Lonesome Still, Working Mother (SideBar)
LONESOME STILL: Hipsters, two-steppers, and even grizzled country purists agree Lonesome Still might be the best-kept secret in Chicago’s country music scene. You’ll hear the influence of the band’s blues, rock, and folk roots as they create a unique retro-country sound anchored by lead singer Michael O’Briant’s Johnny Cash-baritone, sweetened by Kary Ream and Emily Albright’s perfect harmonies, not to mention Emily’s fiddling. Add Chicago music scene veterans Tony Wittrock on lead guitar, Michael “Q” Quiroz on bass, Dave Huizenga on rhythm guitar and vocals, plus Theresa Drda on drums, and you’ve got Chicago’s best outlaw country group.
WORKING MOTHER: Working Mother is Rachel Swain and Sara Jean Stevens. They’re like your mom in the '70s before she had you. She drove a pickup, rode horses, and was as sweet as a cold beer on a hot & dusty summer day.