Band: Jimbo Mathus Album Release Party
Date: Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
Venue: The Listening Room of Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., thelisteningroomofmobile.com
Tickets: $30 at the door.
Call 251-367-4599 for reservations
Jimbo Mathus is returning to Mobile to celebrate the release of his album “Incinerator.” Mathus has made the Azalea City a regular stop on his tour schedule for many years, and one of his favorite spots has been The Listening Room of Mobile. From intimate shows to filming, Mathus’ songs and local reputation have thrived within the intimate confines of this venue.
As far as why this has become a special venue for him, Mathus points to owner Jim Pennington, who Mathus says has always been a “champion” for him. This relationship began 10 years ago when Mathus says he was wandering around with “no career to speak of.”
“He just came out of nowhere and said, ‘I’m going to support you in Mobile,’” Mathus said. “I’ve watched him go through different venues, and this one seemed to take. I [will] never forget a friend or the city of Mobile. I really enjoy visiting there. The people are so friendly and funky and cool.”
For “Incinerator,” Mathus focused on a piano foundation instead of his familiar guitar, which is reflected in the live show. Musically, this album is a perfect reflection of his solo career. “Alligator Fish” represents the raunchy blues of his “Knockdown South” years. The title track takes listeners back to the rock-heavy album “Dark Night of the Soul.” “Incinerator” includes countrified numbers in the same vein of albums such as “Confederate Buddha” and “Jimmy the Kid.”
Conceptually, this album forced Mathus to take spiritual inventory of the people he has met and the lessons he has learned over his rich career.
“It’s a very personal, introspective record,” said Mathus. “I don’t think it’s a morbid record or a bummer. A lot of people come back to me in dreams. So, these songs represent a very dreamlike state.”
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