Jay Allen Sanford 1 p.m., March 21
Slim Crowbar and the I.O.U.s
Sound description: Drummer Tom Essa calls the band's music "Tow-Truck Americana."
RIYL: Joey Harris and the Mentals, Mississippi Mudsharks
Inception: San Diego, 2009
Influences: Mississippi Mudsharks, the Beat Farmers, the Incredible Hayseeds, Mojo Nixon, Joey Harris and the Speedsters, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, the Paladins, the Blasters
Mississippi Mudsharks' drummer Tom Essa's new band, Slim Crowbar and the I.O.U.s, features Essa on drums and vocals and Scottie Mad Dog Blinn holding down the bass and singing with Joey Harris. Essa calls the music "Tow-Truck Americana."
Reminiscent of Country Dick Montana's super side-group, the Incredible Hayseeds, the Crowbars play wildly broken country and bone crushing western, with a little blues and something tender thrown in for good measure.