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The Dirty Shirts
As singer/guitarist Jeff Burkhart makes clear, the Dirty Shirts aren't trying to sell a million downloads or be the next big thing. They're content to be a honky-tonk happy-hour band in Madison, Wis. "We're just a bunch of friends who like to hang out and play songs," says the guitarist and songwriter.
Starting at 6:30 the first Tuesday of every month, at the High Noon Saloon, you can loosen your tie and cry in your beer at the Dirty Shirts' heartbreaking country songs.
This month, the band ventures beyond the classic covers they've been playing since they formed four years ago. They're releasing a debut album, Two Dollar Turpentine, composed of 11 original songs. The release show is Tuesday, May 18, at the High Noon.
The Dirty Shirts remind one ofMadison's Cork n' Bottle String Band. Both bands play traditional roots styles and make entertaining live shows their focal point. The similarity is more than a coincidence. The two bands share two members — lap steel player Kurt Kellesvig and bassist Pat Logterman. "I got to know Kurt and Pat from going to the Cork n' Bottle shows at Ken's Bar after I moved to Madison," says Burkhart.
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