Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin at Hill Country Barbecue + Market

Warner E. Hodges (left) & Dan Baird
Dan Baird was born and raised in San Diego, California, but in his early teens moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Baird formed the cowpunk/alt-country Georgia Satellites in 1980, recorded three studio albums and enjoyed a few hit songs, but left the band in 1990 to pursue a solo career. He also recorded two albums with the Yayhoos and three with the Bluefields, and along the way also joined Will Hoge, Trent Summar & the New Row Mob and the late Bobby Keys' band, the Suffering Bastards, for brief periods. He is now leading Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, whose third album, Get Loud, was released on September 25, 2015.

Baird's new band features guitarist Warner E. Hodges of Jason & the Scorchers, bassist Micke Nilsson and drummer Mauro Magellan, formerly of the Georgia Satellites. These fine core elements made for a raucous combustion at Hill Country Barbecue + Market tonight, performing both Baird's solo material plus fan favorites from the Georgia Satellites. Sounding somewhere between the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top, Baird and the band captured the spirit of rock and roll boogey, fueled by lots of lead guitar work from Hodges; the rocking novelty song "I Love You, Period" lasted more than 10 minutes due to Hodges' three solos. Perhaps too loud and bristly to be considered alt-country, Baird's energetic set was simply a driving, foot-stomping rock and roll with Americana roots. Tonight's performance by Dan Baird & Homemade Sin was more than vintage; it was timeless.

Visit Dan Baird & Homemade Sin at www.danbairdandhomemadesin.net.