SATURDAY 9/21. 9 p.m. White Water Tavern.
If what we called “alt country” in the 1990s had all sounded like Mulehead, maybe I’d have listened to a little more of it. Twenty years in, “Pilate” is still a bop of biblical proportions, “Cheap Red Wine” is still a rhyme scheme for the barroom and “Out Here in the Pines” is still heavy as hell. The band’s
debut album, “The Gospel Accordion II,” was tracked in a scant five days, guitarist David Raymond said on the band’s Facebook page earlier this year. “It was fast and furious, just the way we liked it. … For the first time in years, I played this album straight through on a road trip to Alabama. It stands up well to the tests of time. It is a raucous, poignant and touching, honest, humorous, definitely not sober, brazen, ass-kicker album. I’m still very proud of it.” This month, the ever-wry frontman Kevin Kerby takes his long-standing quartet to the stage at White Water Tavern to celebrate those two decades of playing together, and to perform “The Gospel Accordion II” in its entirety, joined on the bill by Denton rockers and Holiday Hangout staples Slobberbone.