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Captain Soularcat, one of the South's busiest blues-rock jam bands, venture over from their headquarters in Rome and Atlanta for another big gig at the Pour House. Singer-bassist Scott Warren (ex-Col beans), percussionist Gaurav Malhotra, drummer Travis Cline, guitarist Benji Shanks (of Athens band Bluestring, who recently replaced guitarist Matthew William, who's now in Blueground Undergrass), keyboardist Jamie Kudlats, and horn player Brad Thomas have stayed extremely busy this year touring the country behind their acclaimed debut LP, Three Rivers Point.

Produced by Blueground Undergrass frontman Rev. Jeff Mosier, the syncopation-heavy material on the album maintains a bluesy groove throughout, sometimes with a bluegrass feel to it, sometimes with a stoner vibe to it.

"Before Jeff, we had not worked with a producer," says Shanks in a recent Jambase.com feature. "This was our first time in a studio with the type of capacity to capture our 'live' sound. When I approached Jeff about doing our record, he said he wanted to think about a place that would accommodate our sound and our attitude. He went the extra mile to make sure we were really comfortable. We've been playing on these tunes for a while, so the majority of the material was ready to go."

Influenced by the oddballs of classic rock and funk -- from Zep, Allmans, and Zappa to the Meters and Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- it's no surprise that the Soularcats are all over the music map.

Captain Soularcat perform at the Pour House on Thurs. Dec. 22. Admission is $6.

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