By Jacob Morgan
Since 2008 Ten Four Records’ Revival Tour has been bridging the gap between punk and Americana. The tour rolled through Toronto this past Tuesday for a show at Lee’s Palace.
Chuck Ragan of seminal post-hardcore band Hot Water Music headlined the concert and was supported by fellow punk rocker turned folk troubadour, Dan Andriano. A slew of other gruff-voiced acoustic guitar players were also on the bill including Saskatchewan’s Northcote, Memphis’ Cory Branan and Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff.
The show started with the whole lineup jamming on stage. This amounted to several guitars going at once flanked by Ragan on harmonica and his powerful backing band featuring Jon Gaunt on fiddle and Joe Ginsberg on upright bass.
After the initial jam session, Rateliff took the stage. “I was gonna do something upbeat but I just don’t have anything like that,” he said at one point before launching into one of his morose ballads. Luckily Gaunt and Ginsberg soon joined him for a tune and definitely bolstered his performance.