Last night, The Dakota Tavern kicked off the long weekend with the sold-out launch of ex-Stars guitarist Alan Snoddy's debut solo EP: Shot of Rhythm. Country singer-songwriter Emily Reid opened the night with an acoustic set backed by strong southern singing. By the time Alan Snoddy and his band took the stage around 11pm, fans were lined up and waiting half an hour just to get in the door. Before his first song was over, people were already hitting the dance floor, and the dancing didn't stop until well after last call.
The band's first set included songs written by Alan Snoddy from his newly launched EP, and a couple of his latest compositions which we can expect to see on his next record. Shot of Rhythm is a down-home, roots, Americana album full of catchy songs you can't get out of your head and that make you want to sing along. Reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, John Hiatt, and The Drive By Truckers, it's the kind of album that makes you want to take a road-trip on a summer day with the windows down and the music loud.
Alan also fronts the popular cover-band Tommy Youngsteen, which performs regularly with the same musicians he chose to back his original set. After the break, the guys came back to the stage to close the night with their traditional Tom Petty, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen covers. To satisfy the crowd's demand for an encore, Tommy Youngsteen pulled out a couple classic hits by The Rolling Stones and The Band.
Alan has put together the perfect storm: great songs and great musicians kept the crowd dancing, singing along, and begging for more.