“I really like Peter Case. He is a great songwriter and a magnetic performer.” That’s John Prine right there. And when a songwriter like John Prine has something to say about another songwriter, you’d best listen. The guy knows what he’s talking about.
It’s no surprise, really, that a songwriter given to turning an economy of words into incisive lyric poetry and marrying wry observation to indelible melody would see in our own Peter Case – I say our own, because even though he belongs to the world, he came from here, and still considers “here” to be home – a kindred spirit and a fellow traveler. You could hear it when he was fronting the Plimsouls and the Nerves, and you can hear it with even more clarity when he’s all by his lonesome, traveling the troubadour’s trails from sea to shining sea, and marrying rural blues, folk and rock ’n’ roll to various other strains of Americana.
Case is one of the finest singer/songwriters to have emerged from our little corner of the world. He’ll be stopping home Friday to say “hey there,” and perform two sets – one solo, one with a band of old friends, who just so happen to be elite Buffalo musicians – for a 9:30 p.m. show at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Advance tickets are priced $15, and can be found now through Showclix.com or at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. Admission at the door on Friday evening will be $20.
– Jeff Miers