Live Session Alumni Reunion: Backyard Tire Fire, Joe Pug, Ha Ha Tonka Tonight at The Metro

by oz on September 5, 2008

If you’re in Chicago tonight, do yourself a favor and get to the Metro. Three HearYa live session alums are going to share the stage for an incredible night of music. Ha Ha Tonka, Joe Pug and Backyard Tire Fire (in the studio today) will all be in attendance.

Here’s what the night will sound like:

Exclusive: Joe Pug – Hymn 101 (from the Joe Pug live session)

Exclusive: Ha Ha Tonka – Caney Mountain (from the Ha Ha Tonka live session)

Backyard Tire Fire – The Places We Lived (from their just released album The Places We Lived)

And while I’m at it, let me say a few words about Backyard Tire Fire’s new release, The Places We Lived. I’ve read BYTF’s praises on other blogs for the past year or two and I’m admitedly late to the party. Their prior album, Vagabonds and Hooligans found the guys square in the alt-country genre. The Places We Lived, however, has a grown up pop sound with more varied country, blues and jazz influences.

The band mates still aren’t taking themselves too seriously, but they’ve undergone a spit-polish, kind of like when Wilco migrated from A.M. and Being There on up to Summer Teeth. I’m really excited to hear the output after today’s session and I’ll be wallowing in some self-pity since I no longer live in Chi to enjoy the show.

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