John Doe (Photo by Jim Herrington)
In its review of his new album, Fables in a Foreign Land, the site Allmusic praised John Doe for having one of the finest voices in roots music. John’s fine singing voice was on full display when he appeared on Tuesday night at Jammin’ Java with his folk trio, playing songs from that new album, along with old favorites from his solo catalog, hits from his band X, and an eclectic collection of covers that absolutely worked even if you might not have pictured a stalwart of the punk scene performing them.
John Doe Folk Trio (Photo by Todd V. Wolfson)
John Doe, famed bass player for punk band X, released his new solo album, Fables in a Foreign Land, last month via Fat Possum Records. He’s now on tour and he performs at Jammin’ Java on Tuesday, June 14!
The Flesh Eaters perform at Union Stage on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
For a punk band, it might seem strange to speak of the almost-reverential attitude of their fans. But The Flesh Eaters were never a typical punk band, even in their younger days. Their tracks were always longer, with songwriter and lead vocalist Chris D. (Desjardins) drawing from influences in beat poetry and genre cinema, such as noir, Westerns, and horror. He drew on those influences again in a rare DC show at Union Stage recently.