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Review: Revisiting Mavericks with Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple of The dBs

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Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last Thursday at World Café Upstairs a small but fervent crowd visited the recent past as Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple played their 1991 album Mavericks in full. As one of only two planned performances of this album, it was certainly set up as a special night. And though they had to dust off their memories of the tunes since they had not performed many of them for quite some time, they delivered a rousing 18-song set of music.

Displaying a songcraft and pop sensibility inherent in their most well-know venture—as one half of The dB’s — and a well-honed maturity and assuredness, Stamey and Holsapple rejuvenated the 22-year old work with a backing band featuring Dave Schramm on guitar, reprising his role on the original album. From the dysfunctional love of “I Want to Break Your Heart” to “Angels,” the stirring opening album track that they performed last in the Mavericks portion of the set, acting as though they had forgotten it, Mavericks was taken to its root sound of jangly guitars and the harmonies of Stamey and Holsapple. Also dabbling in their other duo effort of Here and Now and some dB’s songs as well as a wonderful cover of The Everly Brothers’ “Lord of the Manor” to start the evening, Stamey and Holsapple delivered a worthy retrospective of their work on what was certainly a unique experience. See photos of the show in the gallery below, read the setlist after the jump and revisit Stamey’s February performance at World Cafe Live here.

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Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey of The dB’s playing their classic Mavericks in its entirety at World Cafe Live on December 5th

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Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, who formed the legendary jangly, power pop group dB’s back in late Seventies, are performing one of their best albums, 1991’s Mavericks, in its entirety, on Thursday, December 5th at World Cafe Live. While the duo’s records together in the dB’s received critical acclaim over the years, Mavericks is their best release together. Marked by it’s more quieter and acoustic based songs, the album – referred to as “semi-acoustic post-new wave pop for grownups” by AllMusic – rightly hits the mark. Save for a cover of a Gene Clark’s classic “Here Without You,” the band traded out some of the power, but kept true to the pop on excellent original songs like “Angels,” “She Was The One,” and “Geometry.”

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Photo Recap: Chris Stamey at World Cafe Live

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Chris Stamey of The dBs played World Cafe Live Upstairs on on Sunday night, performing with a string section on his tour in support of the new full length Lovesick Blues. Check out a photo recap of the show in the gallery above. Stamey recently performed with the reunited dBs at XPN’s Free at Noon concert series. Listen to their set in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).