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Guitarist Singleton promises rowdy roots-rock show



Texas guitarist Nathan Singleton leads a roots-rock band, His Sideshow Tragedy, that has drawn comparison to Bob Dylan and Old 97's, and is returning to Oklahoma City on Friday for a show at the Wormy Dog Saloon in Bricktown.

The band's live show is loud and rowdy, he said, and departs from the more subdued and orchestrated sounds captured on Singleton's debut record, "Borrowed Guitars, Unwound Hearts, and Broken Strings."

The album isn't a "live" album, Singleton said, and while well-written and performed with delicate string arrangements, mandolins and banjos, it doesn't really translate to the group's current live show.

"The live show is a lot different," he said. "I plug a resonator guitar into an amplifier and we really let it go. We are playing roots music, but live, it's definitely a rock show."

Singleton said he and His Sideshow Tragedy just wrapped up studio work on a new album, "Itinerant Youth," which he said was more of a "band" effort and captures the stage energy and sound from its concert appearances.

His band has played in OKC before at VZD's, and Singleton said the members are excited to be in the Sooner State for another performance. 

"You play a place and think, 'Well, that was fun. I'm never playing here again,'" he said, laughing. "But we always have a good time in Oklahoma, and it's always going to be a place I love to play." "Joe Wertz

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