Band: River Dan
Date: Saturday, Sept. 1, 10 p.m.
Venue: Flora-Bama, 17401 Perdido Key Drive (Pensacola),
Tickets: $5 at the door

Even though the weather might say otherwise, Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer on the Alabama Gulf Coast. A multitude of locals and visitors will flood the beaches for a last taste of sand and sun, many flocking to the world-famous Flora-Bama, where River Dan’s set will provide a raucous end to the evening.

River Dan will bring country anthems about “the trials and tribulations of the life of a simple man, blondes and being a rambler.” Drawing from such influences as Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, River Dan has crafted a brand of country steeped heavily in classic sounds.

Last year, he recorded 10 tracks for “Substance Abuse and a Woman on the Loose.” Attentive studio production and quality songwriting created an album that plunges the listener deep into honky-tonk realities without the usual ribbon of twang. The deep, steady beat of the rhythm section creates a rowdy environment in which River Dan’s smooth, baritone vocals thrive. While this album does provide a couple of heartfelt tunes, “Substance Abuse and a Woman on the Loose” maintains a raucous attitude.