When I first met Shawn Patch, the lead guitarist of The Radials -- a high-energy, twangy, "Hank Williams Jr. dueling with Johnny Cash in the back lot while Patterson Hood pours Jack Daniels lyrics over their heads" band out of Greensboro, NC -- he was one-half of a two piece ensemble with vocalist & rhythm guitarist, Stephen Corbett.
Fast-forward six months to last Friday when The Radials opened up for Sorry About Dresden at the kickoff dotmatrix project event and the dynamic duo had grown to a full five player band. And while I was beyond taken by their full sound and stage presence, it was their lap steel guitarist, Tom Beardslee, who I couldn't stop watching.
After the show, Tom and I chatted for a bit and he passed me his last album, Good Company. As I do with all artists I discover, I ran Tom down online later that night and low and behold -- his story matched the uniqueness of his play: