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Mike Kendrick & Blue Eyed Sons offer true Americana

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Sometimes a person craves synthesizers, tape loops and DJs. Other times, all you want is clean, open-hearted Missouri style.

At ten o’clock, Michael Kendrick and the Blue Eyed Sons took stage at the Blue Fugue downtown.  Singing about love, travelin’ and “Wrecking Like a Train”, these men offered Columbians a chance to hear some true Midwest music Friday night.

Particularly pleasing were the men’s modest yet distinct guitar chords and the occasional use of harmonica. But only where needed.

Mike Kendrick and the Blue Eyed Sons–made up of John Dalton, Matt Zufall and Joe Ellison–are Missourians to the core. Generally playing in either St. Louis or Columbia, the men draw likenesses to Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy–and, in my opinion, even a little John Denver.

Needless to say, the crowd swayed and sang to their tastefully “real” tunes as lead singer, Kendrick drew his band into some true folksy harmonies.

These men were more than a great segway into Company of Thieves, which played directly afterwards. Think: crowd-pleaser, but far from the easy-way-out.


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