by James Christopher Monger
Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, amiable country-rockers Amigo specialize in a winning blend of propulsive, Jonathan Richman/Doug Sahm-inspired rockabilly/roots rock and soulful, heartache-inducing folk-rock in the vein of Gram Parsons and the Band. A honky tonk dance band with a punk rock heart, the trio formed in 2012 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Slade Baird, drummer Adam Phillips, and bass player Craig Lentz. In 2014, the group set out on their first national tour in support of their Scott Solter– (Superchunk, the Mountain Goats) produced debut long-player, Might Could. 2017’s sophomore effort, And Friends, saw the band deliver a rowdy yet intimate set that drew from a wide array of influences, including ’50s doo wop, John Prine, Hank Williams, the Replacements, Tom Petty, and Dinosaur Jr.