* Saddle Creek Records' love of JEFF the Brotherhood is not hard to discern, as you can often spot a label staffer wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the two-piece Nashville band's name. While Backbeat always assumed that would lead the Creek to signing the fuzzed-out, stripped down Weezer acolytes, that as yet to happen. But it apparently has fixed Saddle Creek's gaze on Nashville. The label has inked a deal with similarly-minded Music City rockers PUJOL. The band, kind of a cross between Deer Tick and the Black Lips, already released a Jack White-produced single of the White Stripes mastermind's Third Man Records. Saddle Creek will soon announce details of a PUJOL debut record. PUJOL and JEFF share more than just capital letters; both have released music on Infinity Cat Recordings, a label started by JEFF's Jake and Jamin Orral.
* Prolific songwriter and prolific tourer Paleo will bring his songs to the Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth, Tuesday, August 9th at 8 p.m. Paleo, the songwriting guise of Illinois-born David Strackany, first gained wide notice with his yearlog song-a-day project. The song diary chronicled his touring life from April 2006 to April 2007. Since then, he has signed to Partisan Records. His latest record Fruit of the Spirit came out earlier this year.
* Red Sky Music Festival may have just ate up all the disposable income that local country music fans have to spend on big-time concerts. That's a pretty likely guess, since Qwest Center, which is currently transitioning into its new life as the CenturyLink Center, was offering a buy one, get one free sale earlier this week for the Saturday, August 6th Sugarland show. The multi-platinum country stars have always fared well in Omaha, but after big-time Red Sky sets by Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean and the suddenly gone-country Kid Rock, this city's country music concert cash may just be strapped.
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