The Double Wide Grill, situated in an old service station on East Carson Street in the South Side, specializes in nouveau traileur-parque cuisine for your inner redneck: The restaurant's menu offers fancied-up "On Tráys" or "Build Your Own TV Dinner" (funny, I didn't realize TV dinners were $14.99!). And of course, "Brie, Spinach Stuffed Portabella." It's such a fine line between stupid and clever, really.
But now it's also a venue for live down-home music as well, thanks to local country aficionados Local Honey.
"This all started when we did a show there on a Sunday afternoon in March," says the group's singer, Becky Corrigan. Local Honey was trying to help Brooklyn band The Lisps with a show, and Double Wide agreed to let them set up a small PA and play an acoustic set. "They'd never had a live band there before," says Corrigan. "It worked out well, so they've decided to start having shows there on Saturday nights, which we'll be hosting once a month."
Local Honey's first night hosting is Sat., May 3, and will feature The Harlan Twins and Ed fROMOHIO with Brian Dean Richmond. It starts at 10 p.m.; cover charge is $5. The next night will be Sat., June 7, featuring the Emily Rodgers Band. So kick back on the patio, and tip back that jug, Jethro.
Also on the somewhat-down-home front this week, singer-songwriter Jason Kendall (nope, not the former Pirate) is releasing his rootsy acoustic CD, Cooper Doesn't Live Here Anymore. The title is supposedly an obscure reference to Alice Cooper's childhood (!) but the only musical link to Cooper would be comparing Kendall's boozy ballad "Asbury's Church Bells" to Cooper's maudlin odes to the bottle and the damage done, "I Never Cry" or "How You Gonna See Me Now."
Kendall seems to aspire to the Southwestern Pennsylvania troubadour model that blooms perennially in these parts -- the Fayette County native's disc opens with a song called "Pennsylvania Window." Catch him at 7 p.m. on Fri., May 2 in the big city, playing the South Side's Club Café with a full backing band and special guest Joel Lindsey.