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Saturday To-Do: Dave Raymond and Present Company

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Dave Raymond, Burt Taggart, Geoff Curran and Josh Bentley.

DAVE RAYMOND AND PRESENT COMPANY
9:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5-$10.

Now here's a trend I can endorse: longstanding badass sidemen stepping into the spotlight. Last year, it was The Boondogs' Chris Michaels stepping out on his own. Now, we've got Dave Raymond taking the lead. The former Mulehead guitarist and current Kyoto Boom axe man celebrates the release of his debut album, “Familiar Sting,” on Max Recordings. It's an album that reveals Raymond to have a gift for smart, memorable lyrics that rivals his estimable guitar skills. In a voice shaded by hues of his Texas country rock roots, Raymond's put out an album that's bound to please all those folks who used to pack local venues out to catch Mulehead. His backing band isn't too shabby either. It's Geoff Curran on drums (Mulehead, Kevin Kerby and Battery), Josh Bentley on bass (Kevin Kerby and Battery, Big Cats) and Max Recordings' Burt Taggart (Big Cats, too) on guitar and backing vocals. You get a copy of the album with the $10 admission.

Stream the lead track from "Familiar Sting" below.

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