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An evening with Leticia Gonzales & opening set with Ry Warner

  • EXO BAR 403 N. 6th Avenue Tucson, AZ. 85705 (map)

Ry Warner is an experimental country musician from the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, currently based in northern New Mexico.

He has collaborated with artists such as legendary pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, trance-punk painter Arrington de Dionyso, vocalist Tara Jane O'Neil, Ray Raposa (Castanets), Karl Blau, Karima Walker, Jef Brown (Jackie-O Motherfucker), Bob Jones (Eaters), Jonathan Sielaff (Golden Retriever), Dimitri Manos (Dr. Dog), Mark Hosler (Negativland), Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) and many others.

For over 10 years he led a fluid group called OHIOAN, where he developed a style called High Country that drew on free jazz, country, noise, drone, north African assouf, and Appalachian folk. The bands final recording, EMPTY/EVERY MT, was a concept album based on destructive mining in America, and brought together the influences of Tuareg blues and American banjo music to create a Desert Appalachia sound in order to represent the eventual barren wasteland of coal country.

Since dissolving the band, Warner has shifted the focus of his High Country to classic honkytonk and rockabilly, exploring subtle ways to twist, distort, and subvert the those traditions that hopefully confuse and unsettle the listener - especially in a live setting - while still presenting the patina of a regular-ass country songwriter.

Leticia Gonzales—formerly of Lone Pinon—explores sonic landscapes and traditions through the medium of strings. Playing violin and guitar, and weaving in percussive elements—a knock on the hollow body of an instrument, or brass bells tied to an ankle or bow—and vocalizations, Gonzales draws upon twenty years of musical study to bridge worlds: from formal Western classical to Turkish classical music; from the nortena and mariachi traditions of her homeland to West African dununba traditions; from experimental sound composition to traditional vocal techniques of Bulgaria.

Doors at 7. Show at 8.

$5 bucks at the door