Jace Everett Concert Review, Chicago

(Video below) If you don’t know Jace Everett, you’re not alone. But if you watch True Blood, you know Jace Everett. He’s responsible for the intro song to the popular vampire HBO series. But, as you’ll soon find out, he has plenty more to offer.

We took in his show at Martyr’s in Chicago and soon discovered that he’s a country boy at heart but, true to True Blood, has dark undertones. What makes this guy unique starts with his voice – it’s deep, loud and brooding. But he has a flair for the lighter side of things too. For instance, while struggling to tune his Gibson guitar, he remarked, “These Gibson’s, always going out of tune. They look great, though. Kind of like my ex-girlfriend — I couldn’t get her in tune either. And I was married to for five years.”

Everett is out touring now, promoting a new album and trying to capitalize on his True Blood fame. Which, he should. And he’s keenly aware of it – at the start of the show he talked about how he’s known as “The True Blood guy” but that he’d get to that later, so people would stay to hear more of his stuff. But he also acknowledged being truly grateful for the opportunity that song has brought. In all, Jace Everett is talented and rather humble. He knows his roots, too, closing out the set with a Bo Diddly song and remarking how, in his home state, Bo Diddly was brought to the white kids and that “Bo Diddly has been smiling ever since.”

A quick crowd note: Everett apparently has many friends and fans in the UK. There was a table of across-the-pond silver foxes hanging on every note. And they line dance, which you can see in the video. Everett referred to them often, happy they were there to support him.

The night’s opener was Tiffany Strietelmeier, featuring the Piscotti brothers (Dave and Tony) on guitar and drums. They play a nice mix of songs that are upbeat and heart-felt. Tony Piscotti is smooth on the guitar and brother Dave’s timing on the drums is spot-on. And from what I understand they are only getting better. You can check them out around town.