened up for Theo on tour. You’d probably recognize her as the woman behind the double bass in the band Lake Street Dive, but you’ll be hearing a whole new sound in her solo set. Like stretching before a good workout, her soft garage-folk melodies really warmed up the crowd at Eddie’s Attic for Theo’s set to follow.
It’s a special treat to hear music so fun and well-crafted in a space where listening comes before revelry. Listening to Theo’s “Heartbreak Hits,” it was hard to sit still. Many in the audience, young and old, could be seen doing silly dances in their seat, trying to enjoy the music best they could without disturbing anyone else.