An evening of hyperlocal Hired Hand brews and live music from Bristol's Kelly Ravin. Ravin plays gritty rock and roll. Equally, at home in backcountry bars & big city clubs, his skills as an instrumentalist are overshadowed only by his gifts as a songwriter. Raised in rural Maine and residing in Vermont, Ravin rose to prominence as a driving force behind Waylon Speed, an “underground outlaw dirt rock” band the Washington Post called “a cross between Metallica and the Lumineers." Ravin has released three solo records — Next Engine dropped in 2017, an album that Seven Days hailed as his "mercurial and nakedly confessional, and a record firmly of its own time.” Jer Coons from Burlington's “psych-pop juggernault” Madaila adds some keys, and Ravin's friend and frequent duo partner Lowell Thompson collaborates on guitar. The result is a mix of “hard-charging rockers that allow Ravin to gnash his teeth, both vocally and with whip-tight riffs” balanced with softer, alt-country tracks that create a progression from “lonely contemplation to a full-throated testimonial.” To hear more Ravin please visit kellyravinmusic.com
Doors open at 7:30 at the Vergennes Opera House. Music at 8. Tickets $15.