Silent But Deadly St. Louis Productions » The Incurables | 2013-05-15
The Incurables | 2013-05-15

Wednesday 15th, May 2013 | 7:00 PM

500 Bagby St., St. Louis, MO 63125

Ticket Price: $5.00

Tickets are $5.00 at the Door – 12 and under are free. Gates open at 6pm – Showtime is 7:00pm. at the JB Amphitheater. Bring chairs and blankets – No Coolers – food and drink will be available.

video of The Incurables


It’s medically unlikely that Jimmy Griffin was born with a guitar in his hands, but that instruments been a fairly present part of his life for the past two-decades, a time that’s seen him move from one of St. Louis’ hottest young guitar-slingers, to a sought-after sideman, and into a surprisingly-comfortable and evolving role as a riff-steady songwriter. With his latest project, The Incurables, now rounding into a third year of live work and recording, Griffin’s never been as poised to show the world his multiple talents: as a writer of words and music; as a vocalist; as a bandleader; and someone who’s been able to synthesize all of his past experiences into a tuneful new whole. After the breakup of the much-praised band Nadine – which released records on both sides of the Atlantic and which spawned reams of critical praise – Griffin decided to no longer be content as the guitar player of choice for bands good enough to qualify for his talents. Instead, he took a variety of song ideas to the woodshed. He pushed some aside, modified others and wrote new ones from scratch, eventually cobbling together a set of demos that would become the debut album, “Songs for a Blackout.” That recording project would find Griffin handling lots of the instrumentation himself, while filling in gaps with St. Louis’ most-tasteful-and-talented rock musicians. That policy would roll into the live setting, too. While The Incurables have played a steady date of live shows, the group’s seldom completely set, with nearly 30 players rounding out Griffin’s band during that time. The two mainstays have been acoustic guitarist Bryan Hoskins and electric guitarist Jordan Heimburger, both of whom add backing vocals. With them, on any given night, are three-fifths of the top musicians Griffin can find for that show, all drawn to the natural warmth and quality of Griffin’s tracks. Annie Zaleski of the Riverfront Timas has written that “…the Incurables stick to a slower pace and a more open feel that splits the difference somewhere between the classicist pop of Wings and the low-slung story-songs of the Wallflowers. Griffin is known first and foremost as an axe slinger, and while there are a handful of hot licks scattered throughout the disc, he keeps the focus on the lyrics. His voice has a sweetly ragged quality, and the songs are more often melodically whispered than expressly sung.” Griffin told Thomas Crone, in a Sauce Magazine article, that “I call it ‘evil Tom Petty rock. It’s the first time I’ve ever fronted a band. It reflects a lot of the changes that I’ve been through. Especially being in Nadine, that opened me up to a lot of music that I’d liked but had never played before. Also I’m older. I grew up playing screaming rock’n’roll, but that’s a young man’s game. This is something I can do 10 years from now, 20 years from now.” Rock fans should consider themselves fortunate with that kind of declaration, as Griffin’s guitar skills have never been in doubt, and his ability to craft a winning tune is a pretty well-known thing today, as well. And who would’ve expected the kid to kill as a singer, too? As always with this project, Griffin’s eyes are on the distant prize, preferring to take a long view of his next career steps: continuing to craft new material, playing live with some of the finest rock musicians to call St. Louis home; with no two songs the same and no two shows the same. What will never change is a commitment to songcraft and musicianship, a blend of talented side players and a desire to grow career in the most organic, natural soil available.



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