American Babies Play the Late Show Tonight

April 29th, 2011

Singer-guitarist Tom Hamilton wanted to form a band. And like so many others looking to start something, he decided to lean on friends and family. In this case, it was his brother, Jim, on bass, Kevin Kendrick on vibraphone, Scott Metzger (Bustle in Your Hedgerow, Rana, Some Cat from Japan) on guitar and Joe Russo (Benevento/Russo Duo, Bustle in Your Hedgerow, Furthur) on drums. You might think a lineup with this much boisterous talent would produce loud, in-your-face music. But instead, American Babies have a more roots- and country-influenced sound, which has earned Hamilton comparisons to Gram Parsons and Ryan Adams. With such busy members, the band has played off and on over the past few years and has released two albums, a self-titled debut in 2008 and Flawless this year. And tonight, American Babies (above, doing “Dance All Night”) play the late show at Mercury Lounge. And as an added bonus, Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) and Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) will be sitting in.