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Platts’ Sundown includes the chicken wire

In one of the greatest music-related films ever, Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues walk into a roadside honky-tonk to connive their way into playing a show. They ask the bartender what kind of music the bar usually hosts. “Oh, we got both kinds,” she says brightly, “country and western.”

[photo-1] Sam Platts and the Kootenai Three subscribe to that particular motto. The Coeur d’Alene fellas don cowboy hats, denim jackets and boots to play tunes that sound like Kenny Rogers and Brooks and Dunn never happened. They’ve released a handful of songs off their upcoming album, Sundown At Noon, and I somehow doubt the rest of the album will take a turn into avant garde noise rock or anything. It’s straight-up classic country, reminding me of the sloshy steins of beer and the chicken wire-covered stage in that scene from Blues Brothers. Sam Platts’ music evokes what I imagine to have been the good parts of the 1960s, like record players and rodeos and pithy lines about heartbreak, without the crappy parts, like sexism or Thalidomide. Sam Platts’ brand of country might not be anything new, but strangely enough, it’s like a breath of fresh air.

Sam Platts and the Kootenai Three play the VFW, along with Ryan Bundy and The Hasslers, Thu., Nov. 21, at 10 PM. $4/$6 for age 18-20.

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