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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Listener's choice this weekend in Smyrna

  • Two distinct sounds and styles with hit the stages this weekend in Smyrna and Clayton. From the in-your-face rockabilly sounds of Coffin Fly to the laid back tunes of Tad Jones, there's plenty of music to kick summer into gear.
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  • Two distinct sounds and styles with hit the stages this weekend in Smyrna and Clayton. From the in-your-face rockabilly sounds of Coffin Fly to the laid back tunes of Tad Jones, there's plenty of music to kick summer into gear.

    "Island Country" comes to inland Delaware
    WHO Singer-songwriter Tad Jones
    WHERE Sheridan’s Irish Pub, 44 W. Commerce St., Smyrna
    WHEN 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 31
    COST No cover
    INFO www.sheridanspub-smyrna.com

    Singer-songwriter Tad Jones will bring a little island breeze to Smyrna this weekend with his own version of “island country” music.  Jones, whose influences include household names like Jimmy Buffett and Keith Urban, tends to play a mix of his own original work with a select mixture of “island country” covers.
    From a very young age, Jones has always had an uncanny ability to let his mind wander to sites unseen and his visions tend to make their way into his work. And, being in a state that’s home to more snow that warm sunshine doesn’t have an effect on Jones’s ability to write music with a little sand on the chords.
    “From childhood, I’ve been able to close my eyes and see imaginary places and people as if I were among them,” said Jones in a previous interview. “I can let my thoughts drift away to some place tropical and try to capture the feelngs of that moment.”
    Jones will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m., Friday night. Miller Lite will be $3 until 7 p.m. Bartender Savanahh Gallow said that “drop bombs” will also be on special: $6 all night long for any and every version. That includes Irish Car Bombs, Jager Bombs, Cherry Bombs and anything else that can be dreamed up. For anybody that doesn’t know, “drop bombs” are a combination of a beer or some other base liquid poured into a pint glass that then has a shot glass of liquor dropped into it.
    “I’ve heard of every kind of combination,” Gallo said. “Dr. Pepper Bombs are popular and we’ve got tons of Pinnacle Vodka flavors that are always good, too.”
    Rockabilly cool makes a comeback
    WHO Coffin Fly
    WHERE Young Bean Coffee Shop, 314 Main St., Clayton
    WHEN 6 p.m., Friday, May 31
    Page 2 of 2 - COST No cover
    INFO theyoungbean.com or (302) 653-3674

    Rockabilly trio Coffin Fly will be back at The Young Bean Friday night for the first of two Friday night performances at one of the band’s favorite venues.
    “The Young Bean is our favorite place to play,” said frontman Matt DeDonato last year before the group’s fifth performance there. “The first time we got stuck in a lot of traffic and we were really late. But, when we got there, the whole town was packed into that place.”
    DeDonato named the band after flipping through an insect book and as the band’s songwriter, he has said that he draws from a lot of B movies for songs like “My Favorite Hanger” and “Inbred Woman.”
    Some songs may have a slightly creepy vibe but instruments like an electric upright bass and a washboard evens everything out. And, of course, there’s the rockabilly style that they’re always sporting: rolled up checkered shirts, cuffed jeans, and boots and slicked back hair.
     
     
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