When music critics and others who enjoy musing on the subject are asked to pick out some of the best wordsmiths in the business, more often than not tonight’s Tractor headliner appears on such short lists. Along with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Weakerthan’s John K. Samson is regularly cited as one of the so-called “poet laureates of indie rock.”
As NPR aptly puts it, debut solo full-length “Provincial continues to mine Samson’s observations of life as an open-hearted Canadian book-reader type, while couching his reference-rich storytelling in sweet, guitar-powered pop hooks.”
If you count yourself as a fan of exceedingly clever lyricists with strong pop sensibilities, be sure to head over to the Tractor tonight to take in the live experience for yourself.
4/1 John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans), Shotgun Jimmie @ Tractor Tavern, Doors at 8pm, $12-15, 21+