Trevor McSpadden brings honky-tonk, country to The Palms on Friday, May 3

McSpadden will bring this classic sound back to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, May 3. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $18 ($12 with student ID).
Trevor McSpadden will bring honky-tonk and country to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Friday, May 3. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $18 ($12 with student ID). Courtesy photo

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Raised in the Texas Hill Country, seasoned in the clubs of Chicago, and now based in San Diego, Trevor McSpadden is a genuine honky-tonk song and dance man. McSpadden will bring this classic sound back to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, May 3. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $18 ($12 with student ID). Growing up in Texas, McSpadden absorbed a steady diet of two-step and dance hall music, and his love for old-school honky-tonk is the basis for the music he writes and sings now. McSpadden served as lead singer for Chicago country institution The Hoyle Brothers, “pushing a solid band toward greatness” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) from 2008 to 2013, when he struck out on his own. Now based in San Diego, he continues to navigate the deep waters of traditional country. McSpadden is making the most of his West Coast residency. He teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Pete Anderson, who had previously produced albums by Dwight Yoakam, Roy Orbinson, Lucinda Williams, Meat Puppets, Buck Owens, Jackson Browne and k.d. lang, to dig into the Bakersfield- and Texas-influenced honky-tonk sound. McSpadden and Anderson’s first project together was the heartbreak album “The Only Way,” which McSpadden followed with the Bakersfield-flavored collection of love songs “Let’s Fall Together.” His latest release is a live album recorded at the Grand Ole BBQ in San Diego. A blast of soulful twang, frequent Tex-Mex flavors, crisp rhythm attack, and the woozy pedal steel and flanged rhythm guitar of 1970s country surround McSpadden’s unfussy singing. Most of his songs deal with the timeless and bittersweet strains of heartbreak, infidelity and romantic longing. According to Frank Kocher (San Diego Troubadour), “The old honky-tonk songs were about the hard, blue-collar life on the road and heartbreak; the central characters were outlaws and antiheroes, and sad ballads were often the norm. Trevor McSpadden is a welcome throwback to that old, classic style.” Victoria Stoker (Monterey County Weekly) wrote, “With a voice like a freight train soundtracked by the warmest twang, Trevor McSpadden … promotes dancing, romance and a western spirit.” With a little twang from Texas, a bit of grit from Chicago, and some flash from the Golden State, McSpadden remains faithful to the eternal verities of the country tradition, while maintaining his originality. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out.   For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and trevormcspadden.com.]]>

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