by Robert Bell
10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $6.
New local band alert! Amasa Hines is made up of Joshua from Velvet Kente plus the dudes in The Romany Rye, those being Judson and Josh Spillyards, Whitman Bransford and Ryan Hitt. They're joined by Norman Williamson on saxophone and, every now and again, trumpeter Rodney Block.
Romany Rye is the band that includes California singer Luke MacMaster, and pursues a very shaggy, flannel-y, CSNY kinda vibe, heavy emphasis on the Y. Velvet Kente, you already know, right? If not, well, what's the hold-up?
Anyways, Amasa Hines is named after the Spillyards' great-great grandfather, and got started when the guys were all just hanging out and jamming. Now, they've got a steady gig at Ferneau on either Friday or Saturday when the Romany Rye guys are in town. With one song already in the can, Amasa Hines is eyeing a return trip to the studio to get another song or two to fill a 45.