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Clutch guitarist Tim Sult talks spacegrass, guitars and touring

Hunched over his guitar and dressed in jeans, a plaid shirt and tennis shoes, Tim Sult could not look more unassuming for a member of a band that tours the world. Sult is the lead guitarist in Clutch, a rock band that played at The Blue Note this past October.

Clutch‘s sound lies somewhere in between rock, hard rock and alternative and funk metal. I hadn’t seen them live before but after having friends rave about their show last May at The Pageant in St. Louis, I couldn’t wait for them to come to town, and when I came across the chance to interview the band’s guitarist Tim Sult, I couldn’t pass it up.

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Despite the placement on The Blue Note’s chalkboard bathroom wall, the show was not shitty.

The band is on tour for their latest album, Psychic Warfare. The band has been together since 1991 and they’re showing no signs of slowing down.

Sult says songwriting is something that is shared among all members of the band. “It keeps everyone so interested in being in the band. That we’re all artistically and creatively involved in every song from the ground up. That’s what makes it Clutch, the fact that there’s four cooks in the pot,” he says. 

“We’ve always tried to remain creative and move forward and just try to write new songs and try to work on a new album… We never really felt like artistically, we were limited. We always felt like we were allowed to do whatever we want,” Sult says.

The show opened with Don’t Mind Dying, a local rock band with a similar sound to Clutch, as well as Kyng. The bands were a perfect match and Clutch lead singer, Neil Fallon, even gave Don’t Mind Dying a shout out during the show.

Clutch took the stage and kept the energy high throughout their performance. I’ve seen my fair share of concerts that start off strong and die down until the encore, but not this one. If anything, I’d say they started off with some of their more mellow music, amped it up throughout the show, and then came back down a little toward the end.

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Clutch guitarist Tim Sult doing what he does best.

Sult strummed in a concentrated focus, rarely looking up from his guitar. Meanwhile, the audience (who sported more leather jackets than I’ve possibly ever seen in a room) kept security on their feet in a constant effort to mosh.

A fan favorite, “Spacegrass,” was the first song of the encore. “I honestly don’t know 100% what the song is about,” Sult says. “I think we had the title and we were just playing it instrumentally. When we were jamming and playing it, we thought it sounded totally trippy. That was like the early days of stoner rock and that kind of music. Niel always says it’s about driving a car through outer space.”

Overall, the show rocked. Their lyrics drew me in and led me to make a playlist of Clutch essentials. At first, I felt a little out of my element, but by the end of the show I had joined everyone in jamming out in pure rock fury.

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Gearing up for Josh Abbott Band

Where: The Blue Note

When: Thursday, April 6. Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $16 in Advance / $18 Day of Show

Opener: Troy Cartwright

In a world of countless country music sub-genres, the Josh Abbott Band transcends. It’s hard for me to place a label on them as one “type” of country music because their music is relatable to all country fans. They’re damn good and even if you’re unfamiliar with the band’s name, you’ve probably heard them on any mainstream country music radio station.

So why is the Josh Abbott Band an all-around solid country music group? They tell great stories lyrically and melodically. These stories are so relatable that, at times, you may feel as if you’ve lived them. And you very well could have because most of their songs were written by Josh Abbott about his life. Abbott doesn’t skimp on vulnerable details either. The band’s latest album “Front Row Seat” is structured as “acts” in a play that take listeners through the rise and fall of Abbott’s relationship with his ex-wife. When you see this band live, be prepared to feel an emotional roller coaster of country greatness. (With a beer in your hand, of course.)

The Josh Abbott Band puts on one hell of a show. They’ve been doing the “music thing” for years. See below… Remember “Oh Tonight”? It was one of their first national singles and it featured a young Kacey Musgraves before many of us even knew who she was. It’s my personal Josh Abbott Band favorite.

You’ve probably also heard the band’s latest hit “Wasn’t That Drunk,” which features another up and coming female country star, Carly Pearce. Talk about paying it forward to the ladies in this industry! Am I right or am I right? This song is sure to be a crowd favorite at The Blue Note next Thursday.

I think it’s safe to say that romance will be alive at this show, and speaking of love, I’m quickly falling for the newly announced opener, Troy Cartwright. I had heard Cartwright’s song “Arkansas” before and now I get to see him LIVE with Josh Abbott Band. You’re sure to find me grooving by the stage. Get your tickets and I’ll see you there!


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Here Come the Mummies…again!

Where: The Blue Note
When: Saturday, March 18. Doors 7:30 | Show 8:30
Tickets: $21.50 advance | $24 day of show
Opener: Hound Sounds

Get ready CoMo, Here Come the Mummies are coming to get funky for a special St. Paddy’s party this Saturday. This isn’t the first time Here Come the Mummies have graced the stage, it’s the third time they’re playing for us this year! Is it obvious we can’t get enough of them? Now, a look back onto some of HCTM best moments onstage in Columbia…

1. March 24, 2016

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HCTM brought their brand of “terrifying funk from beyond the grave” to our stage for the first of their three 2016 concerts at The Note. Their sound has been described as a cross between Fitz & the Tantrums and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. This particular show highlighted how fun their indoor shows thanks to their killer production.

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2. 9th Street Summerfest 2016

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Here Come the Mummies were just one of the amazing acts that headlined in our Summerfest series last summer. Even in the extreme heat, these mysterious guys donned their full mummy disguises and took the time to meet a few fans after the show.

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This could be you!

3. This Saturday!

These guys are sure to put on an energetic show in the spirit of continuing St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Don’t miss one of the most unique groups around and come with a little extra cash because their merch is to die for. (Har har har.)

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Also be sure to check out the opening band Hound Sounds coming to us from St. Louis!