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City Winery Atlanta presents John Doe on June 20.

Doors: 6:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

“Like Clint Eastwood, John Doe is an unusually handsome American pop-culture figure with an unusually hardy career…the songs play Doe’s steely frontiersman reserve against his big tenor…”
—The New Yorker

John Doe is much more likely to look ahead to what’s next, rather than fixate on the past – even a past as storied and influential as his own. “When you look backwards, you just end up thinking ‘I wish I could write that song again – that was a good one,'” he explains. “You gotta keep going forward. But, within the past five years or so, I’ve begun to realize some of the advantages of reflection.”

Doe’s sizable contribution to the music of X and The Knitters, which first brought him to international attention, made clear what was important to him: haunting songs, heart-rending vocals, pronounced country/rockabilly underpinnings, and no-frills production. His commitment to these values only deepened as he branched out on his own.

Even before the release of The Best of John Doe: This Far, Doe is almost halfway done writing and recording a new solo album. “I’ve done some recording with Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) out in Arizona,” he says. “Howe and [recording studio] Wave Lab have a sound: space, reverb, distance – just like the desert.” A greater willingness to embrace his past has not dimmed his enthusiasm for the future. “It’s always shocking to see how far you’ve gone and how close it is to where you started,” Doe concludes. “The trick is to be more at home with what’s real, and not what you want reality to be.”
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By: City Winery Atlanta