Rock/Pop, Country/Americana

Jack Oblivian and The Tennessee Tearjerkerse record release with John Paul Keith and The One Four Fives

When: Sat., May 9, 9 p.m. 2009

Depending on whom you ask, Jack "Oblivian" Yarber is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground "fame," for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician. Yarber's latest album with his revolving backup band the Tearjerkers is The Disco Outlaw, released May 5th on the local Goner label. The album continues in the more "mature" direction established by previous Tearjerkers releases, as Yarber's strong (and underrated) sense of melody and skill with pop hooks are allowed to take the spotlight. Yarber sideman John Paul Keith opens the show with his own band, the One Four Fives.

J.D. Reager

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