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Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket Brings his Folky Sound to Schubas

By Michele Lenni in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 8, 2010 8:20PM

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How easily we forget that a band is comprised of many members to make a whole. Though Jim James, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the popular roots-rock group My Morning Jacket, gets most of the credit for the band's success, the band would not at all be the same if multi-instrumentalist, Carl Broemel, was not a part of their rich and robust collective. Broemel seems not to be entirely content being the man behind the velvet curtain. His second solo album, All Birds Say, a light, breezy and expertly arranged effort, is the perfect accompaniment to these temperate and fleeting days of Indian summer that we have experienced this past week. The gentle, airy tone in Broemel's tender vocals are the perfect compliment to the subtle and sweet string and horn arrangements throughout the record -- a little pedal steel guitar never hurts either.

We are interested to see what the show will be like being that Broemel is an expert musician playing guitar, pedal steel guitar and saxophone. We are hoping for a full band, but let's face it, the guy could probably manage on his own too. In these days of low-fi and lack-luster musicianship, we have to admit it will probably be refreshing to see someone who plays guitar and plays it well, having been named one of Rolling Stone's 20 New Guitar Gods.

Best thing about this show: it's an early one starting at 7 p.m. so you can go out and enjoy the summery night or call it an early one so that you are up for brunch in the morning.

Carl Broemel performs tomorrow night at Schubas, 3159 N Southport, 7 p.m., $10 in advance or $12 at the door, 21+