Rock it: In lull between holidays, music world rocks on

Posted on November 13, 2013


Rock it: In lull between holidays, music world rocks on

Jamey Johnson (Photo Provided)

Jamey Johnson (Photo Provided)

By: Rachael Mattice

Halloween has passed as well as elections, and it isn’t quite the holiday season with Thanksgiving still a week away.

That doesn’t mean it has to be a boring week in music and entertainment. Here is what is happening live this week, along with some of the most popular album releases.

Citizen Cope

“His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban and painfully romantic,” his bio says.

Singer and producer Citizen Cope’s style of music also can be described as close to Neil Young or a less sexual Marvin Gaye.

Cope’s somber, folk-blues symbolism originated in Memphis, Tenn., and hopped states before ending up in Washington, D.C. Starting his career in a hip-hop group, Cope was signed in 2000 with DreamWorks to release a self-titled album.

The song “Bullet and a Target” was one of the most popular from “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings,” one of four albums he produced in 10 years. Featured on dozens of television shows and films, the song’s drum intro and Cope’s soulful wail replicate Bill Withers, and the track has a baseline and tone like that of reggae group Slightly Stoopid, but with piano.

Some of the television shows that featured his tracks include tween favorites “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill,” seemingly safe, conservative and fitting for the shows’ audiences.

However, his YouTube video views validate that he has a decently large band of admirers who will groove slowly and enjoyably when he visits Indianapolis on Friday.

When he performs with Charlie Mars at the Egyptian Room starting at 8 p.m., it will be interesting to see how Citizen Cope’s music, fit for studying in a coffee shop, will enliven a crowd of hundreds on a general admissions floor for an hour.

Tickets for the event are $35 at

Jamey Johnson

Whom do you think of when you hear about a guitar-playing country singer who served in the U.S. military? Montgomery, Ala.-born Marine Jamey Johnson should be one who comes to mind.

After being signed to BNA Records in 2005, Johnson’s first single “The Dollar” was a gateway for greater things as he journeyed on to work with Trace Adkins, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, George Straight and Alison Krauss. Most of the collaborations oversaw a duet tribute album to songwriter Hank Cochran called “Living for a Song.”

Now on tour to promote “Living for a Song,” Johnson will stop in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Saturday to perform with the Wayne Mills Band and Chris Hennessee at the Egyptian Room.

Tickets range from $25 to $60 at

Albums released this week 

  • Rolling Stones, “GRRR!”
  • Soundgarden, “King Animal”
  • One Direction, “Take Me Home”
  • Green Day, “Dos!”
  • Deftones, “Koi No Yokan”
  • Christina Aguilera, “Lotus”

Mattice is a producer and music journalist for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached at or on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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