Back in 2006 my friends and I were invited by a musician to see Curtis Evans at Wise Fool’s Pub. What I was told back then was that he was a talented songwriter, well known and well respected among many local musicians for his songwriting as well as his support to the local music scene. I heard he was someone who definitely had a musical future ahead of him. Since then I’ve seen Curtis play with his band, solo, and in collaboration with other local bands at venues such as the Abbey Pub, Schuba’s, Subterranean, and Double Door. He’s had a number of shows in New York, Austin’s SXSW, and also in Belgium. His music ranges from aggressive alternative rock to country laden folk, but I’ve heard him most recently singing solo with an acoustic guitar. His voice is fantastic. And it is true, he is an extremely talented songwriter and heartfelt performer.
His upcoming release on Grape Juice Records premiers this Thursday at Beat Kitchen and is entitled, “More Songs About Loneliness”. I approached listening to it with a bit of cautious curiosity; I tend to shy away from melancholia and the title worried me a bit since I am particularly fond of Curtis’ more edgy side. But much to my surprise, I didn’t find these songs to be melancholy, but rather warm, honest, and melodic. My favorite from this CD is “Jenny Wade”, a song with a little darkness and some keyboard effects that sound fantastic. Really good job, Curtis. Give us more.
In a recent Chicago Tribune article, Curtis “admits a fondness for homespun recordings that allow for the occasional mistake…”, but I promise you, these “occasional mistakes” are all part of the authenticity of Curtis’ music. Catch him live on Thursday!
- Curtis Evans – “More Songs About Loneliness” Release Party
- Thursday, December 18th
- Beat Kitchen – 2100 W. Belmont