Dave Davies. One day in 1964, Dave Davies sliced an amplifier with a razor blade and invented guitar distortion as we know it with the indomitable riff on The Kinks “You Really Got Me.” His latest solo album is 2014‘s Rippin’ Up Time, and he has a new album, Open Road, with his son Russ. Monday at Havana in New Hope.
I Called Him Morgan. Director Kasper Collin’s gorgeous documentary about the great Philadelphia jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan who was shot to death in 1972, at 33, is also a powerful murder mystery. The question, though, isn’t whodunit, but why. Showing at the Ritz at the Bourse.
A Haruki Murakami playlist. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka At the Shore novelist is the former owner of a jazz club and a classical enthusiast, and this free 3319 song Spotify playlist starting with Bobby Hackett and concluding with Franz Liszt is culled from his personal collection of 10,000 vinyl LPs. Find the link on OpenCulture.com.
Sam Outlaw / Dori Freeman. Outlaw is a Los Angeles country act who mines the Bakersfield sound developed by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard on 2015’s Ry Cooder-produced Angeleno and the new Tenderheart. Freeman is a terrific songwriter from southwest Virginia whose Teddy Thompson-produced self-titled 2016 album hasn’t gotten nearly the amount of attention it deserves. Tuesday at Boot & Saddle.
Kinky Friedman. Lone Star State cigar-smoking satiric songwriter, novelist, animal rescue champion and author of Sold American and They Ain’t Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore. Wednesday at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem and Saturday at the Record Collector in Bordentown.