5 Requests to Drunkenly Yell Out to John Doe at Detroit Bar Sunday Night
Giving it a spin once I got home, I discovered what they were doin': drawing their fans and anyone else who'd give it a listen closer to the roots of X and the Blasters' setlists. I was so blown away by John Doe's take on Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" that I loaned the album to a country-and-western aficionado, demanding he agree with my contention Poor Little Critters On the Road could play on redneck radio. He returned the album to me with a sneer--then admitted he had appropriated the title track for his own country duo. For months on end, I'd pass by his desk and still hear him bellowing, "Poor little critter on the rooooooooooooooooad . . ."
As a solo or guest artist, Doe has often X-posed his country-fried side, as you'll hear should you duck into Detroit Bar Sunday night. He'll no doubt pluck material from his latest, Country Club (Yep Roc Records), which paired the punk icon with the Sadies. Something to do with a promise Doe and the Canadian roots rockers made to one another at a post-gig booze-a-thon.
What resulted from the collaboration is a collection of ripping covers of classics and near-classics written by the likes of Roger Miller, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Country Club also features three originals composed by the Sadies, as well as "It Just Dawned On Me," which Doe co-wrote with Cervenka. I must admit that while listening to Doe harmonize with his daughter Veronica Jane Doe on that song, I was imagining what it would have sounded like with his ex- in the recording booth.
If Doe's taking requests, ask for:
John Doe with special guests at Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, (949) 642-0600. Sun., 9 p.m. $15. 21+.