Best known in honkytonks across the country as the frontman for hyper-ragtime/retro/swing ensemble Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jimbo Mathus is a musician with something to say about the American South, and the American spirit. A mesmerizing (if slightly unhinged) dixie rocker out of (surprise!) Mississippi who’s been preaching the gospel of Delta “katfish music” since 1967, Mathus is more than fringe-dripping jackets and over the top American flag regalia—a showman, a songwriter, a swamplands visionary. He has contributed vocals to the North Mississippi Allstars’ Electric Blue Watermelon and was nominated for a Grammy for his participation on the Jim Dickinson memorial album, Onward and Upward, as a member of Luther Dickinson & the Sons of Mudboy. The newest feather in his cap, Confederate Buddha, was recorded with his current band the Tri-State Coalition, his own Delta-style tribute to traditional country music that Mathus calls “inter- planetary honky tonk,” but with a major rock ’n’ roll twist.
Thurs., July 14, 8pm. $15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. worldcafelive.com
PW's Music Issue 2014